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wes3352
03-29-2009, 07:41 PM
Grretings I am new here and have found it to be most interssting. This is what i am working on and would love to here any thoughts or questions the Guild members have for me. It is to be a map for a Magic The Gathering Campain i am desighning and is still incompleate.

I would be most interested to know how you all come up with names for your campaigns countrys oceans rivers and so on.


:edit: ahh that's better. Wes, please use the thumbnail feature when posting BIG maps! Cheers! Ravells

Steel General
03-29-2009, 10:06 PM
Welcome Aboard! ..and for posting a map in your intro thread, have some 'rep' *bonk*

I think you'll find everyone has a somewhat different method/scheme for naming. For me its usually a 'fly by night' kind of thing. Combining different pieces of words, reversing words, etc.

NeonKnight
03-29-2009, 10:56 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

For naming conventions, a brief history of Etymology may be of interest:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymology

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_placename_etymology

And of course TOPONYMY, or how places get their name:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toponomy

Finally I gave a BIG SPIEL way back when I first came to the guild on place names, and can be found in this post here:

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showpost.php?p=9546&postcount=6

Ascension
03-30-2009, 12:19 AM
Pretty stylish for a CC3 map. The country borders are a bit loud but that's no real big thing really. I'm betting that within a few months you'll be knockin this style out of the park. Good job. As for naming stuff, the geology of a place can go a long way (Spooky Forest, High Hill, Silver Glade, etc). I also try to think of a certain language like French or Polynesian or something and just make stuff up that sounds French or Polynesian. When all else fails I use a name generator then change it up to suit me.

Kingbreaker
03-30-2009, 08:02 AM
I would be most interested to know how you all come up with names for your campaigns countrys oceans rivers and so on.



If you *really* want to go whole-hog on getting consistent fantasy names, you should check out "conlangs" ie. constructed languages.

http://www.zompist.com/kit.html

This is a great guide on getting started.

A "conlang" is a constructed language, like Tolkien's Sindarin or Klingon. Good conlangs follow certain rules that make them internally consistent and create a sense of culture.

There are forums for conlangs just as their is a Cartographer's guild for fantasy maps :)

Korash
03-30-2009, 01:16 PM
There are forums for conlangs just as their is a Cartographer's guild for fantasy maps :)

Post a link!!!

Post a LINK!!!!!!!

pretty please!!!?