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    Hello all,

    I have several binders of campaign materials that consist of over a decade of gaming in my home spun setting. As if trying to compile it all into something consistent and respectable looking wasn't hard enough... I can't help but want to attempt a special keepsake. Has anyone had any experiance trying to create a globe form of any of their maps? Initially I thought I could try redrawing my world as a series of adjacent pointed elipses (I wish I new the formal name for that map style), and then form them onto a sphere. It's not a serious endeavor at this point, more of a novelty at the back of my mind while I go through GIMP tutorials and try to remember old details that were left out of my notes. I'm sure all the relative scale issues of curving the maps would be frustrating. A cloth map might be an easier alternative

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    Any decent 3D application will wrap a flat picture around a sphere. You can then roate the sphere to any angle and view your map as a globe, or render different views for your players' reference.

    Blender is free and moderately easy.
    Bryce is cheap and easy.
    3DS Max is $$$ and difficult (heh).
    I'm sure there are others.

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    Post your map here and I'll do a globe for you.

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    If you're talking about a real globe sitting on your desk then I vaguely remember someone doing that here once but dang if I can find it.
    If the radiance of a thousand suns was to burst at once into the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One...I am become Death, the Shatterer of worlds.
    -J. Robert Oppenheimer (father of the atom bomb) alluding to The Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 11, Verse 32)


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    Another way to make a globe with your map is to use a combination of Fractal terrains - CC3 - Wilbur.

    I made such a globe with the forgotten realms map i made.

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    A globe you say? Casts resurrect thread on my very first post here on the guild: Planetocopia-Repository of Imaginary Worlds
    Chris Wayan is very talented sculptor and artist (if a bit unusual). He has created globes for many of his worlds and painted them. Take a look at:

    Dubia http://www.worlddreambank.org/D/DUBIA.HTM
    Mars Reborn http://www.worlddreambank.org/M/MRZ.HTM
    Venus Unveiled http://www.worlddreambank.org/V/VENUS.HTM
    Shiveria http://www.worlddreambank.org/S/SHIVERIA.HTM
    Seapole http://www.worlddreambank.org/S/SEAPOLE.HTM

    I would ask him for pointers on how to create your own globes, he can be reached at wdreamb@yahoo.com Good luck.

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