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Title: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on August 23, 2015, 10:13:02 PM

I think it might be fun to share maps we've created for our works-in-progress or just stuff we've imagined.

Here's mine for "The Starlit Lands."

(http://i.imgur.com/JGWT2DQ.jpg?1)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Raptori on August 23, 2015, 11:00:41 PM
Nice idea!  :P

We've got a whole world map with climate mapping and all that kind of stuff, and we've started to fill in the area we're focusing on early on.

Google Earth map (so we can measure distances accurately):
(http://oi62.tinypic.com/kbubdc.jpg)

Normal Map (should probably add some more labels in... someday):
(http://i.imgur.com/jPdq3ed.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on August 23, 2015, 11:07:18 PM
ooooh.  maps are fun.  i'll go next!

click to make them bigger!

for years, i ran a d&d campaign set in my world of traeth.  here're a couple maps from that.

the continent of traeth:
(http://steelanvilstudios.com/static/images/traeth_large.jpg) (http://steelanvilstudios.com/static/images/traeth_large.jpg)


a little town plaza from one of the cities -- i think nasine:
(http://steelanvilstudios.com/static/images/town-plaza.jpg) (http://steelanvilstudios.com/static/images/town-plaza.jpg)


and then, there's the map i made for a web-based rpg i started working on 10 or 12 years ago.  some of you may recognize it as the world my tales of rainn novel is set in.

here's the link to the game i made back then:
http://www.knightsandfights.com/


and, the map of the world:
(http://steelanvilstudios.com/static/images/rainn/daend_map_large.png) (http://steelanvilstudios.com/static/images/rainn/daend_map_large.png)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: tebakutis on August 23, 2015, 11:16:52 PM
Sure, I'll play. :)

This is sort of cheating, but this is the map I used for my first book (and its upcoming sequel) since I haven't really had to map out anything else I've done (locations and travel distances cease to be as important when you have rapid/fast travel). I actually had to refer to this map a number of times and caught a number of "errors" in my book (directions and/or travel time) due to knowing where stuff was. So, can't recommend a good map enough!

(http://www.tebakutis.com/glyphbinder/FiveProvincesMap_Small.jpg)

The fun thing is I'll get to add new locations with each book.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: SugoiMe on August 23, 2015, 11:32:28 PM
This is my working map of my current project.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1OUc_EqUyJraDM3cS1fSWRFYlE (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1OUc_EqUyJraDM3cS1fSWRFYlE)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on August 23, 2015, 11:36:15 PM
This is my working map of my current project.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1OUc_EqUyJraDM3cS1fSWRFYlE (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1OUc_EqUyJraDM3cS1fSWRFYlE)

Visually, it's really cool to look at. It reminds me of Tolkien's maps in style.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Doctor_Chill on August 24, 2015, 12:13:27 AM
Loving this. I myself am a map whore, so of course I like drawing them. Can't contend with the big players up above, but I enjoy it.

Here's an outlined version of the Nations of the North:

(http://i.imgur.com/OjjCRmt.jpg)

Here's the more current version with better, bigger handwriting. Some of the cities are up for debate, especially the more Spanish and Italian ones now that I have a firmer grasp of the language (no "PH" in writing, ha!).

(http://i.imgur.com/VGZbBD1.jpg)

And this is an extended version of the entire continent of Por Voalis:

(http://i.imgur.com/zYYU8Ma.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: SugoiMe on August 24, 2015, 12:56:20 AM
This is my working map of my current project.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1OUc_EqUyJraDM3cS1fSWRFYlE (https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B1OUc_EqUyJraDM3cS1fSWRFYlE)

Visually, it's really cool to look at. It reminds me of Tolkien's mao in style.
Thanks! I get a lot of comments about how Tolkienish it looks.

@Doctor Chill - Big players nothin! You've got talent, too. The middle one looks like a real map.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on August 24, 2015, 01:31:58 AM
So, Mappers:

How do you see your lands? As a character, an active part of the story? Or a place where things happen? Is there something special about geography itself? Those following my WIP work will know that my world has some extreme differences from our Earth; I'm only figuring out now all the ramifications of my basic decisions.

The Worldmount to the west is a mountain range that encirles an inverted bowl of geography. The "stars" are gems on the peaks of these mountains. Their light is the only light in the world. There is no sun or moon. Light, warmth, weather, tides, amd magic are all caused by the stars. Hence, the "Starlit Lands".

Taking Tolkien as one example, Middle Earth is one part of a fundamentally magical geography. Mordor is a fundamentally magical location, while most of the rest is geography as we know it - just with various human and non-human denizens.

I've only read The Heroes from Abercrombie, but my sense is that his world is a stage on which things happen, not a character in itself, really. (Though these distinctions are a bit of a blunt instrument.)

How do you see your lands?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Doctor_Chill on August 24, 2015, 01:47:06 AM
Interesting question. I'll use some big names as examples.

For instance, I see Westeros as more a stage than most worlds. It's very Low Fantasy, but even then, while some locales excite me (like King's Landing, Braavos, or the Wall), it doesn't create a strong sense of wonder places like Middle Earth or Narnia always do. Those locations ooze magic, whether tangible or abstract.

I guess you could add the question of: Is character (for a place) the same as atmosphere? And I'm not sure I have the answer right now.

I do however think that whichever camp you fall into for that specific instance, geography should tell a story, whether it is a wondrous one or a menial set piece.

For my map, The Crystal Wastes is a far-reaching plain shattered by who knows what. Only glass remains. It begs the question: How did it come this way? Other places like the Sunken Island or the Broken Continent should make you ask the same as above. How did it happen? What kind of power was used to "break" a continent, and in whose (or what's) hands did this power fall to?

