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Nuclear Exclusion Zone?

Posted by KTheBritMC on 8 August 2020 in English (English)


I'm thinking about making a Nuclear Exclusion Zone just west of Elizabeth in my country. The layers won't have loaded at the time of writing this but when they do feel free to have a look and give some feedback on the area size.

I'm just wondering if anyone has made a nuclear exclusion zone in their region which I could have a look at?

For information, the disaster which occured in 2017 would be a category 4 - so not as bad as Chernobyl but like the one I have linked down below:

Thank you in advance :)

P.S: Please correct me if the co-ordinates are wrong, my layers weren't loaded in so I couldn't remember where I put it lol

Location: -36.253, 45.909

Is our carto style different from OSM's?

Posted by Toadwart on 6 August 2020 in English (English)

The icon for the arcade in OSM: and in OGF:

It seems that the size is wrong, like squeezed to 3x3 pixels. The same for hospitals and casinos.

Isn't our style carto supposed to be just a copy?

New Lucien - Any Feedback?

Posted by mrdoggie94 on 2 August 2020 in English (English)

Hi all.

Let me introduce you to my current territory, New Lucien. Most of its residents are former residents of Lucien City, who decided to leave the city for some reason.

Its capital, New Lucien City (formerly called Lucianopolis, Latin for "Lucien City"), is located on the northeastern part of the territory, close to the border of Mackenziana. Other settlements are located on the mainland, close to the Lucien River.

Any feedbacks? By the way, I love building roads, but I'm not that good at making buildings.

Location: -20.000, 166.600

Real life flag!

Posted by geoboi on 1 August 2020 in English (English)

Hey everyone,

I hope you are all doing well. This doesn't really pertain to any mapping, but I had ordered a real-life copy of Semerra's flag, and it just came today. It turned out amazing! I had been super bummed out about this whole quarantine thing, so bringing some extra OGF into my life really brightened my day. I'll put some pictures on my user page once the lighting is good enough!

Cheers, Geoboi

Location: 41.379, 118.065

Feature idea: custom highway/route signs on maps

Posted by MisterBean on 31 July 2020 in English (English)

The persons responsible for map styles should create a new one that is identical to the standard OGF/OSM style save for the possibility of custom highway and public transport signs.

JOSM allows the invention and addition of custom tags.

Custom tag styles (such as "white border, green background, white text" for Medwedian motorways) therefore are possible if the tag data is uploaded as part of the map style.

As a bonus, this would allow for visualization of situations in which for example a primary road takes upon the role of a motorway or dual carriageway for several kilometers without changing designation. This would be crucial for Medwedia, where there is a "Hurtigvej" category for expressways that are grade-separated but less important or narrower than full "Motorvej", and where the Federal Roads ("Toppelvej") often become grade-separated trunk roads.

The same applies to public transport. I want every station of the Medwed Metro/Subway to bear the respective logo (big white M on a circular blue background) on the map. Supra-terranean rail would have a big white S on a circular light green background and so on.

Could this be done?

Overpass API???

Posted by MisterBean on 30 July 2020 in English (English)

Sorry if this has already been asked, but where can I find the URL for the OGF Overpass API? Or is it disabled?

Just update me

Posted by Davieerr on 29 July 2020 in English (English)

I've been kinda off since the beggining of 2019 on the OGF, so I obviously lost some major changes. Most of them being cited on the forums.

My only question comes from the old news site we had back in the day; Does anyone know what happened to it? I'm asking here because I don't wanna bother anyone on the forums.


Mapper's Challenge #30a — July/August 2020 — Retail and Entertainment

Posted by zhenkang on 24 July 2020 in English (English)

Hello there. Due to feedback received that the previous challenge on contours isn't beneficial at this time, I decided to launch another challenge that many others can work on. The contour challenge, for the time being, will be suspended, but anyone else can work on it if they want to in preparation for future challenges.

Mapper's Challenge #30a — July/August 2020 — Retail and Entertainment

So for this challenge, I decided to go microscale and decided to launch this challenge. I am currently in the process of developing some retail and hotel areas in my capital to attract tourists.

Basically, just create amenities for a retail/hotel stripe in your city. If you like, you can do an amusement park, which may also be more purposeful for your retail stripe.

You can actually do this anywhere, not just in a major city, but any town or area (maybe around a major airport far from the city) that probably needs some tourism and economic boost. Does the retail development need to be successful? Maybe yes, maybe not, depending on your country.

Have a blessed month! Happy mapping.

Extensive Zoning Project

Posted by Configours on 22 July 2020 in English (English)

Blue Country Editors, and anyone interested in helping.

