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Francissimo
06-22-2014, 07:29 AM
Hello guild! Post apocalyptic universe has always been a passion for me till i discovered the fallout game series. With this month subject i wanted to try a post apocalyptic map with modern size cities destroyed by huge impacts.

Story:
Before the end of the 21th Century mankind's civilisation had spread all over the earth, the continuous population growth was a major issue. But before starvation became a threat to civilisation, astronomers discovers that a huge asteroid was pointing earth, a big one, even bigger than the one that ended the dinosaurs era.
Of course science tried to prevent that, space missions with nuclears bombs were sent to destroy the asteroid. But those explosions failed to prevent the collision, the only result was the fragmentation of the asteroid in multiple parts. After that failure it was clear that civilisation was coming to a brutal and unexpected end. A few lucky ones had the chance to take place in atomic shelters, giving them a chance to survive the fall and maybe save mankind from exctinction. The rest of mankind became crazy, insurections and madness go higher and higer as the fall was approaching. During the last days before the fall multiple nuclear missiles were launched, a last scream of hate of condemned nations to each other. Then it was the fall, thousands of asteroid parts hit the planet, each with the energy of nuclear bombs. Almost all life at the surface of earth was instantly destroyed. The remaining survivors then had to face a nuclear winter, the dust raised by the impacts remains in the atmosphere for decades. A century after the fall and the end of the nuclear winter earth was unrecognizable, thousands of craters sprinkle the landscape, the only remaining noise being the wind whispering in the streets of ruined cities.
(sorry if my english sucks)
Technique:
First i download a digital elevation model of the moon and played with it a bit with QGIS wilbur and photoshop to make an hillshade. I think i'll try to do multiple views of the planet at different scales to show the desolation.
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Ilanthar
06-22-2014, 09:53 AM
Very good start! I already like your colors choice.

Bogie
06-22-2014, 11:12 AM
That is just wicked cool!!! Thanks for getting this challenge started!

jtougas
06-22-2014, 12:28 PM
To quote my fellow New Englander.... Wicked cool indeed !! :)

Diamond
06-22-2014, 01:04 PM
I agree with the other guys, great start, cool story. Very evocative.

Meshon
06-24-2014, 02:57 AM
I'm really enjoying all your maps, your skills are running high! I like the style a lot. I'm looking forward to see what you do with the heavily cratered Earth!

cheers,
Meshon

Francissimo
06-24-2014, 07:40 AM
Thx Meshon;)
I'll probably add a few lines to the background of the map, i plan to represent 2 type of survivors in the ruins of a big city: vault dwellers and barbarians
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Meshon
06-25-2014, 01:39 AM
Whoa! I just realized the epic scale of this! I haven't played a sci-fi game in a long time but this map has got me looking for some post apocalyptic fun! Sorry for so much exclamation!

I really really like it. I'm interested to see what it looks like when you "populate" it. Also, out of curiosity, what is the pixel resolution of the image as you work on it?

cheers,
Meshon

Francissimo
06-27-2014, 03:30 AM
Thanks Meshon, it's pleasant to know my project is appreciated! Doing this map makes me want to play again a post apocalyptic game too;)
About the pixel resolution i'm actually working at 380 DPI, the final map will be a bit larger than this one and maybe i'll allow to zoom a bit more, still not sure about the final format yet.

Francissimo
07-04-2014, 02:45 PM
A century after the fall .. the Giants craters left by the fall have been filled with rainwater, and vegetation gradually hide the scars of earth. The sprawling metropolis of the ancients are gradually disappearing under a tangle and inexctricable jungle. Avenues once frequented by millions of vehicles are now covered with a thick carpet of moss, trees inexorably drilling concrete, nature's taking its revenge against the offense of mankind. A century of rain have covered skyscrapers with moisture. The sky who was furrowed by thousands of flying vehicles is now a blank space without any presence, birds already threatened by human pollution have not withstood decades of nuclear winter. Huge herds of wild animals now reign alone on the ruins .. almost. Although the huge size of the ancients city make it pitiful, evidence of human civilization are still visible, man has not been completely obliterated by the fall. However, the survivors do not have all taken the same path to survive the Apocalypse and two distinct civilizations seem to gradually emerge from the ruins of the ancient world ...
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Meshon
07-04-2014, 03:05 PM
Wow! Yes, this is turning out really well. If I can get some people together for Apocalypse World I think I would really like to use this map. What do you think Francissimo? It would be for personal use only.

