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Hello to all mappers,
I just wanted to say that I'm not dead yet - Litvania is still my country and I will continue developing it in the future, I'm just kinda busy with school and other things I'm pursuing, OGF currently isn't one of those.
I hope you're all doing well. I see my area has some new people around, and I welcome you, my name is Michal, I'm Polish and I own Litvania. You know, that annoying blob that has stayed the same for the past few months. Yeah, that's it, that's my country.
So yeah, just a quick update and I hope to be back soon.
Inspired by Uncyclopedia, I attempted to write a humorous article about Litvania.
Idk if it's cringy, I don't really care. Hope you like it.
To everyone! May the next few days be the best!
I've had this problem recently, and it may be relevant to some of the newer users around here, so:
What system of road naming is consistent?
I thought of this one system for Litvania in April, where primary roads are S[number], secondary D[number], and tertiary are just numbers.
But where do these start? How do i keep it consistent?
I ask for suggestions and maybe new proposals, everything is welcome. Unnamed roads are boring.
I am taking a 2 week break from OGF, because I wish to retreat from the anger and frustration this site gives me sometimes. Dear OGF, please stand while I am away. Don't let yourself be shattered to pieces by irrelevancy. Please don't.
Yesterday, I was reading the old hilarious discussion we had on D**cord, and let me say this:
Why Have We Freaked Out About Messaging Apps After One Unfortunate Incident?!
With proper administration, of myself and others I promise that this time, it will work out. Don't you wan't to return to those "old-times"? Also, Telegram is amazing! Iv'e been using it for a year now, and it has been absolutely amazing at doing it's job. There's even a music bot where you can download and listen to music!
The people who caused trouble last time are no longer here, so what's the problem? Are we all that antisocial? Come on. Proper admins are all we need to restore the wonders of the instant chat of OGF.
Please think about this before you comment "But i though this was settled blablabla...."
Hi, sorry for posting two a day, I can't delete diary entries even if they're mine.
I just wanted to ask fellow mappers for feedback on my lastest drawing, which will hopefully enter the map soon. It is meant to be a post socialist housing project with an ancient monastery in the middle of it south of the Lorava river, and has been partly started here.
I drew the river completely wrong, I know I'll have to put something there as well.
Tell me whats missing, what i should make more realistic and so on...
How do I put images in the diary posts? Ive tried multiple times but it just formats as a link to imgur or something. Can you guys help?
you might need a raincoat today, johnny.
I'm sorry but i can't help but notice that it has been a year since I joined OGF! When I look back upon all the work I've done, I think it's safe to say that I have made significant progress since my first few months here.
I wish luck to all in the school year, and I'll see you later!
I was curious as to why there isn't the new version of MediaWiki on OGF. All the previous wikis i've visited have upgraded long ago.
Is anyone interested in astronomy? Its been my passion since childhood, and it would be nice to know about and talk with some passionates on the subject.
The title of this entry is the peak of my humour guys, get used to it.
Nice holiday so far no? Been on a language camp in Berlin and then a sporting camp in Ińsko, Poland where I became a certified lifeguard. Next I'm departing with friends to sail up and down the Adriatic Sea in Croatia. A lot of Sea and marine related stuff this vacation.
Anyways I've been a little (just a teeny weeny little bit) inactive since May because of all this stuff, including my new passion physics and astronomy, and I don't have my computer with me so I can't edit. However, I've got some ideas as to what I want to do with certain areas of Litvania.
Pomorie (formerly Egalský kráj)
I decided to rename this one because it's name could be confused with the Drabantian one in tourist adverts and stuff. So I simply took the Slovak word for "sea" - more - and added a "Po-" prefix denoting a region or area.
The capital of this region is Jankovar, which I am struggling with a little bit with and might even move its position because it's a bit awkward and unnatural. It makes the street grid and railways a bit hard to navigate naturally and logically with a city in a weird place like this. I might move it a bit to the south, nearer the coast, and on the shores of the inland seawater lake Moržíca (which I might rename Koblín) and build a small town of around 5,000 in the original position.
The entire region per se is going to be sort of modelled after the Polish West Pomeranian Voivodeship(my true native land). Because the Egalian Lake is a glacial lake, it means that obviously a glacier had to go over the land in this area and form it using its mass and power. That's why there will be hills (a lot of them), post glacial period lakes, ponds and also marshes, and ancient culture megaliths. Small towns will dot the region and it might aswell be a popular local tourist destination for average Litvanians who seek peace and quiet in the untouched wilderness.
Historically, the region was kind of ignored and forgotten, because it didn't really give any use to the kingdoms and unions in the history of Litvania. Also, it was a pagan land in the beginning (hence the "ancient culture"), and so it is kind of new to the while Litvania Christianity thing.
