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elemental_elf
11-28-2008, 12:09 AM
This is the Map of the continent Kaspamalga. I was wondering if anyone had any concerns, criticisms and/or general comments, thanks :)

Lathorien
11-28-2008, 05:40 PM
Good Job, i like the map. I have seen your earlyer maps as the CBG and to see you combine the areas and style together is great. I think it could still use some more detail but i like the clean look of it so far.

MarkusTay
11-28-2008, 09:52 PM
I really like the style.

My only critique would be the unnaturally straight line/coast where it says the "Sea of Hubris".

elemental_elf
11-28-2008, 10:48 PM
Good Job, i like the map. I have seen your earlyer maps as the CBG and to see you combine the areas and style together is great. I think it could still use some more detail but i like the clean look of it so far.

Thanks! :) Trust me when I say extra details are coming but I've decided to concentrate on fleshing the world out, adding more detail as I write them :D

Also, I have to say, I had no idea anyone thought my maps were nice enough to remember! :)


I really like the style.

My only critique would be the unnaturally straight line/coast where it says the "Sea of Hubris".

Ah, that particular straight line is due to the lack of decent charts of the coast. Ships head that way never return. Once I detail out the The Kamalga section of the map, I'm going to turn my head in that direction and add some much needed detail (both in writing and on the map :) )

landorl
11-29-2008, 10:44 PM
I had the same thought as MarkusTay, but it is good to hear that you have an explanation. I would make some sort of annotation on this map that those are unknown lands. Overall though, I think this is a great map with a good style.

Talroth
11-30-2008, 04:35 PM
I would give the straight line some fading, blend it into the ocean or even fade out the colour in that area completely to show that the section is 'unknown'.

Some issues with rivers/mountains. The long one flowing north past Ardora looks odd. First off it appears to break though a mountain range, which means you either have to change the mountains to funnel the river for that far (I would have expected the river to break east or west before it got to that northern range, but if there was a long double spine of mountains on either side of that bit of land, then I would also expect to see a few large lakes in there.)

Another thing, are you aware you have a dead sea? Castleberry Sea is kind of odd, in that it is a major body of water that doesn't connect to the oceans. Break a straight through from Castleberry to Trireme maybe? Would likely generate some massive tides, and be a less than ideal sailing route for captains that aren't the most experienced.


Angling your text might make some things a little more clear, "D. of New-lands"? "BS"?

landorl
12-02-2008, 04:40 PM
I don't think that the Caspian Sea connects to an ocean, but it is considered by many to be a lake rather than a sea. Still, it is pretty significant in size, so I don't see any problems with it not connecting to the ocean.

elemental_elf
12-03-2008, 03:36 AM
I had the same thought as MarkusTay, but it is good to hear that you have an explanation. I would make some sort of annotation on this map that those are unknown lands. Overall though, I think this is a great map with a good style.

Once my Term papers are all written I shall get on that! Thanks :)


I would give the straight line some fading, blend it into the ocean or even fade out the colour in that area completely to show that the section is 'unknown'.

Some issues with rivers/mountains. The long one flowing north past Ardora looks odd. First off it appears to break though a mountain range, which means you either have to change the mountains to funnel the river for that far (I would have expected the river to break east or west before it got to that northern range, but if there was a long double spine of mountains on either side of that bit of land, then I would also expect to see a few large lakes in there.)

Another thing, are you aware you have a dead sea? Castleberry Sea is kind of odd, in that it is a major body of water that doesn't connect to the oceans. Break a straight through from Castleberry to Trireme maybe? Would likely generate some massive tides, and be a less than ideal sailing route for captains that aren't the most experienced.


Angling your text might make some things a little more clear, "D. of New-lands"? "BS"?


Ah the Orcman pass... I know its a bit jarring but an Orc Wizard actually created that pass during a great war, so as to allow the Lupican navy a way of penetrating the country with much needed supplies. I'll be sure to annotate that on the map as well! :) I'll also add some more rivers off the back end of that range, so as to make it more realistic.

The D. of Newlands is The Duchy of Newland and BS stands for Burtonshire, i.e. the Viceroyalty on the peninsula. I figured since they were the same color, everyone would understand... Hmm, maybe I should include a side list of all the nations and any abbreviations I use for them?


Ah, the Castleberry Sea is actually a massive lake (akin to one of the great lakes). It does have a high salinity, compared to fresh water but isn't nearly as high as salt water.



I don't think that the Caspian Sea connects to an ocean, but it is considered by many to be a lake rather than a sea. Still, it is pretty significant in size, so I don't see any problems with it not connecting to the ocean.

That and the Aral sea are what I drew my inspiration from! :)

mmmmmpig
12-03-2008, 11:40 AM
The one crit I see is that you are using 2 dark grays as a typical black tone, but they are significantly close to one another and it just looks like a mistake. I would suggest consolidating into one tone.

elemental_elf
12-03-2008, 07:58 PM
The one crit I see is that you are using 2 dark grays as a typical black tone, but they are significantly close to one another and it just looks like a mistake. I would suggest consolidating into one tone.


Hmm... I'm not quite sure what you mean... Are you saying the color I use for geographic areas and the colors I use to list off cities? :?:

Turgenev
12-04-2008, 01:01 AM
Nice map. I really like the style. I have one minor question - the white mountain tops between the Kingdom of Galtara and Brazel's Empire, are they snow capped hence the white?

elemental_elf
12-04-2008, 03:26 AM
Nice map. I really like the style. I have one minor question - the white mountain tops between the Kingdom of Galtara and Brazel's Empire, are they snow capped hence the white?

That would be 100% correct. Do you think its a little jarring? I have mixed feelings about it. On the one hand it is the tallest mountain in the land and is snow capped. On the other hand none of the other mountains are snow capped... Any suggestions? :?:

Turgenev
12-04-2008, 03:37 AM
I have to admit that at first, I thought you might have missed colouring in a section of the mountains then I realized that it might be snow. ;) This is just an idea, but perhaps you should remove the line at the bottom of the snow cap and have the white fade out into the colour of the mountains.

Another thing I noticed... shouldn't the shaded area of those mountains be the same black colour as the mountains to the north? The two different shades is a bit off setting to me (much more so than the snow caps).

Beyond my minor nitpicks, you have a really cool map there. http://209.85.62.26/12611/85/emo/thumb.gif

mmmmmpig
12-04-2008, 03:32 PM
Hmm... I'm not quite sure what you mean... Are you saying the color I use for geographic areas and the colors I use to list off cities? :?:


The major place that I see it is in the mountain range symbols compared to the rest of the map. I would tone back the mountain range from that black to the same gray as the other parts of the map (title, borders, etc...)

landorl
12-05-2008, 01:11 PM
I just noticed something as I was looking at this. It appears that there are a few islands on the right hand side of the map that did not get colored in. I see the outlines, but nothing else. I don't know if that was intentional or not?

Arkkeeper
12-08-2008, 07:21 PM
You might want to think about that really long river that feeds into the Kara Sea. The terrain surrounding it would have to be very precise for it to not feed into the Castleberry Sea or the Eastern Ocean. If you want to keep it, a good excuse would be for it to be running inside a long Canyon. remember that water always chooses the easiest path to flow.

elemental_elf
12-10-2008, 05:50 AM
Thanks Everyone for all your advice! :)

I'll have an updated map come later this week (Friday or Saturday)!