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Title: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on August 21, 2014, 03:57:42 AM
Post pics of cool maps that you've found around the net. Maybe it'll help spark some mapping creativity.  :aco:

Spoiler for Really Huge Image:
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs42/f/2009/096/2/1/Aedemphia_Palaces_by_Sylvanor.png)
All of this guy's maps are awesome. Check out his deviantart page for more. (http://sylvanor.deviantart.com/)

(http://img651.imageshack.us/img651/6978/89038080.png)
This one isn't all that flashy, but I do like the subtle lighting and how cozy it feels.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on August 21, 2014, 05:20:19 AM
Whoa, neat!! I do really like the second one, too. :D If I see any, I'll be sure to post them here!

*edit*

I like the lighting on this one!

(http://img856.imageshack.us/img856/1908/screenshot001rl.png)

Made by: zakfoss (rpgmakervx.net)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Karo Rushe on August 22, 2014, 02:10:53 PM
Spoiler for:
(http://i.imgur.com/1h7ez1u.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/7gSJfK1.png)(http://i.imgur.com/q1o2kDL.png)(http://i.imgur.com/AwYLUNw.png)
By Hyperben 2
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on August 31, 2014, 03:05:21 AM
Of course I'd find one of Joy's maps ;____; <3

(http://i.imgur.com/VGSwq.png)

So beautiful *__*
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Sophist on August 31, 2014, 04:39:17 AM
Joy is the greatest mapper I've still ever seen.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on August 31, 2014, 05:08:59 AM
I'd say a tossup between Joy and Exhydra ;o
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Ryosis on September 03, 2014, 03:44:47 PM
Spoiler for Really Huge Image:
(http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs42/f/2009/096/2/1/Aedemphia_Palaces_by_Sylvanor.png)

I get a really strong Exodar vibe from the top one. I like it a lot.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on September 03, 2014, 10:28:57 PM
Hey, Ryosis! Long time, no see! :-)

Huh...it does kind of look like Exodar, now that you mention it... o__o (took me a second to remember what that was, since I haven't played WoW in 6-7 years)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Ryosis on September 05, 2014, 12:11:10 AM
You make it sound like I'm never around. :P And yeah, it's been a minute since I've played WoW. I haven't been very active this expansion.

But small addendum to that, it looks more like Dalaran, (http://th00.deviantart.net/fs70/PRE/f/2011/098/e/2/lighty_dalaran____by_fanatican-d3die1d.jpg) at least architecturally. The lighting is pretty similar to the Exodar, though.

That aside, I was wondering what really inspired people as far as mapping goes? Obviously, studying other great maps is a good way to get inspiration, but what about from other sources? I know for me, watching Sherlock Holmes really helped with the 19th Century London vibe I'm so fond of.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on September 05, 2014, 01:46:57 AM
That aside, I was wondering what really inspired people as far as mapping goes? Obviously, studying other great maps is a good way to get inspiration, but what about from other sources? I know for me, watching Sherlock Holmes really helped with the 19th Century London vibe I'm so fond of.

Hmmm...that's a good question. I got a pretty strong surge of inspiration from Dragon's Dogma, actually. They aren't necessarily pretty, but they were neat in a gritty, historical kind of way. Not that I would know the accuracy of how historical they are, but that game has a way of creating the dusty-road, stone-walled atmosphere that seems to fit the bill.

That being said, I quickly started to go more for games that are visually appealing. Rune Factory 3 is probably my favorite visuals-wise of the series. That feeling when you find out that your farm is located under a giant, beautiful tree. ;_;

Spoiler for:
(http://www.everybodyplays.co.uk/images/articlepics/882.jpg)

The maps are generally very cozy and comfortable-looking. *_*

The game has classy, cozy fantasy maps that I absolutely adore. :gracie:
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Arrow on September 05, 2014, 01:49:44 AM
I don't really have much to contribute to this thread, but I do like it a lot.

This is a good thread.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Ryosis on September 05, 2014, 05:33:45 AM
Right there with ya, Arrow.

I haven't played Dragon's Dogma, unfortunately, but I feel where you're coming from, yuyu. Part of the reason I loved Skyrim so much was because if the realistic setting. I've come to realize that I just really love realism.

That said, I also love inserting fantasy elements into settings they have no earthly business being in. 19th Century London-esque setting with elves, dwarves, and goblins? Why yes.

There's also something to be said of the contrast between realistic environments and more outlandish ones. I love the abrupt shift; it really makes those environments stand out and invoke an even greater sense of awe. Stumbling upon Blackreach by complete accident was one of my favorite moments from Skyrim, but that's a whole different topic of discussion entirely.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on September 05, 2014, 03:50:59 PM
I haven't played Dragon's Dogma, unfortunately, but I feel where you're coming from, yuyu. Part of the reason I loved Skyrim so much was because if the realistic setting. I've come to realize that I just really love realism.

That said, I also love inserting fantasy elements into settings they have no earthly business being in. 19th Century London-esque setting with elves, dwarves, and goblins? Why yes.

There's also something to be said of the contrast between realistic environments and more outlandish ones. I love the abrupt shift; it really makes those environments stand out and invoke an even greater sense of awe. Stumbling upon Blackreach by complete accident was one of my favorite moments from Skyrim, but that's a whole different topic of discussion entirely.

Oh, gawsh, Blackreach ;__; so pretty! I'm totally with you on that one - I like to be surprised. ;o Too much of the same type of scenery gets pretty old.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on September 10, 2014, 06:19:54 PM
(http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/006/9/8/the_city_of_caelum_by_manuyasha-d5qn8ug.png)

From ManuYasha (http://manuyasha.deviantart.com/) on deviantart.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on September 10, 2014, 06:23:58 PM
Also a couple from celianna (http://pinkfirefly.deviantart.com/)

(http://fc08.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2011/115/0/4/dragonboy__bedroom_by_pinkfirefly-d3etgaq.png)
(http://fc02.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/239/6/d/fairy_mana_tree_by_pinkfirefly-d7wvzla.png)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Ryosis on September 10, 2014, 07:32:49 PM
Spoiler for:
(http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/006/9/8/the_city_of_caelum_by_manuyasha-d5qn8ug.png)

From ManuYasha (http://manuyasha.deviantart.com/) on deviantart.

I like this one, and the rest of his/her work. Sometimes I find myself caught off-guard with the maps that can be made using the RTP tiles.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Karo Rushe on September 10, 2014, 08:01:05 PM
(http://fc05.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2013/006/9/8/the_city_of_caelum_by_manuyasha-d5qn8ug.png)

From ManuYasha (http://manuyasha.deviantart.com/) on deviantart.
Rtp tiles & custom made ones inspire me a lot. I really wanna get back to playing in rpg maker whenever I see maps like this.


Meanwhile; here's another few that's been sitting around my computer who were used as references: (Sadly I dunno who the authors are)

(http://i.imgur.com/nq4gsyz.jpg)

(I know this one was from Deviantart and the guy does amazing custom rtp maps)
-------------------------
No clue who they are from, but their quite inspiring, and gives some good ideas:
(http://i.imgur.com/3FX6UR1.jpg)
(http://i.imgur.com/TcrFrSu.png) (http://i.imgur.com/tnEYpux.png)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on September 24, 2014, 08:56:03 AM
I usually don't like the more cartoony tiles from celianna, but I do like this map:

(http://i.imgur.com/zzfE4.jpg)

I also love Hanzo Kimura's XP edits:
(http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/007/a/f/forest_3_rpg_maker_parallax_practice_by_sillouete-d71cfwu.png)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on October 06, 2014, 03:06:37 AM
Looking back through some of the older posts in the Screenshot Thread. The Shadow (http://rmrk.net/index.php?topic=13626.msg251647#msg251647) posted a lot of good maps, and still does every once in a while.

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l104/Dennis88_2006/ab-11.png)

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l104/Dennis88_2006/Screenshot-29.png)

(http://i94.photobucket.com/albums/l104/Dennis88_2006/Screenshot-32.png)

The shadow's use of photobucket has me a bit concerned though. A lot of the other photobucket images have broken links. I'm wondering if we should rehost some of these mapping examples in case they get taken down?
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on November 08, 2014, 04:21:55 PM
(http://fc07.deviantart.net/fs71/i/2010/056/6/0/Halterock_Full_view_by_HyperSnake22.png)

By hypersnake22 (http://hypersnake22.deviantart.com/)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Sophist on November 09, 2014, 03:38:42 AM
How do people do this? ._.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: &&&&&&&&&&&&& on November 09, 2014, 04:28:59 AM
Parallax mapping is a strange dark magic I wish to some day learn.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: flapbat on November 12, 2014, 09:34:05 PM
Good grief, these look amazing...

-flap
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on November 18, 2014, 06:10:36 AM
(http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs71/f/2014/162/8/f/rpg_maker__parallax_mountain_map_by_zachfoss-d7lypbv.jpg)

 :gracie:
From Zackfoss (http://zachfoss.deviantart.com/art/RPG-Maker-Parallax-Mountain-Map-460154299)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Sophist on November 19, 2014, 05:18:01 PM
all this shit is making me want to get back into RM whhyyyy
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on November 20, 2014, 01:53:36 AM
WHYNOT
(http://img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20140817233830/epicrapbattlesofhistory/images/a/a0/Wynaut.png)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Strak on December 10, 2014, 03:11:48 AM
Ugh, mapspiration. That's exactly what I need right now. Bloody dry spell, making games take so bloody long to make.

But then I see maps like these and wonder why I'm doing this in the first place.

God, they're so beautiful.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on December 10, 2014, 06:32:42 PM
(http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/i/2014/170/7/6/rpg_maker_desert_cave_fortress_by_champgaming-d7msw7x.png)

(http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs70/f/2014/336/e/0/inn_by_champgaming-d88heap.png)
From Champgaming (http://champgaming.deviantart.com/)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Irock on December 11, 2014, 03:54:37 AM
NICE
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Malson on January 18, 2015, 04:28:59 PM
Revitalizing this thread with a game I came across yesterday called Amber Throne.

(http://i.imgur.com/ZDgZdym.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/eGSusk5.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/VVTPOd0.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/fpGBwa9.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/Ys6PHIO.jpg)

(http://i.imgur.com/RiFKH48.jpg)

Full imgur album here (http://imgur.com/a/O9aFY).
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on January 18, 2015, 05:18:44 PM
My god, I love that.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on March 30, 2015, 03:28:27 AM
http://riseofdragonsouls.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html (http://riseofdragonsouls.blogspot.com/2012_02_01_archive.html)

This guy is amazing. Their site's in spanish or something but srsly go look at their stuff.

(http://i1213.photobucket.com/albums/cc461/sinchross/The%20Song%20of%20Dragons%20Skyhelm%20Prophecies/123.png)
(http://i.imgur.com/qLX0h.gif)
(http://dl.dropbox.com/u/63443993/T%C3%B3pico%20Forum/Imagens/Imagem_1.png)
(http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-1iyBDMHrsHQ/UIvzorjNnBI/AAAAAAAAAKI/uYUkqCZCuKQ/s1600/Game+2012-10-26+11-33-35-36.png)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: &&&&&&&&&&&&& on March 30, 2015, 03:31:09 AM
ohwow
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on March 30, 2015, 03:59:34 AM
that is so beautiful O_O


Though the sprites don't really compare to the awesomeness of the maps, honestly ;_;
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Irock on May 26, 2015, 11:09:02 PM
Ara Fell has very concise, varied, detailed and attractive maps. It also makes good use of mobile actors and effects to liven up the scene.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ8uXqQDhws" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQ8uXqQDhws</a>
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on May 27, 2015, 12:22:58 AM
Dear god that world is so cool *__*
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Acolyte on July 04, 2015, 12:05:00 AM
(http://s7.postimg.org/oe58s0adn/sample_9.png)
by Goatrider (http://forums.rpgmakerweb.com/index.php?/topic/12266-game-map-screenshots-3/?p=152749)

(http://orig13.deviantart.net/db85/f/2014/170/d/c/map_2_rpg_maker_vx_ace_by_kdtwifi-d7n0iq7.png)
by Kdtwifi (http://orig13.deviantart.net/db85/f/2014/170/d/c/map_2_rpg_maker_vx_ace_by_kdtwifi-d7n0iq7.png)
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Sated on July 04, 2015, 11:12:33 PM
That second one suffers from tile-vomit, to be honest...
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: EvilM00s on July 05, 2015, 12:20:12 AM
I dunno, I thought it was cute. 
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Sated on July 05, 2015, 12:30:46 PM
I don't think it's bad, I just think there's a little too much going on. It's better than the map being too bare, I suppose :P
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: EvilM00s on July 05, 2015, 01:23:12 PM
I'll agree to that. I myself find that when mapping I try to make everything something to look at. It works for more chibi styles, but I have to say that the realism that the parallax maps are capable of is stunning. I just don't have a knack for it.

Oh no... Now I'm gonna go waste my time trying... Where's grafikal when you need him!?!?
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on July 05, 2015, 05:59:16 PM
I liked the second map just fine. I think the main reason it looks like too much is because it's the RTP and the bright colors are all jumping out at once. Not a bad map, but the RTP is evil. :mad:
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Sated on July 05, 2015, 06:00:55 PM
I just don't think you need something new on every tile, it's a bit much. There's a fine line between too empty and too full that you want to straddle.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: yuyu! on July 05, 2015, 08:59:45 PM
It's got about as much clutter as the first map, just a completely different style/tileset, and the clutter is a little less natural.
Title: Re: Mapspiration
Post by: Sated on July 05, 2015, 09:24:05 PM
I don't think the first map has as much; maybe it is an illusion caused by the pathway being more clearly defined, wider, and free from clutter.