Weekly Word; Pheonix Edition

Posted by Aces California on 19 September 2017 in English (English)

Weekly Word; The Introduction

Hello hello!

So we've slightly gone off the tracks for the Weekly Word, and I feel it's because we're mainly relying on members to take control of posting, responding, picking the winner, etc. Whilst it is nice to have a more community feel, I think that you need to have a strong and stable leader for the weekly running of it. So I'm gonna take an attempt at spearheading the whole thing, so welcome to the Pheonix Edition of the Weekly Word!

If you haven't come across this game before, I'll explain it to you in a quick fashion, any more questions you can direct to me or down in the responses.

The game runs for an entire week from Monday to Monday, roughly Midnight to Midnight UTC, though I might be a bit lenient for late entries by a couple hours. Each week, we will give you one or two words that will make you think out of the box in mapping something that is outstanding or unique.

I'll also attempt to give you a few OGF examples of any words that are used.

NOW here is the twist in format for the Pheonix Edition!

Every entry HAS to be accompanied by 1 or 2 words that you would like to see in the next Weekly Word. I will then pick my favorite prompt for the next Weekly Word. So in reality, you can win twice on a Weekly Word if your prompt for next week is picked!

So let us continue with this week's competition, your word you will be working with is


Not everything that needs to be mapped are large Olympic sized stadiums, or Intercontinental airports, or massive multi-lane highways spanning an entire country.

There's something to be said about the mapping of smaller items, it gives a sense of scale, location, economy, all sorts! So your challenge for this week will be to map something small, it could be a stadium or sports pitch, local or regional airports, country-roads, for example.

You can really use anything you want. A small locally owned amusement park, a village train station, use relations to map out a small chain of restraunts, whatever you want is all yours, just make it "small". To see what sort of items I mean, you can find an example of all 3 below!

Be as detailed as you want with it, there is multiple things that I will be "judging" on. Your deadline is;

25 September 12:00 Midnight UTC

And remember to put your selected word/s for the next Weekly Word with your entry, for what is basically controlling the week's competition in your favor.

Keep Up The Mapping, and I can't wait to see what you all map, good luck!

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Official Entries

Comment from Portopolis on 19 September 2017 at 00:54

Thanks for taking over, I was a but confused on what to do when only non-entries were posted.

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Comment from Aces California on 19 September 2017 at 01:09

Well the issue right there was there was no entries to pick from Portopolis. Sadly, I think the word you picked wasn't one that could be mapped! At least with little thought or planning. Hopefully my taking control would alleviate that issue exactly!

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Comment from Luciano on 19 September 2017 at 01:17

Hm. There's a sense in which my entire country of Tárrases is minor. It's only 30 km long and has about 250,000 inhabitants, after all. It's not even a legally recognized country, in diplomatic terms.

But there is a point at which something minor becomes major, because it develops enough detail in enough different ways. So I wouldn't even consider Tárrases to be my official "non-entry" for this week's word.

How about this "minor" exclave of the Ardisphere's Gohangukian-speaking (Korean) autonomous region? Sarangdo:

Wiki is here:,_CC

Sarangdo is one of my oldest bits of "complete" mapping - it's 3 years old now (the "place node" was created 2014/09/02.

It has a nice "minor" airport (no commercial flights), a minor tourism industry (where do Ardispherians take their honeymoons?), a minor golf course, a few minor temples and churches, a very minor stadium. Let's call that my official, minor non-entry for the week.

I think I might try an "official" entry, too - if I can find something to inspire me - anyone have any requests or suggestions? I'm really burned out on contours, at the moment (which is what I spend most of my time doing).

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Comment from wangi on 19 September 2017 at 01:49

Official entry: Kilometre Square, Gobras City, Gobrassanya:

Still very much being edited, so judge it at the end of entry period!

Word suggestion: Slum

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Comment from eklas on 19 September 2017 at 06:30

Thank you for picking Volbrod as an example! My entry for this week's challenge is Janovo nádraží in Odrava, which is a medium-size train station that once was very important to the city but only serves regional trains nowadays - you can read more about it in my yesterday bliki post.

I don't want to post a word suggestion as I'm going to be away for two weeks.

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Comment from Aces California on 19 September 2017 at 09:59

Thanks you three for entering over-night for me, that works as a non-entry Luciano, but you don't need to think so big as to do an enclave :P

I don't quite think you got the idea wangi, a plaza that is both a home to the governance of Gobrassanya and most likely a major tourist attraction, doesn't really speak minor x3 Thanks for your entry though and your word suggestion!

I've read up on the railways yesterday in your Bliki Eklas, it looks great! Works enough for the entry as well.

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Comment from wangi on 19 September 2017 at 11:18

Ah, I was just looking at it as adding details to a 1km^2 park, smaller than a mid sized airport.

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Comment from Ūdilugbulgidħū on 19 September 2017 at 23:22

I'm sort of confused about what is an entry and what isn't. This is Mickle Iction - a fairly minor rural place, in spite of the name.

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Comment from Aces California on 20 September 2017 at 09:38

Well, officially we have Eklas as the only other official entry, apart from you that is. Wangi might be entering again, the entry he posted doesn't qualify sadly :P And Luciano's "non-entry" is something he does every Weekly Word to give another example of the task.

