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Posted by RicardoNolazcoC on 30 July 2015 in English (English)

What was your inspiration when you built your first city? I'm about to ask for a territory (1 more day) and would like to hear from others what was their experience.

(If anyone would like to see my first city in public territory I will annex the coordinates, it's the one marked and connected to the suburbs a little farther east).


Location: Republic Boulevard, Jameʃtowne Historic District, Charlington, Commonia

Comment from deltanz on 30 July 2015 at 21:11

Hi, Ricardo! Welcome to Opengeofiction!

My cities usually draw inspiration from real life cities. I like to start as if the city was just settled, with a few streets and a main road or avenue, and from that I start thinking about the characteristics I want the city to have, like a more industrialized metropolis, a touristy city, or a small country town, for example. Of course it also has to communicate with the context of the country and the region it is located. So first it's important to think about the climate, the vegetation, the coast, rivers, lakes that may exist in the surroundings.

Well, that's it for me, I'm curious to see your city, please, post the coordinates!

Cheers and happy mapping!

Diogo - deltanz

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Comment from RicardoNolazcoC on 30 July 2015 at 21:24

:) Here it is, a little unnatural/unrealistic at first, but as the city grew I kinda see the new zones more realistic and detailed. It's great to know others' opinions on the matter!

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Comment from BMSOUZA on 30 July 2015 at 23:53

Hi, Ricardo! Welcome! My first city was Itacolomi, capital of Cariocas Islands, but I know soon I will need redo some areas in this city. As recently I was talking to user:Tule00 in another topic, it is a "mix" of some brasilian cities.

Downtown was based in São Luiz, MA The road junction in east Itacolomi was based in Belo Horizonte,MG and the road junction in south Itacolomi was based in São Bernardo do Campo,SP. As you can see, a mix of so much different cities from Brasil, but not exactly inspired in a specific one.

(Soon I will redo all this country, because it was a test, the first one. Today, I "can" use so much details...)

Today, I am the "owner" of five different countries (I follow the rules. I just separate one ), and I try use one inspiration to each country I edit. I edit Goytakanya, a poor and agro-based country, but I edit too Rugenia, a touristic city, as examples. So, as Deltanz said, you need to think, first at all, the context you will want your cities and country. A country in the middle of a continent, or a country with coastline? A tropical country or a "scandinavian" one?

There is a OGF-wiki article about it.

Of course I want see your first city too, hehehe

Best regards and happy mapping!!! Bruno Moreira

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Comment from RicardoNolazcoC on 31 July 2015 at 00:04

Thanks so much for the feedback! I was thinking of having a small and centralized nation, focused mainly on the production of electronics and agriculture so it seems I have to find the perfect spot.

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Comment from Easky30 on 31 July 2015 at 00:16

Hello Ricardo, Welcome to Opengeofiction.
I am usually inspired to make cities based on where I have been or lived so a lot of my cities are influenced by cities in the U.S or Ireland. The first city I made was First Harbor I was just learning Potlatch for the first time, so it took me a long time to get used to drawing in OGF. First Harbor was and still is kind of a mess as a lot of the earlier streets are very close together and highway intersections look uneven. Ahagonara, the city I am currently working on looks a little different from where I started. I just returned from a GIS conference in so now I am inspired to make this city like San Diego.

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Comment from BelpheniaProject on 31 July 2015 at 01:40

Hello and welcome to OpenGeofiction. I normally make cities based from America, German, and Japanese cities. Since I came to OpenGeofiction in October 2014, Shadowsnow City was my first city. Now that I use JOSM, Shadowsnow City today is in the progress of being remapped.

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Comment from Luciano on 31 July 2015 at 02:25

My main advice would be to start small for your first city. Call it a "first town" rather than a first city.

My first city was Villa Contitución, and frankly, I regret many of the decisions I made with that city, and have a lot of work ahead of me to "fix" those mistakes. By starting small, if you don't like the result, you haven't wasted so much effort and space.

Try to create a complete, coherent, realistic but small "town". The first thing I built in OGF that I genuinely liked was a tiny exclave community, a self-contained map, at Sarangdo. I think it was successful precisely because I started small and it was so constrained - I had to work within the limits I made for myself and think it through carefully.

Speaking from my own mistakes: don't start with a grid of streets. Don't start with a bunch of motorways. Start with landscape: river, lake, shoreline, hills. Think where the forests are, etc. You don't have DRAW all this - but have it in your mind, or on a sketch on a piece of paper. I almost always have paper sketches before I start working on a new place.

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Comment from BMSOUZA on 31 July 2015 at 03:42

Luciano said one point I completely agree: creating limits to the town/city.

I always use meadow, or scrub, or wood, to show the "maximum limit" my urbans areas can reach. Even "inside" my urban areas, as the "leisure=park" I put between Preciosa and south Rugenia.

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Comment from RicardoNolazcoC on 31 July 2015 at 03:47

Looking at those cities there's only one thing I can say... Wow! By far better than what I've done!

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Comment from BMSOUZA on 31 July 2015 at 05:44

I think the same thing when I logged OGF first time and take a look in Khaiwoon.

As you can see, all my countries are "simples". Just one or two months ago I started using more details, but I do it in "small" spaces: Goytakanya, a country in a little island, and Rugenia, a city in a country that is not mine (a collaborative project). Because this I said I need re-build Cariocas and maybe my other countries...

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Comment from RicardoNolazcoC on 31 July 2015 at 17:37

I now have a piece of land of my own :) Draco Nation on the following coordinates:

Latitude: 18.7997 Longitude: 31.9496

Right now I'm editing the landscape.

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Comment from Ernestpcosby on 31 July 2015 at 21:02

I kinda just started off with Quentinsburgh, but afterward part of the inspiration at least for the downtown came from some other dense historic European cities and what I saw in other users' cities on the map. Technically in Freedemia my first town was Highfield (now a suburb of Quentinsburgh) based off of a couple edits that already existed before I claimed the land.

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