I'm always happy to help so if you need something, feel free to leave me a message on my Talk page. Do sign your message after you write it though, so I know who it's from. To sign, write --~~~~ after your message.
Fancy creating a language?
Languages are a fun way to expand on your Nation's RP, as well as a lot of fun to make in their own right. You can have a language that is as simple or as complex as you like - whatever you are wanting to do, it's possible to do it. Here are some excellent places to look to get started with creating a language.
- The Language Construction Kit - I cannot recommend this site highly enough. I use it as a starting point and reference guide for all my languages.
- Zompist, the Conlanger's Forum - Discussion forum for conlangers (language creators). An excellent place to get help if you need it.
- Omniglot - It's like a one-stop-shop for conlanging!
I'm always happy to discuss conlangs with people so if you need help, don't know where to get started or simply want to chat, feel free to leave me a message on my Talk page. Do sign your message after you write it though, so I know who it's from. To sign, write --~~~~ after your message.
Fancy creating a map?
- Grab a sheet of blank paper, a pencil, a pen and an eraser
- Sketch the outline of your country/region/whatever you a drawing a map of, using a pencil. Don't press on too hard, you will be erasing this later.
- Lightly draw a circle wherever you want your cities. Don't go overboard with these - you don't want to cover the map in cities (unless you do want to cover the map in cities, of course...)
- Sketch some basic building outlines in your circles, to represent your cities. How basic? Draw a monopoly board house, basically - you don't need a huge amount of detail on these things.
- Name your cities by writing the name around the outside of the city.
- Lightly sketch circles or other shapes to show where forests will go.
- Draw basic trees. I recommend thin, whispy trees and clouds with stalks. That way you have two different types of tree, so your map looks more interesting, and you also don't have to put much effort into drawing each one - remember that we didn't do much to represent cities, so don't do much to represent forests.
- Draw tall, jagged lines for mountains. Sketch a few extra lines under the jagged bits, to represent steep, jagged slopes for the mountains.
- Surround your mountains with shallow curves, to represent hills.
- Draw wavy lines to represent rivers. For wider rivers, draw a second line next to the first.
- Draw dotted lines to represent roads between your cities.
- Add in a few stand-alone buildings and trees here and there, to represent villages and small clumps of woodland. Occasionally draw two or three buildings together, to represent towns.
- Ink over your pencil sketches with your pen, keeping only the lines of your sketch that you want, rather than any messy line work you may have put in.
- Let the ink dry for a few hours
- Erase the pencil lines.
Now you have a map.