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    This is a world map I've been working on for a little while now. I started it as a map for an RPG campaign; that campaign may never come to fruition, but I like the way the map is turning out.

    I just can't decide whether or not it's finished. Sometimes when I look at it it seems complete to me, but then I look at it again and wonder about adding something. So I thought I'd post it up here for comments and advice.

    This map was done mostly with the Ancient Realms annual style, with a little tweaking of colors and sheet effects.

    The posted pic links to a full size Imgur post for a little more zoom-ability.

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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeNov 17th 2019
     
    Lovely world. Doesn't look like Ancient Realms style though. Whatever, the style and map are really good. Just a thought - what about filling the empty ocean with some island chains - even the Pacific ocean has plenty of small island groups - Fiji, Tonga, Solomons, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Tahiti, Hawaii, Samoa, Galapagos etc, as well as isolated islands - Easter Island, Pitcairn, Chatham Island, Nauru, Norfolk Island, Lord Howe Island etc. Even New Zealand. Perhaps you may get some inspiration from these tropical and temperate islands.
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2019
     
    Very pretty colours and effects. Nicely done :)
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2019
     
    I really love the cloud like effect you used for the ocean. The overall soft colors give this an almost dream-like look. Beautiful!
    • CommentAuthorJMunsonII
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2019
     
    Very nice tweaks - nice map! :)
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2019
     
    I really like the palette on this one. Nice map!
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    Thank you all! I'm a touch color-blind, so I wondered if the effects that appeal to me in this map would look as good to others :).

    Quenten, I know I started with Ancient Realms but to be honest I'm not very good at keeping notes about how I got certain effects. I just tinker around until it seems "right," and in this case I have no idea what all I changed. A lot, I guess, since it doesn't even look like Ancient Realms anymore :). I appreciate the suggestion of adding some islands! I was so focused on the bit of the world where I intended the game to take place I got a little lazy about the rest. I'll see what a sprinkling of islands a little farther out into the Lethal Deeps does for the feel.

    I've been reading a bit on the forums about getting the right level of detail in a world map, so I tried to keep this one pretty minimal and focus on symbols representing large areas rather than individual objects - does the map need anything else at this level, or should I stick to continental and area maps for more detail?
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2019
     
    Major rivers, perhaps continental and ocean names, but not much else. This is great, and I see it getting greater. Your palette is just gorgeous. What is your secret?
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    Thank you! I have no idea what my secret is - or even that I have one :). I'll attach the .fcw file so you can look at colors, symbols, effects, etc. but mostly it was just trial and error. The cloud effect is just a .png put on its own sheet and set to a low opacity. I'll take it out of the file I attach so it won't show up as a giant red X.

    The continental names are those in the largest font (Woldura, Theric, Bar-Yochai and Gwenyd).

    I do need to figure out how to make the rivers show up better; they're there, but every time I try to make them stand out so that they're more visible they really stand out. To the point that they become distracting and take away from the "pretty" factor.
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeNov 18th 2019
     
    Thank you for the FCW. I will indeed study it carefully, and use some of your techniques. you have really grabbed me with this map.
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    Quenten, you are very welcome. And I'm flattered!