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What's up with UL141?

Posted by Picard-Lindelöf on 18 January 2019 in English (English)

I am the owner of Bärland, the northern neighbour of UL141. I want to start developing the southern part of my country and I wonder about what to do with the border with UL141. The country has been "unavailable. Possibly a future collaborative territory" for a long time now.

What would you suggest to do in this situation? For example I have mapped some mountains in my country and I think it would make sense to have a mountain range that extends into UL141. However, what do I do if the future admin of that country doesn't want mountains?

Location: 58.533, 53.539

Roads are rendered really "fat"

Posted by Picard-Lindelöf on 20 November 2018 in English (English)

I am noticing that on the rendered map, roads are rendered as really thick lines, which makes complicated intersections in cities look pretty ugly unless you reaaally zoom in on them. For example, I am working on this area

You cannot really even see all the roads as separate roads although the two motorway links (in between the tunnels) to the west of the square are actually drawn 10 meters apart. To the east of the square it is even more of a mess...

Since we create OGF maps for enjoyment and aesthetic beaty, my question is: How do you deal with this?

Have I drawn this way too small? Or should I just ignore it?

Verisimilitude - how is it possible?

Posted by Picard-Lindelöf on 4 October 2018 in English (English)

This is rather philosophical:

You draw an opera in your map. By doing this, you acknowledge that in the OGF world the musical genre of "opera" exists. But this genre only came to be because of European music history of many centuries, so you acknowledge that this has taken place, too. So there has to be Europe, which there isn't in OGF.

If OGF is a different world, why would they even have operas? Would they have orchestras? Wouldn't they be playing totally different instruments?

Another example: The OGF encyclopedia states "Avoid referencing real world companies, organizations, and famous people or characters". Alright, no Coca Cola etc. But what about math and science, for instance? Do we have to come up with a new name for Euler's number just for the sake of it?

Of course all of this doen't really matter much for the mapping itself, but I can't wrap my head around the concept that the OGF world has to be similar to the real world when no real world history, people and places are supposed to exist...

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