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Developing German-styled "Innenstädte"

Posted by tule00 on 3 May 2021 in English (English)

Hey everyone,

I've been drawing German-styled cities for years now, and many of them look decent, but none of them have that characteristic inner city well mapped. I know roughly how those develop historically, but there isn't any guide on how to map those developments.

I've been told that I should start from the main square and then develop "blocks" -- spaces in between streets. Then, the streets should follow the borders of the blocks. This advice seems good, but it'd be nice if there were a more detailed guide on how to do that -- for example, I have no idea how to develop blocks.

If someone experienced enough could explain this whole process, we could use this entry on the wiki in the help/resources section.

Thanks in advance.

(Re-)introducing Mecyna

Posted by The_Cute_Chick on 1 May 2021 in English (English)

Mecyna 2.0

Mecyna is the second supervised open collaborative territory in OpenGeofiction (OGF) (indicated blue on the OGF:Territory overview map). All mappers are welcome to contribute! However unlike other blue territories, there are no restrictions as to what can or cannot be mapped outside of 2 rules:

  1. The OGF rules apply (as it does elsewhere on OGF); and
  2. Mapping must not be deleted.

This means:

  • mapping your large metropolis;
  • implementing your visions to what has already been mapped [without it being destructive to existing mapping]; or
  • connecting settlements with motorways, railways, and/or rivers (links are tips to drawing them well).

My role as co-ordinator includes helping new users improve their mapping and making the territory more coherent. New users editing in the territory are also free to contact me for mapping or mapping-related technical assistance (such as with using the iD (the in-browser editor) and JOSM editors.

See the co-ordination page for more details: https://wiki.opengeofiction.net/wiki/index.php/OGF:Mecyna

1/5/21 Mecyna

Happy mapping and the 1st of May!

–TCC, co-ordinator of Mecyna

Location: -24.774, 144.915

(Re-)Introducing Seneppi

Posted by TheMayor on 27 April 2021 in English (English)

The collaborative state of Seneppi

On behalf of my fellow state coordinator Ernestpcosby, we are happy to invite mappers to join Seneppi, the Midwestern U.S.-themed collaborative state in the Federal States of Archanta. Seneppi -- which includes the former state of Walkegan -- represents a broad cross-section of mapping inspired by the Great Lakes region of the United States, including the following areas:

  • Wallawaukee, a modern major FSA city located on the shores of the largest of the FSA's Grand Lakes;
  • Gramercy and Clinton, two aging cities that were historically the headquarters of the FSA's auto manufacturing industry but more recently have found themselves as part of the FSA's "Rust Belt";
  • the Lake City suburbs, highly auto-oriented suburban sprawl oriented along several trunk highways and motorways radiating out from Lake City;
  • Finch Hill, a small master-planned city that will serve as Seneppi's new state capital;
  • Gleason, an older river-based city that has reinvented itself as a regional educational and health care hub;
  • and more!

We are seeking mappers who are interested in helping to map one of these urban areas, or who would be interested in adopting a more rural county with small towns and a strong agricultural presence. If you are interested in this Midwestern-style collaborative project, please reach out to myself or Ernestpcosby.

About the FSA

The Federal States of Archanta (FSA) is one of the OGF community's largest collaborative efforts to date, with dozens of mappers working together to map one of the OGF world's modern superpowers. While the project has historically been based on the United States and southern Canada, we strive to use North America only as an inspiration and the FSA continues to evolve with its own unique culture and style. Mappers are welcome to participate in the project in one of three ways:

More information regarding the FSA project can be found on the FSA Dashboard.

Happy mapping!

-Mayor

Location: -41.857, 144.135

Deodeca - Invitation for Expression of Interest

Posted by admin on 16 April 2021 in English (English)

We would like to restart the Deodeca project - a majority Spanish speaking country in South Archanta. The south of the country would be majority native Archantan languages (think native American).

It is envisaged that coordination of the project will be done in Spanish. (so excuse this message!)

Deodeca (map) shares boundaries with the Federal States and Ardencia project, along with other territories.

Message admin with interest and plans.

