I’ve Been Playing With Inkarnate

It’s a really fun mapmaking tool. Before trying Inkarnate, I tried worldspinner and I didn’t like that one much. I also played around with World Anvil, but I can’t lie: if World Anvil has a mapmaking function, I couldn’t find it.

So far, Inkarnate is fun and easy to use. I especially like the grid function, because I like to know exactly how many miles apart things are. With the grid, I can assign a mile value to the grid and then I know exactly how far apart everything is.

Then there’s the stamp function, which lets me add in all kinds of fun symbols.

The green cities are my “Open Shop” cities, where time travelers post medieval period are allowed to be open about who they are and (for the most part) follow the customs of their time.

The black cities are “closed shop” cities. Depending on the city’s king (yeah, they all have different kings-we’re basing this off the early medieval political landscape), each city has a different “accepted year.” If the king says the year is 1254, then nobody can use any technology or make any references to anything after 1254.

The black-robed figure is to denote the known homes of the “deep ones.” Those are sea giants.

The blue portals denote time tears. These are rips in spacetime where time travelers tend to show up. Anyone who walks directly into a time tear risks briefly crossing through another dimension or ending up in a time-loop.

It’s basically a world that had no humans until the timefall appeared 123 years ago (by this planet’s time-years are slightly longer here). Most of the time/space travelers who show up are from the medieval era. Second biggest group is Renaissance era. Anyone post-20th century is a minority. They have the hardest time fitting in with the rest of the world and often land themselves in trouble and are imprisoned within the timefall, a wall of broken time that nobody can break through, save for once every five years on the vernal equinox. This is when the timefall breaks and all of the planet’s criminals make a run for it.

What do you think?

Have you used Inkarnate before? If not, what mapmaking tools do you like?

Are you a worldbuilder? I’d love to hear all about your world in the comments! 🙂

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