View Full Version : City Bank.

Aval Penworth
03-02-2010, 02:43 AM
Hi All.

I would like to propose a thread that can become a resource to the community. How about a place where people can post city, village and town maps so that Gamer Masters and others can access them quickly and easily, but with commentary kept to a minimum. Every post is a map, so it is easy to explore and utilise. If you want to rep someone you still can, and you can praise them through their profile page. Might even encourage more people to make friends.

Ideally you would upload a map and simple description so that others can download it and use it for their own games or books etc. Many GM's would love to have a handy bank of these maps because they are so time consuming to make yourself. The same is probably true of battlemaps but that would be a separate thread.

I envisage that this would not be a place for critique and comment but rather an ever-grown cache of easily accessible city maps. Perhaps even partally finished maps, and abandoned projects or buildingless street lay-outs may be posted , to be downloaded and completed by someone who is happy to have some of the groundwork done for them. I am sure people are sitting on hundreds of these kinds of maps but perhaps don't feel them to be worthy of posting. Or have been posted but are now hidden so deep in a thread that noone sees them anymore.

Is this something people would use, or am I the only GM around who'd like to have City Bank on tap?

03-02-2010, 02:55 AM
We sort of have that in the Finished Maps forum, but you're right - they're not sorted into categories after being finished.

Strikes me as a lot of work to retroactively sort them, but there's some good thoughts in there. *ponders*

Aval Penworth
03-02-2010, 05:44 AM
I am not suggesting that you retroactively sort them. Just that from now on there is the option to post your city maps there. If members want to re-post old maps that would be up to them.

03-02-2010, 08:43 AM
You're not the only one AP, we just never got around to sorting finished maps because there were not too many around. Since the guild has grown over the years that area has sort of slipped by without notice. It was sorted by author for thumbnailing purposes but maybe it's time to redo that area and sort it into something that resembles the structure of the WIP section...galaxy, solar system, world, continent, regional, city, structure, dungeon.

Steel General
03-02-2010, 08:46 AM
Probably need to bounce this of Arcana/RobA to see if it can be done within the new board software.

03-02-2010, 08:55 AM
I think its a great idea - thought of a similar idea some years ago.. .and again this summer. Its always great to have ready maps on hand - and especially a good structure. Something with "setting"/"size" ... ie Fantasy/City, Sci-fi/Bar or Sci-fi/Universe :)

03-02-2010, 11:17 AM
It could probably be done by setting up prefixes in those forums. Not sure if you can search/sort/filter on prefixes though.

Anyone can already use tags to identify maps, which can be searched.

-Rob A>

03-02-2010, 11:25 AM
Having some form of searchable thumbnail gallery would be wonderful, but that's perhaps not something available with the software on the forums. In the meantime I know that many of the guild cross post their maps to the deviantArt group the Cartography Guild and there's an attempt to keep it ordered, so there's a growing bank of city and town maps there (http://cartography-guild.deviantart.com/gallery/24592640).

03-08-2010, 02:29 PM
some of my friends that GM also asked me why the forum wasnt easily accessible for GM's to grab some maps so if one can find a good way to sort this out i think it'll make a lot of people happy (and attrack more interested people ;). Setting up and maintaining good taxonomy however is difficult, especially when the number of posts gets big. I dont know the vBulletin software but maybe one can set up a taxonomy and use a template to force category/tag selection on posts in the finished map section to be used by some scraper...

03-08-2010, 06:19 PM
I think this sounds like a good idea. From my perspective, because I just like to make town and village maps, trying new ideas and things. But I could just leave them as "blanks" or with a simple description of what kind of structures I had in my head when I made them. (I was reading about the Roman Barbegal Mill the other day and can already imagine a small settlement around that kind of "factory").
It'd be nice to dump these kind of fickle maps I make somewhere that I'll never use, so that someone else might be able to get some use out of them.

03-08-2010, 07:05 PM
I have a keyword index in my sig which I scrape the guild thread titles for every few months. If you look under city theres lots of threads there. If you want to suggest new keywords then be my guest (PM me or something like that).

03-09-2010, 04:49 AM
wery nice - although it still means digging around for the maps - a huge sorted gallery of maps would be a fantastic solution :)

The Don
06-06-2010, 04:35 PM
I was referred to this site to find maps to use for a Shadowrun game I am running online.. and while I have found some excellent maps to use I had to wade though a ton of stuff that simply was not relevant to my search. ( I did see many wonderful maps and as one who used to hand draw maps for AD&D games back in the day, I have the itch to start again) I think this is a wonderful Idea to create a database.. I am new to the board myself but as I learn how to make some on the PC and such I hope to contribute eventually..

06-06-2010, 04:41 PM
Bring it on Don ... *lol*... welcome and we look forward to seing what you do - but be warned.. this guild is like Giddes last cartograhpy challenge win - Hotel California... once you join.. you'll never leave ;)

06-06-2010, 05:25 PM
Hahahaha ... but who'd want to? So much more fun just to join in the dancing -- err, mapping. ;)