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Procedural Map Creation - Software or Program to create? [duplicate]

Trying to create a map for my fictional world. Obviously, I can do bits like color a paper blue and throw some random green shapes on there to create the land masses. However, the more I look into ...
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What does the view outside my ship traveling at light speed look like?

World Rules: Travelers are able to move at the speed of light without disruption of their lives. Time passes "normally" for them. They think, breathe, love, cry, and steer the ship as if they were ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Landmass formation

This question focuses on the initial creation of landmasses. What are the processes that causes land-masses to form, and continents and islands to rise up from the sea and sink back into it? How can ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Countries Borders

From previous questions, I made a nice mass of land, which was enriched up until the drawing of precise coastlines. But all that nice lands looks a bit empty. In my world, I want to make it alive, ...
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Why did Europeans not widely domesticate foxes?

So I've been thinking for a while about making a world where cats aren't as common and instead are more of a regional domesticated animal, replaced in (mostly Northwestern) Europe by foxes. How come ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Coastlines

Whenever I draw coastlines for a map, I find myself simply drawing large curves and adding in small squiggles in between, occasionally varying things a little for river deltas or small peninsulas. ...
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Multiple fireplaces in an apartment building?

I was working on a short story set in winter--a good time to contrast the cold, deprived life of the main character, reflecting his mental state, and the warmth and joy of other characters. There is ...
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How could a planet have most of its water in the atmosphere?

I am creating a speculative evolution project for school (and partially for leisure) and I need a planet for my organisms to live on. I have a rough idea of what it may be like but I'm no expert in ...
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How to make an animal which can only breed for a certain number of generations?

What would be the best way in which to genetically modify (or create through some other method) an animal which breeds normally for a certain number (50?) of generations before becoming sterile? ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Currents, Precipitation and Climate

Once geological processes and erosion have created a landscape this landscape will in turn alter the planet. Ocean currents and trade winds will tend to form and certain weather patterns will emerge. ...
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Creating a realistic world map - Mineralogy

I know how continents are formed and how they evolve over time but what does it look like under the surface? The crust of the planet is mostly made of rocks but there are also different types of ...
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Creating a realistic world - Governments

One problem facing worldbuilders is the wide range of possible, hypothetical governments: robot-overlord, zealous AI, mages, vampires, an so on. Aristotle among others, came with a typology to ...
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Creating a realistic world - Spreading religions

This is a follow up of this question: Creating a realistic world - Spreading languages When it comes to spreading a religion, is it the same dynamics as spreading a language? Or is it different? ...
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Creating a realistic world(s) map - Stars

This question is a sort of follow-up to Samuel's previous world map question, Creating a realistic world(s) map - planetary systems. Lots of science fiction stories involve journeying to nearby stars....
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Creating a realistic world map - Erosion

Once geological processes have created a landscape a number of factors come into play in order to reshape it. This includes weather and climate effects such as wind, rain and ice reshaping the terrain....

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