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Fantasy Maps & Plate Tectonics

  • Жарияланды 2018 ж. 18 Нау.

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  • Pablo Raak
    Pablo Raak 5 жыл бұрын +1161

    I'm a History-Geography teacher-in-training, and today my mentor told me today that I have to teach plate tectonics to the children in a useful and fun way the next month, in order to be evaluated as teacher. And just when I came home... this video was uploaded! It's super handy and super easy to understand! Can I borrow some ideas for teaching the children plate tectonics? Thanks in advance :D

    • Ben Sen
      Ben Sen  Жыл бұрын +7

      How did your evaluation go?

    • Woodledude
      Woodledude  Жыл бұрын +6

      Aaron Speedy I wish I could tell you, just for posterity - Alas, I barely remember, and my reconstruction is almost entirely based on reverse engineering my response.
      The general claim was some crackpot theory that plate tectonics were bogus, the logic being that no one's ever seen them move. Something tiring and silly like that. The exact details are lost to time, and the irony there is quite a chuckle.

    • Woodledude
      Woodledude 3 жыл бұрын +45

      ryathoma This is entirely missing the point. Yes, plate tectonics can't be *directly* observed based on the time scales during which it takes place, but we've observed the consequences of plate tectonics *enough* to form strong hypotheses that explain many of the phenomena we see around our world - And in fact, these predictions seem to hold rather well when observing other planets.
      There's still so, so much we don't know, of course. You always have to remember that we've seen only a sliver of everything in the universe that can be learned from. I wouldn't discourage actual criticism of plate tectonics, but dismissing it on the basis that you only want to know about things that occur on your timescale throws out most science along with it. You may as well stick to microbiology and bemoan how we can't do any real science on things larger than a thumb. Which is a ridiculous notion.
      Plate tectonics is a tentative, but workable and solid model. The idea that the world is static leaves more questions unanswered, and plate tectonics is *already used economically*. Oil companies will find oil these days by noting previously discovered oil reserves, and then look at where they originated and how they moved away from locations that used to neighbor them - Then, they often find oil in those regions, which are now distant and seemingly unrelated, but share their origins with the reserve that was found by humans first.

    • ATERAH
      ATERAH 4 жыл бұрын +10

      You look lile a nice guy :D

    • Pablo Raak
      Pablo Raak 5 жыл бұрын +147

      Of course! There's never enough material, thanks

  • Shay O'Dwyer
    Shay O'Dwyer 3 жыл бұрын +1662

    Artifexian: "I don't want to make an earth clone."
    Also Artifexian: Immediately creates Hawaii.

    • Hexagod 13
      Hexagod 13 5 ай бұрын

      @x17 Now that you mention it, it's very similar

    • The Letter S
      The Letter S 7 ай бұрын

      ok but have you considered: Hawaii is cool

    • Lotus Naturals
      Lotus Naturals 10 ай бұрын +2

      having a few land similarities = earth clone!!!!!!

    • lulujuice
      lulujuice  Жыл бұрын +5

      He meant like, americas over on the left, afro-eurasia on the right, antarctica on the south, and australia somewhere else.

    • Sreedevi Sodanapalli
      Sreedevi Sodanapalli 2 жыл бұрын +1

      @FracturedPrincess me too

  • Maxwell Normandy
    Maxwell Normandy 2 жыл бұрын +404

    As a geology major, a fantasy fan, and a nerd for world building, this is an oddly specific itch being scratched.

    • Kyrin
      Kyrin  Жыл бұрын +2

      Seems like there is a lot of us with the same specific itch 😭

  • Natqevalhi in disguise
    Natqevalhi in disguise 4 жыл бұрын +427

    "the more islands the merrier!"
    I think I subconsciously remembered that line and followed it way too much in my last map because it ended up with so many coastal islands that it looked as if every continent was surrounded by a swarm of lumpy bees
    AND REMEMBER, these islands were visible from a whole planetary map view so I'd say that each of them were about the size of a small central-European country!
    I've been chilling out on the coastal islands in my new redesign

    • Horse Enthusiast
      Horse Enthusiast 2 жыл бұрын +18

      Lol you could make Earthsea 2: Electric Boogaloo!

  • Erómeon
    Erómeon 5 жыл бұрын +52

    I love when Artifexian makes explains half a semester of geology in 8 minutes and more interesting.

    • Logan H,
      Logan H,  Жыл бұрын +2

      He covered like 3 or 4 out of 20 chapters in my text book

  • Theta
    Theta 5 жыл бұрын +468

    Protip for making up large island/ continent shapes: get a small bag of rice and pasta shells, shake, pour onto piece of paper and draw round the outline of the mess you just made. Works surprisingly well

    • Silver Sonome
      Silver Sonome  Жыл бұрын +1

      To add on to the list of things you can use to make random shapes, I recently used the peel of an orange to make my fantasy map, which also helps since oranges are already spherical, so the map will (theoretically) look better in a spherical projection!

