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Craig158
01-13-2008, 07:37 AM
Hi, I've been directed here from EN world for help with making a map. I've never really made a map before, but I think i've done fairly well so far. But be prepared for lots of questions!

you can see it here:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v734/Craig_Bean05/Asul_v3.jpg

ravells
01-13-2008, 10:57 AM
Welcome to the Guild Craig. That's a very nice start, a very clean style. I like your choice of colours which are not over saturated. Only a few comments / questions at this stage: What sort of scale of map are we looking at? Are you planning to put in other topographical features apart from woods, mountains, rivers and habitations? Perhaps delineating the deserts and the frozen wastes with different overlaid colours (with a bit of transparency so that the underlying green unites everything) might be an idea. I find that putting in a subtle texture to land and perhaps the sea (even in maps of this sort of clean style improves them vastly), a slight noise would do - give it a try and see what you think. An underlying texture might help the mountains not look so isolated as they currently appear. If you are using photoshop type software to produce this, one idea would be to create a layer of noise over the green and then use a mask over it, making the bits of noise around the mountains less opaque. It would help to know what software you are using if you'd like more comments / advice (although I'm no expert).

One final comment, one usually expects boundaries to follow natural features like rivers and mountains. There may be good reasons why yours do not in your game world, but it is worth considering.

Enjoy your stay at the guild, there'll be many hands here to help you improve your map making skills.

HandsomeRob
01-13-2008, 11:30 AM
A few things:
There is a river that flows to the sea in three different spots. This is highly unlikely, some might even say impossible. Also, you have a river that flows from one sea to another, which is impossible unless one of those seas is not at "sea level."

-Rob

NeonKnight
01-13-2008, 01:29 PM
Welcome to the guild.

That's a very nice map you made there, and I likey a lot!

Craig158
01-13-2008, 02:20 PM
thanks for the welcome and input!

@ravells

Yes, I am planning on representing the deserts, and wastes, but I haven't yet found a way to do that look blends in with the rest of the map. and i'm using photoshop for this. The 'boundaries' are there to roughly represent each province of Perianor. I will probably remove them eventually.

@Handsomerob

Thanks, The three rivers had begun to look a bit odd, but I got rid of the biggest one and it looks a bit better now. The larger river does slope, especially towards the delta.

thanks guys

jaerdaph
01-16-2008, 12:47 AM
Welcome, Craig! I saw your great work at EN World and I'm glad you made it over here. :)

pyrandon
01-17-2008, 10:19 PM
Woo hoo: Welcome, Craig. Glad you came over. That map is looking better than ever. I can't wait to see how it evolves!

I hope you give and get lots of help here at the Guild. Have a cuppa joe!