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1st Edition

World-Builders on World-Building
An Exploration of Subcreation

Edited By

Mark J.P. Wolf

ISBN 9780367197254
Published May 28, 2020 by Routledge
170 Pages 15 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

With contributions from a distinguished group of world-builders, including academics, writers, and designers, this anthology of essays describes the process and discusses the nature of subcreation and the construction of worlds.

From Oz to MUD, Walden to Rockall, all the worlds featured in this volume share one thing in common: they began in someone’s imagination, grew from there, and became worlds built with the assistance of multiple authors and a variety of different ideas and media, including designs, imagery, sound, music, stories, and more. The book examines this development, with examples and discussions pertaining to the process and the final product of the building of imaginary worlds, including some transmedial worlds.

World-Builders on World-Building is a fascinating deep dive into the practical problems of world-building as well as its theoretical aspects. It is ideal for students, scholars, and even practitioners interested in media studies, game studies, subcreation studies, franchise studies, transmedia studies, and pop culture.

Table of Contents


Mark J. P. Wolf

"Matter, Dark Matter, Doesn’t Matter": An Interview With Lost in Oz's Bureau of Magic

Henry Jenkins

The Making of MUD: Three Stories of Genesis

Richard A. Bartle

Rockall: A Liminal, Transauthorial World Founded on the Atlantis Myth

Mark Sebanc

Making Worlds into Games – A Methodology

Clara Fernández-Vara and Matthew Wiese

Surveying the Soul: Creating the World of Walden, a Game

Tracy Fullerton

The Place of Culture, Society, and Politics in Video Game World-Building

Mark R. Johnson

Concerning the "Sub" in "Subcreation": The Act of Creating Under

Mark J. P. Wolf

Appendix: Types of World-Building

Mark J. P. Wolf

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Mark J. P. Wolf is Professor in the Communication Department at Concordia University Wisconsin. His 23 books include The Video Game Theory Reader 1 and 2 (2003, 2008), The Video Game Explosion (2007), Myst & Riven: The World of the D’ni (2011), Before the Crash: An Anthology of Early Video Game History (2012), Encyclopedia of Video Games (2012), Building Imaginary Worlds (2012), The Routledge Companion to Video Game Studies (2014), LEGO Studies (2014), Video Games Around the World (2015), Revisiting Imaginary Worlds (2016), Video Games FAQ (2017), The World of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood (2017), The Routledge Companion to Imaginary Worlds (2017), The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence (2018), which won the SCMS 2020 award for best edited collection, and the puzzle book 101 Enigmatic Puzzles: Fractal Mazes, Quantum Chess, Anagram Sudoku, and More (2020).