    • Dell12 16
      Dell12 16  Жыл бұрын

      this works very well for random cool land shapes for real it's kind of amazing, you can also use beans if you dont have rice or pasta, works exactly the same

    • cursed_cats
      cursed_cats 2 жыл бұрын

      What about using perlin noise to guide outlines?

    • D. M. Collins
      D. M. Collins 2 жыл бұрын

      @We are already dead Fam I have a prediction of my own... that I'll be stealing this idea too! ;)

    • We are already dead Fam
      We are already dead Fam 3 жыл бұрын +5

      waltrz My conworld has a new form of divination now.

  • Agent Element
    Agent Element 5 жыл бұрын +361

    You're currently my favorite small KZclipr. High-quality and informative videos are something this site desperately needs.

    • theawecabinet
      theawecabinet 5 жыл бұрын +1

      Plate tectonics is a mistaken theory which was created to explain the observation of continental drift. However, more detailed studies have shown that ALL the continents fit together perfectly on ALL sides once you put the oceanic crust back into the rift zones. .... on a much smaller planet.
      The original 'supercontinent' was not an island stuck to one side of the earth, it was an earth completely covered by continental plates, all joined up. No part of the oceanic floor is older than 200 million years.
      200 millions years ago the continental crust (covering the entire planet) started to crack and rift as the earth began to expand. The rift valleys widened and became the oceans, as the shallow seas on land drained into them.
      There is no subduction and continents do not swim about and crash into each other. Subduction is an imaginary process which was invented to explain how the oceans can ALL be spreading at the same time. There are two possibilities (1) subduction eats up oceanic crust as fast as it is created (2) the earth is expanding.
      All of the continents as they are today fit together perfectly on a much smaller earth with the oceanic crust removed. What are the chances of this happening as a result of the continents sliding about willy nilly for millions of years? Zero.
      See for yourself. It is self evident.

    • Anonymous71475
      Anonymous71475 5 жыл бұрын

      Oh, I see... My bad.
      It is not the case here in my country, so I made an assumption.
      KZclip and Google both want the populace to be dumb it seems.
      Dumb population is easier to control after all.

    • ThreeNPlusTwo
      ThreeNPlusTwo 5 жыл бұрын

      Anonymous71475 I didn't mean MY recommended is filled with the Paul Brothers. Default recommendations if you use incognito or create a new account have content like that. Glad that youtube would only recommend one of those two if I watched 5 of him in a row.

    • Anonymous71475
      Anonymous71475 5 жыл бұрын

      Really? Try clean your KZclip history of Logan Paul and flood your history with a single meaningful topic.
      Like Artifexian.

    • ThreeNPlusTwo
      ThreeNPlusTwo 5 жыл бұрын

      Anonymous71475 KZclip prefers Logan Paul. They blasted the Paul Brothers all over recommended and trending.

  • Tah'mee Petersen
    Tah'mee Petersen 11 ай бұрын +9

    Love how nobody seems to be mentioning the fact that you offered to make a more in-depth tutorial on how to do this.
    Frankly speaking, i would love to see that. You always think of things from the ground up in a way that I envy, so i'm sure that despite any length it would be both entertaining and informative.
    Anyone else on board with Artifexian making a full in-depth tutorial on this alone?

    • Spaincrack
      Spaincrack 5 ай бұрын

      I would love such video as well.

  • Cuix
    Cuix 5 жыл бұрын +3

    Please please PLEASE continue with this! Most especially, I'm desperate for a lengthy, in-depth, intimidating video about how to turn a map like this into something with CLIMATES and WEATHER and WIND and CURRENTS. Pretty please? Love your content, so glad you've stuck around for so long, and super happy that Patreon is working for you~

  • powerLien
    powerLien 5 жыл бұрын +345

    I'd be down for a GPlates tutorial, and maybe something on how to create Photoshop elevation maps. Really like your channel, by the way, especially now with the great animations, visualizations, and explanations. Keep up the good work :)

    • RECLess
      RECLess 2 жыл бұрын

      And I can help you out with the basics for how to make randomized topo maps
      He kinda misses the mark when it comes down to detailing the contour lines, but it's easily adaptable. I'd also suggest not doing the Cloud method at the start and doing it by hand instead, since a fully random topomap just misses the mark for realism. It's fast and dirty, but will feel unnatural.

    • powerLien
      powerLien 4 жыл бұрын +2

      he made one, by the way

    • Kevin
      Kevin 4 жыл бұрын +2

      Me too! Awesome vid and technique. Love to see more!

    • WanderingRandomer
      WanderingRandomer 5 жыл бұрын +4

      I'd be up for that. Despite being a young whippersnapper, I am so hopeless at nearly every kind of software!