Thanks/L (wangi for admin)

Location: -39.947, 136.121

PLEASE HELP. UNABLE TO MAKE SAVES

Posted by Jarrodcamo on 6 April 2021 in English (English)

Hi All,

I have been unable to make saves to my map for weeks now.

Admin confirmed my account is still active.

I do restore/re-set and try to save, but the 'upload' button is "greyed out".

Any ideas how to resolve this as Admin said I shouldn't create a new account.

My map area is the state of Gilliad in the United States of Archanta. thanks!

Topomap and Histor's renderer broken ?

Posted by Marcello on 27 March 2021 in English (English)

Is it me or is there only one renderer (the standard 'Mapnik' -like style) active ? It looks like both Topomap and the 'Histor style' renderer are not active.

Marcello

Wiki fixed?

Posted by newnw on 26 March 2021 in English (English)

Hello all,

For the past few days, the OGF wiki has been working perfectly for me. I thought it was just me, until Marcello replied saying that it worked smoother than ever after they accidentally clicked on it. I diddnt want to make a diary entry until i had at least one other person experience this, and if it doesent work for most others i will delete this

Thank you for reading, Newnw

Update: The wiki works, but they had to disable topomap and histor style for it to work.

Build your business in Fayette

Posted by plainoldbread on 21 March 2021 in English (English)

Attention new users: as the OGF wiki isn't working, please read here for important site information. Thank you!!

I am calling any mappers that are exceptionally good at making buildings and can make a company building in the downtown area of Fayette, or build condos in Elson & York.

How do I participate?

DM me on OGF or Discord (I respond faster on Discord) where my username is Ezo UpNorthCanadaTV#0004

You will be allowed to choose where you'd like to place your building (Condos will be in Elson & York) What business it is, and how tall it would be. I don't want Burj Khalifa heights due to this city being based off of Toronto. I'd recommend researching on how tall buildings are in Toronto to relate that to Fayette's buildings.

If you think of mapping a small convenience store or a small market for your country (For example how IRL Toronto has Jamaican supermarkets dotted across Downtown & North York, you can draw inspiration from those places for your business). I would allow this however, still be realistic with how they're mapped.

If you plan to map a building for media companies, please include it as an FSA franchise when the wiki works again. With regional businesses (Such as markets that aren't included as a national chain) are usually not considered a franchise.

How Would most of these areas would work

  • York - Semi Urban/Semi Suburban
  • Elson - Based off of North York, It is a suburban area that has higher density condos and such, with many modern amenities like North York does IRL.
  • Downtown - This area is self explanatory, although it is mostly urban, many places are much older in architecture and how they were planned, so you might have to make sure it fits the theme of the neighborhood

If interested private message me on Opengeofiction or send a Discord DM Ezo UpNorthCanadaTV#0004 .

Location: -40.432, 148.482

Stanton Partial Redo

Posted by yoyo21 on 20 March 2021 in English (English)

Attention new users: as the OGF wiki isn't working, please read here for important site information. Thank you!!

Hello OGF community,

As FSA coordinator and a New Carnaby state coordinator, I am pleased to announce that Stanton is going to be improved upon. Me and several other members of the FSA community thought it would be best if Stanton had a more unique and creative design rather than the current one. We are currently planning for it to be based on this sketch from Toadwart for the waterways and coastline, and changes following that will be done on a more neighborhood by neighborhood basis.

If anyone has any suggestions for the project or wants to participate, feel free to reply here or send me a message.

-yoyo

Announcing the Bai Project

Posted by zhenkang on 12 February 2021 in English (English)
  • ATTENTION NEW USERS – AS THE WIKI REMAINS INACCESSIBLE, ALL RULES AND INFORMATION ARE LISTED HERE IN THE OGF BLUE BOOK

Blessed greetings and a Happy Lunar New Year to all!

It is with great pleasure to officially launch the Bai Project today. The Bai Project consists of a group of East Asian nations set in Northern Archanta. In addition to the Bai Empire, there will be two other homelands for the Koreans and Japanese launched in a later stage. A strong regional power with a growing economy and huge population, the Empire will greatly influence the regional history and culture. The Bai Empire is a modern semi constitutional Chinese monarchy, different from modern China we know of.