I think a land devoid of light is already going to tickle the imagination over something like my Eurocentric one, so I wouldn't worry about coming off like Abercrombie. ;)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on August 24, 2015, 02:09:17 AM
Yes. I had Westeros as a counter to Tolkien in my mind, too.
And the comparison goes to another question as well (though not one explicitly about geography):

Is a particular fantasy driven by an external threat to which humans respond (Tolkien) or to internal human threats (Abercrombie - at least in the Heroes). ASOIAF has both threats, though the focus is mainly on human, with Winter as this long term background problem.

I find this very interesting. Take Copper Promise. The threat is external, but only because humans went in and stirred things up, releasing the threat from captivity. Very similar situation in A Crown for Cold Silver. The story is competely about humans, because again the external is released by humans. (At least, through book 1.) And to finish up, Eli Monpress is about how humans deal with an external threat. Back to Tolkien.

Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: K.S. Crooks on August 24, 2015, 02:27:35 AM
Welcome to Galyndor!
http://www.kscrooks.com/galyndor-interactive-map
I'm in chapter 15 of the sequel, which takes place mostly to the west in the countries of Wurrunna and Sequoia.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on August 24, 2015, 02:33:12 AM
For those using software, what are you using?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on August 24, 2015, 03:48:30 AM
For those using software, what are you using?
i've used a bunch.  most of them are terrible.  campaign cartographer is pretty much the gold standard.  it's just expensive.

https://secure.profantasy.com/products/cc3.asp
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: SugoiMe on August 24, 2015, 04:47:47 AM
I've heard of a lot of people using gimp because it's free.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Raptori on August 24, 2015, 08:56:27 AM
Re: location as a character - I don't think it has to be mystical or unusual to come through as an interesting and powerful aspect of a book. It just has to have character, for lack of a clearer word. The setting can affect the whole tone and feel of a story - just imagine the difference you'd get between two identical stories, one set in the wild west and one set in Venice - and when it does that, it becomes a character in its own right. If the setting is either bland or just barely affects things at all, then it's just not that important.

I'd say that Hobb's Six Duchies are just as strong a character as her Rain Wilds, even though one is a fairly stereotypical fantasy setting and the other is a series of fantastical forest cities above sunken ruins that are being eaten by a river that flows with acid. The reason for that is that both are described in a vivid and real way, they're both important to their respective stories, and they both have a very clear sense of place.

In contrast, the land in Mistborn is very bland and uninteresting, and doesn't really matter all that much. Some of the cities do have some semblance of a sense of place, but in the most part there's nothing other than ash. Mistborn is the only series out of my favourites where I think that's the case, which shows how important it is for me to feel that the world I'm reading about is alive.


Re: software - I think Illustrator, Photoshop, GProjector (http://www.giss.nasa.gov/tools/gprojector/) (yes, that's really by NASA), and Google Earth covers it all.  8)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on August 24, 2015, 09:11:33 AM
You have made this lady *very* happy. I so love maps! :D
This thread deserves a lot of time perusing (not a quick catch up before starting work) - I'll be back, hehe
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Lady Ty on August 24, 2015, 09:56:28 AM
Also want to say :D thanks for this lovely thread, will take a while to enjoy properly.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Henry Dale on August 24, 2015, 06:37:59 PM
I have a WIP world map, can't find a good image host for it tho, anyone ideas?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Raptori on August 24, 2015, 06:39:25 PM
I have a WIP world map, can't find a good image host for it tho, anyone ideas?
Tried tinypic (http://tinypic.com/)?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Doctor_Chill on August 24, 2015, 06:44:30 PM
I have a WIP world map, can't find a good image host for it tho, anyone ideas?

I use Imgur.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Henry Dale on August 24, 2015, 07:01:50 PM
Thank you, went with tinypic for this one  :)

So, very WIP world map, made in photoshop, cuz layers let you change things around quickly.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/2n6ceuq.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on August 24, 2015, 07:17:58 PM
srsly.  coolest thread ever.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: tebakutis on August 25, 2015, 12:18:46 AM
Quote
For those using software, what are you using?

For mine, I basically drew everything by hand (continent outlines, etc) as well as the icons for towns, cities, and so on. Then I scanned those at super high resolution and shrunk/grew/filtered as appropriate. Once that was done, I just tossed all the raw images into my (15 year old) version of Photoshop (which, by the way, still works great!), made liberal use of the clone/stamp tool, and made touch ups by hand.

I was actually inspired by the "hand drawn" look of the maps in Terry Brooks' first few books (Sword and Elfstones of Shannara) and if you know a little Photoshop and can draw at least simple art, it's not too hard to throw something like that together.

Of course, I've heard really good things about Gimp (it's almost as powerful as Photoshop when used properly, but free!) but I've never learned it since I've had Photoshop and I just know that tool better. I also recall an older thread on here (which maybe someone can necro?) that suggested a free online tool that would generate really cool, high quality looking fantasy maps. It was suggested for D&D campaigns, but really could work for any book.

If I get time, maybe I'll search through old threads and see if I can find/necro post it.

EDIT: I was thinking of Campaign Cartographer, which I think someone already mentioned.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on August 25, 2015, 12:36:11 AM
Thank you, went with tinypic for this one  :)

So, very WIP world map, made in photoshop, cuz layers let you change things around quickly.

(http://i61.tinypic.com/2n6ceuq.jpg)

I love: "The World That Once Was - Avant"
Cool sound to it all.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on August 25, 2015, 04:29:21 PM
oh.  btw.  i meant to post this earlier and got distracted with something shiny.

this is a great list of mapping software:
http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1407
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on August 25, 2015, 06:12:31 PM
I love: "The World That Once Was - Avant"
Cool sound to it all.

Of course then the consequence is people wondering "avant what?" -- ooooh mystery! :D

got distracted with something shiny.
;D ;D
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Henry Dale on August 25, 2015, 06:35:56 PM
I love: "The World That Once Was - Avant"
Cool sound to it all.

