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Collab idea 10 months ago

Huntington is also intended to be a planned city.

Tips on starting a city 10 months ago

First things first, delete the motorways. Do those last.

Start with the river and the port facilities. Near the oldest ports would be where the oldest part of downtown would be located; if it’s an important port city in modern times, a new set of ports would probably be located a bit away from the old downtown since they’d need more space to handle larger modern ships.

Once the old port and old city have been mapped (or at least loosely planned), map out some radial roads to other cities or the hinterlands (so farmers could get their goods to the city/port). Focus the next round of developments along those routes.

Then add railways and try to imagine how your city would’ve industrialized. The railways would also need to link to other areas outside of your city; try to imagine how goods would move in and out of your city and what routes they’d take. Your city would boom with industrialization; try to imagine where all the new factories would go, how they’d move their products, and how their workers would get to and from their jobs.

Industrialization would be quite dirty; plan out a few parks or natural reserves to give your city’s residents space to breathe.

Then plan your capitol area. Could be anywhere really, but a master-planned capital would look very different than a more organically-developed capitol area. (Consider the differences between planned capitals like Washington DC or Brasilia compared to places like London or Paris.)

After all that, then figure out where the motorways would go and how they’d serve the city.

Happy mapping!

Coronavirus around fictional world over 1 year ago

It’s been long-standing OGF policy that Covid-19 is not part of our world’s canon.

New FSA State Idea over 1 year ago

You may be interested in participating in New Carnaby.

Why have you removed all my test! Not fair! over 1 year ago


test 5 over 1 year ago


Another test over 1 year ago

Working for now

Test Entry over 1 year ago



Are you using iD or JOSM? For either option, maybe try making an edit with the other one to see if the issue is with your OGF account or with the editor itself.

Stanton Partial Redo about 2 years ago

In case the wiki is acting up, here’s the sketch: Toadwart’s sketch

Hi All! New to OGF. Interested in constructing a city. about 2 years ago

Welcome to OGF! It sounds like you would be very interested in the Federal States of Archanta project, which I happen to be the current coordinator of. The state of Michisaukee is open to all mappers, with some restrictions on things like new motorways and railways to ensure the state has the overall semi-rural American feel the coordinators have envisioned for it.

The southwestern FSA has many states that have a PLSS-style survey system, including my state of Minnonigan and the collaborative state of Walkegan. After you get your feet wet making good, quality edits for a few weeks in one of OGF’s “blue” (open to all) territories you can request a territory of your own, which includes vacant states in the FSA if that is what you are interested in.

If you are interested in the FSA, feel free to message me directly for more information about the project.

Happy mapping!

GESF declares bankruptcy almost 3 years ago

I think everyone who has had a point to make has made it now, so let’s start focusing on productive ways to resolve the issues instead of continuing to take potshots at each other. I’m working on a draft rail proposal that will be released for discussion and consideration in a day or two, and I ask for your patience (and maturity) in the meantime.

Road naming systems - real world examples about 3 years ago

Lake City is also pretty strict outside of downtown and South Point with north-south Avenues and east-west Streets. However, since the city is based on a rigid grid, and most blocks are rectangular rather than square, there are also “half-streets” for the numbered streets (north-south Terraces and east-west Courts). Lake City also names all of its alleys as well, with Places between Avenues and Terraces; Alleys between Terraces and Avenues; Lanes between Streets and Courts; and Gardens between Courts and Streets.

In much of the city, the old numbered east-west Streets were renamed to avoid confusion with the numbered north-south Streets; in these areas, there are bands of Streets and Lanes that all start with the same letter.

Like any real city though, there are plenty of exceptions: west of the Stone River and south of North Avenue, Avenues are named instead of numbered; South Point has east-west lettered Avenues (Avenue A, Avenue B, etc.); and streets that stretch out of downtown keep their names.

Streets that break the grid are generally older trails, so most of them keep their original Road or Highway designation.

Deleted about 3 years ago

Best of luck with everything except getting a girlfriend, because relationships are things that need to happen organically and spontaneously rather than something that needs to be actively prioritized. A better goal is something like “meet new people” or “be more outgoing”. Don’t measure success by who you are (or aren’t) dating. Just be you, my friend.

How long does it take to develop a good city over 3 years ago

I’ve been working on Lake City for about a year and a half, but honestly I don’t think I’ll ever be done mapping it. There’s always more detail to be added, and cities themselves are growing, evolving places. Great cities, both in OGF and in the real world, are never truly completed.

What should I do with Southlink over 3 years ago

You probably can get rid of it altogether and just upgrade the Stranton Road bridge and maybe Boundary Road to secondary or primary. Or you can link Stranton Road to Charles Street instead and upgrade Charles Street since it feeds directly into Southbank Drive.

Have i ruined the texan-ishness of ahnvore county over 3 years ago

If you want it to be like small-town Texas, get rid of the bus route.

Airports in OGF over 3 years ago

It’s important to remember that no one here is a professional cartographer. My educational background is in urban planning and OGF has plenty of lackluster cities that make me cringe, but this is also what we signed up for. But it’s best to lead by example, so I agree that a “wall of fame” would be a good idea. Maybe include it in the OGF:Making realistic airports page.

Giliarca, finally. over 3 years ago

If you want to map plenty of parking lots and drive-thrus, the FSA has plenty of vacant states that need owners.

Giliarca, finally. over 3 years ago

Giliarca has been one of my favorite OGF cities for quite some time. Congratulations on all your hard work!