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slovakism
06-12-2009, 07:51 PM
My D&D group didn't know what they were getting when they appointed me the official cartographer of the group.

Most of the created world we play was created before I was joined, so mostly I've just polished the pre-existing maps up, but for a while now I've had the urge to really update and polish the maps. Make them more natural, or as much as possible in keeping with the pre-existing maps, -- add plate tectonics, climate, native plant and wildlife, etc to the maps and basically all the little details my DMs don't worry about when creating the campaigns.

Which is what lead me here.

Actually, it was in searching for ideas on making a globe for the world that linked me to a topic in here.

And I have to say, I'm impressed with this forum. I'm mostly a "figure it out for myself" but there are a lot of useful tutorials and ideas and resources here that are just to amazing not to take advantage of.

Not to mention how awesome it is just to have a place to talk about maps and mapmaking with people that are just as enthusiastic about it.

So, Hi.

Steel General
06-12-2009, 08:49 PM
Welcome Aboard!

Ascension
06-12-2009, 09:13 PM
Welcome to The Guild. Poke around and have fun.

NeonKnight
06-12-2009, 09:14 PM
Welcome to the Guild!

slovakism
06-13-2009, 02:28 AM
Thank you. I thought I maybe should share the first map I made for my groups D&D with you all.

It's still a work in progress. I am thinking about applying some of the elements in Ascension's How to make a Continent in photoshop tutorial.

Ascension
06-13-2009, 09:08 AM
Actually, I don't think that you need to do that at all...your hand drawn mountains look uber sweet. I like things to be fast and if I had the patience I'd do my mtns like you :) Nice job, man.

slovakism
06-13-2009, 04:30 PM
Thanks!

At first I tried the cloud difference method on a very basic level as I don't have much experience with that, the effect wasn't bad just way to large and high for the size of the continent (roughly the size of australia). So I had to manually go in and draw them, which meant I first had to teach myself to draw them.

Ascension
06-13-2009, 10:57 PM
Well you've done a great job with that and I'm sure we'll be seeing a lot more like this pop up around here soon (probably from me) :)

lynx_child
06-15-2009, 04:01 PM
That sounds like a really fun project :)

slovakism
06-15-2009, 11:35 PM
It is!! I made the unfortunate mistake of beginning it in the small lull in the weeks approaching finals. It was extremely difficult to pull myself away to study.