I have noticed that quite often we get questions along the line of "I am creating my world, I have come up with a map, does it make sense?"

You can find a list here

These questions do rarely get closed, however I find that they often revolve around some basic concepts which could be better handled in a wiki sort of answer.

Therefore this call for action: if you have the time do so, would you start this wiki where we could collectively "dump" our knowledge time after time?


I have started the wiki here, feel free to chip in

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    $\begingroup$ They probably should be closed. Similar to how Stack Overflow doesn't support questions asking for people to just review code and offer open ended suggestions on how to improve it. $\endgroup$
    – sphennings
    Mar 29, 2022 at 17:40
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    $\begingroup$ I understand 'does my map make sense' as synonymous with 'Reality Check: this is what my world looks like and how it operates'. Most of them focus on tectonics, oceanic currents, winds, and general ecosystems. I think a wiki answer could be very useful. $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Mar 31, 2022 at 0:29
  • $\begingroup$ How should one do this? Write a new question & answer and wiklify that? $\endgroup$
    – elemtilas
    Mar 31, 2022 at 0:43
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    $\begingroup$ This answer here would probably be a useful resource for such questions. I'd best disclose now that I wrote that answer myself, but as far as I know it's been considered very helpful as a guide. $\endgroup$
    – Palarran
    Mar 31, 2022 at 1:06
  • $\begingroup$ @elemtilas that seems reasonable $\endgroup$
    – L.Dutch Mod
    Mar 31, 2022 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ I'll give a shot at filling in that wiki answer. It's likely to seem long-winded to readers, but lesson #1 is that realistic maps take a lot of attention to detail. $\endgroup$
    – Palarran
    Apr 2, 2022 at 12:15


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