The Next Level
I know it is very early in the project and we are still very much in the phase of drawing the regional maps, but I wanted to start a discussion and gauge the mood on where to go next.
We could take another region of the world map and do another landgrab, but I think it might be better to start zeroing in on the regions we have when they are all completed.
My proposal is that once a certain stage of completeness is reached on the regional maps we open up the next level of mapping. I think this should be a local level dealing with things the size of cities, towns, lakes, forests, mountain peaks etc. I believe that none of the regional mappers should have sole rights to map locally in their regions, and that we should actively encourage all guild members to get involved on the local level. I think that anyone who wants to map something local should get in touch with the creator of the regional map. This is for a few reasons:
1. To make sure that the area s/he wants to map has not already been mapped by someone else.
2. To ascertain from the regional mapper any relevant facts that may already be in existence about the local area to be mapped (even if these are only in the head of the regional mapper)
3. To bounce off the regional mapper any ideas that s/he may have for the area to be mapped.
I think we should persist with our policy of no stylistic restriction or binding rules, but that the local map should, wherever possible, be consistent with the regional map.
Those are my thoughts as to what I believe is the most sensible ay forward, but I would really like to hear from you all as to what you think.
Thanks again to all those regional mappers who are bringing this emerging continent to life. We already have plague, resistent beings including gnomes and orcs, abandoned towns inhabited only by the wind and perhaps something else, maritime expeditions to mysterious islands, wild unexplored bogs where travellers fear to tread and feral forested hills, the hunting grounds of who knows what. And this is only the beginning.
As they say in Australia "Go you good things!"
What do others think about maps not created for this effort getting located in the world?
I have a few maps that aren't really "anywhere" and could be re-purposed...
I don;t have nay problem with that. A lot of my City Maps of Old could easily become cities of this World.
Originally Posted by RobA
In my opinion, we should open up another region, and allow city/even dungeon mapping to start. I know it means we'll be a bit spread out, but I think some people like mapping their 'niche' more then others. Now I want to try out city mapping for sure, I love looking at those one's... Over n over.... Anyways, I thought it'd get more people on board that way.
Also, local/city maps should follow the region, but of course when you get up close all kind of things could happen :D
I reckon allowing unused maps to locate is a great idea. Oh and I'm not expecting for anyone to wait for my tile - if you got some good ideas and you wanna stick it down on my map then plan where you want to put them. I don't think it would be good to have the small scale stuff on a separate map tile. I like terrain but I'm kinda keen to get to the villages and cities. I have been doing a lot of terrain for about a year now.
I'm all for people bringing pre-made maps fit contextually. There must be hundreds, if not thousands of maps hanging around these forums that are just crying out for a context. Bring 'em on I say/
I've been lurking these threads believe it or not...And I'm wondering if a Wiki wouldn't be warranted. I do have some limited experience setting up Wiki and as long as someone moderates it and account creation is limited (similar to how Pyrandon's world is done) I'll set it up.
I was also thinking about using a google map API to view the world...but that will require a little development on my end...I'll see what i can do...I need to know if A) you guys think a Wiki would be useful and not excessive, and B) Who wants to moderate and manage accounts?
Yes definately, and No, not me! :)
Both Industrygothica and Baziron have put there hands up for the record keeper post so they should get great help from a wiki.
As for the next level, I think mapping should start on the smaller scale items immediately - towns, villages, cities, etc etc. I don't think that we should open up wider regional maps, because there is already a massive area to be mapped. I think that people should definitely re-purpose maps that they have created.