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The Arcanamach
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Posted - 20 Dec 2020 :  13:52:43  Show Profile Send The Arcanamach a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I believe that was one of handsome robs maps (someone please correct me if I'm wrong, proper credit should be given). I'd be willing to pay someone to do a map with that level of detail throughout the Realms. I also prefer that style over Schley's work (just my opinion).

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cpthero2
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Posted - 20 Dec 2020 :  22:33:55  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Learned Scribe Returnip,

I know. It is truly incredible. Seeing a map of Thay like that, filled in completely with all of those villages, etc., is beyond awesomesauce! :)

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Azar
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Posted - 20 Dec 2020 :  23:34:55  Show Profile Send Azar a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Returnip

Content changes aside, how big do you want your maps?


When it comes to fantasy worlds, the bigger...the better.

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cpthero2
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Posted - 20 Dec 2020 :  23:43:42  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Learned Scribe Azar,

I agree with that in the sense of looking at it like I do the Realms. I'd love to see Osse for example be fully developed! :)

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Returnip
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Posted - 21 Dec 2020 :  00:05:46  Show Profile Send Returnip a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Arcanamach

I believe that was one of handsome robs maps (someone please correct me if I'm wrong, proper credit should be given). I'd be willing to pay someone to do a map with that level of detail throughout the Realms. I also prefer that style over Schley's work (just my opinion).



Tell the creator to start a gofundme or patreon or something. Then give me the link to it!

On the other hand you have different fingers.

Edited by - Returnip on 21 Dec 2020 00:06:11
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cpthero2
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Posted - 21 Dec 2020 :  00:18:42  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Master Arcanamach,

Agreed on preferring HandsomeRob's version over Schley. Nothing personal, just a preference.

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Higher Atlar
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Palant
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Posted - 22 Dec 2020 :  21:15:30  Show Profile Send Palant a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yes, a lot of 5e era maps has some "troubles" with scale.

Also, I not like 5e version of Luruar...
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cpthero2
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Posted - 24 Dec 2020 :  03:07:25  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Acolyte Palant,

That is definitely a problem for sure. Which map can you point to has the most issues you've seen for 5e with scale?

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PattPlays
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Posted - 24 Dec 2020 :  04:15:39  Show Profile  Visit PattPlays's Homepage Send PattPlays a Private Message  Reply with Quote
https://media.wizards.com/2015/images/dnd/resources/Sword-Coast-Map_HighRes.jpg

Just to be clear, if you have a complaint about a map please provide the map which you are referencing.

If you aren't careful you may be attributing complaints to a 4e map, which as we all know was basically arbitrary in scale. When I did my deep dive into the Sunset Temple by Land's Mouth I came to the conclusion that the 4e Forgotten Realms campaign setting guide's map was stitched together from individual insert maps, and that the space between thumbnail area maps were squished or stretched to fit the desires of the designers. Anything not detailed in one of those inserts basically doesn't exist.

5e is clear about the fact that any differences in the maps are supposed to be due to MASSIVE shifts in sea level, the filling of enormous cavern and mega-chasms, as well as the re-introduction of entire subcontinents and the cleaning of magical wastelands.
If you have a criticism, share us the map you're referencing. Let's be scholastic about our critiques, scribes.

quote:
Originally posted by Palant

Yes, a lot of 5e era maps has some "troubles" with scale.

Also, I not like 5e version of Luruar...


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cpthero2
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Posted - 24 Dec 2020 :  04:30:03  Show Profile  Visit cpthero2's Homepage Send cpthero2 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Learned Scribe PattPlays,

That is truly a horrid map that you shared. The High Moors are are particularly offensive in how they are portrayed.

I see what you mean by the scaling though. That is tough.

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PattPlays
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Posted - 24 Dec 2020 :  05:35:31  Show Profile  Visit PattPlays's Homepage Send PattPlays a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cpthero2

Learned Scribe PattPlays,

That is truly a horrid map that you shared. The High Moors are are particularly offensive in how they are portrayed.

I see what you mean by the scaling though. That is tough.

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http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_SniTwfm5BwE/SwGdTsvt47I/AAAAAAAABzM/k7La6NHPP-o/s1600/Faerun+Map+3rd+Edition.jpg

It only vaguely looks different for me? Keep in mind, 5e isn't supposed to be a perfect recreation of the 3rd edition and 2nd edition maps. 4th edition still happened. 100 years of torrential change occurred, including some truly epic percipitation, earthquakes, volcanic activity, coastal shoreline changes, and endless chasm filling in the underdark. Is it 'horribly accurate' or is this within reason?