  • Merry Machiavelli
    Merry Machiavelli 5 жыл бұрын +119

    God, I wished I'd heard of Gplates a few years ago, modeling plate tectonics of a spherical world using the 2D maps I'd made on Photoshop was incredibly frustrating, especially when in came to the poles (thinking about the relative velocity of a tectonic plate stretched over the top of the map is hard!)
    One thing to note when it comes to the placement of continents is the impact it has on global climate - from what I gather, having landmasses over the poles generally leads to colder average temperatures globally. Assuming you have a European-esque society at a Europe-ish latitude, you probably ought to have a landmass at a pole.
    Also, knowing where the oldest portions of continental plates are can also be helpful. One of the main reasons Canada, South Africa and Australia are all so mineral rich is that they have very old portions of continental crust (cratons). If most of the diamonds in a world come from X place, making the crust there ancient makes sense.

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +19

      Great comment! Will be taking about climate soon.

  • Timothy McLean
    Timothy McLean 5 жыл бұрын +1363

    You could have just said "Gplates is a free program that lets you draw on a sphere," and this would still be a worthwhile video.
    (Not saying that the rest of the video isn't good, but that's really useful for anyone who cares about making spherical worlds.)

    • Timothy McLean
      Timothy McLean 2 жыл бұрын

      @Globin347 Neat.

    • Globin347
      Globin347 2 жыл бұрын

      @Timothy McLean Technically, there is a way to draw directly on a sphere in photoshop, but I found that to be a bit to frustrating to use.

    • Timothy McLean
      Timothy McLean 2 жыл бұрын

      @Globin347 Which requires photoshop and being willing to not edit and see the sphere at the same time. But yeah, I gave up on Gplates multiple times.

    • Globin347
      Globin347 2 жыл бұрын +1

      Gplates is super complicated... It's simpler to draw a flat map in photoshop and then project it on the online tool "map to globe". I use their new beta. You can't edit the maps in the beta, though, so you need to edit the map in photoshop and then re-apply it to map to globe and see how much better it looks.

    • Ryan Kaul
      Ryan Kaul 3 жыл бұрын +1

      those who want to make spherical worlds. thats who cares. now go to bed.

  • Uniquely.Mediocre
    Uniquely.Mediocre 5 жыл бұрын +241

    Sounds good to me, I can't wait till we start doing cultures and civilizations

    • Uniquely.Mediocre
      Uniquely.Mediocre  Жыл бұрын

      Harrison Haynes pfft, I ain't got anything good to film it with or the money or skills to edit anything, I appreciate the enthusiasm tho

    • Uniquely.Mediocre
      Uniquely.Mediocre  Жыл бұрын

      Harrison Haynes uhh, kinda, the lore I've made is kinda confusing, atleast to those who aren't me lol, but I have the foundations of the ancient civilization, but my stories take place is what is basically the 1880s technology wise

    • Uniquely.Mediocre
      Uniquely.Mediocre  Жыл бұрын

      Harrison Haynes how did what go?

    • smart art
      smart art  Жыл бұрын

      @Artifexian are you gonna do a culture building video

    • Destroyer
      Destroyer 4 жыл бұрын +2

      And how about a world with 2 or more races?

  • The Halberdier
    The Halberdier 5 жыл бұрын +5

    Congrats, everyone! You just got taught not one, but TWO chapters out of a 100-level college geology textbook!

  • A Parkes
    A Parkes 5 жыл бұрын +12

    I work at a small research lab, and your podcast introduced me to GPlates, which I’m now using for our models!

    • Unknown Also Unknown
      Unknown Also Unknown  Жыл бұрын +1

      _3 years later_
      still no reply to artifaxian

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +3

      Haha! Awesome. What are you researching?

  • TaliTek
    TaliTek 5 жыл бұрын +6

    I'd love to watch the tutorial!
    On a side note, as a geophysicist I found the explanation/descriptions of plate boundaries to be very concise and well explained. Good job!

  • Svenni Tayivek
    Svenni Tayivek 5 жыл бұрын

    As a beginning geology student, seeing this taken into consideration when it comes to fantasy worlds makes me incredibly happy

  • Owen Shield
    Owen Shield 5 жыл бұрын +72

    I'd like it if you did in-depth tutorials on the programs (but also more conlang stuff because that's my favourite part of your channel)

    • BorisXanovavich
      BorisXanovavich 5 жыл бұрын

      i love how conlanging and worldbuilding go hand in hand and the way you teach others how great stuff like this can be is why your channel is awesome

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +2

      Cool! Don't worry I alternate conlanging and worldbuilding so there definitely will be more.

  • cadr003
    cadr003 5 жыл бұрын +648

    With this and the temperature vid, realistic worlds here I come!

    • Lonely Librarian Gaming
      Lonely Librarian Gaming  Жыл бұрын

      @smart art Well dont use it if you dont care about scientific accuracy???

    • SCP Time
      SCP Time 2 жыл бұрын +1

      I think software can work but only if it's accurate or assists you in some way. Things like fractal continent generators and stuff are only surface level. As Artifexian mentioned, programs like Gplates and Photoshop can help you get your ideas acriss without dying from trying ti mao it manually.
      Point is, software can be really good when used for assistance.

    • Mercymurv
      Mercymurv 3 жыл бұрын +4

      @seigeengine you're conflating bad writers to everyone wanting to make realistic worlds.

