Building the Oracle - with Jay Swanson

What's the best way to keep track of a sprawling fictional universe? We talk with Dave Robison, the founder of Archivos, our worldbuilding software of choice.

Show Notes

What's the best way for an author to keep track of a sprawling and evolving fictional universe? And how can we take of all these wonderful little worldbuilding details to help readers explore and discover our universe beyond the pages of a book?

We discussed these questions, and much more, with Dave Robison, the founder of Archivos, a visual story-mapping tool that weaves characters, events, and places into relationship webs, live maps, and interwoven timelines.

Dave is also a podcaster, voice actor, and storyteller with multiple ongoing stories that you can jump in on right now, including the Shattered Worlds series. You can discover more about Dave's many projects on his website,, or by following him on Twitter @DaveRobisonTN.

Extra Tidbits:
For an awesome discussion on how puppetry (or any performance art) can make you a better author, check out Writing Excuses 3.14 with Mary Robinette Kowal.

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Building the Oracle posts on the 1st and 15th of every month. It is hosted by Jay Swanson and Richard Bilkey. You can tweet at us on @jayonaboat and @rich_bilkey, find us on Instagram at @jayswanson and @rich_bilkey and follow Jay on YouTube.

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This episode was produced by Zach Egan.
Our theme music is "Glory" and our ad music is "Light," both by David Cutter.
We record everything on a Rode Procaster and mix in Adobe Audition and/or Audacity depending on how out of our workflow we've fallen.
The show's art is from Jay's book Into the Nanten, illustrated by Nimit Malavia.
Gustave the dog sleepily protects us every week as we record.

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What is Building the Oracle - with Jay Swanson?

An author and an editor interview entrepreneurs and world-class artists as they chronicle their journey to create their own publishing house and film studio around the fictional fantasy universe "The Oracle of the Dread Gods" by host, Jay Swanson.