The Second Sundering yanked an entire continent (Returned-Abeir) from Toril's very physicality. Shockwaves from that were felt throughout the planet. Is it that hard to justify a few shifts on the edges (I see what you mean on the south-east side) but we're talking about aquatic terrain features. Rivers and moors don't stay the same over the course of natural disasters. The serpent hills changing is quite apparent and has no clean answer but I mean, some employee had to do the work and I wouldn't fault them for taking liberties with a few drawn on hills on the north-west side..


EDIT: Keep in mind that from WOTC's perspective if there's nobody playing in an area it becomes hard to devote effort and accuracy to them. As I've said before, it is almost completely unspoken online how exactly Anauroch physically transformed from a green landscape in 4th edition (Returned Netheril) into the classic full on continental desert in 5th edition in a matter of a year or two.
Nobody played any games in the area, so they hand waived it.

I haven't heard a single thing about anyone playing in the High Moor or the Serpent Hills in any games dated anywhere within several decades of 1490DR. Can you really be upset about them redrawing the lines of areas that nobody purchasing the books being published is playing there?

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Scots Dragon
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Posted - 28 Dec 2020 :  21:56:41  Show Profile Send Scots Dragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
People should also keep in mind that inconsistency is sometimes more feature than bug. The Forgotten Realms runs on a few unreliable narrators to help justify players changing things.
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Returnip
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  10:12:23  Show Profile Send Returnip a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by PattPlays

It only vaguely looks different for me?



Do you mean 3rd from 2nd? Because there doesn't seem to be as much difference distancewise between them as some claim. At least as far as I can tell. If anyone can point out any big differences between 2nd and 3rd edition maps I'd be very interested in seeing them.

On the other hand you have different fingers.
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Scots Dragon
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  10:50:51  Show Profile Send Scots Dragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Returnip

quote:
Originally posted by PattPlays

It only vaguely looks different for me?



Do you mean 3rd from 2nd? Because there doesn't seem to be as much difference distancewise between them as some claim. At least as far as I can tell. If anyone can point out any big differences between 2nd and 3rd edition maps I'd be very interested in seeing them.



Essentially the map was shrunken vertically and shifted over somewhat so that the coast is more diagonal than it was.

You can see it when comparing these two maps;
https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/forgottenrealms/images/6/6a/FR_2e.jpg
http://archive.wizards.com/dnd/images/wd_maps/FRposterLarge_72.jpg

Edited by - Scots Dragon on 29 Dec 2020 10:51:49
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Returnip
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  15:02:35  Show Profile Send Returnip a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Scots Dragon

quote:
Originally posted by Returnip

quote:
Originally posted by PattPlays

It only vaguely looks different for me?



Do you mean 3rd from 2nd? Because there doesn't seem to be as much difference distancewise between them as some claim. At least as far as I can tell. If anyone can point out any big differences between 2nd and 3rd edition maps I'd be very interested in seeing them.



Essentially the map was shrunken vertically and shifted over somewhat so that the coast is more diagonal than it was.

You can see it when comparing these two maps;
https://static.wikia.nocookie.net/forgottenrealms/images/6/6a/FR_2e.jpg
http://archive.wizards.com/dnd/images/wd_maps/FRposterLarge_72.jpg



People keep saying that but the distances are almost identical to 2nd edition from what I can tell. And from what I've read they didn't skew it but rather tilt the whole continent slightly on the map. Is that not correct?

On the other hand you have different fingers.
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Scots Dragon
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  19:53:36  Show Profile Send Scots Dragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The vertical distance from Calimport to Luskan goes from approximately 1,917 miles to 1,675 miles, a reduction of 15.44% in vertical space.

For reference, that's the difference between a 6'0 person and a 5'1 person.
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Returnip
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  21:13:27  Show Profile Send Returnip a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Scots Dragon

The vertical distance from Calimport to Luskan goes from approximately 1,917 miles to 1,675 miles, a reduction of 15.44% in vertical space.

For reference, that's the difference between a 6'0 person and a 5'1 person.



Interesting. Have you checked distances between places horizontally?

On the other hand you have different fingers.
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Kentinal
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  21:18:48  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I did not believe the elevations in the Realms were that high. ;)

I do hope that vertical was meant to be more horizontal.

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Returnip
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  21:32:23  Show Profile Send Returnip a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

I did not believe the elevations in the Realms were that high. ;)

I do hope that vertical was meant to be more horizontal.



What would you call the different horizontal directions on a 2d object then?

On the other hand you have different fingers.
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Scots Dragon
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  21:35:05  Show Profile Send Scots Dragon a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I mostly meant looking at the map as placed on a wall or screen.

