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Awesomeness Inc. Didn't Heinlein do something like that where the ship could travel to different fictional worlds? I haven't read him in two forevers.
Wow, that is a killer map! Did you use some sort of "map graphics set" or is that all from scratch?
(01-15-2019, 09:52 PM)bigcat1969 Wrote: [ -> ]Awesomeness Inc. Didn't Heinlein do something like that where the ship could travel to different fictional worlds? I haven't read him in two forevers.

Possibly, I've actually only read one or two books by Heinlein.

(01-17-2019, 06:54 PM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]Wow, that is a killer map! Did you use some sort of "map graphics set" or is that all from scratch?

Thanks! No it's all from scratch made in PS CS5. The mountains, towns, trees etc are just very simple b/w brushes that I made, then I used the Ripple filter to make them look more random and hand-drawn. Worked out surprisingly well.
(01-17-2019, 07:13 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]Thanks! No it's all from scratch made in PS CS5. The mountains, towns, trees etc are just very simple b/w brushes that I made, then I used the Ripple filter to make them look more random and hand-drawn. Worked out surprisingly well.

That's awesome! I lost all of my artist skills years ago but I used to make maps of imaginary worlds when I was a kid. I kind of want to do it again, just for fun.

I have this up in my apartment. A different style, but it's really cool. It's a map of Lovecraft's Dream-Lands, but with all kinds of other related and similar locations from other authors' work all thrown in.

http://mockman.com/2012/02/13/color-map-...reamlands/
(01-18-2019, 06:27 PM)Nayrb Wrote: [ -> ]That's awesome! I lost all of my artist skills years ago but I used to make maps of imaginary worlds when I was a kid. I kind of want to do it again, just for fun.

I have this up in my apartment. A different style, but it's really cool. It's a map of Lovecraft's Dream-Lands, but with all kinds of other related and similar locations from other authors' work all thrown in.

http://mockman.com/2012/02/13/color-map-...reamlands/

That's a lovely map and it makes me think I should familiarize myself with that part of Lovecraft's writing. I've only ever read his Cthulhu stuff.

As for making maps of imaginary worlds, it's really a ton of fun. It's something I could do for just the enjoyment of making a pretty map. Anyway, updated version here. My list of names and locations is getting shorter, and the blank spaces are getting filled in.
Right, I almost forgot! I've updated all chapters with some various edits. Among other things, the Sacred Glade has been renamed The Sanctum. The Sacred Glade was a name just from the top of my head that always sounded like a new age hippy commune. The Sanctum is no less generic I guess, but it's more in line with the importance and purpose of the place (to be revealed soon).
(01-18-2019, 10:26 PM)Mattias Westlund Wrote: [ -> ]That's a lovely map and it makes me think I should familiarize myself with that part of Lovecraft's writing. I've only ever read his Cthulhu stuff.

As for making maps of imaginary worlds, it's really a ton of fun. It's something I could do for just the enjoyment of making a pretty map. Anyway, updated version here. My list of names and locations is getting shorter, and the blank spaces are getting filled in.

Looking great!

I do recommend Lovecraft's "Dunsanian" stuff. It's not for everyone but I love it. It was actually my primary introduction to Lovecraft and it had a big effect on me. That map sort of follows the same conceptual philosophy that my project Trogool does. I branch out a bit here and there, but a lot of it comes from a broad body of literature that is loosely connected by aesthetic. I'm sure there's a more succinct way of putting it but I can't find the word(s) at the moment... "Impressionistic" doesn't seem to cover it all... Amalgam?

There is a good edition of related dream-lands stories by Del Rey called Dreams of Terror and Death (Pure marketing bias on that title, I say. One of my theories on how the "Dream Cycle" became marginalized).

If you want a single story to check out online somewhere try, "The Strange High House in the Mist" or "The White Ship."
I could use some help with a word. I'm trying to describe a building that is open between the lower and upper floors, with a sort of indoor balcony along the upper one. I thought this architectural detail was called a gallery but since the word is used for so many other things its damn near impossible finding any examples of the type I mean. Maybe that's not a gallery at all. Is there a different or better word?

Edit: seems I'm not the only one being confused about this. Could mezzanine be the word I'm looking for?
Lol I thought look I found a whole topic about it by actual architects and then I followed your link! ;P What did you decide on?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minstrel%27s_gallery ?
I haven't decided on anything yet, an image search for mezzanine turns up pictures of what appears to be just a platform that isn't part of the structure itself so I'm not sure that's right either.
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