View Full Version : What kind of a mapper are you?

09-03-2011, 05:35 PM
Im a Inconsistent, Lazy mapper.

09-03-2011, 05:46 PM
I am a lazy mapper.

09-03-2011, 05:59 PM
Isn't everyone? ;)

09-04-2011, 01:39 AM
I'm also a world mapper. I'm mapping my Etrakien world, and have done that for a couple of years. My biggest problem is to find time mapping with three kids in the house :)

09-04-2011, 02:52 AM
I'm more of a regional/world mapper, though my one foray into city maps netted me a feature on the site ;)

But would also say i'm an Adventurous mapper. I keep trying new things on each map! ;)

09-04-2011, 03:52 AM
I think that feature was well earned ;)

09-04-2011, 06:25 AM
I'm a battle mapper, although love cities as well. Regions and Worlds are not my forte but can be fun. Basicly I love to map and have a tendency to begin more maps than I have time to finish. ;)

Steel General
09-04-2011, 08:30 AM
I'm a 'mojo-less' mapper now... :(

09-04-2011, 09:35 AM
I am moderately mojo-less in most maps. I am still going with the Middle Earth (MeDEM) stuff because I can see a lot of future potential in such a map but the generic RPG stuff is being stifled because, I think, from the general lack of motivation like Eagle said. I would like the community world mapped to a large scale and I think I am not alone in wanting it. But I think that most people who want it also want other people to make it for them. The Outerra thing has really injected us MeDemmers with a bit of adrenaline tho. We were slogging away doing the land terrain for years and then to see someone else slogging away on the real time terrain engine on the other side of the canyon and bridging this gap and meeting in the middle is really encouraging. I think were both going to be bigger than the sum of each others parts now. I have stopped entertaining the idea of seeing this sort of thing coming from the RPG world now - both privately and commercially.

09-04-2011, 11:26 AM
My motivation/inspiration has come from doing maps for others. One reason I won't do free maps anymore - no motivation. Even if working for a token I still feel an obligation to complete it well.

-Rob A>

09-04-2011, 01:50 PM
I'm a mood mapper. I map when I'm feeling artistic, which is most of the time so that's good. Also an eclectic mapper, I map many different things and many different styles so that I don't get burned out on any one thing.

09-04-2011, 02:07 PM
I am a brand new mapper. But the guild members are very inspiring and I am learning a lot. Hopefully I can take some of my old pen and paper material and digitize it without completely messing up the initial feel. Right now I practice.

09-05-2011, 07:54 AM
I'm a flighty mapper, I can't sit still on a single map and hardly ever finish them.


09-06-2011, 05:25 PM
I am an on-and-off non-completionist mapper. My issue is that my maps are always tied to a story, but I can't stick with any story idea because it always feels too undeveloped, too overdone, too simple, or something else. Because I am always creating different story ideas, the setting changes a lot, so I am also creating many different maps, many of which never are completed.

I like regional maps and city maps in different styles, though my favourite is the old-school semi-handrawn printing-press-replicated map, like the ones in those wonderful 18th and 19th century atlases. Some day when I feel I am good enough I will attempt to recreate the style.

09-06-2011, 07:00 PM
As a mapper I place artistic license above information. Every map I make is in my current desktop resolution (used to be 1366768, now 20481152) so I can use it as such.

As for how I map, I guess you could call me a caffeine-fueled mapper. I'm also a revisionist mapper. My current project is version 6 of the universe map I posted here when I first signed up.

09-06-2011, 08:06 PM
I'm a 'mojo-less' mapper now... :(

I am in SG's boat these days. Lost mine and haven't seen it for quite some time!

09-06-2011, 08:58 PM
I favour medium scale maps and try to mimic the hand drawn/engraved look of cartographers like Raisz, de Fer, and the black and white maps in many a fantasy novel.

I try to make my maps look real, both in terms of their content and their apparent production. Even though I work in vector computer graphics, I want those of my maps that are meant to look like they were drawn or printed to look drawn or printed. Likewise I take projections and formal map components like compass roses and graticules seriously.

I consider maps to be functional means of conveying information above all. Even if the information is made up just for the purposes of drawing a pretty map, I don't consider the map all that pretty if the information isn't consistent and readable.

I studied GIS, Computer Science, and Mathematics in university, which all play into my mapping in various ways.

Hugo Solis
09-06-2011, 09:12 PM
I'm a starting mapper... and of course a lasy one or else I'd have more than 4 finished maps :P

Looking forward to become a city and a world mapper thou.

09-06-2011, 11:38 PM
I'm a map finder. I may have found y'all's mojo, by the way:


09-07-2011, 08:14 PM
I'm a prolific pro mapper of some worlds (not my preference), regionals, cities/towns/villages, encounter scale for use in print and Virtual Terrain apps. I create mostly hand-drawn/digital hybrids, and more rarely digital only maps. In the last four years (at a guess) I've created 300+ maps, mostly for my own uses, many as challenge entries here, some other contests, and the rest being professional freelance maps for various publishers from Dog House Rules to Paizo Publishing. While I prefer and create mostly fantasy themed maps, I have created WW1, WW2, Gangster Chicago, Moon Base maps, and some other sci-fi themes. I also create custom map objects and do some spot illustration, here and there. I've created almost 300 map objects for ProFantasy, and may be doing an Annual collection soon (of my ukiyo-e map objects).

As it says under my name, I'm also a publisher, though currently doing co-publishing projects with Rite Publishing, and a side project with Johnn Four.

09-07-2011, 08:34 PM
I'm a mapper-of-all-trades, master-of-none.