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Discussion in 'World Building' started by Johnny Cosmo, Sep 16, 2011.

  1. vaiyt

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    Mine was done by splicing real world landmasses together, using progressively smaller shapes to create the details.
     
  2. Reilith

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    This is a great thread! I love to see this sort of creativity! And finding out new techniques for mapping is also great.
    I have two maps, one from my previous WIP that's on hiatus, and another from my current WIP.
    The first one is a map of Therannia, the country the story is set in:
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    This is the world I am currently working on. It is not the full map, there are a few other continents, but they are not important to the story so I didn't include them. There will also be close up maps for the two countries at war - the north-western Human Kingdom of Naisan and the south-east Veelae Monarchy:
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    Both maps were done in PS, in many many layers. The second map is not finished.
     
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  3. Chessie

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    Reilith, what do you use to make your maps again?
     
  4. Reilith

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    It was Photoshop. I used the brushes I found on dA that are free for use.
     
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  5. Malik

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    The final, tweaked from old papers and hand-drawn maps.

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  6. Chessie

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    Holy cow, Malik! Your map is simply amazing!
     
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  7. Malik

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    Thanks. It all comes back to worldbuilding: in epic fantasy, the world is a major character with its own arc. It has to be as developed as any other main character. It has to have a reason for existing, it has to impact the other characters, and it has to be changed in some way at the end.

    In epic fantasy, the map is the instigator of your story, and a hastily conceived or unrealistic map will raise more questions than it seeks to answer. I see this a lot in self-pubbed fantasy; a lot of maps are self-indulgent or badly researched -- either the layouts don't make any sense, or they don't generate friction on their own. Friction is a form of energy, and energy is what makes stories go. I really think that if you create your world correctly and draw your map accordingly, the strategic level aspects of the story should write themselves. Then you take well-developed characters and put them in it and write down what happens. I look at my map and I see wars brewing. Everywhere.

    Once you know exactly what your world looks like, and why it is the way it is, you can use pretty much any graphics program and the results will be nice.

    I have a blog post on maps on my site. I think I'll do a second one this week, getting into plot generation through maps. Maybe today.
     
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  8. xerolee

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    Hey everyone, I have recently designed my first Map. Unsure if its any good let me know [​IMG]

    Sent from my HTC One mini using Tapatalk
     
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  9. Malik

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    It's nicely drawn, but there's no scale, which I think is really important for maps of island chains. Are the major islands a month's sail away from each other? A week's? An easy swim?

    I love the names.
     
  10. xerolee

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    Ahhh of course
    Thanks Malik

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  11. Demesnedenoir

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    Here is a map of the world, not a final by any means. It's poster-sized photoshop work. The creation of the world is a combination of mystic and tectonic, hence there are geographic anomalies that wouldn't exist in our world... see the continent of Sutân.

    You can also see more images at:World Overview — Sundering the Gods

    [​IMG]
     
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  12. I'm still working on a rough draft of my map. Hand-drawn.
     
  13. Malik

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    Wow.

    Just, wow. You built that in Photoshop?
     
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    Yeah, I used Fractal Terrains 3 for the basic outlining, but I wasn't totally satisfied with that, so I took the outline and did a full photoshop overhaul. If I knew how many hours that took, I still wouldn't admit it, LOL. I've done some smaller regional maps too, a set of islands and one larger island.

    If you checked out the website you can see the globe view of the map.

    Gotta say too, the mountain technique i found on Cartographer's Guild, the mountain details are just awesome when you zoom on the full sized original.
     
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  15. Miskatonic

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    Looking good Demesnedenoir!
     
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  16. anduril38

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    This is seriously cool man, good job.
     
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  17. Demesnedenoir

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    Thanks everyone, good to have other folks like what took a stupid amount of hours to create.

    The main problem with map making is it can really eat into writing time, LOL. Now it's been a couple years since doing serious work on this, I've also pretty much forgot how to do anything, so I'd have to reverse engineer to make major changes. But on the other hand, for most geopolitical backstory I have everything I need. I did a blow up this island, but the story leaves here, so I didn't go as crazy in detail as I'd like, LOL. The ice tundra in the north was kind of interesting to attempt.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. anduril38

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    That looks good man. I'll show my map when I have it together :)
     
  19. Malik

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    Well, son of a bitch. Inkarnate won't let me use the map I built. Since it's beta, they won't let me publish it. I'll have to build it all over again in GIMP. At least I know what I'm doing this week.
     
  20. Malik

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    [​IMG]

    Open to suggestions, but I'm pretty much going to have to Tolkien this if I want to make my suspense dates.

    It will be in black and white in the hardcopy books, so here's what I'm working on right now.

    I'm ready to go after the Inkarnate guys with lawyers, guns, and money to use that other map.
     
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