I’m playing around with the idea of starting on a new map. As with Nagce Valley it will be a fictitious map catering to large equipment, though this one will be set in North Carolina / West Virginia rather than the Midwest. The idea at the moment is to start with a 4x base map and utilize about 70% of the available area for my map with the remainder being left over for possible expansion.
One of the key features that I’m interested in pursuing, and which certainly fits with the NC/WV theme, is the use of complex field shapes. If you are at all familiar with No Creek or Tazwell County you will have a good idea of where I’m headed, though this map will be much hillier than either those excellent maps.
I used Google Earth quite a lot when I was conceptualizing Nagce Valley to get a feel for field and yard layouts and have started doing the same with the new map. The one shortcoming of Google Earth in this regard is that judging field size was largely guess work. This time around I’ve found an online tool that takes the guess work pot of the process.
The Google Maps Area Calculator Tool from Daft Logic allows you to plot points on a map and then calculates the area enclosed by those points.