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10-24-2013, 12:04 PM
[My 150th Post!]

Hey guys,

ORBIS (http://orbis.stanford.edu/) <-- Cool travel-map, found this thanks to Maezar
Fantasy Name Generator (http://www.rinkworks.com/namegen/) <-- For names of places and things
Colorbrewer: Color Advice for Maps (http://colorbrewer2.org/) <-- Neat tool to explore, good if you want different countries or boundaries.
TypeBrewer (http://www.typebrewer.org/typebrewer.html) <-- Typestyle can really affect Maps
A Periodic Table of Visualization Methods (http://www.visual-literacy.org/periodic_table/periodic_table.html) <-- If you need to show information on your map and need a format to do it.
RANDOM.ORG - Geographic Coordinates (http://www.random.org/geographic-coordinates/) <-- Great for brainstorming map places & ideas (more often than not, it’ll be water though)
http://www.mapcrunch.com/ <-- Random street view, helpful for inspiration especially with modern maps. Also shows cultural differences (architecture) and land differences between geographical location.

I’m sure theres more (and perhaps there’s already a thread about mapping tools, I searched and didn’t find anything so I went ahead and made one). If you have some favorite tools to share, drop a link!


10-24-2013, 01:46 PM
Some more stuff:

Behind the Name: Random Name Generator (http://www.behindthename.com/random/) <-- Another name generator for some variation. Others I looked at were dumb because they were combined phrases, not actual names. (Example: Empire of the Dirty Pelican)
Flash Earth - Zoom into satellite and aerial imagery of the Earth in Flash (http://www.flashearth.com/) <-- Neat alternative to google maps
NASA World Wind (http://worldwind.arc.nasa.gov/index.html) <-- More 3-D google earth stuff, by NASA
http://bioval.jrc.ec.europa.eu/products/gam/images/large/shipping_laness.png <-- Shipping Lanes
Chaotic Shiny - Language Mixer (http://chaoticshiny.com/langreplace.php) <-- Language generator

More when I find them. It's helpful for me to have them all together, hopefully you'll find this list helpful. A lot of the websites that listed tools were way outdated.
If you’re looking for things to put in maps, check out Bogie’s thread.


Tyler Carrigan
11-15-2013, 01:50 AM
This looks very cool, a nice idea to do. Centralized lists have always helped me in finding the tools or information I am searching for. One thing to note would be that instead of adding a new comment each time, to instead edit your original post with the new links. Also, as more resources gets added, dividing them into section would be a good idea as well. When I have the time, I'll look through my bookmarks and send you resources I have gathered together that would fit here. Would you like only ones that would work for cartography, or world building in general?

11-15-2013, 07:26 AM
Thanks for the comments and likes guys. Sending me links to your favorite online resources would be awesome, and I can compiled them here. I was thinking of organizing things a little, but figured I should wait until I have enough stuff to warrant doing so!

I know you can edit your post, just want to mark the thread as updated every once in a while. In addition I've got two posts at the top now reserved for list-building. You can PM me with links to your favorite mapping tools or feel free to add them yourself :)