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Brandon Sanderson Lecture 9: World Building Geography Part 1 (3/7)

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Ethan Coster (18 days ago)
Braided rivers do on the occasion split or change course.
Devin Reese (1 month ago)
Cool world map brandon. Why not use that instead of the one you have in stormlight?
Mighty Baloo (1 month ago)
Jesus dude. Zoom out and stay stationary.
Absent Observer (2 months ago)
Devin Reese (2 months ago)
Dude, I have world builders disease. the best stories come from that.
Jonathan Frost (4 months ago)
For god's sake learn to modulate your voice. You're literally screaming at these people.
Sofiya Karpina (7 months ago)
for random generated maps: https://gmworldmap.com
Anony Mouse (7 months ago)
Hello Mr. Sanderson. You are one of my favorite authors and I think you are an awesome person. So please take this for what it is coming from a place of love and concern. You need to lose weight. I want you around for a very long time writing excellent books. Start taking care of your own health please sir.
GJ93 (1 year ago)
Brian needs to learn the difference between Geology and Geography. :)
BadPeople1100 (1 year ago)
Deserts should be on the parallels but not necessarily on the 30 degree parallels. They'll move up or down as global climate shifts, it's even done this on earth over the span of millions of years.
Christopher Bull (1 year ago)
shouldnt be watching this while im drunk
Myceliumification (5 months ago)
lol oddly enough, me too
The Choir Guy (1 year ago)
For coastlines in my map drawings, I typically just forcefully give my hand a tremble to give a more jagged, natural look. Hope that helps people!
Zoglos (1 year ago)
Thus he swam out of the video, and everything went black and silent around him.
Mutant Macrophage (1 year ago)
All this talk about mountains, rain shadows and mountain rivers makes me glad I'm Canadian and that my country a) doesn't have to worry about any of that nonsense... water from mountains? Mountains creating deserts? Who cares, the tundra will provide. b) has 25% of the world's fresh water supply (Russia has the other 25%, mostly in one big lake. Theirs is a very tidy country.) Too bad a huge chunk of my country is part of the semi-barren pre-cambrian wasteland that is the Canadian Shield.
TheRadiantKnight (3 months ago)
Mutant Macrophage We got the Rockies. ‘Nuff said.
do you have dysgraphia? if so I do to I understand the writing
Hunter Nash (2 years ago)
his little example map is the rough shape of middle earth.
Hunter Nash (2 years ago)
I drew my favorite map off of the shape of an orange peel!
Lego Brickology (2 years ago)
By the way, he is right with regards to making a city act as the whole world kind of thing. What I mean to say is, if you simply cut out a piece of earth (on a map) and then make it larger until it becomes roughly the same size as the full earth map itself, then you have your fantasy world as big as earth which, in fact, is merely a small part of our earth, yet it feels very natural (since it is) and since it's so huge it doesn't really feel like you are simply robbing America, etc. (although, I would suggest trying to find an older map, don't use this time period, you don't want it 100% the same as earth, also note that this really only works if you are creating a new earth, if you want a completely alien world, I don't think you will get away with using really any of earth (although you could try some parts which are strange looking/unknown, you won't get away with using UK, say, even at 50 times scale or whatever, even if this is your whole; it's still the UK and not your fantasy world).
Lego Brickology (2 years ago)
Why do people enjoy setting up a backstory to their question or statement? The guy that said 'my good friend', and so on. The 'my good friend' is meaningless to the comment, a moot interjection that only wastes time and makes you care not. So annoying, it happens in every video, ever.
NihilisticEntropy (5 months ago)
>I am very smart I'm not against using sesquipidalia, but there is such a thing as overdoing it, mate. Chill the fuck out.
XLNC Shoutcasting (1 year ago)
I would interject that at a conscious level you are completely correct. You don't know this stranger's friend and for all you know he is making it up or lying. But here is a counter thought. For the person who is saying "my good friend", they are giving credit where credit is due. Almost all of us have been taught since any essay writing to credit the original authors or ideas, rather than claiming it for themselves. Second, it gives validity to your statment. Not just my opinion "I think" but "my friend thinks, and I agree" so the thought has the weight of at least two people behind it. Thirdly, as human beings, we almost always introduce a thought or idea with where it came from. "I heard..." "Someone once said..." "A friend of mine found that..." "I think that..." It would be weird to start a sentence with "Use a real coast line". That comes off as arrogant or aggressive. Lastly, every piece of information is shared or learned from someone, including the internet, so giving reference for where you got this piece of information, including "my good friend who I trust his opinion on this topic", is always helpful to those you are talking to for them to know where you learned it from.
Twisted Singing (2 years ago)
+Lego Brickology As far as you're concerned, mentioning this here is also futile and pointless. For it will not change the fact it occurs. Note: The fact I've mentioned this is pointless for me, too.
Lego Brickology (2 years ago)
+Silver Fang I am calm, it's simply vexing, just uttering a remark on the fulity of it; I see it far too often. I guess it does seem like I am very uncalm. :P
Silver Fang (2 years ago)
Calm down
RainbowDevourer (2 years ago)
With several Moons the tides would have several components which may weaken or enhance each other: If the two moons pull the tides in the same direction at a given time they will double, of they pull in opposite directions the tide will cancel out. So seafarers will have charts which maps the movements of both moons in order to predict the combined tides... It makes for a culture which puts slightly more emphasis on understanding math maybe?
