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The Law G14
08-20-2011, 09:38 PM
Introduction

Hey everyone :) I'm new here to this forum and I was just wondering if there was anyone around kind enough to help me out in making a world map for my game. This game is a non-profit tactical RPG Game made in a program called RPG Maker XP, a game-making product developed by Enterbrain.

I've been prgramming an Interactive World Map System for my game very similar to Final Fantasy Tactics. In order for me to make sure I know where I'm going, I wanted to get the World Map finished so I can start programming in the coordinates and paths of the map. Below I'll show some images and some extra details to hopefully aid you in the process of creating this map.



Location Descriptions:
In the example map provided as an attached thumbnail over at the bottom, I have numbers matching descriptions right below. This will help in the construction of the map.


Twelfth District[/spoiler]
1. Jade Town – The most dangerous city in Gai. It is here that the most gruesome Hunters are born and raised. Hunter activity is at a prime here. It’s also said that Don Mays, holder of the highest Hunter bounty in Gai, was raised here.
2. Ruined City – A destroyed city that seems to have been ruined for a very long time. Strangely enough, several Government Officials guard it like it holds something they don’t want to let out so easily.
3. Fort Dane – A Government outpost that contains several weapons and other armor pieces. The building of this fort was thought up and commissioned by General Major Dane Faymord, hence the reason the name of the fort is Fort Dane.

Eleventh District
4. Damp City – A city known for getting a lot of rain. Hunter group activity is also very high here which directly correlates to the huge crime rate.
5. Whinide Rainforest A rainforest that takes up much of the eastern portion of the Eleventh District. Strong monsters live around here.
6.Ancient Temple – Forgotten ruins found in the heart of the Whinide Rainforest. Within it are old relics connecting to the past.
7. Bane River – A long and beautiful river that leads into the Whinide Rainforest. Government Official outposts are situated along some parts of this river. It is said that the water here is enchanted by Bane.

Tenth District
8. Rockdale Town – A town that now stands on what used to be piles of rocks, hence the name “Rockdale Town”. Being a part of the Fourth Sect, naturally, living conditions aren’t at their best here.
9. Rockdale Woods – Woods very near to Rockdale Town. People with not much fighting experience can find themselves ambushed by no good Goblins.
10. Bern – A small village near the border of the Tenth District. There is a boarding school situated here as well for people that can afford it.
11. Hollow Woods – Extremely dangerous woods near Bern. It is said that this is the main dwelling place of Mammoths.
12. Rocky Plains – Bumpy plains that cover up most of the Tenth District. It is not an easy place to travel through and several injuries have been reported here.

Ninth District
19. Graman Town – A farming town responsible for agricultural production in Gai. Most products are grown in the Graman Plantation Fields, and then packaged and sold in the local markets here.
20. Graman Plantation Fields – The place where most products are grown. The occasional Rodent or Goblin comes in to attack farmers or steal food.
21. Flat Plains – A wide area encompassing most of the Seventh District. Some Hunters find this a suitable place to have their base of operations.

Eighth District
15. Mining Town – A town dedicated to mining. It is connected to Mining Cave where the actual mining is done. Most Commoners here are miners as well.
16. Dirt Road - A path from the outskirts of the Eight District that leads into Mining Town. This road is also known as Bounty Road due to so many Bounty Hunters starting their careers out by looking for Hunters here.
17. Mining Cave – A small cave where miners dig for raw materials and other things. The things dug up here serve an important role in Gai.
18. Moag Cave – A cave that can only be accessed by a secret entrance from within the Mining Cave. A powerful presence lurks here.

Seventh District
13. Fishman Village – A village run by fish men. Being right next to the Sixth District, it is easy for them to fish all along the perimeter of the Ninth District as it is purely water.
14. Dark Pond – A mysterious pond said to be able to tell the feelings deep within your heart. Some people benefit from this, others simply go crazy.

