View Full Version : August / September 2012 Lite Challenge: Terra Incognita

08-24-2012, 07:51 PM
I'm in.

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08-25-2012, 02:45 PM
Confession: I have absolutely no idea where this is going. (The thread title is a reflection of that). But since I don't have time to sit around and wait for inspiration to start, I figured I'd just start working on a map, and figure out what it's about (and what my before-and-after are) when I get there.

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08-26-2012, 10:12 AM

I've made several attempts to add the mountains, but I'm not happy with any of them yet.

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08-26-2012, 07:48 PM
The hardest part is to start; you already done so! Congrats :)

I don't know with which software you workin with, but if it's with photoshop, you can create brushes of mountains and trees;there is a lot of tutorials on this site, and I found a good one from RPGMapMaker's.

Problem is, I can't find his tutorial about brushes on this site so I found his on Youtube (hope I can post this here):

There is also this page for Tips and How-To:http://www.cartographersguild.com/forumdisplay.php?48-Tutorials-How-To

Hope this help! I will use my own brushs for the current challenge thanks to the youtube video of RPGMapMaker's ;)

08-28-2012, 01:28 PM
Thanks :).

Actually, I'm using Inkscape, which is vector-based. I'm experimenting with ways to do a top-down view, and had a few false starts, but I think I'm making progress toward that end now.

08-28-2012, 10:04 PM
I don't know Inkscape, but it looks to be a very good software, after a very quick look :) So, self-taught! I admire that! I look foward to see your progress :D

09-01-2012, 01:01 PM
Still have no idea where I'm going with this. :lol:

I spent all last week trying different ways to do a top-down satalite-style view of mountains with Inkscape. Still not 100% happy with it, but I think I'm on the right track.

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09-02-2012, 04:22 PM
I've finally figured out what my "before" and "after" will be: the map before human settlement, and the map after an extended period of (low tech) civilization.

Attention river police: hold your horses :). My figuring-out-what-I'm-doing-as-I-go means there are changes in each of the layers that have not yet been applied to other layers. As such, my mountains don't even agree with my mountains -- let alone my rivers. So the rivers are going to do improbable things until I get all the layers up to the same currency ;)

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Edited to add: the mountains are out of control :D I think they need to be thinned down a bit.

09-02-2012, 11:41 PM
Alright. Cleaned up the inconsistencies from the last version, and trimmed away some of the mountains.

Time for bed, I think.

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09-03-2012, 08:08 PM
I'm in danger of going overboard with the world-building & missing the deadline:D

(figuring out where the biomes are, so I can figure out the historical linguistic/cultural groups, so that I can determine the current political boundaries, and which borders are stable and which contested, and where the major trade-routs are, and...)

Two weeks. Two more weekends. Must be vigilant against scope creep.

09-09-2012, 05:58 PM
Slowly making progress....

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09-10-2012, 08:06 PM
Pretty nifty looking so far!


09-14-2012, 06:27 AM
Thanks :). It's going to be a challenge for me to get this done on time (work has been absolutely insane).

09-15-2012, 09:51 PM
Go for it, LindaJeanne! It's looking good enough that you're already making me want to see the rest of the story :-)

09-16-2012, 02:45 PM
Thanks :).

Needs work, but this will have to do, unless the contest is still open for a while after my company leaves:

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