If you write secondary world fantasy in a pre-modern, pseudo-Medieval setting, you are going to find thisverycool:
What is it?
It’s like GoogleMaps for the ancient Roman world.
You just enter in your parameters and voila! Orbis calculates the best route for you and tells you how long it will take. And there are a lot of parameters: not just departure point and destination, but time of year, method of travel, relative expensiveness of travel, etc.
In other words, this is really cool.
A word of warning, though: it only appears to work with a fairly updated browser (like IE 9 or a more recent Firefox installation, and you’ll want to temporarily turn off any script blockers you might have on).
This is going into my worldbuilding and inspiration toolkit along with:
- Medieval Demographics Made Easy
- The Domesday Book Calculator (based on above)
- Magical Medieval Society Guide to Mapping
- Magical Medieval City Guide
- The Cartographer’s Guild
- Zompist Language Construction Kit
- And others…
I just wanted to share this with you all. I haven’t had a chance to play with it much, yet, but what I’ve seen of it is pretty cool.
Oh, and all those other things I just linked… I’ve shared them around here before, haven’t I? No? Oh. Well, those things are cool tools to help your worldbuilding, too. Check them out if you haven’t seen them.