Re: Map of Barsoom
- Darren Bulmer wrote:
>Fair enough; my contention is that since Burroughs based Barsoom on Lowell's Mars, and Lowell's Mars was based on his observations of the real Mars, it's possible to figure out how to align Burroughs with Lowell and Lowell with NASA, thus reconciling Burroughs with NASA. I think the result is pretty indisputable, though I'd love to hear critiques from anyone who thinks it isn't.
> I didn't bother trying to reconcile Burroughs with NASA, as I really don't see ERBS Barsoom as really being our Mars at all. I just took what I could from the novels and from reference books and went from there.
For gaming purposes, I also find it extremely useful to be able to use NASA's elevation maps of Mars to fill in the vast blank spaces between Burroughs' Barsoomian cities with real geography.
> If you're interested in taking advantage of NASA's topographic data, I'll recommend my own effort to reconcile Burroughs with NASA: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/barsoom/files/Secret%20of%20Exum.pdf
> -Jeff Dee
> Darren Bulmer wrote:
> > The map was attached. DonÃ¢ÂÂt know what happened to it
> > Darren
> > From: jhuckenp@
> > So where is the map? I don't see how we can comment until we see it.
> > mancerbear%40hotmail.com writes:
> > > IÃ¢ÂÂm running a role play game set on Barsoom, and I took the time to work
> > > on a map for the players. It turned out well, so I thought IÃ¢ÂÂd share it
> > > with everyone here. YouÃ¢ÂÂll notice there are no canals on the map. I decided to
> > > avoid them as ERB was a bit vague as to where they were located except for
> > > the ones near Helium. Anyway, IÃ¢ÂÂm open to opinions and feedback.
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, richard johnson <rikjohnson39@...>
>Oop. No sarcasm intended, sir. My apologies for the implication - it
> Ok, I can appreciate that<g>
was a bit of an over-the-top outburst. I was just that, after spending
months putting the big version of your map together, then trying to
duplicate it in an entirely different medium, that you would be here to
look at it kinda blew me away for a minute. I appreciate your giving
it your attention, truly.
As for the 'world's expert' designation, tell me - who else in the world
has posted such intricately detailed maps of Barsoom anywhere? Not to
belittle Den Valron's or anyone else's work, mind you, much of which is
as familiar to me as to anyone (hi Den, nice to meet you); but no one
else has posted online anywhere near the map-work you have, you must
admit. ergo: expert.
So whether you consider yourself an expert, or just a nimble
Cartographer, I'm truly glad to have your eyes on my work, and am
humbled by it. honestly.
Sorry that the size of my map has challenged your 'puter. The original
of it is even larger-sized - apparently to large for ImageShack,
however, and that one was 1/4 the size of the map that the players will
get to play on. So yeah, Civ III maps are huge - all the better for
games that last for weeks and weeks!
As to the size of your map, I downloaded the pieces and assembled them
without resizing on my computer, so if there's a larger-sized one out
there somewhere, I missed it, and would explain why I couldn't read it
especially well. It appears we both prefer large canvases. The
re-assembled version of your map that I used for reference is posted at:
Warning, that map is also HUGE.
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