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Sapiento
03-18-2011, 03:48 PM
A slightly different approach to a map.

It's a floating rock with a habitable, flat surface on it's upper side. Long ago a big rock collided with the island, leaving behind a large break in the rim-mountains.

jtougas
03-18-2011, 04:37 PM
What a cool idea!! Man I wish I could stand next to you for a minute and let some of that mojo wear off onto me :) Great Great Great as always.

Sapiento
03-19-2011, 03:38 AM
Thank you, jtougas! Any ideas for other details?

RecklessEnthusiasm
03-19-2011, 04:25 AM
I wonder if you could make a world that was a gas giant where the outer shell of gas was oxygen and then a dense gas beneath (http://www.voshy.com/videos/view.php?id=sulfur-hexafluoride_3cofy), making 'land' float in chunks. Or, you know, magic. It would be wild to have 'continents' that floated around in relation to each other. You could build huge bridges to lash together lots of land. Mapping such a world would be madly complex.

geamon
03-19-2011, 09:09 AM
I wonder if you could make a world that was a gas giant where the outer shell of gas was oxygen and then a dense gas beneath (http://www.voshy.com/videos/view.php?id=sulfur-hexafluoride_3cofy), making 'land' float in chunks. Or, you know, magic. It would be wild to have 'continents' that floated around in relation to each other. You could build huge bridges to lash together lots of land. Mapping such a world would be madly complex.

There's a Russian MMORPG called Allods that actually takes that same concept and applies it for their setting. The continents or land masses are called allods and are held in perpetual floating motion by something called the Astral. Some of these allods are connected directly with physical structures but more often then not you have sail between them using the magical eddies formed by the Astral. Very interesting concept. Their maps are very simple since they focus on regional styled maps as opposed to a planetary styled map. Regardless don't mean to hijack your thread Sap.

As for critique I love your hand drawn style and can see it definitely producing something marvelous here but unfortunately the current color scheme is chaffing me a bit. Maybe the colors are too saturated? I don't know.

Sapiento
03-19-2011, 12:39 PM
I have read some fantasy and sci-fi novels with such concepts.

@geamon: I wanted to depict the rock like illuminated by a lightsource, therefore the orange on the righthand side. Maybe I have to rethink the colour composition.

Sapiento
03-20-2011, 02:38 PM
I added two more rocks in the background. I was thinking about adding more variation to the landscape, but deserts or something radical different in climate would not make much sense on such a relatively small space (if there's anything like sense - it's a floating rock, never forget).

geamon
03-20-2011, 03:10 PM
The nebula effect mutes the colors much better. I just wish I had your work ethic.

jtougas
03-20-2011, 06:42 PM
I wonder if you could make a world that was a gas giant where the outer shell of gas was oxygen and then a dense gas beneath (http://www.voshy.com/videos/view.php?id=sulfur-hexafluoride_3cofy), making 'land' float in chunks. Or, you know, magic. It would be wild to have 'continents' that floated around in relation to each other. You could build huge bridges to lash together lots of land. Mapping such a world would be madly complex.

Hmm..Sounds like the Abyss. Huge floating chunks of land surrounded by chaos. :)