View Full Version : Maffaton City

09-24-2013, 11:18 AM
Hello. This is a map. I hope you like it.


09-24-2013, 11:27 AM
Just wow.. Excellent map, the colours, the streets and buildings, the texture, all of these mix very well! Have some rep!

09-24-2013, 11:43 AM
This is incredible. I envy you a lot. Have rep.

- Max -
09-24-2013, 11:48 AM
Excellent work!

09-24-2013, 12:32 PM
This is an awesome map! I love the whole thing.

09-24-2013, 01:18 PM
This is an amazing piece of work! The detail is incredible. High praise to you!

09-24-2013, 01:37 PM
Breathtaking !

I assume that you're kind of perfectionist ;-) the street pavement is just awesome !

09-24-2013, 01:57 PM
Very good, well done!

09-24-2013, 02:47 PM
Very lovely!


09-24-2013, 04:28 PM
Hey Daelin, it's not a map, it is an excellent map :). Everything fits very well and since a long time it is the first map I've downloaded to check it closely.

09-24-2013, 04:50 PM
Wow, this is beautiful. I love it!

Any chance there will be coming a world or at least a regional map for this world? I see you have a small one in the lower right hand corner. I'd like to see more of it :)

09-24-2013, 05:10 PM
Fabulous! I kept zooming into different quarters and voicing, "Whoa!" :)

09-24-2013, 05:13 PM
Hello. This is a map. I hope you like it.

This must be the understatement of the year.

09-24-2013, 06:46 PM
Very impressive and evocative. The city is great but for me I really like how your surrounding farmland looks. I find it difficult to produce satisfying looking farmland. Will have to borrow a bit from that!

I also really like the round shields and the two-colour icons/heraldry/whathaveyou.

09-24-2013, 08:19 PM
Oh damn! Its just amazing.

09-24-2013, 08:49 PM
That's fantastic in every aspect. I think those might be the most well-done farmlands I've seen.

09-24-2013, 09:05 PM
Fantastic map. Love the detail and number of sites you've included.

09-25-2013, 01:29 PM
I think this map need a few more votes!

09-25-2013, 02:42 PM
oh man... this is a map alright... "save as.... Inspiration!"

09-25-2013, 03:50 PM
I think this map need a few more votes!

Wait, is there a voting system? What is this talk of votes? I want to vote for it! :!:

09-25-2013, 04:08 PM
Stunning. I am out of words.

09-25-2013, 05:11 PM
At the top of the thread, it says "rate this thread" doing this will give this map a space on the home screen it deserves!

09-25-2013, 06:33 PM
This is extremely nice! I love all the notation and details.

09-26-2013, 12:38 AM
Amazing map. Loved the details.

09-29-2013, 01:53 AM
Thanks for all the high praise, guys. It means a lot.

Nose Goblin
09-29-2013, 08:06 AM
Wonderful stuff. This may seem a strange comment, but I like your depiction of the farmlands in the northern area most of all.

09-29-2013, 11:52 AM
Wow, this is beautiful. I love it!

Any chance there will be coming a world or at least a regional map for this world? I see you have a small one in the lower right hand corner. I'd like to see more of it :)
The map is just a one-off. I haven't put any thought to the world in which it is set. The regional map in the corner is made for this map, and is just a randomly generated landmass, to give the larger map some placement. I'll probably not expand on this setting, because, you know, real life and stuff.

Wonderful stuff. This may seem a strange comment, but I like your depiction of the farmlands in the northern area most of all.
Yeah, a few people have mentioned that. Funny thing is, the farmlands were more of an afterthought. After I'd done the city itself, the surrounding area felt kind of empty. So I found some inspiration in the awesome Carthusal (http://www.cartographersguild.com/cartographers-choice/5920-carthusal-aerius.html)and Port Tinker (http://www.cartographersguild.com/cartographers-choice/5918-port-tinker-still-pond.html) maps, reworked the layout to fit with the style of my map, and there you go.

10-02-2013, 08:31 AM
I love the way you did it

10-02-2013, 09:09 AM
Amazing! This is the city map by which all other city maps will be judged.

