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Strange Nations: A Worldbuilding Resource

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Strange Nations is a collection of more than thirty cultures ready to be dragged and dropped into your world, with cultures appropriate for every kind of setting from high fantasy to contemporary horror to space opera. While each entry has certain setting assumptions, there are also suggestions for adapting them to other genres. 

Here is the city-state of Iditt, where necromancy is an accepted cornerstone and self-mummification is the first step to repaying your lifelong debt to society. Here are the Balas, whose buildings hang off the edge of a flat world. Here are werejaguars, mad fairy refugees, and wagon-drivers with a religious injunction against touching the ground. 

This book also holds a wealth of information on other subjects useful to a worldbuilder, including: 

  • How to get your vitamin c from only meat or mushrooms, and the salinity tolerance of plants in case you want to try growing them on a ship. 
  • Comparisons of various low-tech methods of long-distance communication, from relay running to drums to the Pony Express. 
  • How to prepare maize, what cactus can be used for, the ingredients for "carrot whiskey," and more. 

Everything in this product, from the text to the illustrations, is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license. You can use, transform, and distribute these cultures however you'd like, so long as you allow others to do the same. 

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Joaquim C January 09, 2021 2:42 am UTC
One of the best things that I saw on DriveThruRPG. Definitely a must have. 5/5 Stars.
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Andrew M January 16, 2018 10:33 pm UTC
Hi James. I'd be very interested in writing reviews of several of your works, including this one. I've only published one in-depth review, which you can find here:

Please let me know if you're interested. I can promise timely turnaround of fair and detailed reviews based on methodical readings. What I read in these previews seems really strong (but I'll disclose self-interest, as I'm writing a milieu for a game of my own).
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James G March 23, 2020 2:09 pm UTC
That sounds great. Can you send me an email? The site isn’t giving me the information I need to send any books over to you.

Sorry for the delayed response, by the way. DTRPG never gave me a notice about this comment. 0.0
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Andrew M March 31, 2020 3:22 pm UTC
Hi James. Just got this notice. My email is williamandpolly att gmaaa il dot com
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James G April 01, 2020 6:27 am UTC
Just sent them. Let me know if nothing was received.
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Andrew M April 02, 2020 8:25 pm UTC
Got it. Thanks, James. Will read up over the weekend!
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Derek H October 02, 2017 2:26 pm UTC
Might this get a POD release?
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James G December 03, 2017 5:29 am UTC
I’ll look into that! I didn’t think that there would be demand for that, but so long as there’s one person who’ll benefit, I’ll see what has to be done.
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Derek H December 05, 2017 7:06 pm UTC
Thank you. I very much prefer to read long books in print. Little screens and my eyes don't mix well anymore.
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