As fellow rpg players, i am sure you also salivate over gorgeous maps of worlds and regions. I could not play in a world that has no map ;)
So, what are the best/most gorgeous maps you've seen? Be it from this place here, or from around the internet or even your own maps you can show us. Let us collect them in this thread here. And please, only world- and/or regional-maps. No city- or dungeon-maps for this thread.
I'll start with a map by a member of the Cartographers Guild whose maps always grab my attention:
Artist: Chanimur aka Diamond from the CG
If you're a map-addict like me, visit his deviant-art portfolio, you'll not regret it!
I keep on changing my mind about the lay of the land in the global scope, so this one's kind of a major thorn in my side. Hopefully I'll get some updated regional maps done though.
You know, i'd be totally interested to see all these changes, the development of your global-scale view. For me, that is very interesting. But then i am a total geography and map-geek And maybe, just maybe, this "laying out of your geographical thoughts", so to speak, could help you removing that thorn. So if you feel like it (maybe in a different thread?), show us the different, developing, world-maps.
Hey AnAnonymousAnomaly, thanks for your input! Cool stuff! And let me remind you, this is suposed to be an open project...this is not my baby. So feel free to make up cool stuff with the Original Post in mind and post it in here. I'd welcome that. Oh and welcome on the CBG
Do you happen to know the names of those 12 biblical tribes? Just curious. And i knew there was something about tribes and israel...but my religion is a bit rusty ;) After some thinking i remembered why there was this idea of 13 tribes stuck in my head...iirc the new Battlestar Galactica had the number 13 as the number of the tribes for their colonies. Or to be precise...12 tribes and 12 colonies (which got bombed by the Cylons) and 1 mysterious missing tribe that supposedly found earth...or something like that. So yeah, i am not terribly innovative, as it seems ;)
A lot of good questions, Light Dragon. Thanks for that
I agree with you, i guess keeping the patriarchs as they are is the right way to go. But i am still thinking about the idea that the names they give themselves are not their true names (i always liked the idea that a true name has power). And you're totally right about the patriarch vs. matriarch thing...it was not a deliberate choice to exclude females...i just didn't think about it or, put another way, the first post with the ideas is, as i said, not really by me. But i like the idea of female leaders/deities.
You gave me some points to think about ... oh and this is all still open for participation for anyone who cares! So if you have some good ideas...let us see it!
Hmm...it seems you found the logic hole in my thinking Maybe their true names (which of course hold power) are forgotten? They still live with their tribes but under other names and maybe even incognito? Or maybe they are just known as "patriarchs" and have no seperate name? Hmmm.... In the same line of reasoning, it can not be true that the two names i provided are the real names of those two patriarchs.
See, that's what happens if you just post what comes to mind and you think sounds cool
At the beginning of Time there were 13 Tribes of man. Each lead by a Patriarch, immortal first men. Many of the names of these Patriarchs are now lost to time. What is known is this: The tribes migrated all over Gaia, some kept the nomadic lifestyle, some settled. In time, 7 huge Cities were raised by seven of the tribes, feats of engineering, helped sometimes by godlings that were drawn to the power of the tribes. ... (more forthcoming? I don't know yet ^^ ).
There are still two Patriarchs that are known by name, at least it is whispered that these are their names:
Liwyāṯān - Name of the Patriarch of the tribe Leviathan, the bigest of all the tribes of man. It is said that he can turn into a colossal monster that can devour entiry cities.
Nebutkar – Patriarch of the Derkesthai tribe. It is said that Nebutkar can kill with a single glance. But he's also attributed with great insight into all things of this world.
Thanks for the warm welcome. I am not strictly a new member, but it is my first thread i opened ;) But granted, my post count is very small...so as i said, thanks for the welcome
I hear you guys...but the fact is: 1) these aren't even really my ideas (as i hinted at in the OP) AND 2) i'd really like this to be a collaborative work! I want to profit from more brainwaves than just my own. I think this would yield a much more diversified and therefore much richer setting than if i would do this on my own. I will try to participate as well, no question. It is not my intention to come across as "Well, i am too lazy to do the work so i will let the guys and gals over at the CBG do it..." .
This is my first topic. I am not sure if it is in the right subforum, so apologies if it isn't (moderation-team, feel free to move it to the right place).
So here goes:
There are a lot of awesome campaign worlds around here. You guys and gals have shown a lot of creativity...and i want to harness it Help me build a setting around these lines (see below), and try to keep it in the tone aka don't go too far of the rails (it's not the goal to be as freaky/nuts as possible but instead to build on the vision inherent in these starter-ideas). P.S.: I don't take credit for those ideas, so i am not trying to protect my ideas or flatter my own ego ;) (it was a post made by a member on rpg.net)
You take the oddest bits of the Old Testament, stir in various secondary material from all three Abrahamic religions, and throw in Creationist kookery, and you have one of the weirdest and wooliest sword-and-sorcery settings around * Sophisticated, but scattered civilizations * Wildernesses full of every cool prehistoric critter of every era * Centuries-old patriarchs - drop by the right place, and you can meet the very first man * Mysterious wandering deities. You can't tell them apart, you can only take them at their word when they say they're your old benefactor. However, while quite powerful, they're less than omniscient. * The beautiful and awful servants of at least one of those deities * Giants and other fabulous hybrids of humans and some of those servants * Strange and wretched once-humans cursed by those deities, who've gained vast power that they often use against humanity
If you are one of those talented mappers, feel free to throw in suggestions (self-made or found on the inet) for an appropriate world-map.
Thank you for the compliment Eilathen. All of my current maps are outdated and need to be replaced, and I'm still struggling with geography in many places. Hopefully I'll get something done before the end of summer.
You're welcome! It really has a well rounded depth and feeling. I really hope to see a lot more from you
Wow, ALL the maps are outdated (ok, granted I have only seen two...the worldmap and the Euria Detailmap)?! Well, looking forward to seeing your new works. Maybe the cartographers guild can help with ideas if you're struggling? Just an idea.
Yeah, after browsing on DF i saw that there are three continents ^^ Although i was specifically talking about all those cultures on Oriund and having them strewn around some ;) But hey, what do i know...I am a newb at DF and in Oriund...so I'll shut up now ^^ Btw, i did not find maps for the other two continents. Am i just blind or are there none as of now? And thanks for your patience
Ok, I applied for the membership...i guess (i hope i picked the right one...there was another one with no Sigs). We'll see if it works. Btw, just for curiosity's sake - how does one become a member of DF Oriund or any other working-on-the-thing team? If there even is one.