User:Eklas/Bliki/2017/11/27

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Hi! You're reading my bliki, and that's awesome! You're literate! Good job! Anyways, I have things to talk about.

So I entered my dancing queen year on Thursday and it was extra young and sweet, especially because I have common cold and a sore neck, and I didn't even leave my bed on Friday. (Not that I usually leave my bed for prolonged periods of time anyway.)

I saw we got a wiki forum now, which time will tell if it helped anything (or, if people at least learn to use it instead of the diaries.) I myself am a little disappointed that the forum is very plain and the text alignment sometimes behaves weird. But like I said, let's give it a shot.

Progress on railway line 020

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This is an established segment by now, but this might be one of the last times it's featured here! The railway now reached its 127th kilometer in Smilínov, Drabantian Egailia Region and Drabantský Kolín, the terminus, is now only some 25 kilometers away. I challenge myself to have that finished before Christmas. Anyway, here's what's interesting on the new 45 kilometers since two weeks ago:

Blšov

(you might want to move the map a bit southwards) is an average small town of about 5000 residents, there isn't really anything major about it; a lot of food processing industry can be found there (the first fully automatized fruit press in Drabantia was launched in Blšov in 1927, so that's a fun fact.) You can get to Blšov in 80 minutes by an express train from Odrava.

Hojtín

is the administrative seat of the district and has a population of about 16,000. There is also some industry and it's mostly electronics or light machinery. Hojtín can be reached from Odrava in 90 minutes.

The terrain in the region is flattish, with some ponds or a small hill breaking it occasionally.

Ostrohovice-Alžbětín

While the town is probably even less interesting than the former two, Alžbětín, the former fortress and now a suburb of Ostrohovice, is one of the most prominent tourist attractions along the railway. It was built in the 1750s, shortly after the collapse of the Egailian Empire (if you don't know anything about the history of my country, see this.) Around that time, Drabantia had a strained relationship with Litvania, its northwestern neighbor, hence fortification was built in case of a possible future armed conflict.

Alžbětín got its name after Marie Alžběta, the last queen of the union of the two countries. It was never actually used, because there hasn't been any war in Drabantia since then, but in the 19th century the fort served as military barracks and in the 20th century it was turned into a residential area.

Express trains also stop at the Ostrohovice station; it's a 95 minute ride from Odrava.

That's it for today. See you next week with a couple new kilometers to talk about!

Monday bliki by Eklas
2020

Comments are v welcome

also did you see JoshuaWorldMapper is back? on a scale 1 - 10, how much do you not care

I really like how you get such an appearance of detail before detailed mapping on higher zooms. Any tips on how you do it? --Ernestpcosby (talk) 17:19, 28 November 2017 (CET)

Minimalism. You can notice I only draw roads, water, forests and urban areas - these are the four most distinct parts of any landscape. Once you have these, you can already tell a lot about the place, e.g. its terrain. Farmland and small natural details can be left to individual imagination. Administrative boundaries also help get a more 'full' look. And also mildly interesting yet believable landmarks - a cliff, a protected area, an important factory or a monastery here and there. --Eklas (talk) 22:54, 28 November 2017 (CET)

10¹⁰. I like Alžbetín, it seems a very nice place for a house. Where did you get the names for the towns from though? I know you are Czech and that helps alot, but I have lately been struggling to find consistent naming patterns for my villages and towns. They all seem just weird or a glued version of two existing place names. Can you give aid to the liguistically poor litvensko peoples? Can we into names? --mfnowacki (talk) 18:42, 27 November 2017 (CET)

Pro tip: giving someone aids isn't the same as helping, hehe ;) . --Trabantemnaksiezyc (talk) 20:58, 27 November 2017 (CET)
I was meant to sound like Polandball, but nvm. --mfnowacki (talk) 07:23, 28 November 2017 (CET)
Oh, okay. The joke went past me. But giving some AIDS to Litvanians is still funny. Also, I don't care at all that the Mapper bloke is back, 42/10. --Trabantemnaksiezyc (talk) 08:33, 28 November 2017 (CET)
I come up with most of my names before actually drawing an area. I imagine what I want the landscape to be like and write down whatever feels right. It's true that having an extensive vocabulary of your country's language helps a lot. You can create names in your native language and then translate them. --Eklas (talk) 13:21, 28 November 2017 (CET)

(My 1st comment on a bliki after my wiki block!) Dobry den, Eklas! On the scale of 1-10, I care about 5, because firstly, I still care about mappers who are gone and who never came back; I don't want more 'lost countries' popping up. However, Palaseskia has limited impact to the OGF world, so... Anyway I am still happy he's back.

I liked your progress on the railway. I am going to do such similar work at the beginning of next year. Possibly I will start at the southern part of Singkangia, which I am working on recently. I also need to look through and work on the natural features, as my drawing is not so nice. Liked the town names in Czech. --Happy mapping and God bless, Zhenkang (talk) 02:17, 28 November 2017 (CET)

Thank you! Good luck with Singkania. (and by the way, Dobrý den is a formal greeting, Ahoj is the word for casual conversation.) --Eklas (talk) 13:21, 28 November 2017 (CET)

Nice railway! I especially love the area and landscaping built around the railway that makes the area feel so realistic. --TheHolyEpicPenguin (talk) 9:13 PM, November 28 2017 (EST)

Thanks! --Eklas (talk) 13:21, 28 November 2017 (CET)

Once again, amazing work! The detail is so awesome, and everything seems so coherent and peaceful. It sometimes makes me regret I don't built a more European-style country 🤔 —PC (talk / bliki) 21:17, 28 November 2017 (CET)

Aw, thank you! --Eklas (talk) 22:54, 28 November 2017 (CET)