The project will be launched in three phases. Currently, the first phase, which consists of 13 provinces and 3 municipalities (see attached province map), is available for mapping and collaboration. Anyone with a background and understanding of Chinese culture and history is welcome to join in the project. Interested mappers can claim a territory of their own (see the project page for details of the provinces), or sign up to be part of the following three collaborative projects:

  • Its capital, 雄京 Xiongjing (marked purple on the map), is the cultural and political centre of the Empire. The capital will feature a "forbidden city" and a few historical sites, alongside "modern" government institutes like the upper and lower houses of the legislature and other government offices. The city is the latest capital to be constructed in the 18th century, still featuring old architecture but modernising into the present age

  • 日庆 Riqing (marked red in the top left corner) will be the more "modern" city in the region of Phase I, based on Tianjin. A key commercial centre on the northern coast, it offers an opportunity for rail enthusiasts to work on a possible extensive rail network for a major town.

  • 东海港 Port Dunghoi (meaning East Sea Port, marked in orange) will be a major port of the empire. It will be modelled mainly on Guangzhou (like plenty of manufacturing zones), but the coastal areas could be inspired by Macau and Hong Kong. A major port on the west coast, the city and the surrounding region of Dong'an will be Cantonese speaking.

Interested mappers can send me a message to request taking part, offer suggestions for this project or ask any other questions. I hope to have a great time working with others on this interesting project.

Once again Happy Lunar New Year to all!

Zhen Kang (Z.K.)

[Please don't post above] Essential information for new users and the comprehensive OGF guidebook (February 2021 update)

Posted by admin on 1 February 2021 in English (English)

Hello all,

I bring to you another updated version of the OGF Blue Book:

The OGF Blue Book, linked below, is a document which compiles all of the essential information about rules of the website, territories and mapping, and it is strongly recommended that all new or recently joined users read it.

It continues to serve as an alternative (in some ways as a replacement) to the OGF Wiki, which at the moment offers limited functionality, and can not be repaired by the currently active members of the admin team.

Quick advice: which territories can new users edit?

Alt text

More information is listed in the blue book.

Quick advice: what are the basic rules of the website?

  • Being realistic — no fantasy, science fiction, joke countries, etc.
  • Being original — no copying of real world maps or other people's mapping, no using of real world company names and well known place names.
  • Being respectful — no mapping in others' countries, no drawing new islands on the open sea, no vandalism
  • Only one account per user

More information is listed in the blue book. Please be aware that violating the rules may result in suspension or termination of your account.

Does this mean no new user diary posts?

No, as long as you copy and paste the following text (including the hyperlink) into your post:


Diaries without this text may be deleted. However, even if you do include it in your post, please think twice if what you have to say is really that urgent and necessary before uploading. Now is not the time for off-topic discussions.

Found outdated information? Please let me know in the comments.

From the OGF admin team, this has once again been Eklas.

Orlans Valley

Posted by PueblaPueblaMx on 15 January 2021 in English (English)

ATTENTION NEW USERS – AS THE WIKI REMAINS INACCESSIBLE, ALL RULES AND INFORMATION ARE LISTED HERE IN THE OGF BLUE BOOK

Hi! I would like to inform that I have created and expanded Orlans Valley, a middle-upper class community on the edges of Gobras City with major commercial and financial spots. It is a very green and bike friendly city, with parks surrounding the creek throughout the entire city, and biking paths that go throughout most parks, the old town and the downtown. I am planning on expanding the city even further with mostly residential everywhere between Tequalia and Lampson Avenues, as well as further south between El Verano Way, Freedom Boulevard and the freeway. Throughout all of these zones I will continue including parks and bike lanes all throughout. I need some ideas and possibly help to achieve all of these, so if anyone wants to offer any ideas in the comments or help maybe send me a message and we can coordinate! Have a nice day!

Announcing a well-coordinated collaborative status for Erfeldia, Garlis, Kalm, and Ventria (2)

Posted by joschi81 on 10 January 2021 in English (English)

This is a follow-up on this diary entry.