    • seigeengine
      seigeengine 3 жыл бұрын +1

      @Ik leer Nederlands If you're basing your stories on formulaic bullshit, you're not writing a story worth writing.
      You don't have to make everything from scratch, but there should be a reason consistent with the narrative for every detail of the world.
      The last thing we need is more hack authors producing shitty stories set in generic paint by numbers worlds.

    • Ik leer Nederlands
      Ik leer Nederlands 3 жыл бұрын +4

      @seigeengine >> m8, some of us just want to finish this part of worldbuilding to start writing shit. I don't want to spent months creating everything from scratch, i want to write the story as soon as i can

  • João Ralha
    João Ralha 5 жыл бұрын

    As both a geologist and a huge fan of world building and fantasy, you have no idea how happy this video makes me.

  • xway2
    xway2 5 жыл бұрын +8

    I love how you make this stuff so simple. I've been struggling with this for probably about a year to be honest, and making very slow progress mostly by fudging things. This is going to be very helpful, I'm sure.

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +4

      Awesome! I will say boiling down an entire area of research into one >10 min video inevitably will involve over simplifications and omission so I implore you to use this and a starting point for you learning.

  • Loudsoda
    Loudsoda 4 жыл бұрын

    I never thought my education in GIS and fantasy map making would collide together. This brings me so much joy.

  • Teguki
    Teguki 5 жыл бұрын

    This was extremely helpful. Realistic geography generation is something I've struggled with for years, since much of the literature is dry and difficult to apply. I would definitely like to see more detail on this.

  • HipnosXpress
    HipnosXpress 4 жыл бұрын

    As a geologist, i'm kind of blown away by the accuracy of your video, way to go the extra mile, nice work!

  • Kaleam
    Kaleam 4 жыл бұрын +4

    Just found the video its great! I have a question is there a way to determine locations of crucial resources like metals and salts?

  • Hans
    Hans 5 жыл бұрын +1

    I guess we all just want more content in general. Anything you do is innately interesting. However this one was particularly relevant to me and probably a whole lot of other people, because it is more applicable to creating worlds in roleplaying games, where we usually don‘t need to create entire languages.
    I also really enjoyed the practical side (showing us a new and interesting program), which you usually don‘t have.

  • Kellergie
    Kellergie 5 жыл бұрын

    This was soo interesting! I'd love more videos about the regions on this world you've created!

  • Grapes
    Grapes 5 жыл бұрын +15

    You're one of my favorite worldbuilding channels! I would definitely watch an in-depth video on GPlates.

  • The Therran Native
    The Therran Native 3 жыл бұрын +1

    I've been working on making the world I'm building as realistic as possible, and I think this one single video has just provided a bigger boost to the realism than every other map-building video I've seen combined. This is _insanely_ useful information, and you explained it so simply and so well, with really relevant graphics and examples. Wonderful work, dude. You are _awesome._

  • Alexander Smith
    Alexander Smith 2 жыл бұрын

    I’m planning to both design and publish a semi-realistic fantasy realm for the Pathfinder roleplaying system! This was a lot of help!

  • DrVesuvius70
    DrVesuvius70 5 жыл бұрын +14

    Another vote here for a more in-depth look at GPlates (and GProjector). At first glance it looks like there's a lot more to it than just "drawing lines on a sphere", but it looks pretty intimidating for a casual user.

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +3

      There is. You can use the program to simulate plate motion but it get's pretty darn complicated. Just use it as tool to draw on a sphere and then export that drawing.

  • Brice Todd
    Brice Todd 5 жыл бұрын

    This is a great resource! You should also follow up the video with a discussion on how to iterate the tectonics. Filling in a tectonic history gives interesting geology and gives rise to some really cool societal influences, like the connection between location of batholiths and mining, and have older smaller mountains and merged continental plates, like the Appalachians.

  • Víctor Osorio
    Víctor Osorio 5 жыл бұрын

    You are an absolute beast at explaining things.
    Like, ignoring the worldbuilding aspects of the vid, which are the reason i came in the first place, you still explained like 4 or 5 aspects of plate tectonics that I never managed to understand. You're so good at dissecting the way something works and making it clear for everyone else. And don't even get me started on the conlang series. It's basically why I'm into linguistics.
    Seriously, though. This is gold.

  • Josephiroth
    Josephiroth  Жыл бұрын +1

    I went to High School in Idaho, and I think I remember something interesting that I heard in an Earth Science class: the hot spot under Yellowstone was possibly also responsible for the rock features at Craters of the Moon National Park in Idaho as well as Crater Lake in Oregon. Whether either is really true, I don't know, but still may be useful for someone else's world building.

  • EchoEcho
    EchoEcho 5 жыл бұрын

    A note on islands: some amateur map-makers often throw in way too many islands as opposed to too few. Make sure that you keep the number of your islands believable, and make them believable by their position on a map. Hotspots will have fewer islands in the same area than plate boundaries!

  • Jason Henry
    Jason Henry 5 жыл бұрын

    So cool! This video hit the sweet spot of being just technical enough to promote more realistic fantasy worlds without being so complex as to be confusing. For sure going to use this next time I build a world.