Of course then the consequence is people wondering "avant what?" -- ooooh mystery! :D

The rest of the multiverse, what an adventure, no?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on August 25, 2015, 06:37:38 PM
I was thinking more about a specific event, a cataclism that changed the way that world looks.
So you'd have an 'avant' map and then an 'apres' map.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Henry Dale on August 25, 2015, 07:00:46 PM
I was thinking more about a specific event, a cataclism that changed the way that world looks.
So you'd have an 'avant' map and then an 'apres' map.

Oh, yer
spoiler:
the world gets kinda blown up and collapses onto itself. some people manage to flee to another world, everyone else dies.  So no apr├Ęs  ::)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on August 29, 2015, 06:10:54 AM
I"m a little late to the party but here's mine:

(https://unsungheroesbook.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/eyrth-map-test.jpg)

The geography is political and magical and religious:  the mountain range, the Fell, housed a city that was once the gate to Heaven (like Shangrila), but it got cast into Ghenna (Hell, sort of) so now it's a creepy-ass place with all kinds of terrible shit and 1,000 years ago and now there are these enormous statues that keep anything from leaving the mountain range (in addition to dragons and ogre-like dudes, anyone who dies there comes back to life as a gollog (like a golem) in 7 days unless you cut their body into 7 pieces and cuts 1/7th off of people to sew onto themselves to replace their rotting parts).  On the other side of the range is a whole other set of countries-- the two sides have forgotten about each other-- and their legends/religion has evolved very differently from the other side.

I used a combination of AUTOmap and photoshop
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on August 29, 2015, 10:37:48 AM
Nobody's ever late to a thread like this :D
Keep them coming!
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Henry Dale on August 29, 2015, 11:36:10 AM
@bradley darewood, fellow unsummonable  :P
Your map style reminds me of the maps of Dragon Age in style. It's pretty nice.

I haven't found this program you call automap however (all I get is music programs). Do you have a link?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on August 29, 2015, 11:47:59 AM
I"m a little late to the party but here's mine:

(https://unsungheroesbook.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/eyrth-map-test.jpg)

The geography is political and magical and religious:  the mountain range, the Fell, housed a city that was once the gate to Heaven (like Shangrila), but it got cast into Ghenna (Hell, sort of) so now it's a creepy-ass place with all kinds of terrible shit and 1,000 years ago and now there are these enormous statues that keep anything from leaving the mountain range (in addition to dragons and ogre-like dudes, anyone who dies there comes back to life as a gollog (like a golem) in 7 days unless you cut their body into 7 pieces and cuts 1/7th off of people to sew onto themselves to replace their rotting parts).  On the other side of the range is a whole other set of countries-- the two sides have forgotten about each other-- and their legends/religion has evolved very differently from the other side.

I used a combination of AUTOmap and photoshop

You like your 7evenses! The whole come back as a gollog stuff is great.

Fun map!  :)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: j2starshine on August 29, 2015, 10:34:10 PM
Oh I LOVE maps. I've been drawing them since I was a kid. I have several maps I've drawn for my works-in-progress. 

This one has been finalized, though. Hand drawn and then messed with in photoshop. I'm not exactly sure how to upload the image, but here's my attempt.

(http://worldofnalu.com/nalu-info/uploads/2013/06/Map-for-website.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: tebakutis on August 30, 2015, 02:13:03 AM
Wow, these both look great! Very, very cool.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: j2starshine on August 30, 2015, 02:19:18 AM
Thanks tebakutis!
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: NinjaRaptor on August 30, 2015, 04:56:42 AM
I love making maps, but it's something of a guilty pleasure for me since the projects they're associated with usually go nowhere. And most of them draw heavily on real-world geography anyway. I'll just share the most recent map I've uploaded on DeviantArt:

(http://img07.deviantart.net/d0ba/i/2015/241/6/f/the_ice_crowned_age_by_dabrandonsphere-d97oj2z.png)
The idea here is that this world has more extreme differences in climate across latitude. The polar regions are colder and drier, but the tropics are hotter and wetter (don't ask me what could plausibly account for this).
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Henry Dale on August 30, 2015, 06:50:29 AM
I live in Avalon now it seems.  :)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on August 30, 2015, 06:51:47 AM
I live in Avalon now it seems.  :)

at least you're in the known world.  *sniff*
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on August 30, 2015, 11:27:00 AM
I live in Avalon now it seems.  :)

at least you're in the known world.  *sniff*
And my home country is now a desert.

Poor m3m, but think, you can be doing mischief without anybody knowing ;D
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on September 02, 2015, 09:17:35 AM

@bradley darewood, fellow unsummonable  :P
Your map style reminds me of the maps of Dragon Age in style. It's pretty nice.

I haven't found this program you call automap however (all I get is music programs). Do you have a link?

My bad it was AutoREALM.  It only works on PC.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/autorealm/

Here's a tutorial that can give you sort of a preview:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RqZpFrBq88

My process was like this:

1) I searched free textures online using google image search-- mostly wooden, papyrus, concrete, stone, etc.  I Think I ended up using wood of some sort but i don't remember.

2) I used the texture as my background on AutoREALM.  I mostly needed autoREALM for the little mountain icons, city icons and for the fractal coastline as well as the smooth lines of the river and dotted lines of the country borders.  I had very poor control over the fractal generator, so I ended up just adapting my map to what the fractal wanted to do-- it was close enough to what i was going for. 

3) In photoshop i painted the ocean and shaded the borders/rivers etc.  I downloaded a special font to use for the country names.  I think it might have been Cloister Black.

And that's it more or less!
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: vgunn on September 02, 2015, 10:27:04 AM
Here was one of mine.

(https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/06/7a/82/067a828c6fbb375b93f433aa4fea579d.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Yora on September 02, 2015, 04:39:34 PM
(http://spriggans-den.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/P_20150605_192913.jpg)

The area shown on this map is pretty big; arctic in the north and tropical in the south.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: YordanZh on September 04, 2015, 09:10:38 AM
Wow, awesome thread for a map lover!  Great maps, guys!

