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    A architectural/cartographic/geographic offshoot of the "Dungeons and Dreamboats" thread!

    I am endlessly fascinated with architecture, maps and landscapes; can't see a picture of a strange building without imagining it as a temple to some forgotten god … and then imagining what sort of world such a building would be located in.

    In that vein, this thread is meant to provide inspiration for world-builders. Found some concept art of an alien chasm or fantastic city? A map with a bit of particularly evocative coastline? A real-world example of bizarro architecture? A photo of your favorite landmark? Post 'em! Anything to get the brain whirring.

    Keep everything in spoiler tags, if you would. Can't think of any other rules at the moment, but I'm certainly open to suggestions.

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    Got one. Always wanted to write a story about it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by historiasdeosos View Post
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    First picture in the thread is a magic card... I should have guessed that those would fit here quite well, but I did not foresee it. I recognize your second picture and Ninjadeadbeard's, but can't place either. What are they from?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kumori View Post
    First picture in the thread is a magic card... I should have guessed that those would fit here quite well, but I did not foresee it. I recognize your second picture and Ninjadeadbeard's, but can't place either. What are they from?
    I honestly have no idea. I generally just save all such things I run across to a giant folder, so very little I have is properly named or organized. My Google-fu isn't turning up much either. There's an outside chance I might have gotten it from the "Dungeons and Dreamboats" thread (because of the girl with the gun/claw dealio)?

    Had no idea the first one was a Magic card either, heh.

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    Found mine on a Wallpaper (General) thread on an imageboard. Also didn't recognize the magic card. Funny world, eh?
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    My turn!
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    If anyone likes these...maybe I'll post more later?
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    Figure I'll put in my share, I think I like the third one down the best, it really shows the longing for the world long past.

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    Alright. Awesome. Got a bunch of these.

    Dungeons and manmade* structures:
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    *Or not. They also could be made by creatures that build their civiliziations eaons before ours. Their existence overshadowing ours and everything that we believed in.
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    Why have this thread hidden so far a way in a rarely visited part of the forum? I think it should be moved to Roleplaying Games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    Why have this thread hidden so far a way in a rarely visited part of the forum? I think it should be moved to Roleplaying Games.
    I agree with you, Yora. This is actually the first time I visited the homebrew part. More people might see it in the general part. And I think anyone can be inspired by this.
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    And picture:
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    We are not standing on the shoulders of giants, but on very tall tower of other dwarves.

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    Some I'd love to use in my campaigns.

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    The first three are all by the same artist, Daniel Dociu, there's a lot of very nice concept art there.
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    I was just seeing my screensaver come up.

    I save us all the work and just link to this incredible gallery.

    Here just two samples:
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    We are not standing on the shoulders of giants, but on very tall tower of other dwarves.

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    Firstly, amazing site I found while looking for some things to post.

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    And then, one of the patron saints of landscapes, John Avon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yora View Post
    Why have this thread hidden so far a way in a rarely visited part of the forum? I think it should be moved to Roleplaying Games.
    Oops! I had no idea this subforum was considered secluded; still getting my bearings, I'm afraid. How exactly would one go about petitioning for a thread to be moved?

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    Some random maps:
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    And this last one is wayyyyyy too big for spoiler tags, even, so I'll just hotlink it. Another forum I used to regularly frequent was planning a massive RPG set in and around the city of Amstaad. The RPG ended up falling through, but I always thought the unfinished map was sort of neat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by historiasdeosos View Post
    Oops! I had no idea this subforum was considered secluded; still getting my bearings, I'm afraid. How exactly would one go about petitioning for a thread to be moved?
    Report your first post and ask for it to be moved. The mods will get to it eventually.
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    Quote Originally Posted by historiasdeosos View Post
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    I think this is based on an actual historic chinese warship.
    We are not standing on the shoulders of giants, but on very tall tower of other dwarves.

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    Ah, they moved it!

    A couple maps, a castle, a tree village, and some sort of tree/monument hybrid:
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    @eepop Thanks, I'm starting my seafaring campaign this monday, and I'm sure I can find a use for those pictures.

    In the meanwhile, here's a page from my favourite comic Donjon (called Dungeon in English) (I would have cropped it, but there's also some streets on the page, which might be of use to someone), and a picture of a real donjon:
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    Demiliches. Why'd it have to be demiliches?

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    Thanks to Lindorm for the Ziltoid avatar.

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    Love this one, so much.

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    I save us all the work and just link to this incredible gallery.
    Uuuugh, Yora, why are you so mean? I just spent like two hours trawling deviantart because of you. That artwork is just incredible.
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    Another group of pictures. Unfortunately, I do not seem to be in possession of larger variations of these images, so the sizes presented are the sizes that they are.

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    I should add something more productive here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Azazer View Post
    Another group of pictures. Unfortunately, I do not seem to be in possession of larger variations of these images, so the sizes presented are the sizes that they are.

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    The best part of this one is that all of those are (were) real creatures.




    My own findings, from a cursory googling:

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    Prince of Persia has some incredible artwork:

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    I both have pictures, and a request:

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    One or two days ago, I somewhere saw a picture like these, with a singular mountain that was entirely covered by a city. It most resembled the last one in shape but in brown tones and I think higher than wide. It also was rather photo-like in style and not that obviously a painting. Though it might also have been a photo with some post processing done.
    If anyone happened to know that picture, I'd be glad to have it found again.
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    Just so you know, I am going to bookmark this thread, and regularly steal from it for inspiration for my Exalted games.
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    Damn you! I was going to post exactly that picture!

    Here's a few others I have favourited on DA, though not as good as that one.
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    Some gems I came across with a little Googling.

    from http://mysticsfantasywallpapers.blogspot.com/ warning large images.
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    from http://wallpapers-free.co.uk/backgro...st-citadel.jpg
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    from http://jenovah-art.deviantart.com/more there, all amazing
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    from http://wall.alphacoders.com/big.php?i=3120
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    random...
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    Sorry. I kinda got carried away there....I hope you liked them and there are more where they came form.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheCountAlucard View Post
    Just so you know, I am going to bookmark this thread, and regularly steal from it for inspiration for my Exalted games.
    That's what it's here for, I thought. A bit of advice I heard somewhere: "Find an impressive real-world building or landmark, multiply the scale by 10, and fill it with ninjas."

    Anyway, a few pics:

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    It may look like a Deathlord's sitting-room, but the Sedlec Ossuary is a medieval church, decorated with 40,000 human skeletons.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arbane View Post
    That's what it's here for, I thought. A bit of advice I heard somewhere: "Find an impressive real-world building or landmark, multiply the scale by 10, and fill it with ninjas."
    Not the worst advice in that regard.
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    It may look like a Deathlord's sitting-room, but the Sedlec Ossuary is a medieval church, decorated with 40,000 human skeletons.
    On a related note, I love the "Inauspicious Citadel" spell.
    It is inevitable, of course, that persons of epicurean refinement will in the course of eternity engage in dealings with those of... unsavory character. Record well any transactions made, and repay all favors promptly.. (Thanks to Gnomish Wanderer for the Toreador avatar! )

    Wanna see what all this Exalted stuff is about? Here's a primer!

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