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    Post How do I decide on a continent size?

    So I'm working on a map for a new world I'm creating, and I have no idea how big to make the main continent. My world has some other ones as well, but I'm not focusing on them (at least for the time being).

    I have a few important landmarks and cities that I have decided the distances between, and I have a scale (I've been sketching my map by hand, so my scale is 10 miles = 1cm), but I have no idea what size would be reasonable for the continent.

    I also feel like a lot hinges on this, because the people in this world use horses as their main mode of transportation, and so I haven't been able to decide if this is a continentalized place, which holds me back on developing the inter-kingdom political relations and a bunch of other stuff.

    Are there any tips or,,, like guidelines or something that I can use to help me decide on a general continent size (like how wide the widest point is or how long it is)??

    Thanks!

    ETA: I'm not even sure if I should start on a planetary scale first and determine how big my planet is/what water:land I want/etc, or if I'm being too unrealistic re: my level of ability and where I should be starting.
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    Hi Berg,
    Check out this tool: ORBIS
    It is a generator of travel times of the ancient Roman empire and allows you to check how far distances would take to travel by foot, boat and horseback (plus a few other options) I've found it quite helpful in the past myself.
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    That's really cool, thank you!

    I think it will be useful for me as well.

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    I checked Orbis too. Very good tool, by the way. Thanks.

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