Here are mine: The first two are maps for the already published When They Shine Brightest (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B011JD9VEC). Actually just the second map is for the events in When They Shine Brightest, but the first is there because things in the east parts of the continent are being mentioned in the book.

The third map is my work-map for the entire world. The book I'm writing atm (~150 pages in) is happening mostly in the continent below When They Shine Brightest's continent, but don't look at the names, I haven't written them into the map yet.

(http://yzfantasy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Karta-1-EN2-1024x576-900x500.jpg)

(http://yzfantasy.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Karta-2-EN2-1024x822-700x600.jpg)

(http://s21.postimg.org/ovvj2p6va/Map.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on September 04, 2015, 02:19:50 PM
those are great!

and, @YordanZh (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40339), you get mad props for adding in the scale!  that's so surprisingly helpful when you're writing.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: night_wrtr on September 05, 2015, 04:52:22 AM
Well I am inspired!

I have never done more than a few sketches on the dry erase board. I just downloaded GIMP and read some tutorials. Let's see where this takes me.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: YordanZh on September 05, 2015, 06:12:13 AM
those are great!

and, @YordanZh (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40339), you get mad props for adding in the scale!  that's so surprisingly helpful when you're writing.

It is, especially when you have your characters moving around. Not that you can't manage without it, but it's also useful for the reader.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: night_wrtr on September 09, 2015, 07:06:50 AM
Update: GIMP is sucking the life out of me.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on September 09, 2015, 08:40:06 AM
Update: GIMP is sucking the life out of me.
I thought only Fantasy-Faction did that (while giving out another type of life) ;D
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: DDRRead on September 09, 2015, 10:15:48 AM
This is the cloth version of the map for my Redwald/Wulfwald setting . . .

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/TZ34_X5beqxIxRnUo21POxEK_E3dRO14YyxP2UhfnRr81KSxUap-kE_mYpj6o7bQU96JbbG0XxBB8KMKxtLdB7pDB0s1nCnd5SjZX0PHAlq_AlfqTU11BPw1k_Le_JQfbTNq3MFGmsNZcok7lq3AuS9rjck0J3IuzZ5PPb39R-r-nEzePJY-tTMWGXPajGiMTUFUfSYKTPk1mPUzuQvYYTpNc4Uf67j1u-aM4DK50vZ08on8PC_J1mE6C6pJBYJEQfKIcs7ZJpLbNN9tdCMg8jiGsJLIRV5ainJPqs1CNopySPnO0wNZxsEIAOXzc-v10tOzTBueTSJKoEfPT6PkaFsLJ-1SMe5gix3MRmNs1ZJFC-AP0QuvdG8xZ3z7kiM-NoRj2lG7LRWIlCe2dDvILZ0QEFhmMdmzeWeGNZMWBBrw0F5w6iY3E3ji_zIzntxp-tlz-D2OlJU1dgBSXl2VatAw-_05COoqvZ53lCvGIyyVdwyA2O1cehby2IGnWQFRJteqnKnLw1UbqRRl1hCu-us=w858-h643-no)

It's from the back of the book . . .

(https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/7WxodxPXDrd634idagoUZ1w1g2INTQe7cnQfRQ_IL04U4oT9V_WhfAppBBOBs5ptA3D9N7Kb-c7rYambUauisZ_GlNVhLvNEj-IAuNqNSehWvq-9qHMS630jzKmrvPnk48pjPOV8I-Yeo7UDnIa6Np69jqZEOxqA2p8iFR2rosYqBBz19G4zDNrH7jt_j0H39HikmshgmqDdtR-Inmx7fg1u2FeefxqZISbNITL4rCaPFONjmd6DEPjEipExYbjSFxPQNj2TX4SERYY-3kF2PiVZYpUBhiBBD56AYy6P5NNvPAK6I7kKpYbd652VzTa16qpQgA6gzhCzTIOGAVbZGFpqb3rCWiW9X7VPoA16gO63oklzAcnROi2_DUwgwr1G8oaHL32WM4HJIMXZM6EAMRcGhR51dJXiyXKS3aMnAK79UHVGrfihqYnm4tXCfZCQYdbwHUtk-l91GaJNDybgqtx8vn6RbjdVeweffQyYSfugdZEOVTaNUkeli6tg-Bjs37H8mDbv8KrpaB5S2Y9H8Fk=w858-h643-no)

I don't have decent digital version at the moment only these crappy pictures I took.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Henry Dale on September 09, 2015, 10:49:44 AM
That looks amazing @DDRRead (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1150)  :D
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on September 09, 2015, 11:21:38 AM
And a wow from me too.  :o
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Raptori on September 09, 2015, 12:38:33 PM
I can't see those...  :(
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on September 09, 2015, 12:42:45 PM
Cloth? Wow did you paint it yourself?

Strange, Raptori, normally I don't see the pics from my work computer but that's because of the company firewall, you shouldn't have that problem.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Lady Ty on September 09, 2015, 01:15:18 PM
Wow ++, @DDRRead (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=1150)  that map is beautiful, the texture makes such a difference as well as all your detail. ;D
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: DDRRead on September 09, 2015, 02:01:36 PM
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Posted by: ScarletBea
Cloth? Wow did you paint it yourself?

  that map is beautiful, the texture makes such a difference as well as all your detail. ;D

Not my detail as I can't paint or draw or map (or adult). It's the map of my world/setting but I didn't draw it I just described what I wanted. The Cartographer is the very excellent Doug Anderson and the publisher (the very very brilliant CR Brandon) sent me the cloth version along with my comp copies, and a very nice leather writer's bag and some cool wooden dice. I assume he used the digital copy of the map and printed it on what we Brits would call a tea towel via Cafepress or the like.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on September 09, 2015, 02:06:51 PM
I can't see those...  :(
Me neither.  :(
There must be something wrong with Finland.  ??? ;)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: DDRRead on September 09, 2015, 02:56:31 PM
I can't see those...  :(
Me neither.  :(
There must be something wrong with Finland.  ??? ;)

