Discussion in 'Alternate History Maps and Graphics' started by hadaril, Jan 30, 2018.
Qbam uses the same projection as Worlda, so there's that
Wait, it does?
Welp, I know what I'm using for reference.
Never verified it to an absolute level, but I did use a resized part of a Worlda to do a Qbam and they matched perfectly
If you need something in between Worlda and QBAM, @michaelk156 did start the World-M thread. I, with their permission, wanted to start a collaboration thread, but it got nowhere.
Here it is.
They do, more or less. They are both pseudocylindrical projections, but they aren't simply re-scaled versions of each other.
[my usual essay about map projections omitted to save space]
Yes, but vertical distortion will fix that. So as long as they're similar projections you can tranlate from one to the other.
Of course we still can't figure out where to put the continents in the worlda...
That's essentially what the QBAM, MBAM, etc are, no?
Vertical distortion alone won't fix the issue. They also either use different ratios for length of polar line to length of equator, or have the last few degrees of the poles cropped off (it's really hard to tell which with any certainty). Either way, that means simple vertical re-scaling won't produce a match.
This reminds me why I really don't like pseudocylindiral base maps.
If it weren't for the half-decade worth of pre-existing worlda resources, I would've started with a new basemap. But at this point, I feel we're stuck with the worlda whether we like it or not .
However, for what it's worth, even with its flaws the worldA does a decent job at what it's meant to do: provide a high level overview of a timeline, rather than the detailed and more accurate larger base maps.
We should move over to a new bsaemap over time, but it needs to be way slower than just "boom new basemap"
Oh, and does anyone have a map of zealandia? I might need it for a time-lapse in my tl
I feel like if a completely new map is going to get made and adopted, it would be through a single person making the basemap and a huge set of historical/informational maps without posting anything about it until it's all done, so you'd be able to compete with worlda right out of the gate. If the map launches with a fairly complete set of resources, you avoid the association of "that new basemap that looked interesting but doesn't have enough resources for me to use it."
The big downside is that you lose all of the benefits of collaborating on a massive project, and it would probably take years and years of work to get everything made working solo, and there's no real guarantee that people would use it.
I mean, if we all started now and didn't post anything we could complete a new basemap within the month. Although, I am a fan of terraforming so I'd probably be locked up doing sea level maps.
I mean, there's the 2K bam which could be a good alternative, and there's already a 1700 map made by Drex and a 1914 map made by me (lacking internal subdivisions and with some inaccuracies), with a ful river map too. We could work on that, the thread which it is in is XK-Bam thread
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