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    Default What do you create your maps for?

    I'm just curious as to what everyone here uses their maps for.
    My main use for creating maps is usually for stories I write to help me determine where things are.

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    Mainly it's because I'm trying to create a world, well not the whole world, just a small corner of it. And since I'm making the world just for the heck of it i guess i just make maps because its fun and challenging.

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    I do it for no other reason than because I like to. I don't play games with them, I'm not writing anything, I just have fun doing them.
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    All of the above? I map for the novel I'm writing, for the game I'm running, and for the fun of it.

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    I guess they are quite fun, but I sometimes feel like my maps should tell some kind of story about them. I remember one map I created years ago, I wanted it to be for a game or something and I created the land based on a players journey to find relics. I had the whole thing planned out and even split the regions up into different terrains. I had a frozen region, a dry and rocky region, a heavily forested region, and I even had a dark sort of evil boss region where all the trees were dead and the place was spiky and evil. I guess I just like the idea of maps that tell a story of why places and areas are the way they are. Adds a bit more mystery to the map.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ascension View Post
    I do it for no other reason than because I like to. I don't play games with them, I'm not writing anything, I just have fun doing them.
    Quoted for Truth, though I also do it to learn the software.

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    I like how they don't have faces.

    Well, environments in general don't usually have faces, and I find them a good change of pace from drawing people. I second the post about creating worlds and parts of them.

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    I'm an administrator for an online text MMORPG, and there is no graphical map of the place, so I thought I'd make one. And then one of the former admins is working on his own similar game that will take place across several planets, and I thought I'd go ahead and do those for him as well.

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    Being an avid gamer and artist I'm just naturally drawn to the maps. My first maps were at the age of 9-10, I mapped the woods behind my house and at the local park (marked the boundaries, trails and were we buried our trinkets). Nowadays most of mine are related to a game (D&D, RPG) I'm running or playing in, some are just for creative satisfaction.

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    All my maps are related to games I play (D&D 4e these days). Although the tiles I've made http://www.cartographersguild.com/sh...at-1-inch-grid were mostly done to try it out - but of course they do work for D&D combat. And I also agree with several of the answers quoting that it also improves skill - hence the particitpation in the mapping challenges
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