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    Community Leader Torq's Avatar
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    Post What does "Collaborative" Mean?

    I was busy working on labels for my city map of Kwourin. Without thinking I labelled a cluster of buildings "The Pathmages' Compound". Then it hit me that part of what makes this project such fun is investigating how our visions are relating to each other. I've taken a concept that Mid came up with and subconsciously sought a place for it in my map.

    So as a word of cautious advice, may I suggest we endeavour to think about things in this spirit when doing our maps. I think that even if at the end of the day someone has a well-realised and artistically sound region with a good backstory, half of the fun and purpose of the project will be lost if its a standalone product. A good idea before mapping or labelling a map, is to read through the wiki entries briefly. There are so many ideas there that are crying out to be taken up. I just read Venardhi's page on the ancient kingdom that once attempted to dominate Ansium and it made me want to go and put some more labels on my map.

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    Honestly, the "world building" is the whole reason I got into making maps in the first place.

    It is also why I've been slacking off a bit on my map, though I have made quite a bit of progress that I haven't posted, mostly because I'm not sure it is the right direction for my map.

    I plan to add a lot more to the wiki about cultures, creatures, races, places, etc. in fact I had a big page written up about the people left over from this once-vast empire that I lost when my computer lost power for a moment. But that should be up as soon as I get around to re-writing it.

    I am putting in information that isn't all entirely related to my entry, and will probably need some editing once everything gets more firmly established in other regions, but for now I'm just gonna go hog wild and worry about the overlap down the line.

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    I am finding that the tile is so large that I am just getting my head around getting any kind of town and area detailed. Its too much to think about details from stuff larger than the tile. I reckon the effects of the world will be applied later and I will be engrossed in just one town for quite some time yet - probably a few buildings of that one town too. Its just all so big....

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    For me I look at the world building as follows:

    Let's look at the World of Greyhawk.

    Anna is doing a wonderful job of mapping the world, but here's the rub. SHE ISN'T MAKING IT ALL UP! Its all been done before. The biggest example I have of this is as follows:

    The maps of the Duchy of Urnst that Anna did up appear to based of the CC2 maps of the Duchy of Urnst that I map, which in turn were made off maps of the duchy made by someone else, based on WOTC/TSR maps of the Duchy from various products. For me the biggest clue that Anna's Map was based off my map was the inclussion of the community of Thallin (East of Leukish). Thallin was a community I invented when I wrote a Year One adventure for the Duchy.

    At the same time, the maps of the Duchy cover's a large area

    Now, with that said, I don;t worry about the area's being too big. Wasn't too big for us as the Duchy of Urnst, so shouldn't be too big here.

    And as to collaborative. Collaborative is great. The things I did with Thallin, Leukish and later flooding the lower city of Seltaren was food for thought for future writers/adventurers. The Doings of the followers of Syrul and their plans for the duchy was seeds in the thoughts of others and the schemes of the syrulites I only glimpsed in Thallin and later Leukish spread across the entire western portion of the Nyr Dyv. Fun Times.

    Further, other schemes, and goings on in my adventure where further fueled by adventures written by other authors details the fell machinations of House Terranor, and their demonic scions. Fun fun!

    So, do I like collobrative? Hell Yeah!

    I envision the path maes as not neccessarily dealing with physical travel but rather mental/spiritual, so it will be interesting to see what happens with them.
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    All of our storyworlds at suport collaboration. (They also support solo work).

    Our largest and oldest storyworld is Worlde Arcane ... and (to try to be relevant here), we have a map library made by several people:
    Last edited by töff; 05-05-2008 at 01:39 PM.

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    I didn't want to make a new thread over it, and it is very similar to the op. Can I get some tips on how to start city mapping? Hopefully with GIMP too.

    As for on topic, I think we need more organizations or at least ideas being thrown out. More collaboration would get this thing moving

    Also, the wikipedia is a search only, or at least i presume that, as in I can't just scroll through a list or part of a list of places or things or food even. Just wondering if there was some other way to sort it.
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