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CARTOGRAPHY of EUROPA Satellite image of our RP world (July 11th, 2017) 1. Introduction This is an explanation of v4 of our regional map. It is a continuation of v3, which was expanded into a full globe in 2017. We started with the original landmass of v3, established relative sizes of our world, and added more continents to the remaining area. This project became v4. Map of Europa v4 (2017-present) Map of Europa v3 (2006-2017) Map of Europa v2 (2004-2006) Map of Europa v1 (2004) 2. Qualifying for the map There are some minimal rules you need to adhere to before applying for a place our map. These rules are fairly straightforward. Be in Europa. You must have a nation in our region. Be on this forum. Register an account and join the community. Be active in RP. This is no place for lurkers. At minimum create a factbook here and maintain a news agency there with at least 3 articles. Be not a dick. Ignoring these qualifications will sadly see your application ignored as well. Sorry about that. 3. Applying for the map While it was possible in previous versions to simply lay claim to any open piece of land, we decided to exchange this for negotiated placement that makes more sense. We are now working with culture zones, where you will be somewhat related to your neighbouring nations. This will prevent situations where, for example, you have a France-like nation next to a Japan-like nation. What information should I send along with my request? Your answer to these questions will help to determine the position of your nation. Culture. Is your culture based on RL Europa, Africa, Asia, Arabia, islander, or other? Climate. Is your nation warm or cold? Is the weather wet or dry? Location. Is your nation on an island or coastal or inland or landlocked? History. Is your nation younger or older than 300 years? Copy this form into a new topic and fill out your request. Nation in Europa: Flag: Capital name: Capital location: Factbook link: Newsroom link: Culture: Climate: Location History: You will receive 2-3 options of where your nation can be located. These options depend on your answers to the above questions and similar nations already on the map. Please understand that this is an open negotiation. 4. Resizing your nation Expansion is always a hot topic. The same goes for removing nations. Be sure to read 4.1 Reduction Shrinking a nation happens when it ceases to exist. Usually, you are granted a grace period some weeks to return. After a long absence, your nation will be reduced to the area around your capital. Your nation will be considered to be in crisis. An exception can be granted for nations with a considerable contribution to RP. 4.2 Expansion Growing your nation has to be earned. More RP activity means you can end up with a bigger nation. We don't give away land to players who are inactive. If you want to apply for more land you can make a case for it in a new topic. If the RP community and cartographer agrees, then your request can be negotiated and approved. Your closest active neighbour(s) must agree. The cartographer must agree. The RP community must agree (simple yes/no poll) in exceptional cases. As tempting as it is to expand when your nation hits both the post and population parameters to do so, I must remind everyone that any and every expansion must be properly RP'ed for. This doesn't mean a one-post mention in your news thread, but a proper thread which goes through your acquisition of that land. Here are some examples of previous expansion RP's that can serve as an inspiration. Example RP's: Terra Nullis or how I learned to stop invading and love the Theodolite by @Gallambria Securing our Holy coast by @Sa Hara Ugeria's bankruptcy by @Jilderen Collapse of Abyssioan Government. Peacekeepers are sent in to secure a previous player's nation. Operation: Hammerfall. One nation reacts to terrorists attacking from an adjacent plot, and reacts by invading it. Other nations didn't agree and sent military forces. Plot 21 Incident. A nation of one alliance expands into the sphere of influence of another. Nearly went nuclear! Don't be afraid to be controversial or reluctant to stir up trouble. In fact, this is often the best way, as it means that the much more fun can be had. Maybe you're taking over a plot that was originally another player-nation? You could RP the fact that that nation had recently fragmented and you're going in to "pacify" it. Or perhaps the plot you've got your sights set on has always been vacant. In this instance, there could be a minor regime with an opposite political ideology to your nation's, sponsoring terrorism within your borders. Time to invade and scrub out those communists/fascists-supporting terrorists! Just because your nation is expanding, it doesn't mean that every nation will automatically agree. In fact, the majority of wars in this region, whether minor or major, have originally been started over nations expanding. This is perfectly valid and, to a point, does reflect real-world tendencies, as some nations resent others moving into their spheres of influence. 4.3 Or just don't On a final note, I must add that when your nation does get big enough to expand into another plot, it doesn't mean you absolutely have to expand. If and when you do wish to take over another bit of land, be prepared to have a proper reason and story thought through to explain this expansion, as well as the fact that other nations may not accept it.
This timelapse shows how someone made a fantasy map in Photoshop. The whole process took about 17 hours. Making a fantasy map in Photoshop. Fantasy Cartography step by step. Roleplaying game map for your rpg's such as Dungeons and Dragons or Roll20. Software used: Adobe Photoshop Autodesk Sketchbook Lazy Nezumi Pro Reference Websites used: Google Relief Map: https://maps-for-free.com/ Tangram Height Mapper: https://tangrams.github.io/heightmapper
Want to see our planet as a globe? Want to measure accurate distances without complicated mathematics? Want to crash your computer with heavy software? You are in luck! Because now you can, by following this tutorial. You will learn how to take our flat world map and turn it into a functional layer with Google Earth Pro. In this tutorial, I'll take you through each step of this process. Let me know in the comments if you are experiencing any issues. 1. Download Google Earth Pro At the time of this writing, you can download this free software package from https://www.google.com/earth/desktop/ . There are versions available for PC, Mac, or Linux. Follow the instructions on the aforementioned website, install the software, and open the program. If things go wrong with the installation, find your answer in Google. In case this installation fail to work, I cannot provide support on how to debug your computer. Sorry about that. 2. Add image overlay The interface may look somewhat different for each operating system (PC, Mac, or Linux). But the basic operation is the same. Menu bar > Add > Image Overlay. 3. Image overlay settings Step three, and we're almost finished already. You are doing great there! Name. Give your custom overlay a name. You can call it "map of Europa" or "map of nationstates" or "home sweet home". This is something you can always change later. The next two steps are much more important. Link. You can either (a) link to an online file as shown in the screenshot, or (b) browser to a local file on your computer. Keep in mind: if you choose (b) to work with a local file, and then move this file, your image overlay won't work anymore. But you can easily fix this by linking to the new file location. Location. This is in the tabs (see screenshot). With these settings, we can stretch the image to fit onto a complete globe. You want to stretch the image all the way, in all directions. Meaning: 90°N, 180°E, 90°S, and 180°W. In the screenshot this is much longer, including minutes are seconds. But if you just add 90°N, and hit enter/return, then the program will add the right data anyway. Easy! You can safely ignore all the other settings and options. Just enter the settings as explained above, and you should get this to work. Click "Ok" when you are done. 4. Done Enjoy playing with your new ball. 5. "Wait I messed up!" No worries there, buddy. Just right-click on your custom map overlay, go to "Get info" and change your settings. If that still doesn't work, go back to step #2 and try again.