Maybe it's Google photos that is the problem? I linked them using the boards html and avoided Google's short webaddys, but maybe it's just general google photo suckage.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Raptori on September 09, 2015, 02:58:16 PM
I can't see those...  :(
Me neither.  :(
There must be something wrong with Finland.  ??? ;)

Maybe it's Google photos that is the problem? I linked them using the boards html and avoided Google's short webaddys, but maybe it's just general google photo suckage.
Yeah could be, google does some weird stuff with their images!
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on September 09, 2015, 07:10:15 PM
I can't see those...  :(
Me neither.  :(
There must be something wrong with Finland.  ??? ;)

Maybe it's Google photos that is the problem? I linked them using the boards html and avoided Google's short webaddys, but maybe it's just general google photo suckage.
Yeah could be, google does some weird stuff with their images!

yah.  i couldn't see them either.  i had to pull out the links and look at them by themselves.  so, pardon the epic links:

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/ATPPZgzEZmmIsDivh06dAKOfOVn4_TsZBbFdD3e2tCiGBLXX9tzC8gTXHToS7asSPFAZmnNwWfJ8cMSlcxZEpNoYFcsXXA8umyPbt7uezOQ8x2TAsYx-1tMZJoM1J36na8JGtirJpR-Twq7qFPCqGGmXYBrArfZgoMHBR1H84fHIxsjKXB8jbrZL5IruyKdBVSfKrN9UeTwj8PRCyfZMF6GA4JjpioNMlkzNpKjmaYsmHuYf8NouJ2rYp6NmyxeHB9DzPKG5ndXwIqKk0G3dmCoKlOIYYf7J0ER3WIlmdVEI01JX5bBZ__gaEYZ8jca0HwuSGQQiewJRszTtIFzLY-zp6apu8A9EKjvcfNKTy6m2MpMASL8dm_PKX0UjG7q5lHKtsEf8B7_bHlCZHKDEvCp8mGduP2XK2ZUnJbYVM7W958GcZg-AU2ptROUmtMTrOOsNuJPdlAQWuV4gyqITiCp4Zxf1xvfRQ961EjYsecd_-kvEvjrBUh2Z54-cN-MR-j0V=w858-h643-no

https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/WtALnT8wFf1ui1bYhFW4E1usLSjRlxV59eeocy1xQfloVnonT_N7IaXAVaWIShmVTsE1Esi2x5Rl7FmSbyuinW-Vemu4FT5OHxkfhHpwaA66gmDD5JBkDRKQws43RAcMCyEtlcPwGq1fW3U_a_1hRmyAbcjzj2FCp3HU2WekDNI3_Nao8n3K0-pfYpHNnsCY3r2nNBbJDH-EaiN6dgykLx38ylQV6nx28z2bD3vqz8lWgNYMjyzdh8cTxtqnkMSwTpXdpFqDPwrRuuZF3ekJIG2SFwYBhQwMXsKTTRka5sjZmgcmHVeZBB5I0bO5RX0_38gWhirjZhJ5GZYAffEWFTkNm-i-Hqqnhmm4Q_J5l4J2FsfAuetVy18zIbSZA-AxkAja6H7sNpYfSEtJeXQ8NyeBiXXpRaNOJnfCOpzidCPgf5cqyWhZ__T1_ukgE3CjGzShv43kdf2Bazg33HxBA5VhP32W9L6xSz8BJtD8YJ9Em5bz7Kc1vg3WHEl8Pb3O2lY4=w858-h643-no

oh, and they're amazing!
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on September 09, 2015, 07:14:36 PM
Update: GIMP is sucking the life out of me.

ah!  no!  gimp is terrible, sir.

paint.net is really the best option on a windows machine.
http://www.getpaint.net

but, if you're on a mac, pixelmator is spectacular.
http://www.pixelmator.com
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on September 09, 2015, 09:07:17 PM
yah.  i couldn't see them either.  i had to pull out the links and look at them by themselves.
I did that too, but the links take me to the google accounts sign-in page. Should I be logged-in to a google account to see the pictures?  :-\
I don't think I'm going to do that.  :(
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: night_wrtr on September 10, 2015, 05:58:09 PM
Update: GIMP is sucking the life out of me.

ah!  no!  gimp is terrible, sir.

paint.net is really the best option on a windows machine.
http://www.getpaint.net

but, if you're on a mac, pixelmator is spectacular.
http://www.pixelmator.com


Hmm. I'll check this out!
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Lady Ty on December 05, 2015, 01:40:30 AM
Seems to be Quiz season - here's one for all fantasy map lovers. I know we have a few experts here to make up for my appalling score of 3. Must do better. :(

http://hodderscape.co.uk/quiz-identify-fantasy-novel-maps/
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on December 05, 2015, 02:03:17 AM
Seems to be Quiz season - here's one for all fantasy map lovers. I know we have a few experts here to make up for my appalling score of 3. Must do better. :(

http://hodderscape.co.uk/quiz-identify-fantasy-novel-maps/

7. I got some I shouldn't have and missed some I should have got.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Raptori on December 05, 2015, 02:09:08 AM
7. I got all six that I had read correct, plus one random guess out of all the others. :)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: J.R. Darewood on December 05, 2015, 02:29:10 AM

I got 5. Ouch, that was difficult. Somehow I even got GRRM's map wrong!

At least I got the Gentleman Bastards and the Earthsea Cycle right...
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: night_wrtr on December 05, 2015, 07:44:12 AM
4. But I guessed on many as I haven't read most of those books.

This thread reminds me of my half completed map forgotten in the my documents folder.

I was doing great with gimp, creating layers and making rivers, mountain ranges, then I tried to erase something and realized I had merged all my layers a long time ago and would have to undo most of it to continue.

Meh.

Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Yora on December 05, 2015, 11:38:13 AM
Of those that I could know because I know the books I got 100%, without ever having seen a map of them before. Which is 2 of the questions.
Clues on the maps allowed me to even identify two more that I've never read.

The rest are mostly books I've never heard even existed.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on December 05, 2015, 03:03:14 PM
I got 11 and mistook the Pass in the last one :P
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ArhiX on December 06, 2015, 03:26:03 AM
I have 6. Fun part is that I knew only one of them for sure. The rest of them was like "there are no places that I know from a b and d. That must be a map of c.'
I also guessed the one with 'Eartsea'. :p
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on December 06, 2015, 09:22:53 AM
6 for me too. And I haven't read any of the books (well apart from two or three chapters of one of them).

Not quite sure if this calls for the cool or the embarrassed smiley. I think I'm going to go with:  8)

One I kind of knew, two I "deduced", and rest I guessed. Oh, and I really should have known one more (as I have seen the map).
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on December 06, 2015, 06:28:39 PM
erg.

i got 5.

and half of those, i guessed at.

i'm really bad at this.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Vincent_Quill on December 07, 2015, 12:12:49 AM
I started my map years ago using Microsoft Paint and have been continuously adding onto it so I'm still using MS Paint and it's awful. Still, I think I make it work, even if my map resembles earth a little more than I'd like. 
(http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/insert-title-here/images/0/0b/World_map_experimental.png/revision/latest?cb=20151205181209)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Lady Ty on December 07, 2015, 12:27:51 AM
@Vincent _Quill Hi there,  that map looks interesting, but hard to see. Please can you make it a bit bigger?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Vincent_Quill on December 07, 2015, 08:29:04 PM
Oh sorry I didn't realise it had ended up so small, here's a bigger version

http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/insert-title-here/images/0/0b/World_map_experimental.png/revision/latest?cb=20151205181209
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Lady Ty on December 07, 2015, 10:20:43 PM
Still didn't work for me.  Hope you'll forgive this fix. Not well focused but easier to pick out  see all those states/countries- wow, that's some detail. There is plenty to play with in your New World :D.


(http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/insert-title-here/images/0/0b/World_map_experimental.png/revision/latest?cb=20151205181209)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Vincent_Quill on December 08, 2015, 09:23:15 PM
Thanks  ;D ! I feel compelled to try another link for the full thing though, does this one work?

http://theshadowspact.wikia.com/wiki/File:World_map_experimental.png
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Lady Ty on December 08, 2015, 11:19:14 PM
Thank you that's heaps better. Now really hope we're going to hear more about this world in future, please  keep us up to date as you go. ;D
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ArcaneArtsVelho on December 09, 2015, 08:04:12 AM
Thanks  ;D ! I feel compelled to try another link for the full thing though, does this one work?

http://theshadowspact.wikia.com/wiki/File:World_map_experimental.png (http://theshadowspact.wikia.com/wiki/File:World_map_experimental.png)
For some reason the full-size version scales down when you try to view it.
This (http://vignette4.wikia.nocookie.net/insert-title-here/images/0/0b/World_map_experimental.png/revision/20151205181208) full-size version (an old one from the file history) works (but it doesn't have all the nations/areas of the newer one).

Edit: Well, it worked back then...
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: night_wrtr on February 04, 2016, 09:41:46 PM
After some computer and software frustrations, I have decided to take a stab at things with pencil and paper. Stupid technology and such.

Wanted to share an amazing how-to book that has very cool tips:
How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps- Jared Blando (http://www.amazon.com/How-Draw-Fantasy-Art-Maps-ebook/dp/B013KZ269Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1454621725&sr=8-1)

Wish me luck.

Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: ScarletBea on February 04, 2016, 10:00:57 PM
After some computer and software frustrations, I have decided to take a stab at things with pencil and paper. Stupid technology and such.

Wanted to share an amazing how-to book that has very cool tips:
How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps- Jared Blando (http://www.amazon.com/How-Draw-Fantasy-Art-Maps-ebook/dp/B013KZ269Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1454621725&sr=8-1)

Wish me luck.
I'm a sucker for maps ;D
I used the 'look inside' feature of that book and looks amazing! I think you need a bit of talent, though, hehe, I think if I tried, all my maps would look like the blob on 'first draw a shape' ;)

Good luck!!
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: night_wrtr on February 04, 2016, 10:08:47 PM
After some computer and software frustrations, I have decided to take a stab at things with pencil and paper. Stupid technology and such.

Wanted to share an amazing how-to book that has very cool tips:
How to Draw Fantasy Art and RPG Maps- Jared Blando (http://www.amazon.com/How-Draw-Fantasy-Art-Maps-ebook/dp/B013KZ269Y/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1454621725&sr=8-1)

Wish me luck.
I'm a sucker for maps ;D
I used the 'look inside' feature of that book and looks amazing! I think you need a bit of talent, though, hehe, I think if I tried, all my maps would look like the blob on 'first draw a shape' ;)

Good luck!!

 ;D

Yeah, this could go very badly. I'll post the result, though. It will either be a successful looking map, or a picture of a crumpled ball of paper.

Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: CryptofCthulhu on February 05, 2016, 11:42:03 AM
http://i57.tinypic.com/2nk8dur.jpg

Not sure how to scale it down so that it doesn't take up half the screen.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on February 05, 2016, 11:48:57 AM
Well, that's really cool. How long did that take to do?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: CryptofCthulhu on February 05, 2016, 12:02:21 PM
Well, that's really cool. How long did that take to do?

It was commissioned by a nice lady I found at the cartographer's guild.  :)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: night_wrtr on February 06, 2016, 04:49:35 AM
Tried to put the new book to use! I got much farther this way than using the computer.

