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[map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Big Mac » Tue Dec 06, 2016 9:19 am

See this page to download the map: Narwan (for Airmen and public release)

The map is part of the Thorfinn Tait Cartography Patreon program and is free to download for personal use. If you like the map and want to support the program, or if you want higher resolution versions of the maps it produces, you can see details of how to do that on Thorf's Patreon page.

In the meantime, what do you think of the Emirates of Narwan? Is this something you think you will use in your own Calidar game?
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Thorf » Tue Dec 06, 2016 1:51 pm

Thanks for posting this, David! :)

I'd love to hear some feedback about this map, since it's the first of a series detailing the Great Caldera, and I'll make the rest in the same style.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Big Mac » Tue Dec 13, 2016 7:48 pm

Thorf wrote:I'd love to hear some feedback about this map, since it's the first of a series detailing the Great Caldera, and I'll make the rest in the same style.


How are you planning on doing the follow on maps? Are they going to butt up against each other or will there be some overlap to provide a bit of continuity with this map?
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Havard » Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:13 pm

I used this map in my article on my blog here. Although I have a weak spot for Thorf's many Mystara style hex maps, I also really like the style of mapping used for the Emirates of Narwan map. It looks fantastic. I love details like the banner, currents and the subtle borders. From my own map making attempts, I found that a really crucial thing was to work out a good palette. I think the colors used here work really well. This sort of map is really useful to show to the players too as I think it helps convey the feeling of an authentic world.

Nice work as always Thorf! :)

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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Ambreville » Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:02 am

Big Mac wrote:
Thorf wrote:I'd love to hear some feedback about this map, since it's the first of a series detailing the Great Caldera, and I'll make the rest in the same style.


How are you planning on doing the follow on maps? Are they going to butt up against each other or will there be some overlap to provide a bit of continuity with this map?


The maps probably won't abut/overlap exactly because of the world's spherical curvature. They certainly will look very similar near mutual borders, but distances on paper will show some slight differences I would imagine. My understanding is that later maps will tend to focus on regional districts rather than entire kingdoms, especially for the larger ones--such as Osriel, certainly Ellyrion. I'm not entirely sure how this will affect map scale.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Thorf » Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:22 pm

Big Mac wrote:How are you planning on doing the follow on maps? Are they going to butt up against each other or will there be some overlap to provide a bit of continuity with this map?


That's a good question, David. :)

There's an inevitable amount of overlap, but for now I'm focusing solely on the country featured on each map. I intend to leave neighbouring countries blank for now, showing only their terrain, putting the emphasis strongly on that single country.

Of course this is somewhat out of necessity, as many areas still need to be developed for the larger scale of these maps. But it's also to help keep me sane, since it minimises the amount of updating I have to do over time.

Havard wrote:I used this map in my article on my blog here. Although I have a weak spot for Thorf's many Mystara style hex maps, I also really like the style of mapping used for the Emirates of Narwan map. It looks fantastic. I love details like the banner, currents and the subtle borders. From my own map making attempts, I found that a really crucial thing was to work out a good palette. I think the colors used here work really well. This sort of map is really useful to show to the players too as I think it helps convey the feeling of an authentic world.

Nice work as always Thorf! :)


Thanks, Håvard! :)

Yes, the colours are one of the hardest things — and many times harder still if you intend to print the maps, as what appears on screen is not what will appear in print in many cases. The two existing Calidar poster maps are a case in point; both turned out significantly darker than I had expected. As a result, I've tweaked my palettes to be a bit lighter in more recent maps. That said, I was very happy with the printed maps in CAL1 and CC1, which use different paper from the posters. I think the crux here is folding: in order for the maps to be folded, they have to be printed on uncoated paper, and it's the coating which gives colours their shine.

Phew!

By the way, I'm currently working on a hex version of Narwan to follow the topographic style version. :D
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Ambreville » Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:25 pm

You end up having to produce separate files, with different palettes, depending on whether a map should be printed (and on what) or just intended as a digital image used on a screen.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Thorf » Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:26 pm

One last point — as Bruce suggested, most of these maps are stand-alone, like those in an Atlas; you can't place them side by side and have them join up perfectly. This is because each map has north reorientated to point up. If you look at the graticule on the Narwan map, or any of CC1's maps, and compare to the Great Caldera map, you can see that the countries' orientations are slightly different based on where in the map they fall.

The only maps that will join up with each other will be local hex maps within a country, which will all be based on a single national projection for that country.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Ambreville » Wed Dec 14, 2016 2:32 pm

I'm looking fwd to the larger scale maps. I hope their detail will spark creative & gaming "juices" among DMs and gamers alike.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Angelika Tatsu » Thu Dec 15, 2016 12:38 am

Sweet map! So when do we get to learn more about Narwan?
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Ambreville » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:41 am

Angelika Tatsu wrote:Sweet map! So when do we get to learn more about Narwan?


There's quite a lot of background info published in CC1 "Beyond the Skies."
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Angelika Tatsu » Thu Dec 15, 2016 2:46 am

Ambreville wrote:
Angelika Tatsu wrote:Sweet map! So when do we get to learn more about Narwan?


There's quite a lot of background info published in CC1 "Beyond the Skies."
:oops: I really need to get around to reading it.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Ambreville » Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:11 am

Angelika Tatsu wrote:
Ambreville wrote:
Angelika Tatsu wrote:Sweet map! So when do we get to learn more about Narwan?


There's quite a lot of background info published in CC1 "Beyond the Skies."
:oops: I really need to get around to reading it.

It might help. :facepalm:
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Angelika Tatsu » Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:49 am

Ambreville wrote:
Angelika Tatsu wrote:
Ambreville wrote:
Angelika Tatsu wrote:Sweet map! So when do we get to learn more about Narwan?


There's quite a lot of background info published in CC1 "Beyond the Skies."
:oops: I really need to get around to reading it.

It might help. :facepalm:
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Ambreville » Thu Dec 15, 2016 4:36 am

Angelika Tatsu wrote:
Ambreville wrote:
Angelika Tatsu wrote:
Ambreville wrote:
Angelika Tatsu wrote:Sweet map! So when do we get to learn more about Narwan?


There's quite a lot of background info published in CC1 "Beyond the Skies."
:oops: I really need to get around to reading it.

It might help. :facepalm:
:( Sorry.

I was just teasing you. Hope I didn't make you feel bad.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Thorf » Thu Dec 15, 2016 6:16 am

Everyone should read CC1! It might take you a while, because it's a big book, and very dense. I recommend dipping in for a chapter at a time, starting with whatever country interests you most in the Great Caldera. :)

All the gods interlink with certain other gods, both inside and outside their own pantheon. Which means another fun way to read is just to start somewhere and follow the links to other gods as they crop up.

But my favourite part of each pantheon chapter has to be the start, where Bruce has provided us not only with an overview of that pantheon, but also quite extensive history for each set of gods, and therefore for their chosen culture, too.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Angelika Tatsu » Thu Dec 15, 2016 3:44 pm

Ambreville wrote:I was just teasing you. Hope I didn't make you feel bad.
Thorf wrote:Everyone should read CC1! It might take you a while, because it's a big book, and very dense. I recommend dipping in for a chapter at a time, starting with whatever country interests you most in the Great Caldera. :)
I am going to start reading it over the weekend. Looking forward to diving into it and learning more. Going to be reading it from cover to cover...will be taking notes for ideas and other things I might need clarification on.
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Re: [map] Emirates of Narwan

Postby Ambreville » Sat Dec 17, 2016 10:02 pm

Done penciling in the hundred or so shiekdoms of Narwan, for Thorfinn's present project. :cool:
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