Recent diary entries
Hello everyone, I am happy to return to the beautiful world of OGF, and I already started working on some places, particularly the Sanelta Islands as well as a new island. I want to complete the islands before I begin to work on the bigger island, so feel free to tell anything that looks wrong or out of place.
Today I started on LPRA Ericcson, a city on the Northern bank of Verona island. It's a largely middle-class, very dense city with medium levels of tourism. It is the first city and temporary seat of government for a band of city-states known as the Libertarian People's Republic of Acadia. These will exist mainly in public territories, and include walls and heavily militarized borders to combat the instability of politics in public areas. However Ericcson uses VNO as it's airport, and probably always will.
Thoughts as I continue finishing Ericcson and begin other city-states in the LPRA?
I've been mapping since the 4th of January, which was a week ago. I understand that I am able to request a country to own after 7 days, but am unsure how to do it? Please help as I am eager to start!
Good day everybody, Incredibly glad to announce that my new PC has finally arrived and I'll pick it up from the Post Office today. I'm looking forward to spending time here with you again after my almost 1 year leave that was caused by a number of reasons including tech problems and simple lack of time. Happy to finally get some ideas from my mind onto the servers.
Greetings and See you, Kingfries
So, I have been playing Sim City since I was nine years old. I transitioned from 2000 to 3000, to 4 for a very long time. Cities Skylines is a masterpiece right now and have been playing it in my spare time very often. But I have alwas felt that even with the comparatively huge plots Cities Skylines offers that I need more space. I wanted to create a country, connect it, develop its culture and political system, make its politicians fight over infrastructure projects, make its citizens frustrated with traffic, slow trains or housing shortages. That is something that city simulators don’t allow. But I have never thought that there could be more than that. I was happy with Skylines.
But, one day, as I was searching Google for tips on how to add more realism to my street systems I stumbled upon a reddit that linked to OGF. And that has changed the schedule of my last couple of weeks significantly.
I have to say the community’s welcome has been warm, and I can see a lot of great work here. It’s exactly what I wanted to see from such a place, and I am sure I will stick around for a while. So, welcome to Rodana - everyone. I am happy to hear out any type of criticism, hopefully constructive more than anything.
So let’s start with my initial impressions and feel of the game. After talking to the administrators and explaining the type of country I would like to build, I was assigned Rodana. That’s the name I gave it anyway. What you will read next is the message I sent to the admin team when asked about how I see the country I want to build:
In principle, the vision would look at a country in a relatively moderate climate (though cold doesn’t bother me anyway either : ) ). The way I see it being built, in a rather gradual fashion is from a country that went through a regime that was authoritarian – communist, with low investment in infrastructure, but high investment in industry, to one that opens up its economy gradually, but struggles with corruption and botched projects on the way. In this sense, my vision is to start off with a rather poor infrastructure, slow roads overall, bad connections, a small and inconsistent train infrastructure. Meanwhile, the cities are planned out, with most people living in rural areas. After that is done, the plan is to switch into economic change and recovery mode, where infrastructure starts becoming more important, cities start getting suburbs, but because of corruption, planning is a bit haywire, projects don’t get finalised etc. Ideally, this country would not be landlocked since especially during the authoritarian period exports will be very important and a couple of ports will help with that. Later on, tourism would take over instead. In terms of language, I am thinking of something Eastern European, happy to adopt an existing language or borrow elements of another one.
Thus began my country. I laid out the main few cities, named the capital Bucurtown, because I was feeling uninspired and couldn’t think of something better than changing the name of my native Romanian capital. That has since changed as I have been told I am not allowed to use the Romanish language or anything Romanian since another user has been doing that, quite successfully, for a while. That’s fine. Gives me a bit more creative power in that sense. I have met my active neighbours, who have been very friendly and gave me good tips. Litvania is a wonderful place with so much potential and a really worthy neighbour. I aspire to map as well as they do in the near future.
Currently, I am developing the ports system. As I grew up in a large port area in Constanta, Romania, that inspired me to build a worthy port for both my capital and other cities and town situated on the Egalian lake. That has been my first big adventure. I am currently still struggling with that a lot, so any ideas and tips would be welcome. My approaches have been less than stellar so far.
First I tried just building an area over the lake that would be the port, then zoning it as industrial. That failed as the map would see it as both land as sea. Then, after some digging, I thought that the best way is to set that area as inner in relation to the lake polygon. However, that brings the problem that the edge of the port that is shared with the land is also considered to be coastal. Which makes the map look awkward as well.
