Episode 223 Building Vehicles for your fictional setting

I see you mystery machine and raise you a Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

 

Today’s Topic What to think about and what you need to know about vehicles in fantasy settings

Vehicles can be iconic in fiction. Sometimes the can be real vehicles that just some to live in the stories Tony Starks Acura comes to mind.  You might have a fictional vehicle that could exist, here Max’s Interceptor. You could even reach the completely fantastic vehicles like the TARDIS from Doctor Who.  Join Micheal and me in this episode as we look at some important questions and considerations to keep in mind when creating your fiction fantasy conveyances.

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Podcast Show Flow

  • Question to ask before you start
    • Are they important and why?
    • What problem is it meant to solve
    • Are the augmented or only possible through magic
    • Are they need as much or less than
    • How does tech level effect the vehicle
    • Can they access rubber sooner because of magic
      • Leather or metal straps or other
    • Is the wheel uses at all?
    • How are they powered
    • What problem is it meant to solve
    • Is it background scenery or is it needed for the plot?
  • What you need to know about your vehicle
    • Is it synthetic or a modified creature?
    • How long does it take to make?
    • How is it used and what priority does it get?
    • What type of vehicle
      • Wheeled, tracked, boat, flyer
    • What problem does it solve
      • Ie river boat vs ocean ship vs Canoe
    • What do people use it for?
      • Haul cargo/troops, attack the enemy, travel long distances faster than walking, other
    • What is it made out of?
    • Are there special enhancements?
    • What are the first 3 things people would notice about it
      • What does it look like?
      • What does it sound like?
      • Does it have a special smell?
      • How big is it?
      • Does it have a weird taste?
        • Depending
      • How common is it?

The Worldbuilding Task

Build a vehicle

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