(http://i67.tinypic.com/waixyt.jpg)

Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Phoenix on February 22, 2016, 05:11:11 PM
I'm just curious to see peoples maps they made, either just for fun or for books they're writing
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S3VeqqTiu8lK3YcVlaXRF5052WWchBmDmkAJ_JwZ5F4/edit?usp=sharing (https://docs.google.com/document/d/1S3VeqqTiu8lK3YcVlaXRF5052WWchBmDmkAJ_JwZ5F4/edit?usp=sharing)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on February 23, 2016, 01:57:21 AM
Hi. We have a thread for this, and lots of maps. Enjoy!

http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/calling-all-maps!/msg111744/#msg111744 (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/writers-corner/calling-all-maps!/msg111744/#msg111744)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Steve Jackson on February 23, 2016, 03:09:37 AM
My Virdea files have something like 75 maps of everything from cities to the world as a whole, but I use four maps to demonstrate how the concept of showing space changed over time.

(http://www.virdea.net/virdea1.jpg)

This map was drawn on an Apple II in 1981 and modified for Superpaint a few years later.  The world's main features show up, but I had not yet given enough thought to names, and Celestia still was called Virdea despite the books having the correct name.  Here I started having problems with diverging source material.  The original has hung around for years, and was saved from Superpaint to Photoshop. 

(http://www.virdea.net/virdea2.jpg)

The main color map from 1990 was used for the initial use of the world as a MUD setting.  Everything looks small on the map because it is actually made from more than a thousand 250x250 pixel TGA files which the MUD engine could push to am image browser.  Later I assembled the files and substituted the older graphics whose copyright had expired, for new images, and in 1998 the map went to Photoshop as a mosaic.  In 2003 the image symbols were again changed, and again in 2008 when the map was being replaced with one that could be sold as a poster.

This map did a lot of duty including a version as an interactive Hypercard stack, and a sliced HTML version.

(http://www.virdea.net/virdea3.jpg)

2008 the definitive poster map is released.  600dpi and 18x24 inches, it was packaged with the printed version of the tabletop version of Legacy of Empire.  The poster was more popular than the game, and home brews started using it.  The poster also shows the effect of time in the fantasy world on maps.  Set after the Abomination Apocalypse Dagoria is shown as a destroyed city, and the lands of Dagoria are called the Deadlands.  Although this was first released in a book in 1982, no map had shown a postwar view of the world.

(http://www.virdea.net/virdea4.jpg)

The simplified map first presented in Total Eclipse for iPad.  The map is very simple for as it was never intended for print, and shows the Downs prominently rather than the less well known swamps that play more of a role in the books.  Minor changes are mostly for taste.  Thrngar gets its normal spelling rather than its translated spelling.  Closeup maps with the same symbology were made of each area to allow more detail, but remain very simple.

(http://www.virdea.net/virdea5.jpg)

Starting in 1992 I started working out different ways to visualize Virdea.  This city map started out as an Alias/Wavefront 3D model.  The model was set to observe from the top and flattened to form a street grid.  At one point there was a false color version created with a Quantel Paintbox.  By 1998 it has gone with everything else to Photoshop as a raster grab with each section of the city being pulled out separately in their own grabs to maintain resolution.  Overlays based on the grid exist. 

(http://www.virdea.net/virdea6.jpg)

Less formerly drawn, this map of Sea Point joins maps of Norwalk, Thrngar, Seytes Gate, and Greysmere in providing simple, semi-topographic detail to the towns in the stories.  Most of these documents were made directly in Photoshop or Painter.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Yora on February 24, 2016, 09:13:58 PM
After having used pretty much the same rough map for year, I am now very much considering to flip it over. Everyone who has a coast from north to south has the sea in the west and so I started with having it in the east. But any time we were on vacation at the sea, whether in Denmark or Italy, it was always on the west coast and the sun always sets in the sea!
Having the sun rise in the sea and set over land is just not right. :D

And somehow, for reasons I can not explain, flipping it over makes the place seem a lot more cozy to me. This shouldn't be possible, but somehow my mind does it anyway.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: xiagan on February 25, 2016, 07:26:54 AM
After having used pretty much the same rough map for year, I am now very much considering to flip it over. Everyone who has a coast from north to south has the sea in the west and so I started with having it in the east. But any time we were on vacation at the sea, whether in Denmark or Italy, it was always on the west coast and the sun always sets in the sea!
Having the sun rise in the sea and set over land is just not right. :D

And somehow, for reasons I can not explain, flipping it over makes the place seem a lot more cozy to me. This shouldn't be possible, but somehow my mind does it anyway.
This might be related to you being left handed or right handed.
It is more often than not that when I read descriptions of travel that I find out later (through maps or more clear descriptions) that the picture I built in my head is mirror inverted to the author's one.
I'm a lefthander and of course most authors are right handed.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: DrMclony on February 28, 2016, 06:13:13 AM
A great thread, with some nice maps :)

Having been doing mostly SF, I am about to start in on my Fantasy series (That pesky thing I always wanted to start) with the first novel sitting on my editor's desk at the moment. So I figured why not share the map? I will likely replace it with a more detailed version when I pubish. This is made with autorealm, the free map making program.

(http://www.suspendedearth.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/CinderTINY.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Yora on February 28, 2016, 11:59:20 AM
This is the current sketch for my altered map. It's very similar to the older version, but flipped sideways.

(http://spriggans-den.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/map0228-1024x768.jpg)

This is about as much detail as I think I am ever going to need. Given the story format I am using and the scarcity of settlements, I don't think I need to create any specific cities, rivers, or lakes in advance.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Steve Jackson on March 03, 2016, 04:07:28 PM
David Brin's map in Uplift War was sparse in a similar manner and it worked just fine.  The reader already understood through narrative that the world extends past the map.

