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    Default Amalga Continent of War [WIP]

    I'm slowly working on rebooting my oldest setting Amalga. I'm making it more fantastic and less gritty. Right now I am working on the map.

    I started off with a basic sketch of the continent. I wanted the continent to look interesting, so I created lots of bays, channels and peninsulas.
    Amalga [WIP]-new-amalga-1-white-black.jpg


    From there, I created added terrain. I decided I was tired of the hand drawn look I usually go for, so I went with terrain that showcases the elevations of the continent. Its more realistic and is strikingly different than kinds of maps I have been creating lately. I really wanted to emphasize how mountain ranges cut people of from one another, which leads to new nations being born. So I made sure to include lots of mountains. I have a weird idea for a Ghost wall where the souls of the recently deceased go for a period of time before heading off to heaven/hell/wherever. Denizens of Amalga can go to the wall and meet and converse with the dearly departed in a safe environment (as opposed to traveling to other plains to do so). The wall is represented by the pink line. As a by product the line also cuts the continent off from the rest of the world.... Or maybe Amalga is a plain and that line represents its eastern edge? I haven't decided yet.
    Amalga [WIP]-amalga__10_19_2011_by_elemental_elf-d4dcq15.jpg
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    From there, I decided I did not like the green coloration of the terrain, so I switched it to shades of brown. At this time, I also added the rivers. Rivers serve as the arteries and veins of a medieval world. I often feel I neglect rivers, so I really wanted to try and include as many as possible. I'm still working on creating more tributaries but for now I have the big rivers on the map. I also began testing how to create undersea terrain.
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    At this point, I realized the ocean was looking a bit lacking. My land looked fairly detailed but the seas were just a giant blank blue area. I created undersea terrain. After a few different tests (as seen from the above picture), I found a style I liked. The inclusion of underwater terrain is helpful because I want to include a few Mermaid/folk kingdoms. Having more than wide open blue plains helps make the sea-world appear more realistic. During this iteration, I also sketched out the land and sea borders of the principle kingdoms and empires.
    Amalga [WIP]-amalga__a_new_map_by_elemental_elf-d4vuita.jpg
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    Finally, I began the process of adding cities. I have only included a few capitals because I am not sure the icons look appropriate.
    Amalga [WIP]-amalaga__with_some_labels_by_elemental_elf-d4w1me0.jpg
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    Well, that is the evolution of the map thus far. What do you guys and gals think? Any and all concerns or criticism is welcome.
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    Oops, looks like your final map is missing the different grades of sea elevation. Otherwise it looks quite nice. Can't make out too much of the detail at the current resolution though. Overall I like it.

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    The last image was not meant to be there, sorry about that.

    I have included links for almost every picture to a larger image.

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    Updated the map!

    This time around I added more cities and towns. As I am drawing the map new ideas flow from my head, hence the changes to the undersea landscape out in the ocean. I went from having a single Mermaid Queendom to now having a Shark-man nation, a whale-man nation and a nation for the creatures that dwell deep beneath the ocean's surface (or at the very least a demarcation of their range).

    Amalga [WIP]-new_amalga__1_2_by_elemental_elf-d4w3qv7.jpg
    (LINK TO THE TRUE RESOLUTION OF THE MAP (which is too large for the site to handle)).

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    Very nice!
    Amalga amalga...is that your DnD 4e setting you laid out on the CBG? If so, i like the new map a lot more than the old one. Not that the old one was bad, just that the new one is much more pleasing to my eyes (especially the new landform).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eilathen View Post
    Very nice!
    Amalga amalga...is that your DnD 4e setting you laid out on the CBG? If so, i like the new map a lot more than the old one. Not that the old one was bad, just that the new one is much more pleasing to my eyes (especially the new landform).
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    It is the same setting!

    I like the new map as well, it is more detailed and better all around (in my opinion)

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    Very nice! Looking good, indeed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukc View Post
    Very nice! Looking good, indeed!
    Thank you!


    Ok, another update for everyone.

    In this installment, I made most of the country names look a bit better ascetically. They feel less rigid now and a little more fluid. Honestly, I think I need to work on it a bit more. I also added some texture to the rivers to make it look as if they are apart of the world and not just squiggly lines on a map. It is not a perfect solution but its the best I can manage at the moment. The biggest change is the addition of lots of towns and castles to the map.

    Amalga [WIP]-amalga__more_detail_by_elemental_elf-d4w7qrj.jpg
    (LINK TO THE TRUE RESOLUTION OF THE MAP (which is too large for the site to handle)).


    What do you guys and gals think of the Capital, town and castle icons? Do they look good or should I switch to something that looks more representative (like a little images of towns and castles)?
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    I've created a few Coats of Arms for some of the countries I have the most amount of fluff for. I think each represents the nation's origins and national stories. From Adeland's former preeminence as the dominant Empire, to Colina's mastery of the seas, to the mythic Golden Dolphin who lead the Dwarves to Dacima after their megalithic city was destroyed by a volcano, to the mighty War Ostriches and Gretta's Comet that lead Rechtsland to freedom from Adeland, etc.

    Props go out to Inkwellideas for creating such an amazing Coat of Arms generator program.


    Amalga [WIP]-coats-arms.jpg

    I will be including a Coat of Arms for every nation, most likely located off to the blank side in two columns.

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    Those look really nice. My only remark would be that the colors are vibrant and so might distract from the map. I'd reccomend toning them down to more subuded pastel colors so that they don't look incongruous on your map.

    Cheers,
    -Arsheesh

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