Re: I made a map for my story - show me yours?

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As the title says: I drew a map, and while I looked around for inspiration, I realized how many different styles there are. So I was curious what everyone else has done for their stories. 
Here is mine:

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The story is a werewolf story, that's why there are huge, unexplored forests here, and the world this belongs to is a fantasy/steampunk world. The black lines are coach roads, the orange line is the very first railway line - more are build throughout the story. A full caption of the map can be found here: https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/34542/the-morgulon/chapter/541343/map-of-eastern-loegrion

Re: I made a map for my story - show me yours?

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Kerma Wrote:
Duchess Wrote: However, I would love to have a map like this one day. I just kind of keep everything in my head.
If you've got a good sketch you can send me, I can make one like this for you.


Let me see if I have one around here! I moved back in May so I'm still not really sure what made it down here and what didn't. Thank you so much for offering, I really appreciate it!!

Re: I made a map for my story - show me yours?

#5
I like to use Azgaar which is a free online map generator with loads of features. It even has options like military simulation and setting politics between countries, and even generates cities/towns (called burgs) on a separate site as well as CoA. It's well worth checking out, but it can get kind of laggy depending on some layers you display.

Here's one I did for a later arc in my story. It's set on a colonial world dealing with an ongoing open rebellion. 
https%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2Fhk53Kwi.png- Represents rebel forces  

https%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FkYy92I6.png- Represents mostly allied forces made up mostly of poorly armed irregulars and provisional militia 

https%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FNs1pwKN.png - Represents colonial regiments maintaining a policy of containment.

https%3A%2F%2Fi.imgur.com%2FAGBuhRg.png - Represents a expeditionary force from the nearby orbital Federation garrison. 

The brown dot lines represents major or minor routes between different burgs. They're kinda arbitrary though, that's something done automatic but it's one of the things you can edit around and stuff. The black tiles are occupation by the rebel forces.

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As a bonus, here's a map of the Orion Arm that humanity under the Federation of Sol resides in. Each circle represents a star system comprising of the main planet and maybe a moon or such as well as their lagrange-point space habitats. These are basically O'Neil Cylinders, in universe colloquially called Side colonies.

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Re: I made a map for my story - show me yours?

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I used Azgaar for mine as well, in order to get something in place.  I love that it adds a whole bunch of stuff that I wouldn't have even though of, and I used the developer's city map generator for the main city in my first book.  Once I generated and tweaked the map to match what I had written, I found that in book 2, I was able to make use of several locations that the generator had created to further enrich my story.

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Re: I made a map for my story - show me yours?

#13
Kerma Wrote: As the title says: I drew a map, and while I looked around for inspiration, I realized how many different styles there are. [...]
The story is a werewolf story, that's why there are huge, unexplored forests here, and the world this belongs to is a fantasy/steampunk world.

It gives a nice fantasy feeling, especially as with how massively out of scale everything is, especially the mountains and the rivers. Just like some medieval map.

How the forrest is distributed feels quite a bit off, though. Especially where the non-forrested areas are orthogonal to the rivers.

Re: I made a map for my story - show me yours?

#14

Kerma Wrote:
JK-sama Wrote: I like to use Azgaar which is a free online map generator with loads of features.

Wow, these are really detailed!  I take it this is for a LitRPG?
Nope! I don't use any elements of RPG in my fiction. Just a plain ol' sci-fi spaceopera through and through.


On a unrelated note I made another map for a low-fantasy short story I've been working on. This one was largely inspired by Calradia, I kept toying around with the biome stuff for generating terrain and rivers so I might tweak it more to feature a desert-dominant area and add in rivers (it kept generating them on other unused continents which is annoying)

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Re: I made a map for my story - show me yours?

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Xian Wrote: I used Azgaar for mine as well, in order to get something in place.  I love that it adds a whole bunch of stuff that I wouldn't have even though of, and I used the developer's city map generator for the main city in my first book.  Once I generated and tweaked the map to match what I had written, I found that in book 2, I was able to make use of several locations that the generator had created to further enrich my story.

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The results look realy good. I've never used a map generator before, but I might have to check this out

Re: I made a map for my story - show me yours?

#17

JK-sama Wrote:
Kerma Wrote: Wow, these are really detailed!  I take it this is for a LitRPG?
Nope! I don't use any elements of RPG in my fiction. Just a plain ol' sci-fi spaceopera through and through.

Shouldn't have assumed. I just saw all those numbers for the rebel forces and thought, "aw, well, another one." I'm not against LitRPG, but there's so much on this site, that it feels a little uninspired at times.