In a recent Diary Entry post, I mentioned the over-the-top project that I have given myself (as a bit of a test) and I am nothing short of an amateur at this site. I am proud to admit that I am an amateur mapper, but I have one request rather. If anyone has experience in creating realistic zones and would like to help me finish out my current project (Munsterhann, Northside, Lviv, Louletta, and McKenner) before I move on to my next project (Populating Gilagonas Region, Mecyna via 88 and T-2) It would be greatly appreciated

Basically what I am in need of is: I. Residential Zones in neighborhoods that I have already planned out II. Commercial and Industrial Zones along numbered routes III. City Services and Public Transport (Sidenote: I don't understand OGF Bus Routes) IV. Additional Links to other areas to work with (Bellafountaine and surrounding areas) V. Help with Lake layers... (I did read the tutorial on the wiki and tried copying other's lakes per what they were and still had trouble) VI. Additional help with Airport Zone

I do understand that my sizing is not entirely realistic, but I am trying my best to base building sizes off of what they seem in real life without using any additional softwares. I am not the most tech savy person in the world so OSM and other softwares just confuse me.

If you happen to be interested in helping, Private Messaging me is encouraged, or if you have any tips: Please leave them in the comments. Thank You in Advance, and Happy Mapping.

Location: -23.401, 143.663

How to create a keyboard for your own language on a Mac

Posted by KAB on 22 July 2020 in English (English)

Hey, I’m curious. How does one make a keyboard to type their own letters from their own language on a Mac? I was trying to figure out how and failed.

Thanks for your time, ~KAB

Location: -46.676, 65.498

San Juan Topo Layer

Posted by Huachachi on 21 July 2020 in English (English)

I made a topo layer for “San Juan de Castellán” in JOSM following all the steps in the Wiki of “how to make a topo layer” and as the page says I sent it to e-mail. All this was in day 13 of this month. Also the page says to give a week to see the layer in OGF or get an answer in e-mail. But I didn’t received nothing. Perhaps the admins check their emails less frequently than before, perhaps I need to inform the email here in Diary entry.

Thank you in advance...


Location: -46,307, 64,614

export data for QGIS/ArcGIS

Posted by stagiaire_carto on 21 July 2020 in English (English)

Hello, I'm part of a NGO (active in the humanitarian field) and I would like to export data of a country in order to work on a projet in QGIS or ArcGIS.

Is it possible? Thanks for your help

What's wrong with the wiki?

Posted by Toadwart on 21 July 2020 in English (English)

It has already been a bit slow for a while... But now it's just ridiculous. It takes minutes to load a page.

Has it been overwhelmed with overwikification? Or is there a more plausible explanation?

Mecyna Numeric and Alphabetical Routes

Posted by Configours on 19 July 2020 in English (English)

While doing some planning for my project within Mecyna, I ran into the idea of creating a detailed list of all Numeric and Alphabetical routes that runs their course through-out Mecyna including projected lengths, Northern/Southern (Eastern/Western) Terminus and even special attractions or areas that they served throughout the nation. While Mecyna is a free-to-edit country, I feel that a complete list of highways would be a necessary step in both showcasing the amount of infrastructure in Mecyna, but also to be able to keep a running list in case there happens to be two disjointed sections of similarly numbered (lettered) highways to avoid a conflict in the Lore of the Highway system.

It's just an idea...

Mapping Software

Posted by MarcustheMapper on 17 July 2020 in English (English)


I've been looking for a way to import my maps into another piece of software and edit it.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

Bus route tips

Posted by KTheBritMC on 16 July 2020 in English (English)


I want to prosper my city by adding bus routes, particularly around the city centre to start with. Does anyone have any tips for keeping track of all of these routes so that I don't get them mixed up with each other and can quickly view all the routes?


Location: -36.051, 45.733

Mapper's Challenge #30 — July 2020 — Contours and topography

Posted by zhenkang on 15 July 2020 in English (English)

Hello there. Hope the OGF community is doing well.

I appreciate the responses so far for the last challenge. I hope more people will jump in, especially for this challenge, which is particularly interesting.

I have successfully added a few bus routes in Bakdep, but beyond developing the core area, I have not been able to develop other bus routes beyond the core. However, once more areas have been developed, I will create more.

Mapper's Challenge #30 - July 2020 - Contours and topography

Initially, for this month, I wanted to do Urban Periphery: The transition zone between inner-city areas and the surrounding countryside, as the one who suggested the challenge (Thilo) commented that it is something that "I've seen rarely done well in OGF." However, I feel that will be putting the cart before the horse, so I decided to switch to this challenge on contours.

Contour mapping is not that complicated; you just need at least some basic JOSM skills. A good guide explaining contour mapping can be found here. You can also look at the cycle map in OSM for inspiration.

I encourage you all to do some basic contour mapping around the city or town you are developing at the moment. If you are advanced enough, you can try a mountain range through your country.

For this challenge, I am going to map a few hills around Bakdep and Phong Thinh. Currently, these hills are mere patches of forests, but these will be developed soon enough.

