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Advice on creating World Map

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I am looking for advice/tips/feedback/criticism on creating a World Map. I have created one continent so far, and I don't want to go any further yet if there is a fundamental flaw in my design techniques.

 

I have included a picture of my work so far (zoomed to 1/8). Any advice is appreciated... I created it all from an artistic perspective, not from a professional-looking game development perspective. Let me know what you think, thanks.

 

Edit: disregard any houses/castles. Those will be deleted or moved around at some point.

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I think that your continent is awesome as it is. :)

Granted, my mapping skills are not that good (I've gotten better as I've developed my game), but in my opinion you definitely have a pretty good continent that could be used for an entire game if you decided you didn't want any more continents.

Great work Thortuga! :D

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From the point of real mapping, there are some rivers missing. you can't have a continent that big without some way of collecting and moving water (unless you declare it works by the magic of your fantasy world ;-))

 

From a game developer's point, you might want to create some more barriers to prevent the player from entering high-level-regions with a low level actor.

If you start on the right part, that has enough separations - but the left part is basically only three large areas. That works only if the player already has a medium to high level before entering the left part of the map (you can't have that large areas without making them somehow different in design, enemies, effects or something - the player would be bored, especially if areas that size are balanced for low level actors)

 

Aside from that, the map looks good

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@ Winterfate: Thanks for the positive feedback :)

 

@ Andar: Yeah I get what you're saying about having more barriers... looking at it know I see you're right about the lack of separations on the large left island. 

I may try to add some rivers like you suggest (something I completely forgot, lol) and use them for the barriers, killing two birds with one stone.

Definitely great suggestions, thanks :)

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