Biere deRoute (2 years ago)
Chewing while talking? Can't focus. Bye.
suchdoge (2 years ago)
RebelBeamMaster X84 (2 years ago)
Finally got to reading J.R.R Tolkien's books, and I'm loving the world building.
Devin Reese (2 months ago)
World building there is crazy. I think its best way to write good books like this too. Is definitely NOT a disease.
Rainy Liu (2 years ago)
I want to be in this class so much
Yvonne Flop (10 months ago)
Yea writing is not for everyone. Maybe try MMA then get your arm broken by a pro. Sorry I promise you I'm not a 'troll' seeing a great writer getting talked down by some random guy genuinely angers me.
Joseph lever (11 months ago)
I promise you I’m not a ‘troll’ this kind of thing genuinely angers me
Joseph lever (11 months ago)
I’m sorry I really think it’s time for a change in folk literature... so sick of this stereotype
Joseph lever (11 months ago)
I’d be interested for about five minutes then I’d have to punch this guy... fat American nerd interested in the own version of European folklore often with ‘orcs and elves’ - it’s escapism because they can’t get laid
Christie Powell (2 years ago)
+Rainy Liu No kidding! Besides getting to ask questions, I think those writing groups would be awesome.
Melchior Vulpius (3 years ago)
For one of my Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, I used a map of Saturn's moon TItan. It has lakes, rivers, islands, and even river deltas that look just like those of Earth. I did have to scale it up a bit since Titan is quite a bit smaller than Earth.
Lets Jake (3 years ago)
+Jeff Weskamp Did the same thing with mars here :)
Dominic Hewitt (3 years ago)
I really want to take this class
Brooks Hyde (1 year ago)
Mionysus (4 years ago)
It's fantasy, not geology 101, in my book there is a damn mountain range made from a fallen giant's tits! 
Link (3 years ago)
+Mionysus ah that's a shame, not my fault you like to screw old people.
Mionysus (3 years ago)
+Abaratac your mom gave me aids, that's the only reason I'm mad at your fat nerdy ass, haha
Link (3 years ago)
+Mionysus oh no did I rustle your jimmies? Sorry buddy, I didn't know you got triggered so easily
Mionysus (3 years ago)
+Abaratac why don't you try sticking your head up your ass
Link (3 years ago)
Sorry buddy but you don't belong here, we are here to learn.
Frida (4 years ago)
You can have mountain ranges in the middle of a continent if they are two continents that collided. Look at Asia for example, with a huge mountain range just where India crashed into it.
karmapolice247 (1 month ago)
+Mionysus Now i understand.
Mionysus (4 years ago)
I have a belly button.
Primož Vidovič (4 years ago)
In regards to Tolkien's world-building, you have to bear in mind that his world wasn't shaped by natural, physical processes, but by god-like figures and later wars amongst those. Consequently, they don't look 'natural,' but artificially placed.
bananian (5 days ago)
But the climate should be different.
Iam Cleaver (24 days ago)
My surname refurs to the meat hacking cleaver. Quick and deadly like my wits.
Kike Bautista (24 days ago)
+Iam Cleaver Your surname doesnt fit you. You know nothing Iam.
Devin Reese (2 months ago)
+Dimitar Vidolov Silmarillion will increase your appreciation far more and LOTR and unfinished tales and etc.
Devin Reese (2 months ago)
Tolkien basically invented d and d nerding, and were all really basically following in his steps.
xCaseylakes (4 years ago)
I learnt more about geography in this 15 minutes that my entire high school education. 
Neighborhood Watch (4 years ago)
Screw school even the teachers admit that most of the things you learn wont help you in real life :/ makes lots of sense going to a place to help you learn about life and not really learning things you need to, but you have to do it or you will lose at life in shame :P 
kolobite (4 years ago)
Yes, Brandon, I did spend 20+ years doing this.  I'm okay with that.
sellout sanders (8 days ago)
Holy shit that wiki is absolutely ginormous. You have enough lore in there for volumes of books. I'd read the books.
Máté Kovács (1 year ago)
Idk what you used to make your map, but I can easily spot europe, africa, asia, and australia in there. Also, what are those brown and purple patches?
Entrisen (2 years ago)
+kolobite oh for sure. its a beautiful river and its also my backyard! Good stuff you have there though man. good stuff indeed. very enviable.
kolobite (2 years ago)
Yeah, it's a photo of the Colorado River. Easy graphic. Thanks for commenting.
Entrisen (2 years ago)
hey! i live on the Leh-Shelekhumbis River! lol
Katrinika (5 years ago)
I went to my physics teacher to ask her once help for some world building I was doing and she just laughed and mocked me. :( I left not knowing anything that could help me and feeling embarrassed. =.= I'll show her.
Liam Cullen (9 months ago)
That was a shitty thing for a teacher to do
Eric Johnson (1 year ago)
Yes success is the best revenge
BillyxRansom (6 years ago)
seriously, can the typing in the background shut up for like, idk, an hour or an entire lecture or 5 minutes? just the sound of my own typing is annoying me now.
Ixuvia (6 years ago)
Even just adding in subtitles for those would be really useful.
therealdrag0 (6 years ago)
If you can find a way to get audience questions better in the audio, that'd be great.
maxipad1 (6 years ago)
Great sound quality! Thanks for sharing.

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