  • Dog 12098
    Dog 12098 5 жыл бұрын +6

    Edgar, your videos never cease to amaze me!
    I love mapmaking, I've been looking forward to see your video on maps and tectonics; in short this video is perfect!
    You do great work, keep it up!

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +2

      Will do. Thanks for watching, pal.

  • nothisiskas
    nothisiskas  Жыл бұрын

    as that one person who stressed about the plate tectonics of my fantasy world being unrealistic when i was 9, this man is a blessing to me

  • FlauFly
    FlauFly 5 жыл бұрын

    Wow, I haven't been in your channel for a while. I enjoyed your older hand-drawn videos, but this is completely new quality. Really awesome channel.

  • Synchronizor
    Synchronizor 2 жыл бұрын

    THANK YOU! So many world-scale fictional maps just throw oceans, landmasses, volcanos, mountain ranges, and so on around practically at random, with no thought at all as to how things would actually work. The Sword Coast in the Forgotten Realms is a big example, but even maps made by otherwise very good, thoughtful individuals working everything out on their own fall into this trap. This video should be mandatory viewing for anyone looking to create a new world, no matter what the setting.

  • Constatonks
    Constatonks 2 жыл бұрын

    I cannot stress how useful this video was. I didn't use Gplates at the time because I was working off a really old computer but even just taking a plastic ball and drawing shapes and arrows on it was a HUGE help in creating a geographically realistic fantasy world. I find that this form of world building can lead to even more interesting stories mainly because you are forced to imagine how the world is shaped from the very beginning. How people's interact with their environment and eventually each other from across land and oceans is an amazing exercise in world building.

  • Tom Kelly
    Tom Kelly 5 жыл бұрын

    Holy crap this is awesome. Seemless integration of the real world science behind it. Science communicators could take a few tips from this. Bloody brilliant mate, keep it coming!

  • tophat665
    tophat665 3 жыл бұрын +6

    For the last decade or so, I've been using an icosahedron as an approximate sphere for world building. Gross features are worked out with it unwrapped, refined in 5 facet pentagonal maps, and further refined in the triangular facets. Lets me use 1 program.

  • Awesomepedia
    Awesomepedia 5 жыл бұрын

    It looks like your whole channel specializes in stuff I've frantically been searching for! Great video and I'll be digging in for more.

  • Aaron Murdock
    Aaron Murdock 5 жыл бұрын

    I've needed a software like Gplates for so freaking long! Thank you! And thanks for the refresher on tectonics. I got only so much out of my geography course last semester.

  • TheDustyForest
    TheDustyForest 5 жыл бұрын

    This was everything I hoped it would be ;-; and YES please do in depth photoshop / g-plates tutorials, I know there are other tutorials on the internet but Photoshop especially is so complicated for a new user that I really think videos from you specifically aimed at world builders would be really useful!

  • Kovaxim
    Kovaxim 5 жыл бұрын

    All the videos you've done until now have been awesome. Longer videos? Just make them this interesting and I'll watch and learn from them. Keep up the good work!

  • Tomislav Rastovac
    Tomislav Rastovac 5 жыл бұрын

    I love what you have done here! I have ideas about how youd go about turning this into a 3d model using height maps or worldmachine, and even as far as setting up the climates and such and applying apropriate ground textures

  • Mycelium
    Mycelium 5 жыл бұрын +51

    I would love a program tutorial, even if it's long

    • Mycelium
      Mycelium 5 жыл бұрын +1

      Artifexian Awesome!

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +14

      Consider your vote cast.

  • Ostsol
    Ostsol  Жыл бұрын

    The Hawaiian-Emperor seamount chain is pretty cool. You can see how far along the Pacific ocean floor it goes and then turns sharply north. Probably the best example of a tectonic plate changing directions.

  • Justin Edelmayer
    Justin Edelmayer 5 жыл бұрын +1

    I love making maps and fantasy nations.. I'd love to see a tutorial on how to do it

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +1

      You vote has been cast buddy.

  • Emperor Justinian III
    Emperor Justinian III 5 жыл бұрын +1

    I used this for my worldmaps. It was made for a game named CK2, too bad the creator doesn't have much time to make updates now. I think it works for version 2.6.2 and 2.6.3. Link: www.reddit.com/r/Ck2Generator/

  • Kyp Drayson
    Kyp Drayson 5 жыл бұрын

    If only I had discovered this channel three months ago when I started down the worldbuilding route. I did happen to create plate tectonics, but it likely would have been easier, and better created had I traveled to the future and seen this video first. I'm going to have to check out the rest of your videos now. (Also, World Anvil is awesome. I support that shout out.)

  • Sirinthal
    Sirinthal 5 жыл бұрын

    Would definitely love some more info on your mapping process! Conlang stuff is interesting, but my least favorite set of videos, just based on personal interests. Maps and eventually filling them with cultures and civilizations, I'm all for!

    XBEMASTER 5 жыл бұрын +5

    Finally! I love your mapping videos, and I have learned so much about these topics thanks to you! Much love

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын

      Much love coming right back at ya. Glad you enjoyed.

