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Posted by Rasmus Rasmusson on 17 April 2015 in English (English)

A little bit of background about my activities in Řots (and Hamabaurgs).

Řots is slowly getting some kind of shape. Especially the mapping part is somewhat new to me; since creating detailed maps of my ficticious countries has never been a priority, I am most comfortable with making them on the national level only (and even then I often leave out roads and rivers). Apart from some unfinished attempts in the past, Nekkar and Hamabaurgs (in West-Commonia) are by far the most developed city maps that I ever designed and seeing some of the other cities here at OGF, there is still a lot to do. Deciding what should be where on walking distance scale, estimating the size of buildings, etc. will therefore prove to be a new challenge – if I ever get to that, because there is a lot more to fill in on the national and provincial levels.

At this moment I’m mostly trying to give the coast a less straight character; after that I will probably work on the national borders of Řots (if that is allowed, as I don’t have neighbours yet with whom I can discuss this..).

My other plans are creating some more people (most notably, there will be a notorious duchess who shall be considered a black sheep in her noble family ‘because’ or ‘and because of that’ she has rejected living according to the rules of the Codex any longer) and publish news articles to add a bit of life to Řots. I have to elaborate the local sport of Rřap and I have to revise the description of the Řotsnan grammar; I discovered that the verb system in practise hasn’t turned out the way I described it.

Too bad that there are only 24 hours in a day...

Comment from Luciano on 17 April 2015 at 20:41

I think you're doing great! I like your detailed conlanging and culture-building - you set a new standard for OGF that I hope to emulate eventually.

One note about borders - if your neighbors are unowned, absolutely take the opportunity to make more interesting borders. You are free to adjust your borders within 10 or so km each direction, as long as you keep your country's overall area and configuration consistent.

I am grateful in retrospect that the Ardisphere stayed so isolated for so long, because I had the chance to create lots of interesting border features, including rivers, lakes, mountain ranges and even an exclave across the lake. Don't be afraid to do this if your neighbors are "free" territory - whoever moves in later can deal with whatever you've done and if they really don't like it, changes can be negotiated - as I did with Dandria's owner during the short time he was active, north of the Ardisphere.

Good work and happy mapping!

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Comment from Paxtar on 17 April 2015 at 22:19

Looking at your two cities, you've done a really nice job. They both have a nice organic feel that I can't seem to manage.

Definitely not enough time in the day. I have a whole list of OGF projects I'd like to work on, but the real world keeps interfering.

I am looking forward to seeing how your country grows both on the map, and on the wiki.

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