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Christars
11-23-2011, 02:14 PM
Hi there!

The way I found this forum was rather indirect: On some other forum I frequent, someone, for some reason, posted a list of all his bookmarks with "possible nerd interest", and this pearl was among them.

I was really happy to find this forum, as I am getting ready to DM a D&D-campaign for some friends. Obsessive-compulsive as I am, I don't really feel good about it unless I have a complete, total, zoomable world map. The idea is to not only have a map of the continent, but being able to take that same map and zoom in until I can point and say "you are exactly there, under the shade of that tree".

Ok, obviously that is complete madness, and I've given up on that level of detail, but the fact remains that I want it to be as detailed as possible, and ideally "all in one"; I mentioned obsessive-compulsivity (is that a word?), and whenever I draw two seperate maps, one "scaled-up" and one "scaled-down" version, I always worry that they won't be perfectly aligned, that relative distances will have changed etc. So zoomability is really what I seek.

I made a quick map in AutoREALM, although lacking skills it didn't turn out too great - for example, when I used the fractal option on the continent's edges, they contorted quite a bit, changing the intended shape (which did, in at least some cases, admittedly, create some kinda cool peninsulas :D ), and the line even ended up crossing itself at points... well, I'm sure I can work it all out! But if anyone has some great pointers for AutoREALM (apart from the Users Manual I found in the tutorials, nice find), or has some better "create an entire world"-software to recommend (which should ideally be free, I'm a poor student! So I'll probably have to pass on FractalTerrains, sadly), I'd certainly be grateful!

(That's not to say I haven't trawled the forums quite a bit already, and I have found plenty, but additional advice would be appreciated... additionally? :) )

tilt
11-23-2011, 02:18 PM
Hi Christars, welcome to the guild. I think there has been someone at some point talking about using google earth as a base for maps... maybe that could be interesting :)

ravells
11-23-2011, 05:49 PM
Hi Carstairs, I think you want 'Viewingdale' which does exactly what you want...do a search for it on the guild, it is written by Redrobes who is one of the mods here.

Christars
11-24-2011, 12:37 PM
Wow, Viewingdale was rather mind-blowing. Seems very much like what I wanted, yes!

I've done a search and quite a lot showed up; I still have some questions, but I think it would be easier to pm Redrobes to ask him personally.

This could, indeed, be very good...

I repeat the "Wow!" of the title, for this forum is exactly what I was looking for and I am really glad I found it. Thanks!

tilt
11-28-2011, 05:18 AM
just remember you have to have 5 posts in the forum before you can pm :)

Christars
11-28-2011, 01:30 PM
And for that reason I'll be rude enough to "spam" and post an answer ;)

I'm thinking that once the exam season calms down a little, I'll start a project page here, should get me up to the required number of posts and/or attract the required attention :D

maxsdaddy
11-29-2011, 08:20 PM
"possible nerd interest", I love that! I'm going to google it right now. If it isn't the name of a website, it should be. Welcome to the guild and post again soon.

NeonKnight
12-09-2011, 11:38 AM
Welcome to the Guild!

Steel General
12-10-2011, 07:47 AM
Welcome Aboard!