Hi OGF community,

I wish you all a happy and successful year 2021 - with much time for OGF, not only because of COVID19.

Unfortunately, the current situation has not left any gap for OGF during the past months. I'm looking forward to a new gap to continue drawing Nerschach, the Kalmish capital.

I also did not have time to prepare the collaborative status of my countries any further. However, you can just contact me with any collaboration proposals, if you're interested in working in a specific part of my countries.

How to participate in mapping Erfeldia, Garlis, Kalm, and Ventria?

FIRST OF ALL: Please do not start mapping in my countries before you have my "official" go.

  1. Select a region, a mapping subject, and a level of detail for the part of one of my countries you're interested in
  2. Send me a PM referencing your mapping work in your own country or in a blue/collaborative territory in OGF. Also, please tell me a bit of yourself and about your opinion about your own mapping skills and specific mapping interests.
  3. I will give you as much info as I can about my own ideas for the respetive region.
  4. We will discuss the process of your mapping developments, so that it meets both your wish to be create in maaping own ideas and my wish to keep everything approximately in accordance with the ideas I have in mind for the respetive region.
  5. Start mapping, send me a PM with the first mapping results. You can be sure, that I will like many parts of it - but also that I will have some remarks for necessary changes.

Kind regards
Johannes

Potlatch & Flash

Posted by ADB52 on 10 December 2020 in English (English)

Before you read this post, please read below:

ATTENTION NEW USERS – AS THE WIKI REMAINS INACCESSIBLE, ALL RULES AND INFORMATION ARE LISTED HERE IN THE OGF BLUE BOOK

Diaries without this text may be deleted. However, even if you do include it in your post, please think twice if what you have to say is really that urgent and necessary before uploading. Now is not the time for off-topic discussions.

Found outdated information? Please let me know in the comments.

From the OGF admin team, this has been Eklas.

Post

I don't normally use the Potlatch editor, but when I switched it on for a small edit, I got an on-screen prompt to allow Adobe Flash to run. Adobe Flash will be discontinued on December 31st, and by implication, Potlatch will be disabled as well.

Is provision going to be made for those users who normally use Potlatch?

[Please don't post above] Essential information for new users and the comprehensive OGF guidebook (December 2020 update)

Posted by admin on 28 November 2020 in English (English)

Hello all,

by now, you are probably familiar with the OGF Blue Book:

The OGF Blue Book, linked below, is a document which compiles all of the essential information about rules of the website, territories and mapping, and it is strongly recommended that all new or recently joined users read it.

It continues to serve as an alternative (in some ways as a replacement) to the OGF Wiki, which at the moment offers limited functionality, and can not be repaired by the currently active members of the admin team.

Quick advice: which territories can new users edit?

Alt text

More information is listed in the blue book.

Quick advice: what are the basic rules of the website?

  • Being realistic — no fantasy, science fiction, joke countries, etc.
  • Being original — no copying of real world maps or other people's mapping, no using of real world company names and well known place names.
  • Being respectful — no mapping in others' countries, no drawing new islands on the open sea, no vandalism
  • Only one account per user

More information is listed in the blue book. Please be aware that violating the rules may result in suspension or termination of your account.

Does this mean no new user diary posts?

No, as long as you copy and paste the following text (including the hyperlink) into your post:

Diaries without this text may be deleted. However, even if you do include it in your post, please think twice if what you have to say is really that urgent and necessary before uploading. Now is not the time for off-topic discussions.

Found outdated information? Please let me know in the comments.

From the OGF admin team, this has been Eklas.

A holiday message

Posted by eklas on 28 November 2020 in English (English)

ATTENTION NEW USERS! AS THE WIKI REMAINS INACCESSIBLE, ALL RULES AND INFORMATION ARE LISTED HERE IN THE OGF BLUE BOOK.

Alt text

Hello, mappers! The year is coming to an end and needless to explain, we all need a break. Personally I've been living the same day over and over again for the past several months, and while I recognize the luxury and privilege of being able to stay home, sometimes I also feel like losing my mind because of it. These days it can be quite easy to feel burnt out and directionless, and to lose interest even in things you've enjoyed for a long time – like geofiction.