Sixth District
22. Aquadeep City – A city underwater. The only way to access this city is having the possession of a submarine. People who live here have become friendly and accustomed to the aquatic wildlife.
23. Altus Mountains – The longest stretching mountain range in Gai. It is the boundary line between the Fifth District and the Sixth District. It is said that this is the main dwelling place of Dragons.
24. Lost Island – An island inhabited by docile animals and the occasional Monsters. It is here where a prodigy shipbuilder lives.
25. Coral Cave – A secret cave that can only be seen by going very deep underwater where pressure is extremely high. A powerful presence waits inside here.

Fifth District
26. Sane Dune City – A crowded city hidden in the sand. Despite the fact that the environment is very unfavorable, it is quite the resort due to it being built with plenty of pools, beautiful houses and hotels, and custom breeded trees that can grow in the sand.
27. Sparkling Oasis – The only known source of water in the Karvhon Desert. It is also said that a strange presence is felt here.
28. Karvhon Desert – The biggest desert in Gai, it covers nearly all of the Fifth District. It is said that very valuable items can be found here, but no one is crazy enough to stay in the desert for more than a couple of hours without gallons of water.

Fourth District
29. The Black Sewers – All garbage collection in Gai is either recycled or destroyed here. Additionally, water is managed and polluted water is dealt with. Due to how this is the main site of the Fourth District, nearly no one lives here nor in the Fourth District as a whole except for workers.
30. Nina’s Hut – The small cottage of Nina. She is the only person that lives in the Fourth District besides workers. Nina was a former Government Official who has gained a lot of wisdom with her time in the Government and waits for the day to meet a Hunter group she has dreamed of. She claims to be able to see the future.
31. The Bog – A sticky place that no one dares venture near. Those who walk into the Bog are never able to come back out and sink to the bottom. Dangerous monsters roam its boundaries as well, namely Ogres.

Third District
32. High-Machine City – The center of technology in Gai. High-Machine City is up to date with every new invention and it finds a way to incorporate that invention into city life.
33. Mage Temple – The opposite of the Dragon Temple. This temple is for mental intellects wanting to increase their magical capabilities. Just like the Dragon Temple, each member of The Council spent some time here and it is recognized as a renowned training spot.
34. Crystal Factory – A factory dedicated to producing high quality technology. It is here where guns were just created not too long ago as well as most inventions that were promptly spread out across Gai.

Second District
35. Infopolis – The center of learning in Gai. This city has the largest library in Gai and most intelligent scholars learn their craft from here.
36. The Broken Graveyard – It is said that great warrior from old times rest here. However, one gravestone is eerily set apart from the others. Those that get near it feel sick to their stomach.
37. Dragon Temple – A temple for physical brutes wanting to reach their maximum potential. Every member of The Council used to train along with the Mage Temple of the Third District. It is a renowned training spot.
38. Fighting Grounds – A huge plain on the outside perimeter of the Second District dedicated to personal training, spars, testing weapons, and more.

First District
39. Capital City – The Capital of Gai located at the very peak of Mount Gai. The only people allowed within the boundaries of this beautiful city are Government Officials or Commoners who have received special invitations. A select few people also live here too; they include The Council, the seven Special Agents, and the highest ranking units of the Guard Division.
40. Mount Gai Temple – A temple located at the base of Mount Gai. This location has the tightest security in all of Gai. The reason for this is due to it being the only place where it is a well known fact that a Forbidden Tablet resides within. No Hunter has ever been able to read the Tablet and get out alive.
41. Dark Forest – A thick and dense forest that covers up a lot of the First District. It is said that the strongest of monsters live here. Rumors even have it that a Pearl Dragon dwells here.



Extra Details:

1. I would preferrably like the map to be the size of a horizontal regular sheet of printing paper.

2. I would also like the map that I made used for a reference but the quality improved greatly to that of the image directly below these instructions. For example, as of now, the outline of the map looks like spread out long lines, however, when you look at the second image, the outline is much more realistic curving in at specific points.

