View Full Version : October/November 2012 Lite Challenge: Spool-O-Mapic - Keribai River Hwy

10-28-2012, 04:19 PM
Some drivers have the luxury of an enclosed cabin, in which to spread out an atlas or a gas station road map. Not so many travelers in Sam'thuma. Sure, some roads accommodate cars and trucks. Others though, even Principality Highways, are in places restricted to motorcycles and bicycles for width. What's a poor navigator to do? Why, he has no trouble at all, if he has a Jindek's Patent Spool-O-Mapic Route Display clamped to his handlebars! With 965 standard routes across the Kingdom available on convenient bidirectional strip maps, not to mention Auto Association customized splice-sets for easy and convenient roaming, the equipped traveler need never wonder what is around the next bend.

Annotated and up-to-date, these patented navigational aids mark every service depot worthy of your patronage, which chai shops to avoid and which are highly satisfactory, even which of several fuels might be available. Radio frequencies are noted for picking up road hazard or weather info, and the potential for lodging in any roadside hamlet is right there for the lagging long-haul driver or casual tourist.

Here we show a spring-wound model, ideal for the motorcyclist who has no attention to spare for constant spool cranking, as previous years' models may have required. Wind it once at the day's start, and just slap the case one on the right to advance a frame, or on the left to back up. Totally automated, and totally modern.

Available also in mounting styles to suit dashboard emplacement in an automobile or truck - these beauties are not ONLY for the two-wheeler! Virtually every stationers' shop in the Kingdom, as well as selected petrol depots stock both the display units and of course the route strips. Rely on a Jindek today - and for years to come!

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[mostly out-of-character]
Well, sure, it's patented, but not by Marswarhanal Jindek - he just sells them. Sam'thuma doesn't have reciprocal patent registration with every nation on Aurora - the enterprising Mr. Jindek was breaking no LOCAL laws in setting up his now highly-successful firm. Mind you, if your moto has a Spool-O-Mapic display attached upon your entry into Antara, or Norya, it might be confiscated...

[completely out of character]
I wanted to first set up what kind of map I'm presenting. The actual entry will be a waaaay-tall graphic of a Rout Strip itself, that for Sam'thuma's Keribai River Highway. The KRH happens to be a fully two-lane route permitting cars and trucks, but as the marketing copy reads, it doesn't take a motorcycle to use a Spool-O-Mapic ! In fact the bit I dummied up includes a snippet of already-done map, which is a stand-in for what I'll do fresh for the contest. I had to first get something posted to force myself to get in gear.

So to speak.

10-28-2012, 04:55 PM
this is exceptionally clever.

10-28-2012, 07:43 PM
There's something like this that came in a wristwatch version, I think.

10-28-2012, 08:09 PM
*Slaps forehead* "Oh for Chr*** Sakes......" I was actually THINKING of entering this challenge untill THIS.... :) Just kidding this is a damn clever idea and a great back story !! :)

10-29-2012, 12:05 AM
Hey, don't let me get in your way, jtougas! After all, maybe your map spools on the REAL patented device, not the cheap Sam'thuman knockoff ;-). Motorized, or geared to vehicle wheels, or advancing like a Dinotopian scroll (treadmill for triceratops, if you don't remember your James Gurney). Or fairies chained to a capstan...

Ravs, I hate it when somebody invents something I thought of (http://blog.makezine.com/2010/07/10/1920s-version-of-gps/)... in this case ninety years earlier. Hmph - at least mine is spring-wound! :-). Thanks for the tip!

10-29-2012, 12:15 AM
This is a great idea. With that backstory, it really needs to be on some kind of in character advertising flyer or something. =P

10-29-2012, 12:19 AM
Hmmmm - I like that, Larb - then I wouldn't feel like I had to do 200 km of map...

10-29-2012, 03:33 AM
I also like this story thanks for sharing...

