After proper introduction by a friend, I started creating my first map: on the Begi island, a Mountain.
The Mountain was the base of some elses rivier.
Soon I moved to a fresh place, with new ideas of where and how to start. The fishermans village was born: Iasc Cuna.
Now I have even further ideas: start with the globals: basic land, basic history and basic roads. Every part of the grand map its own topic, villages and roads. So here is the main question: Where is the real beginning?
I would like to know how others create their map. And how do you come to ideas for any part of your lay-out?
Comment from Bixelkoven on 21 June 2022 at 17:28
The real beginning for you already started in the area you already mapped. A new one will appear when you get your own territory.
For that, you’d need to further develop your mapping skills and then request one. By the time you get to request a territory, you’ll probably shape a basic idea of a country you want to map, which will help you decide which empty spot to choose, and in which part of the world.
For now, focus on improving, there’s a lot waiting down the road.
Comment from Toad on 23 June 2022 at 08:58
I like to spend lots of time on google/openstreetmaps, so when I picked my territory I already knew what kind of mapping I wanted to make, and where I wanted to take inspiration from. My recommendation is to find some place which you want to reference, then take a deep look at it and try to find patterns in the mapping.
For larger parts of your map, typing or recording your ideas somewhere then planning out the larger features such as the highway network on paper or digitally before drawing them on OGF is the best course of action.