As it stands, the Forgotten Realms loses 15.4% of its north-to-south space, and a small amount of east-to-west space. And that's to say nothing of certain areas which were massively shrunken down or which are in fact absent from the map now entirely.
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Kentinal
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  22:09:00  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Returnip

quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

I did not believe the elevations in the Realms were that high. ;)

I do hope that vertical was meant to be more horizontal.



What would you call the different horizontal directions on a 2d object then?



A 2d object does not have vertical or horizontal direction as such, that depends on how the object is placed in the 3d world. The object has instead width and height (or x and y coordinates). It would have been better to say the height of the map was reduced changing the approximate travel distance...

I also do not do humor well when trying for it.
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Kentinal
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Posted - 29 Dec 2020 :  22:14:14  Show Profile Send Kentinal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Scots Dragon

I mostly meant looking at the map as placed on a wall or screen.

As it stands, the Forgotten Realms loses 15.4% of its north-to-south space, and a small amount of east-to-west space. And that's to say nothing of certain areas which were massively shrunken down or which are in fact absent from the map now entirely.



Yes that bug has been noted by many. A change in format of the map sizing. There however always remains the issue of any flat map being true to mapping a globe where lands further from the equator are depicted larger then actual land surface.
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Returnip
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Posted - 30 Dec 2020 :  10:37:06  Show Profile Send Returnip a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Scots Dragon

And that's to say nothing of certain areas which were massively shrunken down or which are in fact absent from the map now entirely.



Well cartography is difficult.

quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

I also do not do humor well when trying for it.



I got the joke alright. Hence the smiley.

quote:
Originally posted by Kentinal

Yes that bug has been noted by many. A change in format of the map sizing. There however always remains the issue of any flat map being true to mapping a globe where lands further from the equator are depicted larger then actual land surface.



Indeed such "bugs" aren't unheard of historically. All kinds of things have shown up on maps to fill spaces where we just didn't know. I recall a map showing a huge mountain range in north america for example. Here are a few others:

https://futuremaps.com/blogs/news/5-historical-maps-that-got-it-wrong

All in all I would chalk such small changes off to inaccuracy of cartography. What's more interesting is the scale legend and travel time. That is mostly what cartographers in the Forgotten Realms would have been able to go by, assuming not all of them have access to flight magic. And even if they were all soaring high above ground with their parchment, ink and quill while drawing the projection of an obloid spheroid onto a flat surface is also a problem.

https://www.discovermagazine.com/environment/finally-a-world-map-that-doesnt-lie

All in all, inconsistencies are normal.

On the other hand you have different fingers.

Edited by - Returnip on 30 Dec 2020 10:38:45
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Divinity
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Posted - 06 Jan 2021 :  18:40:58  Show Profile Send Divinity a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by The Arcanamach

I believe that was one of handsome robs maps (someone please correct me if I'm wrong, proper credit should be given). I'd be willing to pay someone to do a map with that level of detail throughout the Realms. I also prefer that style over Schley's work (just my opinion).



The amount of work to do this well would be simply insurmountable, in my opinion. To do it badly, maybe, but not well. Even if I took my already made map and added this level of detail to it, this would be a crazy amount of work. Figuring out all the regions naming techniques and coming up with the thousands of names needed would in of itself be overwhelming. Then actually adding them... and that doesn't include the mechanics of adding so many layers to Photoshop. It'd take at least three new maps of roads and names. Does this include dungeons too?

To approach this from scratch isn't something nearly anyone would take on. I wouldn't take it on for less than thousands of dollars.

My Faerūn Continent Map
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George Krashos
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Posted - 07 Jan 2021 :  01:09:12  Show Profile Send George Krashos a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Divinity

quote:
Originally posted by The Arcanamach

I believe that was one of handsome robs maps (someone please correct me if I'm wrong, proper credit should be given). I'd be willing to pay someone to do a map with that level of detail throughout the Realms. I also prefer that style over Schley's work (just my opinion).



The amount of work to do this well would be simply insurmountable, in my opinion. To do it badly, maybe, but not well. Even if I took my already made map and added this level of detail to it, this would be a crazy amount of work. Figuring out all the regions naming techniques and coming up with the thousands of names needed would in of itself be overwhelming. Then actually adding them... and that doesn't include the mechanics of adding so many layers to Photoshop. It'd take at least three new maps of roads and names. Does this include dungeons too?

To approach this from scratch isn't something nearly anyone would take on. I wouldn't take it on for less than thousands of dollars.



So how much would you charge for a few smaller, regional maps of say ... Impiltur?

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