10-29-2012, 03:38 AM
Wow, that is an awesome idea! Can't wait to see the actual map. ;) Love the in character bit. :P

10-30-2012, 05:14 AM
Here's the wristwatch version I was thinking about:

Roadbooks, Part 4: The Wrist-Mounted Original - Core77 (http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/roadbooks_part_4_the_wrist-mounted_original_23356.asp)

10-30-2012, 07:20 AM
Here's the wristwatch version I was thinking about:

Roadbooks, Part 4: The Wrist-Mounted Original - Core77 (http://www.core77.com/blog/object_culture/roadbooks_part_4_the_wrist-mounted_original_23356.asp)
very nice !!!

10-30-2012, 08:27 PM
COOL!!! Thats just insanely cool.

11-10-2012, 09:10 PM
I like the idea of an advert for the spool maps, but in any case there'll be a strip of spool map illustrated. I started working one out by hand, but this PhotoPlus digital version is going faster.

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11-11-2012, 11:20 AM
That is awesome !! :)

11-17-2012, 04:28 PM
OK, for a bare Jindek's Patent Spool-o-Mapic highway strip map (they do publish river and trail maps too, by the way) this'll do as a sample. Thanks for letting the contest continue to the weekend - weekends are sometimes all I have for mapping.

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The annotations would have a key on the end of the spool; info like this is noted:

BC GC PC -- Best/good/poor chai (tea being very important in Sam'thuma)
BF GF PF -- Best/good/poor food
BS GS PS -- Best/good/poor service (mechanical service for vehicles)
PT AL -- Petrol or Alcohol station
W/R/F <number>KHz -- Weather/road/ford conditions on radio at what frequency
TB -- Toll bridge
TC FC L -- Toll or free camping, lodging available
AV -- Snake and spider antivenin depot (usually with a rudimentary medical clinic) (This is a jungle area. Motorcycle riders more often wear snake-shield hats than helmets - picture 2-ft-plus wide conical coolie headgear.)

Advertisements in the margin both subsidise the maps (which are available for the equivalent of the cost of a good meal) and indicate where the product is served. Chai shops in particular have many brands and wide varieties of leaves available, and many travelers have finicky palates for such. Some would choose a poor cuppa ChiaChai over a good cuppa BlueChai (ScoChai, "blue" in Jopec being transliterated scodhit). Note this is an international edition of a strip map, in the widespread Auroran language represented by English. The local language Jopec you'll see in a few places even here, like on the PerfectChai and ScoChai logos.

Mileposts (KmPosts, actually) are red dots, and red numbers. Note there's a bit of a rubber scale in use, expanding the areas of particular interest or that need additional detail. The cased roadways are full two-lane roads, paved. The dashed ones are Sam'thuman-standard highway width, a minimum of a meter and a third. Motorcycles, 'mechanical mules", and bikes are more widespread than trucks and foreign-standard cars in Sam'thuma, but this is a modern, cross-principality highway. Era is equivalent to Earth's 1940-1950 in technology btw.

While this is a useful amount of info, there's a widespread cottage industry of further annotating these strip maps. Names of roadside establishments, prices, telephone numbers (where phones are available), and distances off-map to adjoining communities might be handwritten in place, with varying degrees of accuracy depending on the vintage and reputation of the annotator.

If need be that's good enough to call finished.

11-17-2012, 06:18 PM
That is great !! :)

11-17-2012, 07:13 PM
This looks really nice, very clean and professional. I like the way you have tied the advertising into it too. I think the flexible scale using the milestones works too. The map certainly seems usable and informative anyway.

11-17-2012, 11:44 PM
Thanks! Here's a crack at what I kept picturing - the maps advertised in a magazine - a way to do a 'key' without showing a boring section of the strip-map.

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11-18-2012, 02:57 AM
... and a last version to round out the magazine page.

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The July magazine covor photo isn't mine - it's from flickr user kerolic (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kerolic/2641512675/in/photostream) by way of a Creative Commons attribution license. Thanks!

11-18-2012, 06:23 AM
Now it looks simply awesome! :)

11-19-2012, 10:50 AM
"Alcohol and petrol depots indicated". Woohoo! :)

11-19-2012, 11:29 AM
Well, alcohol as a motor vehicle fuel, but I suppose alternate types of alcohol might as well be marked too :-).