Getting back into OGF (again)

Posted by ATMunn on 9 March 2018 in English (English)

Ok, here's some history of, well, me.

Back in April of 2017, I stumbled upon OpenGeoFiction, and, it seeming interesting to me, I decided to join. I started work on a town in Lonowai District of Gobrassanya. I had plans for the town, but they never went too far before I got discouraged and/or lost interest, and I simply stopped mapping after a little while.

Then, in September, I remembered that OGF existed, and started mapping again. I removed everything that was in that town before and started again. I really wanted to finish the town, I didn't want to just leave something unfinished there and go on to bigger projects in OGF. But, I did. I lost interest again, and the town was eventually just deleted. I pretty much declared to myself that OGF was not for me, I didn't have the time or interest to get back into it again, and I'd never come back.

But I did. So that brings me to now. OGF interests me again, and I want to start mapping. I said last time that I was hoping to permanently become a part of the community, and I didn't. I want that to actually happen this time.

I'm not going to go back to that old town in Lonowai, I want to start afresh. Since I have technically been a member for over a year (I never deleted my account or anything), I can get a country of my own if I want. I think I might do that, but I have no idea where to go.

What things can I do to help myself be a better mapper, and not lose interest or get discouraged? How do I make it seem less daunting to get started? What might be a good country to start mapping in? How can I help myself plan better?

Also, I see there's a forum now. What's different between the diary system and the forum? Also, what happened to the world news thing?

Sorry for the wall of text. If you read it all, thanks for taking the time to do so.

Comment from isleño on 9 March 2018 at 09:54

Info on forum/diaries/worldnews/etc can be found in the wiki.

But if you're already getting discouraged, struggling to stay interested, feeling like things are daunting, etc... after only one town, then it's probably unwise to request a territory (i.e. hundreds of towns).

To avoid being overwhelmed, it's often better to focus small. If a single town is too much, then maybe do a tiny village. To improve mapping skills/planning/etc, there are numerous resources available.

But if you keep losing interest again and again, then yeah, maybe OGF isn't for you. And that's fine. Plenty of people love the idea of OGF, but eventually realize it's not something they actually enjoy doing.

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Comment from LemonKing on 9 March 2018 at 14:17

Don't worry, just map boldly, delete if necessary and map again. You may want to try different approaches to find out what satisfies you personally. If you study the work different mappers, you will discover that there are many different mapping styles and strategies in OGF.

Some do a lot of pre-planning offline, others only have a rough idea and they invent the details mostly as their map. Some map the topography of a whole country before mapping a single town or highway, others begin by completing a small town with shops, parks, churches etc with names and all. Personally, I like to switch from big-scale to tiny-scale mapping quite frequently, that keeps me motivated.

Also, ask yourself, what kind of mapping interests you particularily: Railways, rivers, tourist attractions, sports facilities, harbours, forests? Be detailed with the fun things and allow yourself to be more general with other stuff to begin with. It you are impatient and want to map something ready-looking as soon as possible, stick to small-scale mapping. Using many days to complete one neighbourhood with lots of details may be more rewarding than mapping little here and there in larger scale.

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Comment from ATMunn on 9 March 2018 at 14:29

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll look around and think about what I might want to do a bit more, but I do really think this is something I could do and enjoy. I think the first time I tried, I was focusing too much on being perfect, and after receiving a little bit of negative feedback, I felt that I failed. I'm not really like that anymore, though. I think I just need to try different things until I find what I like. Maybe I'll request a country and just make it sort of a "melting pot" of different ideas and styles before deciding on what I really want to do with it. Of course, I could also do that in the blue areas before requesting a country.

Maybe I'll go somewhere in a blue territory and try making just a small, but detailed, neighborhood. I might do that, actually.

Ok, I'm going to stop typing now, I'm basically thinking out loud at this point :P

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Comment from The_Cute_Chick on 9 March 2018 at 15:43


To retain your interests in OGF, you can start multiple small projects (similar to the "melting pot" you mentioned) and switch between them regularly. This means if you lose interest on one of your projects, you can visit another one to map for a while before going back to that one. When you take a break from something you may get new ideas to map or see mistakes that you have not noticed before.

If you have multiple projects, you may notice yourself uninterested anymore at another project. Do not delete them because an inspiration may come back for that project (which will make you regret deleting your previous work).

This is what I have been doing since joining OGF. It works for me because now I have a lot of ideas I want to attempt on OGF but have no time to map. It might not work for you but it is worth trying since you seem determined to become part of the OGF community.

However, do not go starting a dozen projects because the more projects you have, the less attention (on average) each project receives which could negatively affect your mapping and begin to discourage you collectively which is not what this strategy is about! I recommend having 2 projects to start off but if you feel like you can/want to take more, 4 should be the maximum.


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Comment from ATMunn on 9 March 2018 at 18:44

Yeah, good idea. Would it be better to claim my own territory for various things like this, or to just do it in blue territory (or both)?

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Comment from LemonKing on 9 March 2018 at 20:54

I'd go blue for now if I were you. The lack of perfection will probably bother you less if the territory is not your own, and you will be less tempted to delete it all. Also, you can use the experience to help decide the location you request.

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Comment from zhenkang on 10 March 2018 at 02:46

Stay blue for a while. There is not a rush for getting a personal one. Otherwise, if you like you can join a collaborative project.

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Comment from The_Cute_Chick on 10 March 2018 at 07:40


I do not have my own country, so I do not know if the idea works better in blue or green countries, but it definitely works in blue countries (at least for me).


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Comment from ATMunn on 10 March 2018 at 14:35

Alright, I'll stick with blue. Thanks for all the feedback, everybody!

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