Friday, April 28, 2017

Such Fun

Rest assured, I do intend to continue the World from Scratch posts ~ but meanwhile, I'm going to post what I've been wasting my time doing.  Well, it is better than playing video games ~ though it really is a sort of video game on its own, since the results are substantially random.  Here is a 6-mile map of southern Norway, from Tonsberg to Stavanger:

6.67 mile hexes, approx. 140 mi. x 200 mi.

Now, it would be very difficult to explain the color scheme, as it adjusts for climate, vegetation and type of hex, 1 to 8, as I have been explaining.  The bottom is dominated by green, the gentle reader will note, but this turns to taupes and tans in the upper right.  The indistinct dividing line marks the change between warmer, wetter forests and colder tundra forests, what the Koppen Climate Classification calls "cbf" and "dbf."  Research is a wonderful thing.

As a hex becomes more civilized, it drifts from green (or tan) towards greenish yellow, yellow and then white.  There is only a single type-1 hex in this whole map: the town of Stavanger.  Oslo, or Christiania as it was called once, is just off the top of the map on the right.  The area around it will be very dense, the equivalent of several Stavangers.


Pandred said...

I let out an internal squeal of joy as soon as I saw the picture.

This thing is so radical.

I now lust after that fertile hex in the upper middle left mountains. The one with the river passing through and surrounded on almost all sides by wilderness.

Whoever owns that hex is either my best friend, or my newest most fearsome nemesis.

James said...

What program do you use to fill in the hexes? I am sure you have said elsewhere, so sorry if answered before.

James said...

And then I play around on your wiki and find an answer in two seconds. Nevermind. Still, this looks really good.

Baron Opal said...

MS Publisher. I've adopted it's use as well.

There are some limitations since it isn't true graphics program, but it does let you manipulate individual objects fairly conveniently. The main limitation, which is true of all similar programs, is you need a lot of memory. Otherwise the rendering becomes very slow.

Alexis Smolensk said...

For anyone watching the comments section, you might also look at a similar map of south-central Crimea that I created today: