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Improbable Island World Map by goocy Improbable Island World Map by goocy
I'm currently wasting my time with a free little text-based RPG - [link] .
It's quite funny and there is plenty of detail to explore, but I'm mainly caught in the storyline because of the post-apocalyptic setting. The setting is a mixture of steampunk and catastrophic dystopia - both of my favorite genres, finally united!

So, I went to explore the world map and was a little disappointed that it was so small. Then I thought, let's paint the pixels from screen to a tiny bitmap.
Then I took this small map and made a bigger one of it. I tried to put some depth in it by painting a heightmap.
Then came the outlines, the textures, several small details...
I thought of individual logos for all the cities and modelled the heightmap again, this time with all kinds of erosion. This time, the heightlines were at least plausible ^^
Finally, I started a route planning software to determine the fastest ways from one city to another - and hinted at those paths in the map, as well.

The effort that's been put in this transition maybe can be seen in this little previous/after-comparison...

If you want to play with this map (which is highly recommended) - the grid overlay equals the displayed pixels in the game. In this fashion, you have a great overview and eye candy in one deal.

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Londonatheart1475 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
oh my goodness you even gridded it. I am so damn grateful to you rn you dont even know. 
Unknownmarksman115 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just got into Improbable Island and this is really helpful, oh and how do you put a pic of your character into your bio?
night-is-my-day Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Student General Artist
*Sigh* Suppose it's time to leave New Pittsburgh again... ;>.< This is perfect, thanks!
nicolashun Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
woo...this map is so helpful. thanks.
mysticalgirl222 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Haha I love the story-line as well, very unique and interesting.
BluVenus14 Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
I'll have you know, this is the only reason why I haven't gotten killed more often than the random monster generators deem fit. The FailBoat's a bitch, Improbable Central's uninteresting and nearly overrun by monsters, and I suck at fighting. So thank you. I'll mail you my first born child in about 20 years.
v.v forgive me improbable island creators for i have sinned and cheated.
Raded-Skull Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2011
Nice work dude...
Ocelot98 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2011
A free, helpful, and pretty map?
I love you.
KeeperoftheRealms Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Student General Artist
This is really helpful, and it looks great!
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