If you're starting to feel that way, maybe you should pause for a bit. The admin team has always been understanding and ready to help in such cases, but in the continents I manage, I would like to take a step further. As a holiday gift, I'm extending the current deadlines on territory withdrawal by 60 days (to 180 days since last edit), so that you don't have to worry about being inactive. Take your eyes off the screen. Have a break. Return when you're ready.

Eklas

[[ATTENTION NEW USERS: PLEASE READ THE OGF BLUEBOOK!!]] Ohesian Language - Common Geographical and City Terms?

Posted by Geoc3ladus on 24 November 2020 in English (English)

Before you read this post, please read below:

*ATTENTION NEW USERS – AS THE WIKI REMAINS INACCESSIBLE, ALL RULES AND INFORMATION ARE LISTED HERE IN THE OGF BLUE BOOK

Diaries without this text may be deleted. However, even if you do include it in your post, please think twice if what you have to say is really that urgent and necessary before uploading. Now is not the time for off-topic discussions.

Found outdated information? Please let me know in the comments.

From the OGF admin team, this has been Eklas.


Hey all!

As I was starting to map out some streets in the city of Ochent, I wondered: What are going to be the street name types? I am posting this diary on behalf of the Ohesia Collaborative Project, and want to have a discussion amongst other mappers in the area. I was hoping for us to discuss terms that would fully define the name of primary, secondary, tertiary, and residential roads, such as "Name Street","Name Avenue","Name Drive", etc. What are the Ohesian Translations for these terms going to be? Here are some ideas that I have:

  • Street -- Stroće /ʃtrōʃə/
  • Avenue -- undecided at the moment
  • Motorway/Highway -- Otoban /œtō'bɒn/

Those are ideas that I've proposed. Of course, you may change these, as you are free to. What ideas do you have to identify types of roads. I would also like to know: Does Ohesian follow the rules of most adjectives coming after the noun? This knowledge would be helpful to the mapping process. Anyways, that is all I am going to say for now.

Happy Mapping,

--Geo Talk: Geoc3ladus

Printable map.

Posted by IlliaHai on 28 October 2020 in English (English)

Hello there.

When I joined the OGF I quickly realized that mapping on blank paper is very hard. So, I tried to print my country, draw something on the paper then trace this in JOSM. But all online services work only with OSM.

Then I found project BigMap2: https://github.com/Zverik/bigmap2

I installed it on my linux server, added OGF tiles links and now I can generate image of any place in OpenGeoFiction with any required details.

-- Illia

Gobras City Questions and World Companies

Posted by PueblaPueblaMx on 28 October 2020 in English (English)

Hello again. First, thanks to all of you who responded to my questions, and I have decided to keep working on Gobras City for a little more before claiming my own territory.

Now, concerning Gobras City: I'd very much like to add/detail a 1. Fashion District 2. Times Square-sorts of district 3. Suits and ties and skyscrapers commerce hub district And I would like to know if there already is or there is a specific location for any of these mentioned.

I have also roughly expanded a small block on the port commercial zone with one fiberglass and one automobile factories, and would like to also know if there is any list of the "Fortune 500" of OGF so we can all keep them in mind when building industrial zones.

Thanks for the time! Happy mapping.

Location: 20,732, 86,746

Several Questions

Posted by PueblaPueblaMx on 27 October 2020 in English (English)

Hi! I've come back from a long hiatus and will start to be active again when possible. I have several questions that I would like to ask the community.

First, about collaborative countries:

  1. How do I join a collaborative country?
  2. Can I create a collaborative country?

These two questions come from the fact that I love doing street layouts and detailing but can't really work on highways or long roads efficiently because my computer doesn't let me intall JOSM.

Second, about creating a sorts of city state:

  1. Is there any city state in OGF?
  2. How could I create a city state?
  3. Can I get in touch with a country owner and have them lend me a small piece of land to create a city state?

Thanks for your attention and have a great day!

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