Greetings again! I thought I should start with one of my recent and functional map projects, in which I designed existing and imagined regions for the Second Life-hosted region of Extropia.
Brief background: Extropia was formed in 2007 on the Second Life grid which, for those unfamiliar with the virtual world, is formed of 256x256m 'sims'. I believe there are 4 sims to one server. Extropia is a futuristic and residential community, which I co-founded as its designer and stand-in art director. It has grown in size from one sim to two, then six and collapsed down into three as it exists today.
(A thumbnail, as I'm sure is obvious!)
I tried to picture Extropia as a believable nation when working on it both as a map and a design project. Its persistent form has been as a coastal nation, with buildings floated out on interlocking plates - its unique hallmark amidst the rectangular plots we usually see thanks to Second Life's built-in plotting tools. Those plates were marked on this map in the highlighted section of three sims still running today. Their colour-coding, and the fact some are faded to show unoccupied spaces, were purely an admin. tool; I could see at a glance which plots we had available for rent.
I chose a London Underground-style landscape purely for simplicity and durability. Extropia's landscape could, and has, changed radically as new users sculpt a beach out for themselves or we have to re-arrange plots to accommodate larger buildings. Sticking to a sharp raster coastline and keeping vector shapes in for each of the region's plots made updating this map a lot easier.
Most of the place names and regions are named after futuristic articles: asteroids and satellites for islands; mathematicians and scientists for geographical features; and some named on a whim. I had plans for an homage to Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, on a sim named after the nation in H.G. Wells' Things to Come - like I said, an 'imagined' or fantasy Extropia.
The map hasn't been updated since 2008, although much of the Extropian landscape still looks similar to this. It also has yet to expand, which was probably the biggest motivation for my drawing this map up; I wanted to see how a nation I'd helped form might look were it to prosper. I have since worked on a more detailed, painted map; I'll get this up once I've added all the annotations I left off it. ^^;
That's all kinds of coolness. Except for the river violation (rivers don't split as they go downstream - they join up...they go around harder stone or higher places to form river islands at most) I'd say that's pretty damn sweet looking. Keep on cranking out good stuff like this.
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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