So far, so good. Still in infancy, but I think its a good start and I will make some drawings of some suburbs and districts and draw them in JOSM someday. The Old Town station that I drew in May I realised is kind of useless, so I'm considering either moving it or deleting it and simply making the main station bigger.
However I need some more countryside mapping so I'm giving it a short break for a while. I'm planning to get back to Loravia full time next year or maybe a bit earlier. I'm not sure as of now.
So yeah, nice vacay so far, next year is my freshman year of High School and I am gonna make it count so wish me luck.
Wish all of you a nice last month of holidays and a smooth return to the good old routine of life.
I know that asking for feedback in the user diaries is generally discouraged, however i get the feeling the bliki is more of a week long project, and i am a bit busy nowadays, so yeah. (Exams are in two weeks and they are hell important so i am mostly studying.)
Anyway, Loravias Old Town. Its beautiful!. I mapped a bit without planning or drawing, and i think it turned out particularly well. I think my mapping is getting progressively better, so i would apprieciate some feedback.
There restaurants, cosy squares, small kiosks and shops, and an old Neo-Renaissance style railway station, which is by many considered useless due to its proximity to the central station, however was kept because, well, it was the first, and, its beautiful.
Also, on embassies:
Why do people map "embassy districts"? Little to no cities have places like that, most embassies are just scattered, or concentrated in one part of town, not in massive 19th century style villa-neighbourhoods. This is why i am going to simply map embassies in whatever free buildings are left.
Next week i am working on the Main station, and the surrounding neighbourhoods, so stay tuned.
I need answers to these questions, otherwise i will never achieve what i would want to with Litvania. Whenever i search it up there are little helpful results.
How do we (can we even?) draw lines at only 90° and 45° angles? In Inkscape it is Shift.
How do we accurately plan scaling? Like how can i draw my drawing at an appropriate scale on paper, and make sure it works here.
i am confused and worried. I get the feeling that what i do here on OGF seems to be suspiciously similar to what other users are doing. This makes me frustrated, as it makes me vulnerable to accusations of copying peoples work.
And if that happens, i cant say anything against it.
I want to present a case that makes me especially frustrated:
Litvania, and its eastern neighbour, Drabantia.
They are two very similar countries in terms of geography, culture, language and demographics, so for example, the capital cities, Lorava and Odrava, will be very similar. The way that the streets are layed out, how the cities work, what they look like etc...
However, here is the problem:
Whenever something new appeared in Drabantia, i looked at it and said "Damn, that looks nice, shame i cant make something like that."
This lead to me being urged to either copy it, or, try to make Litvania look just like Drabantia.
For example, if you havemt noticed, as soon as Ráj n/Mlžnicí was finalised, Riekava popped up, and even the presentation in the User Diaries is the same. I was ashamed of myself later, however refused to delete it, as i like Riekava myself. Then, when Drabantia's owner started rebuilding Drabantia, it happened about the same time that i aswell started thinking about how bad my country looks still after 5 months of activity.
I need help. I am ashamed of myself, and i need some helpful advice as to what to actually do with this situation.
an overview of the situation
april seems to be very eventful in real life this year. i havent been very active this past few days, as i was on a trip to London to celebrate my birthday (13th btw).
lots of (new and original) things are scheduled for the rest of this month and may.
i learned a lesson:
no one will appreciate or care about my work if i get too inspired and start to copy. thats what i have been doing lately. i got a little weird and started literally copying some users work because i had small amounts of time on OGF, and i could be doing something meaningful with my life, but i also wanted to be perceived as a good and experienced mapper by the community here. i also just wanted a quality country to present.
i already know my work is certainly not astonishing, so i am trying to make a difference.
so now, let me present litvania 2.0
you may have noticed that i have redrawn certain parts of the country here and there, and i now want to focus on Loravia for a few months.
I am aiming for it to be a constitutional republic in the "oh so lovely mountains that i am yet to come up with a good name for", that makes most of its money from tourism. There will be a purely slavic culture, with some elements of modern art and design in certain parts of it.
Loravia will be a beautiful city with lots of cathedrals and churches and theatres and cinemas and pubs and bars and restaurants and also, some nice buildings like these that i dont known the english name for. The old town is a completely car free pedestrian zone were people can mingle and relax in bars, restaurants etc...
Various tourist attractions will be in the old town, and i will try to make it hve a special charm to it.
Anyway, some of you may be overwhelmed, so imma shut up and let you get interested by yourselves. (seriously though, come around and have a look when i upload)
Right, after hearing multiple positive words of "I'm in" from several people, I went ahead and created the new chat for OpenGeoFiction.
How about a video conference? I think it would be fun to get to better know some people around here.
check this out: My Bliki