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[ATTENTION NEW USERS: READ THE BLUEBOOK FIRST!!!] How about making an OGF mod for Civ V? 8 months ago

This could've been posted to the off-topic section of the forums, just as a heads up.

(Civ VI is sh*t, and we all know that.)

That's like, your opinion.

I think that it would be a good idea to create a Civ V mod

It's an enormous amount of work to create a mod of any sort for most games. For Civ mods you'd probably need a coder/programmer and an artist, if not more of these. Especially one "encompassing all major OGF countries". What are "major OGF countries" anyway? The best mapped ones? Or the ones that hold the most significance in the virtual world?

Also, the world keeps changing, countries that were are replaced with new mapping all the time. It'd be an "OGF as it is in 2020" mod.

I'm not going to get into the copyright aspect, because I'm not a lawyer, but the About Us page on the Wiki says OGF is under a "Share Alike" licence. Not sure if that disallows putting the contents of OGF in games, but it's something to keep in mind.

Not trying to criticise you, just want to point out some problems with your idea. I'd personally love to play on an OGF map with OGF civs, but I don't think it's doable.

Hi back! about 1 year ago

Hey, glad to see you mapping again!

No time for OGF: What "future" for my countries? over 2 years ago

I'm late too, doesn't matter.

The decision to focus on your family rather than an internet activity is IMO a good one. I don't quite think option 6 would be unfair for the rest of the community. You've been here since the beginnings. Having someone else take over your mapping just doesn't seem right. I think it's perfectly safe to say that no one would have any problems with you retaining your work.

Great advice to great mapping! almost 3 years ago


Grid-based cities are quite common in the New World. Look at Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Melbourne. Old World also has examples of such cities: Barcelona is one of these, although here they are much less prominent.

As for connecting cities to each other, there is no rule. Motorways and primary roads should be only used when they are absolutely crucial, similarily to secondary roads (which could be a little more common, though).

Never using a highway in the middle of a city would also be a tough one, given that American road planners from the Cold War period seemed to love these :) . Similarily, there are many cities in other parts of the world where highways or other major roads pass through the city center. They don't necessarily need 4 lanes either - most if not all of highways in Poland use a 2-lane per direction arrangement, while many national roads (marked as primary on OSM) are 1-lane in each direction.

The percentage of roads in a country is absolute bull. Yes, highways are more visible on lower zoom levels, but OGF is mostly about details, as in: what is in between the highways? It was always like this: settlements appeared first, then the roads connecting them. In OGF it might be easier to start with the latter, but we need to make it look realistic.

I don't see why you are dividing cities into "european", "slavic" (are we not European?), "middle-eastern" et cetera. Every city is different, and often you can find completely varying examples right next to each other. For example, Milton Keynes and literally any city that's located nearby. Sure, there are similarities between cities that are in the same part of the world, but the changes in grid layouts and buildings aren't a thing one can draw a line on.

Naming roads is important, and while I personally don't do it before finishing everything else, they add to the detail. And if they are in a conlang, or a language forgein to the mapper then they are definetely worth admiration.

Eäßnordæland! about 3 years ago

*conlang (-_-)

Eäßnordæland! about 3 years ago

Eassnoordelaand? Eessnordaleend? I'm not even sure how to pronounce it, man. If you're making a conland you need to crack down on some of these diacritics, this is waaay to overcomplicated, to the point that it might breach the Verisimiltunde rule.

I think you really need to watch Artifexian's series on conlanging.

Transit Map about 3 years ago

Any vector graphics editing software (Inkscape, Corel). These tend to be expensive though. Free alternatives like Inkscape aren't good (unless you are very used to them), so don't bother.

I'm NEW about 3 years ago

Well, if you read everything then you should be good to go! In the Wiki there is more helpful pages and if you haven't seen these already then I'd recommend taking a look at them as well - you'll find them under Help and Resources on the Main Page of the Wiki. They cover everything from planning to mapping and a lot of other stuff.

I wish about 3 years ago

I dream of a day less in which there aren't any more diary entries that don't change anything, and instead whine about the current state...

As far as I remember, admins said on multiple occasions that they are planning a reorganisation of these blue countries of some sort. There are whole wiki talk pages filled with discussions about the blue countries. Just look in them, because there were already a lot of people who had similar thoughts to yours.

New Province Council is Installed over 3 years ago

There isn't any "France" in the OGF world, so you might want to change the FCU's and FL's name.

Random Names over 3 years ago

To be honest Antharia comes from nowhere, I just made it up because I needed some name and I didn't think about the meaning. I decided that it sounds "enough like a country" so I went with it. It's not even close to any Polish word. Shilesia is just a mixed up version of Silesia.

Random Names over 3 years ago

Greenland is named so because the viking who came here wanted others to come as well. Think of this name as the first example of fake advertisement ;) .

Rodana S1 E1 – The beginning and the port problem over 3 years ago


I just wanted to point out that the so called "User Diaries" aren't in fact user diaries. They used to be a place for communication (something like a Forum) until most of the discussion has moved into the actual wiki-forum. Anyway, if you want to make periodical updates on your mapping then I'd suggest creating a bliki (a Wiki-based blog).



Just a suggestion to nation owners over 3 years ago

How is it inconvinient for you? You don't see an unnamed place=* tag on the map anyway. I'm placing these as kind of a plan.

Land for Ölle people over 3 years ago

^ also, I think that it's worth noting that OGF is not a role-play community, and "user diaries" aren't really used as diaries in here. Just for future reference ;) .

I finally made a town! -Naophis over 3 years ago

Mate, calm down a bit! I know that the name might be implying otherwise, but User Diaries are more of an important information/huge projects board than well... diaries ;) . You've made 4 entries over the course of 3 days, and only 6 edits! That's a record, hehe :) . If you want to log your mapping then I hugely recommend creating a bliki. Rugenia is indeed a region of Midistland. There is also a major city called Rugenia in the area.

I am really new and don't know how to make cities and territories and stuff like that over 3 years ago
  • i meant of course:

place=city OR place=town OR place=village OR place=borough AND name=(name there). Geez, the formatting ;) .

I am really new and don't know how to make cities and territories and stuff like that over 3 years ago

You need to tag a node with approperiate tags: place=city place=town place=village place=borough AND a name tag: name=(name there) This is the simpliest thing you can do. I'm not getting into making boundary relations because that's a thing for more advanced users. That said, there are so many different tags for places that it would propably be the best if I link you to the OpenStreetMap Wiki. It is a different project but most of the stuff there applies to OGF as well (as OGF is based on OSM).

New City over 3 years ago

But remember not to edit in other people's countries! I've noticed that you edited in Jirki which is owned by Senz.

WikiForum is "LIVE" over 3 years ago

I'm afraid that when this diary entry disappears the forums will die. Is there any other way the admin team will promote the forums?