10-03-2013, 07:45 AM
the transition between the paved area with earth is cool!

10-04-2013, 08:40 AM
SUPERB! I love it.

Relic Kimah
10-04-2013, 11:17 AM
The only criticism I can think of is how planned the streets are. If it was a planned city, I want to see MORE of the culture planning it! :D Maybe a rival culture on a different coastline, or some landlocked place with mineral resources... Sounds fun to me... A lot of work, too, but fun...

Steel General
10-07-2013, 05:11 PM
Nice job! One to be proud of...

10-09-2013, 07:37 AM
Very nice indeed. Makes me want to ditch my overland map and start a city map! ;)

10-09-2013, 08:49 AM
Oh yeah, i was thinking about trying a city map, sure! You know, i have this big cool city from a campaign of mine, it should work...

Then i looked the map of Maffaton.

Now i am thinking about learning how the **** people makes maps like this one.
And then maybe i'll give a try...

A wonderful map!

By the way: why "Maffaton"?
In italian it has a really curious sound... don't take me wrong, but it is similar to some slang words, related to "mafia" :D
in some zones, the word "maffata" is used as a shortened version of the slang "mafiosata", meaning more or less "an action in mafia style". So if i should use "maffaton" as a city name with my players, probably they will start laughing and asking if there are shady guys with a coppola at the street corners :D

10-09-2013, 10:17 AM
Now i am thinking about learning how the **** people makes maps like this one.


By the way: why "Maffaton"?
In italian it has a really curious sound...

I'm not Italian. But hey, maybe in Swahili "Maffaton" sounds vaguely like "Maffedon" which means something like "really cool city map that some dude made on his computer because he has no life." Then the name makes total sense. Who knows.

10-10-2013, 04:12 AM
ahahah maybe we should ask to someone with the knowledge of swahili :D

However: it's not only time, if you ask me!
The details, like the city pavement, or the small trees in the gardens; the appealing colors; the quality even of the small map in the corner... all of this speak loudly about "skill" :)

10-13-2013, 08:42 PM
Relic Kimah is right, it does seem a very "planned" city, but that serves to make it more intriguing. I love the textures and drawing style you've made use of.

The nomenclature is interesting, too - bits from lots and lots of different random bits of European esoterica. Very fantasy, makes me wonder what the people are like, and how they come to name their places so.

10-13-2013, 10:09 PM
Wow, this map is pretty cool.

I'm sure everyone else has already listed what they like best. I just think it works well together overall, which is fairly important.

10-14-2013, 11:19 PM
Great map :)

11-01-2013, 03:53 PM
it does seem a very "planned" city
Wouldn't it be clever of me if I could justify the planned aspect by writing 23 paragraphs of fanciful exposition on the city's history and the lore and whatnot? Truth is, I just like coming up with long-winded and utterly silly names for my streets, and so I needed the streets to be long and rather straight just to fit all the letters. A personal favorite of mine is "Blessed Song of the Titan's Eye Boulevard". Or how about "General Saupran Scanoslausington Avenue"?
Silly, I know.

04-05-2015, 10:13 AM
I LOVE it. I understand we need to ask your permission to use your (beautiful!) work in our own games. I don't mean to necro this thread although I really believe the map is worth it.
I'm a newbie to Cartography, so I can't PM you yet, but as the first of my 5 required posts, may I use this map in a fantasy game I'd like to run?

04-05-2015, 10:35 AM
Thread necroing in this area is fine with us. In fact I'll have to thank you as well because I don't remember seeing this one myself and therefore I'm pleased to have it brought to my attention.

Beautiful map.

04-05-2015, 07:15 PM
may I use this map in a fantasy game I'd like to run?

You absolutely may.
I don't know if it comes across in the map, but at least in my mind, the setting is a weird mix of magic and steampunk what with ludicrous sciences (see #28 and #96), esoteric religions (see #1 and #37) and silly technology (see #21, #81 and #85). So if you plan on doing a "high" fantasy RPG with honorable elves and danky inns and +2 longswords and whatnot, just know that your players may also run into anachronistism like this. Although there are plenty of danky inns in Maffaton (see #91 and #105 and) :)

04-05-2015, 08:18 PM
I'd been noticing the Aetherology and Xenobiology Departments. :)

Gorgeous map indeed, and I especially like the texture of the water and its interaction with the shorelines--lovely, muted colors and yet wonderfully distinct. How did you achieve that look?