3. All the features I've displayed on my map (for example the river) I would also like drawn on. All these features are specific and represent a location so if you have trouble understanding what a feature is, please tell me so I can make it clearer for you.

4. I would like the land to be the same color and texture of the second image, but the water to be a medium blue.

5. If you're good at making borders, please go ahead and draw the borders using the second attachement4107438878 with borders as a reference. If not, don't even worry about it.

6. Finally, it would be appreciated if the opacity of all the land features were around 70 to 80 percent. This is because I'll have those little circles that you can see in the second image on the final map, and I want people to be able to see clearly those little circles as well as the lines connecting the circles.

7. And as an extra note, this is the quality I would like for the finished product so please use this as an example throughout:

http://www.ffshrine.org/fft/world_map.jpg



P.S. Also if you want, here's a video (in the beggining):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g93BUfyJE9w

Moe
08-21-2011, 12:44 AM
Welcome!

The first to images are not displayed in your post. Try to use thumbnail version using the attachment manager.
Without those two it is difficult to get an idea of your wish ;)

>Moe

The Law G14
08-21-2011, 11:27 AM
Alright I've got the first one in an attachment but I have to run so I'll put the second one when I come back, thanks for the heads up :)

EDIT: Second picture added :)

The Law G14
08-26-2011, 05:06 PM
Not too sure about the bumping policy here, but usually on other forums its around 72 hours. But anyway, bump :) If there is anything I'm leaving out in the main post that you think can help in constructing the map, please let me know. Also, if you plan on accepting this thread, please tell me so other people don't try to do it while its already being made. Thanks again :)

Steel General
08-27-2011, 09:07 AM
There's a sticky-post at the top of the forum you may want to read thru for any additional information to be added.

The Law G14
08-27-2011, 05:22 PM
Thanks, I'll look through it to see if there's anything else I can add :)

The Law G14
09-10-2011, 02:10 PM
Another friendly bump :) Still looking for the services of any mapper out there and I'd really appreciate you putting the time, thanks again :D

Coyotemax
09-10-2011, 04:34 PM
I'd love to take this one, but I'm working on a couple of paid commissions already at the moment, don't want to overload.

I like the style you're after. I'm a bit surprised no one has popped up to take this one, though it managed to slip my own notice until now.

If you don't get any takers, have you considered picking out one of the tutorials around here and giving it a go yourself?

The Law G14
09-10-2011, 09:56 PM
Hey thanks for the reply Coyotemax :)

I'm glad you like the style and I've never tried actually map making myself, but depending on the tutorials here, I can try to give it a go, to see where I can get. I do have a couple free hours to spare so I'll check those tutorials out, thanks for the suggestion :)

The Law G14
09-22-2011, 05:09 PM
Yea the map making thing was too much for me lol so another bump to the thread to see if anyone else is willing to accept this :)

rerbot
09-30-2011, 12:54 AM
(ugh, my login timed out, so sorry if this is a re-post)

I've been working on this map, but I've run into a decision point, so I figured I'd stop and ask a few questions:

Would you like the mountains to be drawn in like in the original, or represented by shaded areas (like in the goal picture), or like real mountains from above?

Also, would you like me to just trace and pretty up your original location markers, or draw new ones? And, do you want the markers in the same scale? The new map is 10.5"wide and 8" tall (for printer margins) at 300 dpi.

If you would rather have new drawings, please post the picture again with labels typed in next to each one. I won't include the labels, but it's easier than a key in this case.

rerbot
09-30-2011, 01:07 AM
Oh, I almost forgot:

Is the building in the water NW of the island an underwater ruin or is there a same-size island under it? And while I'm at it, what is the potato in the water to the east of that by the little tower?

The Law G14
09-30-2011, 05:18 PM
Just wanted to say these posts just about made my day, and I was having a pretty bad day too lol Good to know somoene has accepted this :) Now, in response to your questions.

