Another Mapper's Challenge Post

Posted by Yuanls on 20 October 2016 in English (English)

I've been planning to post this for some time now but only today have I been satisfied with the quantity of what I've built.

Background stuff (Skippable if you don't want to read)

I decided not to start with an area 'in the middle of nowhere' because I prefer to work towards a certain goal and not expand outwards indefinitely, with no end in sight. Naturally for me, the place to start was Plowford, a town I have been working on for around a month now. The area I worked on was rather small compared to the scale I normally used. I've somehow decided to go beyond bare streets and instead map out every individual building and landuse in the area I was working on, which can be found here.

When the new challenge was announced I was slightly hesitant at first to deviate from suburban Plowford out of the fear that a rural landscape may have turned out similar to my botched attempt at mapping the countryside surrounding Harcourt (you'll need to zoom in). After seeing multiple users post high quality work this month I decided to give it a try and see how much I have improved after my mapping of Harcourt.

The challenge

I chose Northern Plowford , not a truly rural environment but rather a location that is touches and overlaps the rural-urban fringe. I adapted my small-scale approach I used for southern suburban Plowford. and mapped in the north of the town in the same fashion. In my opinion, I think zoom level=16 is the optimum scale to view my work, as it gives an appropriate level of detail without having to scroll around too much. I've attempted to go into the geographical history of the place, an aspect of mapping I like to do.

Points of interest: (Best viewed at zoom 16)

  1. There is a junction that has obliterated the old road system surrounding it here (I would number the houses but I haven't mapped anywhere else yet).
  2. Decton Old Road by the new Decton Road and a retail park on the rural-urban fringe. I have left some facilities blank for foreign companies so tell me below where you want a slot.
  3. Diverted roads and cut off hedges

Have a look and tell me if or where I can make any improvements!



Comment from Thunderbird on 20 October 2016 at 22:03

Hey, this is great! I know you said zoom level 16 is optimal but the amount of detail you added here allows to zoom in even more. Mapping each individual house is a big job.

The retail park is also great! The whole thing reminds me of my idea of what Great Britain is like. I don't know what is standard but it seems to be a lot more British than anything else.

Great job!

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Comment from eklas on 21 October 2016 at 05:06

This is really impressive and as Thunderbird said, feels very British (in a good way).

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Comment from Yuanls on 21 October 2016 at 20:15

Thanks guys!

I'm only mapping in a British way because I don't have anywhere else to base my mapping on on while maintaining the level of detail I map in. It's a shame I didn't get a country in western Uletha, because Glaster is a long way away. I hope, with experience, I'll improve my mapping style and generally phase into a more eastern European style in north Glaster that reflects my neighbours.

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Comment from Thunderbird on 22 October 2016 at 02:55

Haha, my neighbors are either gone or the territory is vacant (except for Xyzzy, someone I got to join who does not map often)

So I am setting the trend for northern Antarephia!

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Comment from BMSOUZA on 22 October 2016 at 02:56

Hehehe, when I see your maps, is like I am looking some rural area from real United Kingdom. It is very good!!!

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