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    Hi , I have tried fractal terrains but I am not really satisfied with it for a series of reasons .

    1 it creates a very rough surface based in fractal noise , but in no where seems to be able to create actual mountain ridges and belieavable structures
    2 there is no tectonic involved but just random nouse for shapes .

    I would like a generator that could take into consideration that beeing able to plan shapes and tactonics as well as crestal ridges, mountain ridges and global features ....

    anything like that does exhist?

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    There are some alternatives, but in my (limited) experience they are either more limited that Fractal Terrains or much more difficult to use; or, often, both.
    While Fractal Terrains have some limitations, it is clearly capable of producing believable geography with good mountain ranges etc., if you know how to use it. I would suggest to start from this very classical tutorial: Tutorial for Cartographer’s Guild
    Other resources and suggestions can be found around these forums.

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    Do youy have any sample of a Fractal terrain produced world that looks like almoust a real world map ?

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    The one in the tutorial linked looks quite good to me, like the one I made (see my album). Not perfectly realistic by any means, but good enough. You can play and fiddle manually to make the distribution of your mountain ranges more believable, plate-tectonics-wise.
    It should also be noticed that we only have one example of a "real world map", thus what looks typical to us is not necessarily typical of all possible worlds.

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    I actually noticed that I had to upgrade the old version I had , after that it seems that it creates better worlds and had even some newer options I didn't see b4 ... also didn't see the tutorial and seems interesting I will keep an eye on it , my idea was eventually to try to test the new world with world machine after and see what happens.

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