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World Anvil Worldbuilding Podcast

Oct 7, 2019

In part two of our discussion on interactions between Magic and technology, we continue our talk with Dr Trent Hergenrader, a genuine, real-life  PROFESSOR OF WORLDBUILDING! We talk about magic and technology, specifically how they might interact in a worldbuilding setting, and different ways you can do this. We examine old tropes and paradigms, and look at great examples of the two combined!

We always have amazing guests, so check back for new episodes soon. You can also catch these discussions live on, watch the videos on, or head over to to start worldbuilding right now. So grab your hammer, and go worldbuild!


The amazing Professor Trent Hergenrader teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology, New York
Trent Hergenrader is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. He teaches worldbuilding modules and this semester he’s using World Anvil to teach his class!

His fiction writing has appeared in such places as Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Mammoth Book of Dieselpunk, and Best Horror of the Year #1. He is co-editor of Creative Writing in the Digital Age (Bloomsbury, 2015) and Creative Writing Innovations (Bloomsbury, 2017). His book “Collaborative Worldbuilding for Writers and Gamers” was published in October last year by Bloomsbury and was an instant success.

Check out and for the Collaborative Worldbuilding book and cards. 

You can also hit up Trent on Twitter at @thergenrade and @collabworldbldg, and go to for all his complete professional profile and activities!