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    Default Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    Class is now in session!

    This month, we're going to talk about a certain kind of worldbuilding available to fanfiction writers--creating a fantasy-style world based on the Pokeworld itself. (or your preferred fandom)

    While for the purposes of the lesson, I will be using the Pokeworld as an example, but most of what I am about to talk about can also apply to other fandoms.

    Any way you slice it, worldbuilding for a story is no easy task. You have to consider:

    --How Earth-like your world is (or if it is a parallel Earth)
    --How far it diverges from Earth (if it is a parallel Earth)
    --If magic is involved, and what role does it play
    --Geography in the world
    --History of the world and its various cultures

    and that's only just for starters!

    Fortunately, in fanfiction, you have another option--tweaking an existing world to suit an alternative setting. Since most of the nitty gritty of worldbuilding is done for you, all you have to worry about is designing/tweaking cultures.

    So when you start out building a fantastic Pokeworld, ask yourself which cultures you want to base your world off of. Then do as much research as you can on those cultures. For instance, Yoso (the world of Magic of a Melody and The Traveler's Tales: A Minstrel's Journey) and Telasa (the world of The Crystals of Telasa) are based on a European style world. Kinmura (the world of The Journeys of the Red Star) is based more on ancient China and Japan, with a dash of India. However, it never hurts to dream up your own ideas, however crazy they are. (the idea of the teion, the giant tuba-like horn that conveys information and serves as special effects for the stage of Kinmura, was something I made up)

    Have you ever built your own fantastic Pokeworld? If so, how did it go?
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    I will come out and say that i have, but as for how it went, that's still unknown since the story arc hasn't been written yet.

    I will tell that it takes place in Pokemon Battle Revolution's setting: Poketopia, and contrary to the game showing it's a giant battle oriented theme park, there's a great deal more detail that can be put in there. it's big enough to hold so many Colosseums, so I feel it's big enough to host its own Pokemon league... with a specific challenge route and many twists to what happens along the way, especially for my fanfic's main character and his party of Pokemon.

    still working on formatting problems on the other site it's posted on, but it'll be posted here soon...

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    Default Re: Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    Fleshing out an existing setting is always a good option when building a world--using battle Revolution is actually a very clever idea--and, like you said, full of potential.
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    Default Re: Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    I did build a world, and I'm using that world currently in my story.

    But just to say, my world-building method seems to be not aligning with this "starter-pack" that you proposed. Guess mine is bit more advance.

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    Default Re: Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    Granted, when you build a world, you don't have to do it exactly like mine. That said, what I mentioned are all issues you should at least consider when building a world
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    Default Re: Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    You could say I'm creating two worlds at once, both belonging to one fanfic. One takes place in the real world (our Earth) and the virtual world of an MMO. Basically, when you log into the MMO, you're placed into a Animus-like machine (See Assassin's Creed wiki to see what I mean) and your mind is placed into this virtual world.

    I decided to make an entire new world (the virtual one) instead of using the familiar regions and places we know from the main games, so I can be more creative. I got ideas for some unique places in the virtual world I can't wait to write. As for the real world, most of the setting there takes place in an unnamed town/city in the US (might be a problem since I don't live in the US)
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    For those of you that have built (or are planning to build) a world, how did you go about it?
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    since most of the location is fairly well designed (for my case, Poketopia), I usually just flesh it out based on what I have.

    Neon Colosseum, for example, has the bright lights and the kind of look for an arcade, while the music has a bit of an upbeat sort of jazz tune (so it seems to me right off the bat, anyways). this essentially gives me the idea to make it one giant sort of entertainment place called "Fortune Casino", an arcade city that brimming with entertainment of all types. such entertainment besides the large arcade facilities for young trainers, include...*deep breath* casino facilities for cards and slots, a theater for movies, a private Pokemon battle arena for survival battles (and participants can bet on how long they can last), a Recently opened Pokemon Musical facility, some of the more higher class restaurants and hotels for those who can afford it, with finally the Neon Colosseum with the Fortune Battle rules the place is named after... *catches breath*

    yesh, all that for just one of the nine colosseums in Pokemon Battle Revolution. I could go further, but then I might be seen as someone with a big ego...

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    That looks very interesting--do you have the other eight built at all?
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    most of them, only ones I haven't gotten to yet are the Sunset, Courtyard, and Stargazer Colosseums

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    Default Re: Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    My next question for all of you is--is there something you regret about your world? What would you have done differently?
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    Default Re: Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    Your first question: Sort of. I did create a region called the Dukane region that is meant to be based off of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the US, where I'm from and did name a few cities and gym leaders, but I haven't gotten farther than that. I do know that each city and town will be named for a metal since Pittsburgh was once known as the biggest producer of steel in the US (and as such, the Dukane region's champion will be a steel-type specialist and there will be plenty of steel type Pokemon available).

    As for your second question, so far, I don't regret much, really. All I can think of is that I wish I had a little more reasoning behind the names that I've given some of the countries in Altarais, the continent and setting of my Fire Emblem fanfic. It's just that some names were pretty random. xP

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    Default Re: Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    Can you give us some examples of names in Altrais? Is/Was Dukane going to have a mix of real Pokemon, completely fakemon, or a little of both?
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    Default Re: Lesson 2: Creating Fantastic Pokeworlds

    Quote Originally Posted by LightningTopaz View Post
    Can you give us some examples of names in Altrais? Is/Was Dukane going to have a mix of real Pokemon, completely fakemon, or a little of both?
    It's Altarais with three A's. xP Anyway, sure.

    Talgria
    Cilae
    Eraghoa
    Astryn

    Perais
    Melora
    Larame
    Orenias
    Secaini

    The bolded names have actual reasoning behind them. The rest...pretty much don't.

    As for Dukane, it was going to have a few old Pokemon, but not many. Most of the Pokedex is made of up my own Pokemon designs, even though I haven't done many yet.

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    What else can you tell us about either of your worlds?
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