How to Make a Map of a Made Up Country

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How to Make a Map of a Made Up Country
Design a map for interactive game play. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Great stories and interactive role-playing games rely heavily on others understanding the created world. Reading the description of a location is helpful but seeing the place for yourself is invaluable. When an author creates a country or a world related to his book, the reader gains valuable information and can cross-reference locations for a deeper understanding. Some role-playing games rely on fantasy countries and locations for game play and use maps to illustrate locations for other players.

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Things you need

  • Map paper
  • Coloured pencils
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Make a key. This is important for reading the map and executing detail. Decide first what the symbols equal and make a legend on a separate sheet of paper. Remember the key when you are adding map detail.

  2. 2

    Draw the boundaries for your country. Consider what is on your country's boarders. Make a small note on the outside country boarder to define what lies beyond. Use a ruler to measure the distances between country boarders and to define how large your country is.

  3. 3

    Add landscape detail like mountain ranges and rivers. Use blue for bodies of water and brown for mountains. Include any other natural detail and ensure your colours and shapes match your key.

  4. 4

    Fill in cities and country areas. Mark different territories and provinces related to your country.

  5. 5

    Place relevant buildings, streets and man-made details; your map isn't required to show these details but incorporate them if they help illustrate your map.

  6. 6

    Add any additional detail to your map. Place extra information on your key if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • Leave an area on your final map open for placing your key.
  • Create a flag for your country for added authenticity.

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