1. I would like the mountains looking like real mountains since they're an actual location you can go to. However, there should be only one mountain range, the one right below that huge brown splotch.

2. I think drawing new ones would be better, because the things I put on my rough draft map were just representations, not what they should actually be. But the size of your paper you are drawing on should be just fine (and yes, if you can, markers should be around the same scale). As for a new map, I'll put numbers next to each location and then put a description for that number under to give you more ideas on what it should resemble. I'll edit the topic in a couple minutes.

3. The building underwater is an underwater city and the faded thing to the east of that is an underwater cave.

EDIT: Ok, the topic has been updated appropriately.

ravells
09-30-2011, 06:26 PM
I'll mark this as taken then :)

rerbot
10-01-2011, 03:09 AM
Thanks for the answers there. I'll finish a rough draft this weekend and we can work out the kinks after that. (Family is in town, or I'd be quicker.)

The Law G14
10-01-2011, 10:20 AM
Thanks that's actually pretty fast, so great :D And if you would rather not speak here you can also email me at thelawg14@gmail.com

Thanks again!

The Law G14
01-09-2012, 10:54 AM
I've edited the original post and I'm restarting this topic as the original taker of this request can longer continue working on this. Thanks to anyone who decides to take this :)

octopod
01-11-2012, 12:08 AM
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No structures yet.

The Law G14
01-11-2012, 06:46 AM
This looks amazing! WOW! I know there is more to add but so far this is looking really nice! I'll change the thread title, thank you so much for accepting! By the way, if you'd like to email me it's thelawg14@gmail.com

Thnak again!

octopod
01-11-2012, 01:01 PM
Are the trees OK? I kind of half-assed them and was thinking I should probably do them over at some point, but this was just to get the forests down so I had an idea of where stuff was.

Do you want more of a pen-and-ink LOTR-type map like the Final Fantasy one you posted, or something a little more satellite-image-looking? Could go either way at this point, but I was keying off the second thumbnail image in your original post.

The Law G14
01-11-2012, 06:56 PM
The trees are ok but if you feel you can do them better, please go for it :) As for the type of map, I'm looking for more of a pen-and-ink one (like the Final Fantasy map or LOTR) versus satellite, if that's possible for you.

Thanks again!

octopod
01-11-2012, 11:24 PM
That style is turning out to look really weird when I try to keep the shade of blue that you had in the original version...

The Law G14
01-11-2012, 11:40 PM
If that's the case, then stick with the satelite version, though the shade blue isn't restricted to that color, however, if the satelite verison will look better, go for that one :)

octopod
01-12-2012, 12:25 AM
That shade of blue is important, though, is that correct?

The Law G14
01-12-2012, 06:58 AM
Right, the shade of blue is important. However, before I was thinking about not having a blue "ocean" and more of a pale one like in the Final Fantasy picture, but as this will now be satellite, blue would make more sense.

octopod
01-13-2012, 12:56 PM
Quick way to resolve this debate: A or B?
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anstett
01-13-2012, 01:03 PM
With the idea that A is on top, then I prefer A for the contrast.

BOB

The Law G14
01-13-2012, 06:59 PM
Yea, I'll go with A, I prefer the contrast of it :) And I'm really liking how the mountains turned out, they look really nice! Sorry that I'm giving you such a hard time though, the map is looking fantastic nonetheless.

The Law G14
02-04-2012, 11:06 AM
Hey, octopod, are you still around? How is the map coming along, I sent you PM a little while back, were you able to receive it? Thanks again!

The Law G14
02-19-2012, 12:17 AM
Just wanted to say that since Octopod hasn't been responding to my latest messages, I've just left him a message saying that if he can't respond by Sunday night then I'll assume he can't work on the map anymore, can someone finish the map for him? I'd like it in the exact same style he's started, just now all we need left is the small representations of each individual location. Thanks!