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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!
AvinaWind Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2011
just got into improbable island myself ^^ love the map
sushipants Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2011
AWESOME. actually idk i just discovered inprob island like 5mins ago
jopik Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
great job
AviatorMuffin Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011
Thanks so much for this map! It's a lot better than the one in-game.
TheDistractedOne Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011
Get introduced to Improbable Island 5 days ago.
Today, am told to go to Cyber City 404.
Leap astride faithful Budget Horse, get hopelessly lost.
Realise I had no idea where to go anyway.
End up at Squat Hole, decide "SCREW THIS, I'M GETTING A MAP."
Google "Improbable Island Map"
Click on first result, fall in love.
Jamilb Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011  Student Artist
This map makes the island look so much better
chlessla Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011   Photographer
I...I...I think I love you. Thanks for making this map, it's baller awesome!
toRewrite Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Beautiful! And oh so helpful! I've been circling around Ace High for three days now trying to find another city!
blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Does anyone else see a cat?
goocy Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
Yup. Tried to make it as non-obvious as possible, but it's probably intentional.
J519 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The admin CMJ loves cats and made the island shaped like a winking cat.
theDragonFeline Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
its improbable >.> lol.
thus it is there.
blkwhtrbbt Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
oh those tricky little monsters. :D
Batgirl67 Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2010  Student Writer
I just gotta thank you SO much for making this. I recently started playing II, and this map has been very useful. Thanks!
amymist Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2010  Student General Artist
Thanks, I lost the on I drew up, so this is crazy helpful. But trekking from NewHome to CyberCity404 still takes forever. *sigh*
Prophetqueen7 Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2010
So happy I stumbled across this! I was wandering around and couldn't find anything without losing so much stamina! You are awesome!
defconiv Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2010
leradny Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Thank you so much! It's useful AND pretty--I'll save so much time with this.
austheke Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010   Writer
This is really nicely done! And it's so helpful to poor geographically challenged contestants like me. Thanks a bunch. XD
oceliquid Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
This is SO helpful. Great idea :D
Viridescere Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Ahah, this helped me find Ace High at last~ Thank you for making this, it's not only nice to look at, but helpful too!
Eyriegryph Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
Much, much nicer. Thank you very much!
CartwAalbiel Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
My my my, so useful !

And well done, I must add ^^
invurameshisgf Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
Absolutely beautiful. And helpful to boot.

Keep up the good work!
Ginnabean Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Useful AND pretty! CB /travels
austheke Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2010   Writer
Every single person who plays II probably finds this map sooner or later. XD
gr33n-sl33ves Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This map is a big help! A MILLION THANKS AND REQUISITIONS UPON YOU! :dance:
kitkatmilkshake Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
First of all, thank you thank you for this. This is very well done, and way better than anything I copied down! And it's totally accurate, too.
Thiefree Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2009
Gorgeous map! I've been a denizen of the island for a while, and I can attest to the accuracy of this map. Very nice.
Kessukoofah Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2009  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sweet! Just started really getting into this myself. Very helpful since the whole world map thing was confusing me a bit.
LaBelleMonsieurEdwin Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2009
so cool. i made one but it's just scribbled for my own use. not pretty like this. I really like the Kittania sign.
RaeaInEden Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009
Woo! Great job and thanks!!
goocy Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Glad you appreciate it :)
fezbob Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2009
Very nice; I wish I had found it BEFORE that time I got hopelessly lost. Ah well. It's still useful.
Sajra71 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2009
Indeed, getting a map without spending 10000 requisition is pretty cool.
Sajra71 Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2009
Is this accurate?
goocy Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
I'm tempted to say "yes". :D

But as you bother to ask the question, I'll give you a few reasons:
First, I walked the world map clockwise, from outwards to the inside. So, every possible point was sampled (no guesses).
Second, the sampled data was taken with 20% overlap to correct for stitching errors. Additionally, the mouseover in the world map indicates the exact coordinates, which were used to layout the projected tiles.
Third, the game map layout didn't change over 6 months, as confirmed by random samples.
Fourth and finally, I use the map myself all the time :)
Sajra71 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2009
Wow. Well, I used it to travel a little, and it really helped. I'm also amazed by the way you drew it out... Instead of just some little squares. That's really cool :) :+favlove:
princessgardinia Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I....I love you so much right now. Thanks!
YogurtPockets Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2009
Good looking and useful! What a find (:
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