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

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Carbus
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!

feanaaro
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!

Domino44
09-24-2013, 12:32 PM
This is an awesome map! I love the whole thing.

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

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

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

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

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

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Katto
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.

Eilathen
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 :)

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

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

This must be the understatement of the year.

Larb
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.

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

Diamond
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.

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

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

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

Chashio
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! :!:

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

jljansen
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!

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

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

Daelin
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.

Daelin
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.

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

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

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

xotoxi
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...

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

EruSilme
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

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

Time.


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.

EruSilme
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" :)

Arborine
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.

foremost
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.

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

Daelin
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.

Stelknecht
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?

Jaxilon
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.

Daelin
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) :)

Sanderling
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?

Stelknecht
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.

Daelin
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:
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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.

Ilanthar
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.

Stelknecht
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.

Daelin
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!