Finally, I joined
So, for some time, I've been coming here by chance because of my research leading me here. Today I found myself doodling on my 'grand map' sketch again, pondering for the thousandth time the effects the forces of nature would have on my land masses.
While I'm not new to drawing maps, I'm certainly no more than a novice when it comes to the effects of prevailing winds, plate tectonics and so forth.
Some of the maps I've seen here are absolutely amazing and a great inspiration. I'm working on an fantasy RPG world that, while no doubt classifiable as high fantasy, incorporates quite a bit of realism. (For example, I spent a few weeks doing astrophysical research to get my lunar oppositions et al. believable.)
I've been playing around a bit with Fractal Terrains but find that it's very hard to really get anywhere with it.
I've ditched all the old maps I made for this project since they were utterly unrealistic. Now I could really need help getting somewhere with this huge project.
Seeing the stuff you guys do inspires me, so merely having registered here will probably be helpful, heh.
Welcome in from the cold. There are some very knowledgeable folks here about all that stuff. I believe there is even a few tutorials on things like tectonic plates and how mountains are formed. If you can't find them just ask and one of us will dig it up.
“When it’s over and you look in the mirror, did you do the best that you were capable of? If so, the score does not matter. But if you find that you did your best you were capable of, you will find it to your liking.” -John Wooden
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* My Challenge Maps
* My deviantArt
Wow! I didn't know people did that much research into map making. If you don't mind me asking, where did you find information on astrophysics and lunar oppositions? I am interested in learning about the effects two moons would have on a world. Thanks!