It may take some time to see the results (NOTE: DO NOT upload your contours directly to the database!), so I encourage you all to be patient. If you are more organised, you can do contours in degree squares, like what some experts on this did.

Update to Bromley City

Posted by KTheBritMC on 14 July 2020 in English (English)


As you may have seen, a few weeks ago, I requested submissions from you lot for some changes to Bromley City while I go on a mission to fix some active person's horrific mapping. I can tell you, fixing all of this has definitely improved my mapping from mapping in squares to mapping in interesting shapes and angles. My country is based off of the UK with very loose ties to Australia and the USA terrainwise.

Take into account that Bromley City is still major WIP and therefore there will still be some horrific mapping which is due to change soon. Some of those that are still present include the following:

-Tight corners and weird shapes of railways -Extremely close proximity of residential roads -Blocks of roads and overly straight roads -Wide distance between major roads such as the A1, A2 and other motorways -Drastic change between urban and rural -Change to roads in Battersea

I think that should cover all the things that are still on the to-do list, it's a very hard job so please bear with!

The things that I have managed to tick off of the list include:

-Changing place names from various different languages to a specific Bromlavian Ingerlish & Ingerish -Major changes to motorways which were too present and now have mostly become A-roads and trunk roads -Dual carriageways in city centre have been removed due to this not being realistic -Naming boroughs/districts -Change to angles and shapes of roads to represent a British style place instead of American -Road names to suit a British style instead of American -Drastic change of road layout in Princer View -Resize of stadium -Resize of West City Park Estate

In addition, Bromley City has been slightly extended west and now covers a regenerated area similar to Stratford in East London which as you can see, Silvertown has been named after. This new regenerated area compromises of Canning Park, Silvertown and a newly altered West City Park Estate. Have a look at this (Not finished yet) and see what you think.

I'm kindly asking people to have a look at the new WIP Bromley City and give me some feedback after the map has been altered after receiving contributions from various OGF users on how to improve. Ignore the blocky bits in Battersea, Wickham, Jaywick and Greenhithe because they're still being worked on.

Grammar Road is how I'd like to style my residential suburb area btw so any feedback on that would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Location: -36.070, 45.713

And what could possibly go wrong????

Posted by Configours on 13 July 2020 in English (English)


Yes... I kinda gave myself an overwhelming project on my end in Mecnya to build a city that is probably not on a realistic scale what so ever, but that's okay... (Not really)... And of course trying to base it off of the area that I live in, in real life of course to the lack of major highways but smaller roads acting as main through ways for traffic to move in and out of depending on the desired flow.

If you don't care about the rambling, I started the "Munsterhann Project" in mid-June and now going into early July, and it was supposed to be just a small town along the 'Transversal' (T) route in central/Northern Mecnya, supposedly a few blocks and one highway junction. Fast forward to today and now I have two suburbs with just arterial roads (Lviv, and Northside) and an unfinished skeleton of roads that is the rest of the city of Munsterhann. On a side note I did start zoning in residential spaces and city services and office buildings, but it is in a zone of about 3x12 (3 blocks by 12 blocks) in a space that compared to a map is probably the size of Charleston, West Virginia in regards to the sprawl of the city's area in general.

I also gave myself the task to basically build a semi-unnecessary highway for the sake of the suburbs that doesn't even effect Munsterhann in the slightest although what can be argued as a 5 mile stretch of this route (T-2) is called "Munsterhann East" as it really should be called "Lviv East" followed by an equally short stretch of highway called "Northside Lviv Freeway" which just caters to Northside. So in hindsight... I would really like some help on finishing off Munsterhann and the zones that is Lviv and Northside before I continue to the west where the large but empty space that I was originally going to call "Emsward" or something sits...

I am all open and accepting of criticisms and I would really appreciate any and all suggestions to improve this project before actually being able to map out my own country. So, If you have any suggestions or comments or maybe ideas in how I can 100% improve this, please let me know. Also Direct Messaging is also an option if you have specific suggestions that is tied to one location and not the entire thing as one whole.

Thank You in advance, and I wish you all some Happy Mapping.

Location: -23.445, 143.660

SkyPoint Redevelopment

Posted by PueblaPueblaMx on 11 July 2020 in English (English)

Hi again!

I am now going ahead with the redevelopment of Sky Point. This consists of: -Filling all the empty plots north of Sky Point -Expanding the Sky Point Monorail -Filling up Sky Point itself -Sinking the Sky Point Highway so it does not disturb the development -Creation of new living neighborhoods

However, I would like to get some help, mostly in two things. First, the sinking of the highway, mostly because I don't have JOSM and it will be much easier for an user who does. Second, filling up SkyPoint. I just suck at drawing roller coasters and stuff. I've tried.

If anyone wants to help in any other matter, you are welcome to do so!

Regards, -Puebla.

Location: 20,636, 86,777
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