And that dome... really looks incredible. Is that a sign of one of the two civilizations?

cheers,
Meshon

Francissimo
07-04-2014, 04:00 PM
No problem at all Meshon, i would be really happy if the map is used for a game! The dome is built by the descendants of vault dwellers, while they managed to preserve the technology of the old world, spending decades without seeing the sun makes them higly agoraphobic so they build the dome to protect them from the outside world.

Diamond
07-04-2014, 06:09 PM
Barbarian Nomad: Look at those Domies with their stupid Dome... all geodesic and such like...

Dome Dweller: Nyah nyah boo boo pants!

:D

And on another note, this is looking really amazing, Francissimo.

Francissimo
07-07-2014, 06:53 PM
You catch the spirit diamond!;) i'll just focus my nomads on water, during the nuclear winter the only way to survive was fishing so i'll describe a civilisation living with the ocean.
The map is now almost finished, maybe i'll still adjust a few minor settings then i'll wrote a little background on the map for each civilisation. The borders are a bit inspired by the pipboy interface in fallout.
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Avengeil
07-08-2014, 03:05 AM
Beautiful, makes me want to play a post-apocalyptic rpg.

Ilanthar
07-08-2014, 06:22 AM
Vault 13? The Hub? Where stands Shady Sands and the two-headed cows :P?

Very good work Francissimo, it clearly has a Fallout/Gamma world atmosphere.

Francissimo
07-09-2014, 06:03 PM
Glad you have that feeling Avengeil, that's exactly my purpose for that map!
And you have caught me Ilanthar, i'm a huge fan of the fallout universe and was of course inspired by the games since i spend countless hours dreaming about that universe;)

Francissimo
07-11-2014, 06:14 PM
No more ideas on that one so i guess it's the finished version, i only add a small text to describe each faction, thanks for the feedbacks all:)
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Meshon
07-13-2014, 01:24 AM
It looks really good congrats! Some of the labels are a bit hard to read when I'm zoomed out, but that doesn't really matter. Mostly just in the denser urban area around The Ruins of Vault 13. Which I hope is a former dome that the raiders sacked, or something more mysterious happened to...

Beautiful map, and good story!

cheers,
Meshon

Jaxilon
07-14-2014, 03:14 AM
Hey, I haven't been about that much these days but I just happened to find myself here and saw this and wanted to let you know how much I liked it. Excellent job and I look forward to seeing more!

Francissimo
07-14-2014, 04:49 AM
Thanks Meshon and Jaxilon! And you're right Meshon, Vault 13 was destroyed a few years after the fall by some survivors that managed to get inside and eat everything including people! For the labels you're right too, i always have this problem with large maps, labels are either too big when zoomed in or hardly visible from distance.
Ps: small riddle: those ruins are inspired by a real world city located in france on the atlantic coast, can you find wich one is it?

Francissimo
07-14-2014, 07:41 AM
i did very small final adjustements and rework labels to improve a bit the readability
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Meshon
07-14-2014, 05:47 PM
Ah, that's perfect! I can totally read the labels but they are not obtrusive, very nicely done. I tried to figure out what city it might be but my geography is poor. Whichever city it is, this is an excellent map in a great style!

cheers,
Meshon

Domino44
07-14-2014, 09:21 PM
I love the domes! The colors are really great.

RedKettle
07-14-2014, 10:18 PM
Impressive! I have actually been impressed since the first post, but it seems that you keep finding ways to add interest in this very expansive but subtly detailed style!