  • Kevin G
    Kevin G 5 жыл бұрын

    OMG, I'm so excited! I've been waiting for this video for a long time and now it's finally here! You even covered hotspots, which was a great detail. The only thing that I'm still wondering is how/if a fictional planet could different from Earth in composition and how/if this may effect the geology of the planet.

  • Dead Chemist
    Dead Chemist 5 жыл бұрын

    Thank you so much for this video, I needed this so very much. Please, please do more map making videos. Sure there are quite a few on KZclip but none nearly as good as this one. Would you consider a map making video on the subject of towns, city’s, forests, lake’s, etc? Thank you so much for this video, I enjoy everything you do.

  • Carlos Rolon
    Carlos Rolon 5 жыл бұрын

    As always a great video! i would love to see an indepth video on the tools you use to do your world building magic.

  • AlphaBetaParkingLot
    AlphaBetaParkingLot 5 жыл бұрын

    I don't write stories or make maps or anything creative of that sort, but I have a background in seismology and really loved your video. A++. You know your geophysics.

  • Nigel Hill
    Nigel Hill 5 жыл бұрын

    Great video. I’m keen to see how to start with a Pangea and then migrate the plates into an Earth-like map, using that process to generate mountain ranges and other features.

  • Chrissie
    Chrissie 5 жыл бұрын +3

    Yes please, an in depth tutorial would be great!

  • sad lad
    sad lad 4 жыл бұрын

    The tutorial was very helpful, but honestly my favorite part of the video was your map. It looked fun and inspires me to learn more about map-making.

  • ArthurEKing8472
    ArthurEKing8472 5 жыл бұрын

    Definitely up for a more in-depth version of this kind of video. It's been on my mind recently, so this'd be a great place to get that information!

  • Gabriel Leite
    Gabriel Leite 5 жыл бұрын +1

    I would love to see a video critiquing famous fantasy world maps. Narnia, Tolkien, Game of Thrones, Avatar: the last Airbender, etc.

  • Hot
    Hot 2 жыл бұрын

    Thank you for uploading this video, I really enjoy how well you explain these concepts and how well-produced your videos are.

  • Benjamin Dine
    Benjamin Dine 5 жыл бұрын

    I think it would be a good idea to do a GPlates Tutorial.
    I can't wait for the biomes and climate placement as well.

  • seva809
    seva809 4 жыл бұрын +7

    That's a great tutorial. Every fantasy world creator needs to watch it. However I have two big complains. First one: It's not Earth crust fragment is broken into fragment but more preciesly our planet lithosphere which consist uppermost mantle (made of ultramafic peridotite) and the crustal part (made of continental/intermediate/oceanic rocks). That's why instead of *"plate"* term you should have used *"lithosphere"* one . For example Eurasian tectonic plate despite of it's name is not enteirly made of continantal (felsic+intermediate) rock material. It also contain oceanic (Atlantic Ocean +Western Mediterreanen Sea+Arctic Ocean) crustal rocks. Of course there are a few plates made of continental rocks but they are small ones and some geologist don't even recognise them as a separate tectonic units. And one small thing: mantle convection currents are not moving tectonic plates but rather gravitional slides.

  • Ratchet4647
    Ratchet4647 5 жыл бұрын

    I would like to see a video or two on logically explaining and then mapping of more bizarrely shaped world's like a taurus, flatworlds(I've heard discworld is one), cuboid worlds, other polyhedra, etc. You've done a really good job with spheres, and the taurus video, I'd like to see what else is possible even if a little magic is needed occasionally.

  • The Demon Curupira
    The Demon Curupira 5 жыл бұрын

    I could never be this particular but I've made several fantasy maps and I always make sure they look like they used to fit together even if there are obviously pieces missing. I kind of love bringing that reality into my fantasy maps.
    One in particular is actually still in it's pangea stage but humanoids developed very quickly.

  • Becca
    Becca 5 жыл бұрын +1

    Awesome. I've been struggling to get my head around this. Are you gonna do a video on ocean currents and weather patterns? That'd be great.

  • Johnny Wings
    Johnny Wings 5 жыл бұрын +1

    Great video Artifexian , Keep it up. I think you could also start by mapping the bands of magma flow in the upper mantle, and deducing how those would affect plate formations and movements.

  • Bunny (∞)
    Bunny (∞) 5 жыл бұрын +1

    I love your work, Edgar, and I've been so unreasonably excited about this video for the longest time. Thanks a bunch, and keep it up!

  • Kobovad
    Kobovad 5 жыл бұрын +8

    I absolutely needed this video, thanks Edgar!
    I've been looking for software to draw on spheres for a while (even as soon as yesterday), my prayers have been answered!

    • Hunter Ivey
      Hunter Ivey 5 жыл бұрын +1

      Artifexian how do you get a picture overlayed onto the sphere

    • Kobovad
      Kobovad 5 жыл бұрын +1

      Mmmh.. Guess I'll have to deal with it, good worldbuilding requires lots of work after all!

