Approaches To Mapping-- Specifically, Finishing Your Map

Discussion in 'Mapping Questions & Discussion' started by Dr. KillPatient, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Dr. KillPatient

    Dr. KillPatient L3: Member

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    I'm well aware that this question is borderline insane, but how, exactly, do you complete your maps (or even finish a layout)? I always make an area or two, lose inspiration, and start a new project. I don't really think the problem is knowledge, I'm fairly skilled with the technicalities of Source-- it's the mapping theory that I don't get. In conclusion, I ask you, what is your approach to building a map from start to finish?
     
  2. Lancey

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    Start with a layout in your head. Think about what you want your map to look like before you start designing it, as opposed to just building it room by room.
     
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    My best tip would be to plan everything out on squared paper before you even touch Hammer. That way you don't have to worry about neatening brushwork and "How large should this room be?" at the same time.
     
  5. Lancey

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    I stopped using graph paper. It produces overscaled maps with little height differentials.
     
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  6. x6herbius

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    If you get used to the scaling it's OK, but I do agree about the few height differences. That's the one thing that's awkward about a plan view.
     
  7. Huckle

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    What you're describing is generally not a mapping problem, it's a disciplinary problem. Making sure things get done while being creative is a really big challenge but it isn't impossible by any means. The only thing that keeps me working is a nagging voice in my head going "is this really what you should be doing?" incessantly while I'm watching TV or playing instead.

    There are lots of good resources that deal with project management, setting intermediate goals and dividing a task into bite-sized pieces. I'd recommend that you start by watching this video by Seth Godin, it helped me a lot.
     
  8. Draco18s

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    I like grabbing fictional structures, this site has a bunch. The guy who created most of them is dead, and while it took a while to get a response, his brother (who keeps the site online) did OK my use saying that his brother would have been ecstatic to see his designs used that way.