The following are various lists, guides, and collected thoughts on world-building and story-crafting based on countless years of not taking things seriously, anticipating movie plots and ruining them for my friends, and general “But what if we did X” instead? The tone is irreverent but I want readers to use this as a jumping off point. Given my background in political science, politics, and working in the financial services industry, I do think these guides will help you with your own world, tabletop setting, or your imaginary playhouse tea party.