04-06-2015, 11:36 AM
Thanks so much! Not a high fantasy per se, but with minimal gnome artificing, and minimal steampunk influence (although there is some). Never enough danky inns!
And after reading your keys (Bwahaha!) Spit artists!? I'm going to conform my city to better match your key. Clankhorses, brilliant. Much fun will hopefully be had.

04-06-2015, 03:16 PM
How did you achieve that look?
The water was made with 2 layers; first a blue base layer set to low opacity over the parchment layer, then a second layer with the grungy horizontal lines on top of that, also with low opacity. The lines around the shores were made by selecting the blue base layer and contracting that selection and stroking it, doing that several times over, again with progressively lower opacity. Now that's the basic techniques. The exact opacity values, the exact color code and how to achieve the grungy effect on the water lines, now that is done by endless tweaking. Exactly how long that takes depends on how much of a perfectionist you are and also maybe your level of OCD. :P

Spit artists!?
I guess you haven't read China Mieville? Perhaps my favorite author. His Bas-Lag universe is total brain candy to me. Spit-art is an actual thing in those books. Art made by a race of beings that look entirely human, except their heads are something close to a scarab beetle. As in this:
He also has giant moth monsters that feed on sentient thought, a giant interdimensional spider that speaks in freeform poetry, cactus people, steampunk cyborg war rhinos, a pirate city made of thousands of connected ships floating on the seas. The. list. goes. on.

04-07-2015, 06:09 AM
That's cool! I took inspiration on your Maffaton City for my Argona City... and I took ideas of China Mieville book (PSS, The Scar and the Iron Council) for building my rpg setting! Coincidences doesn't exist, I suppose :). That's kinda of my favorite author too, with its unique themes and original ideas.

04-08-2015, 02:41 PM
I read his Embassy, very interesting stuff. That's about as far as I've gotten but I like his work. Your map is proving to be more of an influence on my game city than my original plans were! The street names and buildings names are really making pictures in my head of what buildings might look like along Ausculation Way, for instance.

04-08-2015, 06:20 PM
I read his Embassy, very interesting stuff.
Embassytown is great. Awesome sci-fi universe. Very sober language, compared to his other stuff. In the Bas-Lag trilogy, he goes bananas with the words. Sometimes you feel like you need to have a dictionary at hand when you read those books. But to a word nerd like me, that's only pure coolness. If you can manage the fancy words and if you dig on a weird mix of fantasy/steampunk/horror then Perdido Street Station (Bas-Lag #1) is a must-read!

12-07-2015, 02:09 PM
Wow this is really fantastic! It just oozes character and lore. I showed my group this and we spent about an hour just making up content for all the different places. Could I also have your permission to use this in our game? Our plan is to develop every location in the city. NPC's, history, neighborhoods, track reputations all kinds of stuff! I am new to the site so I might not know all the rules but If I wanted to have this printed out to the size of a dining room table would that be something I would also need permission for? Let me know. Fantastic map man.

12-19-2015, 05:02 PM
Hey nickwmi!

Thanks for the nice words. Also, you most certainly have my permission to do absolutely whatever you want with my map. This goes for anyone else on this forum who cares, by the way. In fact, I'd be honored if you were to use it in an RPG with other people. That just shares the fun. It gives me real joy to know that other people find similar joy in what is essentially just a passtime for me. So go right ahead with whatever plans you have, nickwmi. I'd even be willing to give you feedback on whatever you come up with. The lore and characters of this place exist somewhere in the nebulous aether that is my mind, so I have nothing concrete in my archieve right now. But I can come up with sci-fi and fantasy fluff on the spot, if I had to. It's more or less what I do every day, even when I should be doing serious things, like work and drive and breathe. So feel free to ask whatever you like of me.
Anyway, have fun with my map! :D