    • Ratchet4647
      Ratchet4647 5 жыл бұрын +1

      Artifexian is gplates limited to perfect spheres or can one work with varyingly warped oblong spheres (due to centripetal force)?
      I'll likely never use it as it sounds to complicated but I was just curious.

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +1

      Be prepared for a bit of a steep learning curve. Gplates is a legit science tool and as such it not really design to do worldbuilding. You gotta fight it a bit. Stick with it.

  • BrokenUrsa
    BrokenUrsa 5 жыл бұрын

    I needed this, since my fantasy world has a race of amphibious octopus people who live on and around an island chain along a mid-ocean ridge. It helps make the region, as well as the rest of the world, more believable.

  • Cat S. Jacinto
    Cat S. Jacinto 5 жыл бұрын

    That tutorial on gplates would be very appreciated. I’m working on a map and didn’t even know gplates existed. Now I have to go and see if what I have so far looks good in 3d. Thank you for this!

  • 13thBear
    13thBear 4 жыл бұрын

    Wow, you are an amazing person- real science and fantasy imagination rolled up in one! Great video.

  • althesilly
    althesilly 5 жыл бұрын

    Yes, I would love to watch more in-depth photoshop videos on map making!

  • Raphael Carvalho da Silva
    Raphael Carvalho da Silva 5 жыл бұрын

    Hey Artifexian, just dropped by to say that your tutorial on Photoshop would be very helpful and useful. I think it has been established that you're an awesone teacher and your lesson would be a gem. Thank you very much

  • Hunter Harris
    Hunter Harris 5 жыл бұрын +6

    I would be very much interested in this same kind of video for a torus shaped planet!

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +4

      Same deal except when you go to draw your plates make sure the left and right sides match up AND the top and bottom.

  • Ágoston Szabó
    Ágoston Szabó 5 жыл бұрын

    THANK YOU! I was in the making of a Pangea world, with a limited amount of kingdoms ruling, but I just wasn't sure how to exactly control the map, to put the minerals, and metals to the right places (yes putting mountains, and volcanoes in the right places help, but it is a steampunk world, so knowing about the how and why they would be there is possible... so I am thankful for you, and for YT for suggesting this video for me (I was about to search but hey, it knew what i needed)

  • Snack YGO
    Snack YGO 4 жыл бұрын

    I love the idea of a Pangea world where most of the landmass is concentrated at one of the poles. The result would likely be massive ice sheets.

  • ayokunle akinrinde
    ayokunle akinrinde 4 жыл бұрын +1

    wow i was watching old vids the jump in production value is amazing :) currently fighting world builders disease , but loving how in depth you get :D

  • Indomitus1973
    Indomitus1973 5 жыл бұрын

    Lovely, I'll have to give Gplates a try. Been trying to design some Earth-like alien worlds lately. My workflow so far has included Gimp and Blender, and some island randomization scripts (I rando a bunch and choose the best shapes). I'll probably still use Blender for the final hi-res design, but sounds like Gplates will get me to that point faster.

  • Cringe Joestar
    Cringe Joestar 4 жыл бұрын

    THIS IS SO HELPFUL, I would totally be down for something that's a little lengthy

  • inari28
    inari28 3 жыл бұрын +9

    “We’re going for function over form”
    *makes beautiful map*
    holy shit, you fucking killed me dude!

  • Kyle Nelson
    Kyle Nelson 4 жыл бұрын

    Excellent video! It's refreshing to see a different approach with fantasy map making. Have you studied geography/geology or is it just an interest?

  • Richard Langlois
    Richard Langlois 5 жыл бұрын

    Utterly brilliant!! I love your stuff! I'd love a more in-depth explanation of your Photoshop, G-Plates, and G-Projector process.

  • Cosmonaut999
    Cosmonaut999 5 жыл бұрын

    Great video! Yes, please do more tutorials about plate tectonics and mapping!

  • TheKirov099
    TheKirov099 5 жыл бұрын

    Super awesome. I've been working on a project to try and automate this process with procedural generation and simulation. It's been a lot of fun learning how it all works, even if I haven't made a whole lot of progress. Gplates is super awesome though, thanks for bringing that to my attention.

  • ColonelCat
    ColonelCat 5 жыл бұрын

    THANK YOU. I’ve been wanting to make a realistic world that didn’t look like stretched play doh. I wanted to make a world with history, and many countries that rise and fall, with realistic features and towns, just like real life.

  • Jacob Battashi
    Jacob Battashi 5 жыл бұрын +6

    Awesome! Loved the video. Always wanted a way of making maps spherical haha
    By the way, why do you put your 'pangea' in the north hemisphere? Any apparent reason, like personal, is it just because where the most land mass is, it's going to be the place humans or the creatures there consider north?

