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Help Resources (Just Crticise Me)

Posted by Trombonist2003 on 21 November 2017 in English (English)

Hello Everyone,

I have been here for at least 5 months, and I still don't think that my mapping skills have gotten any better since Day 1. I am still very dissatisfied with my work and am willing to delete it all if needed. If anyone reading this has the time, could you please criticise my work in a comparison from Day 1 to now. I will not be disclosing the time I worked on it to give a fair atmosphere. Please give any advice, even if it is to delete it all and start over. Also, if I am to start over, I am wondering if I should start with all the roads connecting the big cities, then the small cities, then work on the big cities, then small. Any criticism is accepted, thanks.

Thanks, Zekiel

http://opengeofiction.net/#map=13/-17.6844/21.6774 http://opengeofiction.net/#map=14/-18.0532/21.7353 http://opengeofiction.net/#map=14/-17.6257/22.4855 http://opengeofiction.net/#map=13/-17.5735/21.9392 http://opengeofiction.net/#map=14/-16.9975/21.7511

PS: Thank you for taking the time to review this. I really appreciate it.

Location: Piroĉ Rd. 1, Piroĉ, Béliĉe

Comment from zhenkang on 21 November 2017 at 03:03

I also have the same feeling as you, but I can still see some progress in my work in Singkangia

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Comment from Jesus Antonio on 21 November 2017 at 03:12

Ok only do curves more smoth and minus squarish and make rivers more natural oh and make you ferry routes more short and sweet than squarish and epic travel (long) so here is my general critic

Oh!, You should give jobs to the people of helmets/towns at least 1 shop for trade farm products

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 21 November 2017 at 12:23

@Jesus Antonio for your curves suggestion, could you give me so.e examples?

Thanks, Zekiel

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Comment from zhenkang on 21 November 2017 at 13:21

I will also do the same for roads connecting larger cities then smaller cities. But I will recommend working on smaller cities, like what I am doing right now with a small city called Yikechen (originally Ecren City by the previous owner). Always start small and basic, like all teachers said.

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Comment from Sarepava on 21 November 2017 at 16:26

In a nutshell, we've got to study maps and the real world to learn how to map realistically.

Your small islands and natural features are a lot more convincing than your cities. So concentrate on getting some natural features on the map first, then place the cities and towns around them.

Here are some pointers I think you should follow through: 1. Use JOSM. I can see really clearly that you're not at the moment. 2. Sketch out the topography of your country and then draw the main rivers. Imitate the course and width of real world rivers. Add streams and tributaries to suggest the landscape: water flows downhill so the hydrological layout of a place is a very good visualisation of the hills and mountains. Waterways are the basis of everything humans build later and cannot be added as an afterthought. And you need to work together with your neighbour in Broceliande on this too. 2a. You must take into account climate and the likely GDP and economic activity related to it. Your country is in the tropics - what will grow there? Are there monsoon rains? 3. Map a small town first. Do not make the same mistake as myself and hundreds of others here and go straight in trying to do the capital city first. It is incredibly complex and will take years of planning and drawing to work. You need to use the map to explain why the settlement is there. It might be industry, it might be a defensive location, it might be for aesthetic or religious reasons; whatever, it should be clear why the place exists and what goes on there from the map. 'Show, don't tell' is as relevant here with map detail vs overwikification as in novels and cinema.

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Comment from isleño on 21 November 2017 at 17:51

June and July advice from admin may also be helpful.

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Comment from Trombonist2003 on 21 November 2017 at 21:54

I think that I will need to seriously redo my nation, so I am just going to delete everything artificial (i.e. Roads, Cities) and do the waterways and biosphere first.

Thanks, Zekiel

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