A job well done. Love the story as well.
Here it is at last, my very first map. Before I begin my spiel, I would first like to extend my deepest thanks to RobA, because without his regional maps in GIMP tutorial I would never even have gotten started on this thing. Everyone else who had suggestions is equally deserving of my gratitude.
So, obviously, I followed RobA's tutorial nearly to the letter, and also used some "not-so-random coastline" generation techniques detailed here as well. The water ripples are an effect I banged out myself in a way I don't remember entirely clearly; lots of bump mapping and overlays, I do know that. There's also an overlay generated by GIMP's Lighting Effects filter put on top of the islands themselves to really make them pop. The lava is something I made using the techniques in RobA's tutorial; masks, clipping, noise, gradient maps, etc.
This islands are only one tiny part of my campaign world. I plan on making maps for the other parts of the world (composed largely of one huge continent and a smaller one to the south of it) and then stitching them all together in a single map of the known world as a whole.
Originally Posted by Fluffy goodness, for those who care
Last edited by Gregorus Prime; 09-07-2009 at 03:15 PM.
The backstory is great too, I love the style of writeup. Much more fun to read than the way I usually do it *shamelessly borrows the idea*
My finished maps
"...sometimes the most efficient way to make something look drawn by hand is to simply draw it by hand..."
As if it was original to begin with. WHFB and WH40k have write-ups like this all the time in their rule codices. The setting itself is a D&D cliche mashup: Roman empire for the humans, Islamic empire for the Dragonborn, nomads of other races in between, and dwarves being closely associated with Lovecraftian horrors. Well, maybe that last part isn't quite so cliche. They're usually just short bearded Scotsmen that live in caves.
Last edited by Gregorus Prime; 09-07-2009 at 04:00 PM.
Well, when I say that they forsook civilization and magic, what I mean is that the majority of them wear nothing more than grass skirts and warpaint, and spend the better part of their day fishing or just lazing around. Think less Tolkien and more Pacific islanders. I didn't spend too much text on their culture (or their animistic religion, or the extraplanar origins of their ancestors, or the million-year-old civilizations that preceded them and were wiped out by some unknown cataclysm long before the first human stood upright, etc.) because I figured, hey, this is the Cartographer's Guild, not the Amateur Cliche Writer's Guild.
So, anyway, thanks once again for all your commentary and suggestions in the other thread. I'll have to get to work on the next continent soon, probably skipping a good bit of the steps on grass and forests. Lots of desert in the Dragonborn theocracy.
Yeah, you put an interesting twist into the elven race, though they still sound like arrogant buggers to me. Let's see the next WIP soon
Oh as for posting stories: a lot of us are here because they are making maps for their stories. And stories are seeping into some posts...
There might even be a writing section on this forum in the future. Who knows
Your avatar keeps reminding me of the Predator by the way... then I look closer and see it's an orc
No, he's an Ork. Big difference. (Well, not really, but they do have shootas and other teknolojee.)
And as turnabout is fair play, every time I look at your avatar, It takes me a moment to register it as snow monkeys huddling together, rather than the face of Happycat.