Fantasy maps are made more detailed than needed sometimes to show a world that extends past the end of the page.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: NinjaRaptor on March 17, 2016, 05:14:59 AM
(http://img04.deviantart.net/607d/i/2016/076/0/7/ancient_atlantic_by_dabrandonsphere-d9vi7zq.jpg)
#africa #african #americas #ancientegypt #atlantis #egypt #kemet #mali (show more)
I made this little map for a small writing project of mine, which has Native American hunter-gatherers from the western Great Plains fall via spacetime warp into West Africa. It'll be my subversion of the whole "Old and New World meeting before Columbus" trope that has inspired a few crackpot historical speculations. They seem to be preoccupied with other cultures discovering the Americas before Columbus or the Norse, but you almost never hear them claim travel in the opposite direction (in other words, Native Americans discovering the Old World rather than vice versa).

In this story's timeline, "Atlantis" is the pre-Columbian name for the Americas, which would make the Native Americans simply "Atlanteans" (hey, it takes only one word to say and it doesn't confuse them with the people of India). Kemet on the other hand is what the ancient Egyptians called their country, and the Mande are the West African people my "Atlantean" characters meet. Descendants of the Mande would later found the empires of Ghana/Wagadou and Mali which would dominate the West African region.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Steve Jackson on March 18, 2016, 08:13:09 PM
I like it, only for a second I was trying to figure why two upside down boats were on fire.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: SarahW on March 20, 2016, 07:29:23 AM
Man the internet here, it's not letting me post anything. I use two fantasy maps, will upload later if internet stops acting up.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: NinjaRaptor on April 16, 2016, 12:46:34 AM
Another map:
(http://img01.deviantart.net/e86b/i/2016/106/2/1/conceptual_world_map_by_dabrandonsphere-d9z3iev.jpg)
Explanations here (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/fantasy-art-fan-art/ninjaraptor's-art-thread-redux/msg138861/#msg138861).
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Justan Henner on April 16, 2016, 05:26:08 PM
Had this done recently, and I'm pretty happy with it.

(http://www.justanhenner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TrellishPeninsulaMap1200.jpg)

I love that fray and the lines on the oceans.

Edit: *sigh* I know the difference between linking to the jpeg and linking to a webpage containing the jpeg. I swear.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JMack on April 16, 2016, 05:55:50 PM
Had this done recently, and I'm pretty happy with it.

(http://www.justanhenner.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/TrellishPeninsulaMap1200.jpg)

I love that fray and the lines on the oceans.

Edit: *sigh* I know the difference between linking to the jpeg and linking to a webpage containing the jpeg. I swear.

That is really, really good and cool. A shame about spilling coffee on the damn thing.  :P
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Justan Henner on April 16, 2016, 06:15:57 PM
That is really, really good and cool. A shame about spilling coffee on the damn thing.  :P

And here I thought that was just one of the options when I hired the artist, but damn, it's really putting this conversation into perspective.

Artist: "Would you like that old map feel on the final product, you know that kind of spilled coffee look?"
Me: "Hmmm... I dunno-"
Artist: "Too late!"


Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Blackthorn on April 17, 2016, 12:45:02 AM
(http://i.imgur.com/LZbMjUy.jpg)

I was experimenting with a tutorial on making maps on gimp and here's what my first attempt resulted in, it isn't any specific place just a random attempt, which is why you don't see any names.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Lady Ty on April 17, 2016, 07:22:23 AM
Looks like a useful app. Was going to compliment you on having Stonehenge in there, then saw there was another and wondered if either rocketships, silos or stockaded settlements ?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Blackthorn on April 17, 2016, 03:23:03 PM
Looks like a useful app. Was going to compliment you on having Stonehenge in there, then saw there was another and wondered if either rocketships, silos or stockaded settlements ?
That was actually just a settlement, had it been larger or more distinct you'd see that the outer ring is made of pointed logs
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: JRTroughton on April 17, 2016, 03:28:03 PM
Some of these maps are lovely, everyone.

Really impressed.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Phoenix on April 18, 2016, 04:03:26 PM
I stumbled across this map making website, and it's actually pretty good
http://inkarnate.com (http://inkarnate.com)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on April 18, 2016, 04:16:56 PM
I stumbled across this map making website, and it's actually pretty good
http://inkarnate.com (http://inkarnate.com)

omg!  that's amazing!!
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: night_wrtr on April 18, 2016, 05:00:36 PM
I stumbled across this map making website, and it's actually pretty good
http://inkarnate.com (http://inkarnate.com)

Man, i'm never going to get my work done now.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: SugoiMe on April 18, 2016, 09:18:47 PM
I stumbled across this map making website, and it's actually pretty good
http://inkarnate.com (http://inkarnate.com)

That's awesome!

Meanwhile, I've digitized a portion of my map for my book. It's not professional by any means, but it's a start. It's kind of ginormous, so I'm putting it in spoilers.
(http://i1.wp.com/www.k-arussell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/book-1-map.jpg?w=1536)
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Phoenix on April 19, 2016, 01:37:35 PM
I stumbled across this map making website, and it's actually pretty good
http://inkarnate.com (http://inkarnate.com)

That's awesome!

Meanwhile, I've digitized a portion of my map for my book. It's not professional by any means, but it's a start. It's kind of ginormous, so I'm putting it in spoilers.
(http://i1.wp.com/www.k-arussell.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/book-1-map.jpg?w=1536)
@SugoiMe (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=40371) did you use any software or a website to make that map?
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: SugoiMe on April 19, 2016, 04:31:19 PM
@Dragonbane (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41065) - I used pixelmator.  It's like the photoshop of the mac world, but with less features.  I have it on both my iPad and computer so I can draw the bulk of the map on the iPad and then do the wording on the computer.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: m3mnoch on April 19, 2016, 06:01:43 PM
+1 for pixelmator.  love that program.
Title: Re: Calling All Maps!
Post by: Phoenix on April 19, 2016, 06:24:17 PM
@Dragonbane (http://fantasy-faction.com/forum/index.php?action=profile;u=41065) - I used pixelmator.  It's like the photoshop of the mac world, but with less features.  I have it on both my iPad and computer so I can draw the bulk of the map on the iPad and then do the wording on the computer.
I might just have to get it then :P ;D