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Re: Calling All Maps! Tried to put the new book to use! I got much farther this way than using the computer.

Spoiler for Hiden:


February 06, 2016, 04:49:35 AM
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Re: Mythology for non-epic fantasy
One thing I've long been completely undecided about is how to deal with mythology in fantasy worldbuilding when your story is not linked to the order or the cosmic cycles of the universe being threatened by some disruption. If you have a story about some ancient evil good breaking out of his prison or some immortal super monster waking up and starting to devour the world, then the role of mythology in the book is clear.

But what if it isn't? If the world is not about to be destroyed or remade, in what ways can you include mythology in the story without making it unnedded exposition that doesn't lead to anything? Is there some elegant way to include this pretty important element of the way people see the world and themselves, or is that just something to be better ignored completely?

I think of it as the stories people tell each other to understand an incomprehensible world. So mythologoy can be present in any story of people.

February 08, 2016, 07:43:04 PM
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JMack's 2016 First-Book-in-Series Reading & Reviewing Tour So, we're going to try to make this happen:

Next Up: Weeks, The Black Prism

Spoiler for Hiden:

Abraham, Shadow in Summer
Newman, Anno Dracula
McClellan, Promise of Blood
Lyle, Alchemist of Souls
Wexler, The Thousand Names
Hughart, Chronicle of Master Li and Number Ten Ox
Abercrombie, The Blade Itself
Webb, City of Burning Shadows

Reviews below and summarized here.
Reading order TBD.

Trying to be a tough grader. But there is no science to this.  ;)
Standalone: Is this is good book overall?
Gotta Read On!: Does the book make you desperate to read the next installment?
Something Deeper: Does the book give you a deeper experience emotionally, spiritually or mentally beyond its plot?

Wooding, Retribution Falls: Tales of the Ketty Jay
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/jmack's-2016-first-book-in-series-tour/msg132292/#msg132292
Stand Alone
  Gotta Read On!
Something Deeper

Aaronovitch, Rivers of London: Peter Grant Urban Fantasy series
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/jmack's-2016-first-book-in-series-tour/msg132296/#msg132296
Stand Alone
  Gotta Read On!
  Something Deeper


Hodder, The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack, Burton & Swinburne adventures
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/jmack's-2016-first-book-in-series-tour/msg132535/#msg132535
Stand Alone
  Gotta Read On!
  Something Deeper

Jones, Howl's Moving Castle, Book 1
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/jmack's-2016-first-book-in-series-tour/msg132644/#msg132644
Stand Alone
  Gotta Read On!
  Something Deeper

Did not finish
Wurts, Curse of the Mistwraith, Wars of Light and Shadow, Book 1
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/jmack's-2016-first-book-in-series-tour/msg133358/#msg133358
Stand Alone
  Gotta Read On!
  Something Deeper

Bennett, City of Stairs, Book 1, the Divine Cities
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/jmack's-2016-first-book-in-series-tour/msg134060/#msg134060
Stand Alone
  Gotta Read On!
  Something Deeper

Glen Cook, Sweet Silver Blues, Garrett, P.I., book 1
http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-book-discussion/jmack's-2016-first-book-in-series-tour/msg134690/#msg134690
Stand Alone
  Gotta Read On!
  Something Deeper

February 12, 2016, 02:52:06 PM
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Re: Frustration
April 30, 2016, 10:43:18 PM
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Re: Frustration
May 01, 2016, 05:35:43 AM
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Re: Mapmaking Software/Websites I haven't posted my WIP in that thread, yet, but I've used a combination of Sketchbook, Gimp, and more recently, Graphic, all with a Wacom Intuos drawing tablet.

I have kept an eye out for more dedicated software like Jonathan Roberts' Fantastic Mapper or Other World Mapper.  I would like to explore using something like World Machine to create something more realistic, interactive, and versatile.

Edit:
I guess World Mapper is just about abandonware, supposedly Terragen is currently the way to go.

Edit2:
I actually took up my mapmaking again last night and figured out how to overlay my map in google earth. This made me glad that I was using vectors, as it was a cinch to resize my map's dimensions and shuffle my continents around to achieve a more favorable position on the globe. It will also help for figuring out distances and climate.

The workflow for this is pretty nice, actually. GEarth just pulls the overlays from your file system (or a URL, I think), so if you overwrite the file (I export to tiff), it only requires a refresh to see the changes. I have a whole-globe wrap at the moment, but the resolution is limited, so if want higher rez zoomable features, I'll have to cut those out of the larger map and overlay them as separate chunks.

I'm not sure how far I'll go with this particular workflow beyond general positioning, however, as I'm wanting to make a proper heightmap and looking at tools like Wilbur and MapToGlobe.

May 01, 2016, 07:16:07 AM
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Re: Say Hi, I'm new thread
Fallas portuguese?  Eu fallo um poco portunol
No double L ;D --> 'falas', 'falo'

Queres tentar falar portugues comigo? via PM hehe
Didn't you know I was portuguese?
E o Lanko tambem é brasileiro :)

May 01, 2016, 09:31:23 AM
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Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina? Just waiting for the cock and balls city to turn up. Looking at you Joe Abercrombie.


May 01, 2016, 10:41:59 AM
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Re: Is Tar Valon a vagina?
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Just waiting for the cock and balls city to turn up. Looking at you Joe Abercrombie.

From memory there is a tower on the hill above that casts its shadow over Tar Valon. Is that close enough?

May 01, 2016, 12:26:44 PM
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Re: Politics and other ailments of the real world I don't even follow this thread, but man, I can't resist these "Trumpocalypse" posts  ::)



"I think we would get along very well." Trump on Putin.


Putin and Trump riding together.


Image: "Breaking News, April 8th, 2020: President Trump congratulates Putin on the retaking of Constantinople for the Western Alliance."

You are guys are getting it all wrong! The Great Wall of Texas is just a diversion! Putin will get Ukraine and Trump will get Mexico! It's all already planned!

Go, Trump! Make America great again!  ::) (Ironic icons where)

May 06, 2016, 12:18:08 AM
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