That is frustrating in respect to the port here - which is not even visible on the map though it was created yesterday. My big problem there is that I spent quite some time designing it and now I don’t want to do it all over again. If anyone has a fix to this, please feel free to edit the area of the port directly, I grant you my permission.
Look around, tell me what you think, and how I can improve. My only other issue remains topography. While I know it is discouraged I did create forests to stand in for mountains, because I don’t even know how to begin creating a topo map, and that would take way too much time that I want to dedicate in spending with the map editor.
Looking forward to your comments.
And yes, I am still trying to figure out a culture, language and what not for Rodana. But that might take a little while longer.
See you soon. Marius
in addition to my first mapping project (the city of Dominton, near Margarath in Midistland) I've started mapping in my own territory, Brennland. I know you should sketch out rivers and mountains first (and I've made a bit of that work), but having clear ideas about a couple of towns, I've started mapping one of them, Freienfeld. This is a small "alpine" town, with a historic centre and a ski area nearby. Let me know what you think about it!
Happy mapping to everyone!
I promise I am coming back. I have been technologically challenged for a while now but will be adding more detail to PFS and Pretany soon. Thank you for being patient. Much love Bhj867
When I was considering developing my country's rail transport, I began to think about more connections in the surrounding region (Southeastern Uletha), and eventually I started thinking about an expansive transcontinental railway. I feel like this would be a pretty interesting idea, but if we ever got it to work there would need to be a lot of coordination.
I don't really think this would be too crazy, especially given the scale of some existing railway systems on the map. So if anyone in central/eastern Uletha would be willing to consider this project, please tell me.
Thanks, Stara Zagora
Just trying to figure out what to do with my city. I'm stuck. Here are a few things I'm trying to figure out?
- how do I make it look more realistic?
- does the layout make sense?
- where should I put public transportation (airport, subway, trains, etc.)?
- how do I make the terrain more realistic?
Any and all feedback is much appreciated! Also, I am open to any NAME suggestions!!!
Is there something I've done wrong or will it just take a few days for it to appear?
I created a small island called Felipina a few days ago, but I created it in an unauthorised region and so it was moved by an admin. Now it lies off the west coast of Hammersmith, in the Isle of Charlington.
The issue I've discovered is that - while the roads and docks I created are still fine and proportioned - the outine of the island itself is a 'line' and not an 'area' meaning that I cannot fill it in.
I shouldn't need to explain the complications that would arise with a network of roads that are placed into the middle of the ocean with no land to support them, so I would like to know if there is any way I can change the coastline to an area without having to completely redraw the shape of the island! (It took me a while)
Just wanted to thank people for the warm welcome - I know the internet is often a hostile place so I was pleasantly surprised reading the comments on my last post!
I have since realised my error in creating islands outside of the blue zones - thank you for correcting me and it shan't happen again.
I've been viewing the [map](opengeofiction.net/view) and been seeing that people are making the city/town marker before making the town and zooming in to check it out and seeing nothing. To me this is very inconvenient.
Hi everyone, just thought I'd introduce myself here! I love the look of some of the places on the map here and I hope I can add something great to it in the near future.
So I've continued developing the "confluence city", or in Reelandic, Symflusstat. I've expanded the city beyond the island. For now I've just made a few streets, but I like it a lot. What do you people think?
Looking forward to all kinds of comments and criticism. Regards
The subject says everything
Haarinkonaaipi lies in the north of Uletha, a few kilometres off the south eastern coast of konsiat. The territory consists of a group of mountainous and flat islands.
The country is inhabited by two contrasting groups of people: Haapi people (or the fishers who have blonde hair-blue eyes) and Ölleau people ( the reindeer herders who have dark-brown hair- green eyes Aasiatic people).
*Today, 1st januari marks the national day of the country! *
The name "Haa-rin-ko-naai-pi" literally means "Sea of sun's new land".
Being very excited and impatiently waiting to map on my claimed territory, I wonder how long it usually takes for other users to get approved by admins in order to start editing on their claimed territories after their first 7 days.
Hello! I am Arlo, a new mapper to OpenGeoFiction and would just like to introduce myself.
Over time, I noticed the Word of the Week being posted here for people to participate in, but now there aren't any more being posted. Are the people busy, was it moved elsewhere, or was it discontinued altogether?