I’m sure that most of you have up and forgotten about me by now.
I was the stereotypical young teenager who only knew how to draw suburbs of large American cities and didn’t know a lick about topography.
I quit last September. 9th grade had started, I was up and working at 4 AM each day and wasn’t finished until 8 PM, had tests basically every week, and to make an understatement, it wasn’t really helping that I was immersed in a virtual world. That summer I had too much time on my hands, and I gave myself so many duties on here that by the time school showed up again to bite me I was completely overwhelmed.
I’m mapping again during the pandemic, at least excluding the 90% of my day where I wash my hands and/or fret about how little toilet paper we have left. I’m keeping it to hand-drawn maps, though. I’m not coming back here. In theory, I’m capable of loading myself up with all the responsibilities I had last summer, but physical school’s coming back in August and eventually I will run smack into a brick wall.
Plus, if there were any reason for me to want to come back here in the first place, it’s gone now. My current project is the creation of a parallel-US state similar to Virginia (where I grew up) and other Appalachian areas, and in the OGF world that’s been taken for about a 500-mile radius. My closest bet is AR120-31, and that’s on the wrong side of the mountains. Location aside, I’ve found that at least for me, hand-drawing maps is a lot faster and neater.
But, considering there are so many mappers here who know three decades’ worth more stuff than I do, I’m searching for advice. This is the rough layout of the entire state:
If it’s not clear, then I divided the paper into 9 sub-sections. Here’s the close-up of the northeast corner (which is the only one I’ve gotten to so far) (and yes, the capital is a small town named Corona):
The northeast corner was mostly inspired by the Chesapeake Bay area over Northern Virginia and Maryland, with a DC-type area in the southwest of that. But see, the problem is, I imitated the style of the short, wide rivers and bays that cover that region without really understanding how they were formed. That’s the subject in which I’m a bit clueless and need input from more experienced mappers. Is the way the rivers flow odd? Would it be improbable to have a low mountain range to the east of the bay? What about the scale, is that a little off? Any sort of constructive criticism will be accepted.
On a less demanding note, I seem to have run out of good ideas for Algonquian names.
Once I finish the other 7 insets (one has nothing mapped in it), then I will plan to go into even further detail.
Thanks, and happy mapping!
Comment from iiEarth on 22 April 2020 at 17:13
The plan seems good and all, but about naming your town Corona— please don’t do that.
Comment from Megacity2005Creator on 22 April 2020 at 17:14
This is totally unrelated to the OGF map though I just need some advice… at least once I can get the image loaded
Comment from Megacity2005Creator on 22 April 2020 at 17:30
nvm I got it
Comment from plainoldbread on 22 April 2020 at 18:10
I’m 16, and I’ve been mapping on OGF for a few years, and I really only stayed for the geofiction side of things because i’m actually interested in it. I conlang stuff based on whatever inspiration I get from the real world and incorporate it into OGF. I sometimes get inspired by seeing a country in satellite or streetview to map an area like how I see it, and plus the blue territories and collaborative territories I can join, there’s different places to improve and actually do something I like.
Comment from Fluffr_Nuttr on 22 April 2020 at 18:36
If it makes you feel any better, I didn’t forget about you. What was mapped in Riopoderos and Huntington was superb. And I definitely understand your position as a teen on OGF- I’m 16, and before contacting other people on here I felt like an outsider.
Hillsbria looks nice so far, though I’m not extremely knowledgeable about how rivers form and the like. I heard the Chesapeake Bay is supposed to be the remains of a meteor strike, malformed after millions of years. So that’s something to think about.
About a Virginia like state- Natrinia and Wilthamshire are vacated now. But I’m not sure if that’s what you want.
However, my state Arghenna is largely Virginia and Mid-Atlantic inspired, especially in the east. If you want to map on OGF in a casual manner, I’d be open to you mapping in my tertitory.
Comment from CharlieG on 22 April 2020 at 19:13
I totally understand what you’re talking about–I am also in the ninth grade. Coming back to FSA, it’s great to see you improve! If you need help with Algonquian names, I’m great at determining some great fictitious names. I’m in love with the way you hand-drew the bay, it’s a near-perfect style, although possibly fewer spikes are better. Corona as a name is a bit controversial but as long as you make it clear it’s just a name and not affiliated with COVID-19, it should be fine. Remember, OGF is about what our imagination can create as an alternative to our view of the world. So, make your region unique! That’s all from me, I’ll stay updated on your mapping :)
Comment from Configours on 22 April 2020 at 23:58
It’s nice to see an area that is inspired by the Appalachian Mountains, but also It’s cool to see the region that I like a few I noticed are from that region. Personally I am from WV, but I love the Appalachian Mountains probably as the next guy from up there. It’s also so beautifully drawn as well.
Comment from yoyo21 on 23 April 2020 at 00:37
As a 15 year old (also in 9th grade) who generally has mediocre mapping quality outside of suburbs of large American style cities, I can relate. But, your work in Riopoderos was very good. I didn’t forget about you. And if you do come back to OGF sometime, I’m sure the community will welcome you with open arms.
When I first joined OGF (at the ripe age of 10), I thought that everyone on OGF was a grown adult. As I got a bit older, I still thought this was the case, that I didn’t belong because of my age. But just recently, I have started to notice that teenagers make up a sizable portion, maybe even a majority of the OGF user group. And teenagers can map well, contrary to what some of the older members of OGF think.
Also, I must laugh at my comment from 2 years ago on that young teenager diary entry.
Comment from Megacity2005Creator on 23 April 2020 at 16:43
Thanks all for nice comments.
@plainoldbread What’s the other side of things?
@Fluffr_Nuttr +1 thanks for the encouragement and offer. If I’m being honest, I had my eyes on Natrinia and Wilthamshire since Day 1. Maybe Wilthamshire could be a good project when Hillsbria is complete, possibly as a poor mountainous state with a wealthy valley just north of the Huntington area. But again, the process would be very slow and time-consuming and I’ll need to be conscious of when I want to keep going on and on after hours of work, thinking I’ve accomplished near-to-nothing. That isn’t even counting the time it will take me to relearn JOSM (which will hopefully speed things up in the first place) without having the paranoia from last year that I flooded Riopoderos/Sierra/the whole world.
@CharlieG thanks for the kind words. “Corona” is (somewhat unfortunately) meant to be deliberate, but remember that Hillsbria has literally nothing to do with OGF. Totally separate project. No more Corona’s are gonna show up on this map, don’t worry.
@Configours the far western parts of the state will be similar to Preston, Grant, and Hampshire counties, WV. But if you had a different county in mind I could take that into account as well.
@yoyo21 yeah, about the suburbs, I was a little intimidated by how good your work in Mintington was, I really had to put effort into my neighboring borough to feel like I had at least matched up to you. Honestly, I thought you were an adult too.
Also I didn’t see that comment of yours until now. Lol.
Comment from andrepoiy on 23 April 2020 at 21:40
I’m also 16 in 11th grade :)