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    Grretings I am new here and have found it to be most interssting. This is what i am working on and would love to here any thoughts or questions the Guild members have for me. It is to be a map for a Magic The Gathering Campain i am desighning and is still incompleate.
    I would be most interested to know how you all come up with names for your campaigns countrys oceans rivers and so on.

    :edit: ahh that's better. Wes, please use the thumbnail feature when posting BIG maps! Cheers! Ravells
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    Welcome Aboard! ..and for posting a map in your intro thread, have some 'rep' *bonk*

    I think you'll find everyone has a somewhat different method/scheme for naming. For me its usually a 'fly by night' kind of thing. Combining different pieces of words, reversing words, etc.
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    Welcome to the Guild!

    For naming conventions, a brief history of Etymology may be of interest:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Etymology

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_placename_etymology

    And of course TOPONYMY, or how places get their name:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toponomy

    Finally I gave a BIG SPIEL way back when I first came to the guild on place names, and can be found in this post here:

    Hand Drawn Map tips?
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    Pretty stylish for a CC3 map. The country borders are a bit loud but that's no real big thing really. I'm betting that within a few months you'll be knockin this style out of the park. Good job. As for naming stuff, the geology of a place can go a long way (Spooky Forest, High Hill, Silver Glade, etc). I also try to think of a certain language like French or Polynesian or something and just make stuff up that sounds French or Polynesian. When all else fails I use a name generator then change it up to suit me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wes3352 View Post

    I would be most interested to know how you all come up with names for your campaigns countrys oceans rivers and so on.
    If you *really* want to go whole-hog on getting consistent fantasy names, you should check out "conlangs" ie. constructed languages.

    http://www.zompist.com/kit.html

    This is a great guide on getting started.

    A "conlang" is a constructed language, like Tolkien's Sindarin or Klingon. Good conlangs follow certain rules that make them internally consistent and create a sense of culture.

    There are forums for conlangs just as their is a Cartographer's guild for fantasy maps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingbreaker View Post
    There are forums for conlangs just as their is a Cartographer's guild for fantasy maps
    Post a link!!!

    Post a LINK!!!!!!!

    pretty please!!!?
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