Preparing for what is to come….

Today I’m deleting a lot of old stuff on on my web server. The things that have to go are the old area maps, the first big maps from a couple of years ago and lots of old files from previous versions of my website.

All the storage space I have will be needed for the new things to come. First will be a need full map PDF preview with a lot of corrections and a few updates, then the online map will receive the same updates.  A move to HTML5 online map is next, and then its time to unveil the first map to be ready to hang on a wall.

The first release quality map will be a special treat to remember the very first Greyhawk map by Darlene. It will be “homage” with my terrain and the features as on original map and the best of all it will have titles made by Darlene herself. The size will be 48×35 inches, more details will come soon.

 

Online map is up again!

The new version it up!
It includes Hepmonaland and should hopefully work a little bit faster so please check it out and report any issues to me.

The second test version ready to use, you can test it at: http://ghmaps.net/onlinemap/onlinemap.html

Style and Quality sample

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Here is a first look at a style and quality sample. This is the resolution and level of detail that the final map will have. I’m playing and tweaking with styles and detail but this I think shows what I’m aiming for.

The online map update is underway but are still many hours to go, more on that tomorrow.

 

Online map down for update!

I’m updating the online map so it will be out of order for the next 24 hours or so. I’m not sure how it will take exactly it depends on how fast I can upload the files to my web server. I’m sorry for the inconvenience.

Updated Full Map preview!

Finally its time for me to present a full map preview that contains the whole map!

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You get the map here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/296601/Flanaess%20Full%20map131027.pdf
Its is a 245MB PDF map with layers. I’m tweaking the compression so try and keep the file size manageable while keeping the terrain at least somewhat usable. The terrain and cloud effects are reduced to 75dpi in this map so they don’t look great. The original are 600DPI so the final map should look good both in print and on screens.

The purpose of this map is not to show off quality, it is a way to try and weed out as many errors as possible. So if you see anything wrong please comment or send me a message through the contact page. With your help it can be a better map, and again thank you all who have helped me make this project along during all these years.

The Onlinemap map will go off-line tomorrow as I’m updating its content. It is still very much in a test phase so there will be disruptions quite often until the final version can come online hopefully around the holidays. The last upload took me over a day so if all goes well it should be back up again Friday.

I have started work on the layout, borders and legend of the final map. Screenshots and tidbits will be presented here soon to give some sneak peaks into the final look of things.

 

A first look at Hepmonaland

Here is a first preview map of the last remaining part of my Flanaess map, Hepmonaland!
The map is in PDF format and is 20MB in size.

Hepmonaland_pdf_map

You can download the PDF map here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/296601/Hepmonaland131027.pdf

 

 

Final piece of the map!

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I rendered the first parts of what would become this map in 1998, working on the northern part of the Wild Coast.  Now a little over 15 years later the last piece are placed in!

During these years I have created and rendered 2 564 images each 2 400 x 1 450 pixels in size. The final terrain image is 20.1 GB and has 8,961,000,000 pixels!

The map is far from done though. The terrain still needs a lot of touch up work, and  there are heraldry text and symbols to add. then the final decorative art legend and credits. But this was a major milestone, thank you for all your support over the years you made it possible for me to make this project a reality!

Online map test

 

One of the goals for my Flanaess mapping project is to create an online version. The first test version ready to use, you can test it at: http://ghmaps.net/onlinemap/onlinemap.html

onlinemap

It uses Flash so it will not work on some devices. If it works well from my website I will upgrade it to use HTML5 so it can be used on most devices.

 

Chomur of Ashram preview map

One more south west realm, the Chomur of Ashram

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Raj of Mulwar preview map

Raj of Mulwar

Here comes the next of the realms of the south west the Raj of Mulwar.