    • KuraIthys
      KuraIthys 4 жыл бұрын

      North and south are kinda arbitrary anyway.
      I mean, take a planet rotating counter-clockwise, with an axial tilt above 90 degrees.
      This can be interpreted as north being 'down', that north and south are swapped logically, or that the entire solar system is treated as being inverted.
      (after all, a counter-clockwise rotation with a tilt above 90 degrees is functionally equivalent to a clockwise rotation with less than 90 degree tilt)
      It could be interpreted based on the balance of land and water, or just about any number of other factors.
      If the magnetic poles are vastly out of line with the geographic ones, even more options present themselves.
      But in the end, while having a 'north' and 'south' equivalent broadly makes sense (except perhaps where the magnetic and geographic versions are way out of line, in which case you may end up with these being separate concepts), there's no real reason for either of the two possible interpretations.
      You could have a culture declare 'north' equivalent to east, but that's just a swapping of terminology, and the way planets are it doesn't make sense to define outside of either the magnetic poles, or the poles defined by the axis of rotation. If a culture DID do that it would imply having an arbitrary set of direction concepts.
      Perhaps you could have a culture that doesn't think in rectilinear terms, leading perhaps to directions spaced around a hexagon, but that's not really that different in practice, even if the terminology that would result would be different. (you'd find that either the north-south or east-west equivalents would likely be an 'inbetween' direction comparable to 'south-east' logically.)
      Why cultures would do that I wouldn't know, but the north/south thing being arbitrary wouldn't really change.

    • Jacob Battashi
      Jacob Battashi 5 жыл бұрын +1

      Artifexian ok, thanks Bro, love your work!

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +6

      No reason at all. On another day I might have been in the south.

  • Niek Grooters
    Niek Grooters 5 жыл бұрын

    I tried to make a realistic map with proper plate tectonics about a month ago, but i couldn't get the pools to line up properly and noticed i tried to create something really earth with out intention. this has really has helped and i know about G-plates at that time

  • Z. L. Burington
    Z. L. Burington 5 жыл бұрын

    Well done. You can also play with varying the ages of mountain ranges and plates, having some plates or plate boundaries being eliminated in the past and old mountain ranges still present but heavily eroded. See, the Appalachians. These mountains aren't large enough to produce rain shadows, but they can be interesting topography.
    From the continental map you produced, I assume you will have 4 major oceanic currents. Two will be located in your massive ocean, one south and one north of the equator. A third will be located in the smaller ocean basin south of your continent. The final current will be the polar vortex, which in a world with an appropriate climate would have a central oceanic ice cap. Assuming your air current masses are similar to Earth, from here we can start mapping biomes. One of the cool things about your map is that the largest mountain range is trans-equatorial, which means that you're probably going to have a bunch of tropical alpine areas, which have really cool plantlife. Something you won't have very much of, given the shape of the world, is temperate deciduous forests, as these would have to be on the east side of your supercontinent, and potentially in the massive bay on the west side. A good portion of the world will be deserts and grasslands, given the continental effects. The North polar area could be either tundra or a massive greenland like icecap, depending on your preference. And of course the boreal forest will abut that northern mountain chain. The whole lack of land in the Southern hemisphere is interesting.
    So, yeah. I hope you spend your next video on this topic talking about ocean and air currents, since they're so important for driving biome location.

  • Med B
    Med B 5 жыл бұрын

    Next tutorial, how to determine climate patterns that would indicate where your deserts, jungles, tundras, etc, will be. From the map you made, it looks like there will be a mega desert in the middle with all those huge mountain ranges preventing ocean moisture from blowing in.

  • Caleb Hubbell
    Caleb Hubbell 5 жыл бұрын

    I really think you should continue with your orbital elements video and add time into the mix. Show how to calculate future positions of your future planets. Now that would be a challenge of a video!

  • Goldball Industries
    Goldball Industries 2 ай бұрын

    as someone who makes custom planet textures for videos, this was very helpful, I now know to add much water, have islands all over the edges of ocean plates, and have canyons not just formed by water

  • xMEanimations
    xMEanimations 4 жыл бұрын +15

    that was very informative, though i don't think most fantasy maps are designed to cover a globe. In fact it adds to mystery that parts of the world are yet undiscovered.

    • seigeengine
      seigeengine 4 жыл бұрын

      You as the author should not be filling in details of your world blindly, nor should you shackle your narrative to the tyranny of trivial realities.

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  4 жыл бұрын +12

      Absolutely! But you as the author shouldnt be discovering your world at the same time as the reader. Worldbuild on the globe scale and only show a fraction of your work.

  • WumbologistPhD
    WumbologistPhD 5 жыл бұрын

    please! i've never heard of Gplates before and I would love it if you made a tutorial on it. Tectonics are exactly how I've informed worlds and their continents, this would take it to a new level.

  • Robert Williams
    Robert Williams 5 жыл бұрын

    I've tried to do a map based on tectonic plates before and the 3D aspect caused me problems. I'd love to see a tutorial on these programs.

  • Ryan Ratchford
    Ryan Ratchford 5 жыл бұрын +2

    Great video! Love the depth you go! Would be great to see you continue this mapping with climate, biomes etc

    • Artifexian
      Artifexian  5 жыл бұрын +2

      This will definitely happen.