Thirty Minute Worlds

Four lore nerds make a fantasy setting from scratch in thirty minutes. Find us at thirtyminuteworlds.podbean.com.

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Apr 24th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 2:38 pm

The stars align and the boys not only create a grand slam episode, but also miraculously manage to get it published on time. Chessman is Lore Lad, and the crew outlines a world where a team of wizards harness the sorcerous energies of an armageddon that hasn’t yet happened as a magical power source. What could go wrong?

Featuring animal mutations, magitek, dome cities, the darkness at the heart of humanity, “heavy light,” and the machinations of Doctor Wizard, a man of many (competing) names.

Prompts: Ear. Yawn. Owl.

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

 

Apr 17th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 4:30 pm

In a special old-timey radio episode, Chessman and Dan pull the ripcord on a new post-apocalyptic setting. Humans have regressed to Edwardian technology, and hidden alien interlopers interfere with mankind's attempts to reclaim civilization on an Earth that's been terraformed to be hostile to them. 

Look forward to the Mendican Gate revisit next week!

Prompts: none

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

Apr 10th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 7:58 pm

Chessman's on deck as Lore Lad, and this setting involving robots controlled by tiny beetles quickly careens off the deep end and into madness. Fortunately, Walter wisely fucks up his audio in what is known as the "Kunkle Maneuver," effectively pouring cold water on the setting for a bit and adding some much needed dampening of the energy. This one's very put there--it features a tropical island world patrolled by ironclad ships, LIZARD PEOPLE (at the insistence of Daniel), and a Clandestine Alliance of Weaponized Insectoid Robots™.

Prompts: Robot. Gutter. Tropical.

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

Apr 3rd, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 2:42 pm

Bound by their ancient pact to produce one incredibly stupid and obtuse world every four episodes, the fellas dream this monstrosity up. Imagine a world—a world where a a hyper-advanced Neural Intelligence Life Enhancement System (N.I.L.E.S.) controls every aspect of everyone’s lives, with the aim of producing millions upon millions of sitcoms for an alien audience. The only way to fight back? Weed duuuuuude.

Prompts: Sitcom. Flower. College.

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

Mar 28th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 1:18 pm

Do you long for a setting that blends the freedom and headiness of the Old West with the crushing guilt and religious mystery of medieval Catholicism? You don't? Well that's what we made, and you have to wait a week for the next one, so you might as well enjoy it.

Faced with an embargo that blocks their powerful sainted relics from being delivered to the frontier, the Faithful will have to survive on what little they have. Gun-slinging saints guard reliquae-bearing pilgrimages further and further into the wilderness, cloven-hooved minotaurs menace mountain passes in service to their wild god, and peasants fervently toil and pray for deliverance from unknowable Evil. There is only Sin, there is only the Wild, and there is only Surrender.

Prompts: Embargo. Icon. Cowboy.

Mar 15th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 12:51 pm

In the world of Unione, genius inventor Phillipa Chiaroscuro creates a camera that can travel through Il Fumo--the smoke that connects realities. A missing city, the study of portraiture, Renaissance art terms, and tortilla chips garnish this legendary episode.

Prompts: Bag. Photograph. Smoke.

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

prompts: bag, photograph, smoke

Mar 6th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 12:33 pm

Friend of the pod and Prince of Revels Will Isaacson joins the boys to talk a bit about his work as a composer of music for vijyagaems. But a guest spot comes with a price--Will must build a world with 4 prompts and take the cursed throne of Lore Lad. In a world where special whalebone bells are vital to seaborne shipping, an ancient religion locks horns with a shadowy commerce guild to control them.

Prompts: Driftwood. Bell. Postage. Embassy.

Check out Will's amazing soundtracks and music at his website here.

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

Feb 27th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 2:03 pm
The Pod Boys hastily arrange a three minute world episode to half-assedly crank out enough settings to keep their show. Will they survive? (yes)
 

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com.

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

Feb 20th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 11:19 pm

The Sitarii are a conquering people who have figured out a way (it's bullshit and it involves pyramids) to amplify the world's natural harmonic sound magic to wreak terrible destruction. Who can stand against their awesome military might!? Will Chessman convince Walter to stop eating cashews while recording!? Will we find a third dramatic question to round out this bit now that we've seemingly committed to it!?

Find out in this EXCITING episode of 30MW.

Prompts: Sitar. Scavenger. Pyramids.

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

Feb 13th, 2021 by Thirty Minute Worlds at 5:55 pm

The fellas snag WB Mag editor in chief Adam Bassett for an extra special (and extra-length) worldbuilding session. In a London-esque, industrialized wasteland, color wizards derive magical powers (and mutations!) from special pigmentations found in coral reefs. We expect imminent lawsuits from the Magic: the Gathering legal team forthwith.

Prompts: Genuine. Fish. Mutation. Paint.

Reach out to the Lore Lads on twitter @lorelads or at thirtyminuteworlds@gmail.com

Our amazing artist is Chelle Torre--follow her on twitter @jovialparadox

Adam can be found on twitter as well @adamcbassett 

Here's a bunch of links to his stuff:

Worldbuilding Magazine: Home - Worldbuilding Magazine

Fray: Fray - Smunchy Games

Fourth Horizon can be playtested here: The Fourth Horizon Public Test Build: Available Now - Smunchy Games

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