So basically it's you and Eklas for now Udilug, is there a shorter name I can call you? :P

Also, thank you everybody for taking interest, it may not be the most smooth competition being run, but everything you point out or are confused about should make typing up next week's competition easier.

Also remember, put down a word you want to see as the next Weekly Word with your entry!

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Comment from Marcello on 20 September 2017 at 14:32

Would a 9-hole golf course qualify - considering 18 is normal for a complete circuit ? In that case I would like to candidate the Ste. Marie Golf Club:

Marcello. (who honestly thought 9 holes is well enough to map - I could not see the point of doing 9 more just for the show ;-)

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Comment from Rustem Pasha on 20 September 2017 at 16:25

Could be the ruins of provincional old town which was once a capital of a former country considered minor? If so then look here:

These are the ruins of Old Shahijar destroyed completely in 1675.

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Comment from Aces California on 20 September 2017 at 19:27

Both are acceptable thank you :) Basically it's anything that you wouldn't know if you were flying into a country :P

Like giving the example of ruins, if you're flying into Egypt, you'd know of Valley of the Kings or the Pyramids, but you wouldn't exactly know any other ruins apart from those ;) It's stuff only locals/the country's citizens have knowledge of basically.

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Comment from Yuanls on 20 September 2017 at 20:30

This challenge has gotten me motivated to map again.

Some suburbs in Plowford (Zoom out and pan around as well-there is a lot)

My suggestion for the next word: BLUE

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Comment from Aces California on 20 September 2017 at 20:54

How perfectly minor Yuanls! No issues here. Also thanks for the word suggestion :)

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Comment from Marcello on 21 September 2017 at 09:14

@ Aces:

Sorry, I totally forgot the word. Make it 'hot' - like in temperature, but if someone thinks of something else ... ;-)


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Comment from Litvania on 21 September 2017 at 14:28

My entry for the challenge is Rybáčkovo, a small neighbourhood on the northern bank of the Lorava river which; back in the 1400's, used to be a thriving small community of rich individuals because of the port. Portová street used to be a key for the ships to stay on, before the bridge was built. Now it is a popular meeting spot and walk promenade for tourists, and has lots of restaurants, bars, shops etc... There's even a small marina!

My word suggestion is-




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Comment from stjur on 22 September 2017 at 00:36

Now that's a nice change for Weekly Word, I really like this contest now and I'm happy to participate!

After mapping mostly big, royal cities in the past year, I recently started focusing on smaller, not so fortunate towns. Geanina is one of them (only the old town is finished). This small place brings together many cultures (Romanish, Eganian, Turquese) and religions.

My two suggestions for the next weekly word are ABANDONED and OLD & NEW

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Comment from Aces California on 22 September 2017 at 12:40

Glad to see you both enter! And thanks for the word suggestions as well.

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Comment from niels20020 on 22 September 2017 at 20:20

My entry for this week will be a small shopping center I made in Balonis City:

Suggestion for next week: HEALTH

(Btw, the new format for the Weekly Word is great :)

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 23 September 2017 at 06:52

Kind of a lackluster entry, I suppose...but here goes XD

My entry is the center part of a small unincorporated "town" on a barrier island off the coast of Haroldsburgh.

Originally placed there in the 1980s with growing tourism, with the hope that the barrier isle would become a major tourist attraction, the beach ended up remaining surprisingly isolated. The small Barrier Isle "Town Center", as they call it, is the hub of the area, home to a library, post office, some shops and a very small supermarket, and a gas station and StarBurgers. Concerns about flooding and rising sea levels may have contributed to there being such a small population living there, as this particular barrier isle is lower than most of the others and the Barbosa Bridge (one of only 2 ways on and off the island) frequently shuts down due to flooding. (I plan on drawing more homes though, just at a later time)

Suggestions for next week- INDUSTRIAL/BUSINESS or RESIDENTIAL

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Comment from Aces California on 23 September 2017 at 10:28

It's definitely been a greater success than I ever imaged! Both are fine additions!

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Comment from Aces California on 25 September 2017 at 13:14

A warning people! You have 10-11 hours left to submit something if you haven't yet and you've been working on something!

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Comment from Luciano on 25 September 2017 at 23:33

Well, in fact I had been somewhat inspired by this week's word (or maybe I was just inspired by my boredom with drawing contour lines!).

So I have been working at developing a "minor suburb" in Ardisphere's Ingerish-speaking region in the far south, on the little island of El Cabo. There's a suburb called "Federation Way" not particularly notable for much more than its bland, mediterranean climate, conservative politics, and hillside housing estates.

I don't feel it's "ready" to be an entry, but here's the progress I've made, using my typical "semi-historical" method - which is to say, what you're seeing is, in some respects, a snapshot into the area in maybe the 1940's.

Anyway, lots of great entries this week. Happy mapping.

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Comment from Aces California on 26 September 2017 at 10:27

I'll take it Luciano :)

Sadly, you haven't clinched it at the last second! :P The winner for this week's competition is Ūdilugbulgidħū's mapping of Mickle Iction. Congrats to Udil! And great work everybody else, honestly, this was a close competition between many mappers :) I'd say this was a great success! I'll have next week's Weekly Word up later today! Keep and eye out.

Keep Up The Mapping

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