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Blank World Map (Robinson Projection)

By ElizaWyatt
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The Robinson-projection blank world map.

I like to make realistic fantasy maps in my free time. So, here's a world map without the world, earth based and free for everyone.

A few map-making tips:
  • The tropic lines tend to be desert. Ironic, isn't it?

  • Tropical rain forests tend to be found on the equator. 60° N/S can get pretty wet, too.

  • The arctic and antarctic circles are where you'll get 24-hour days around the hemisphere's mid-summer

  • Earth's axial tilt is at about 23.5° -- if you change this, the tropic and the arctic circles change, as well as the seasons and how water disperses (since a lot of water flow in the summer is snowmelt)

  • The hottest and the coldest places on a planet will be on the interior of the continents. Oceans act as a giant heat sink.

  • Mountains tend to have a wet side and a dry side, depending on prevalent winds. Ever hear about how it's always raining in Seattle? Blame the cascades; Eastern Washington is two steps away from being a desert.

  • This is a great (free) world building reference: A Magical Society Guide To Mapping


Terms of use:
  • If you use it, link back here so other map-makers can grab it too.

  • I'd like to see your maps, because I'm a bit of a cartography junky, so give me a link in the comments if you feel like it.

  • Post your maps wherever, on DA or off. I'm easy-going.


Have fun world building!
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AislingDomhan's avatar

I posted your projection in my community. I hope you do not mind. https://vk.com/the_cartographer

And my map: https://www.instagram.com/vladimir.lapshin/

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improbableSpace's avatar
But what if I'm making a planet with a different axial tilt than Earth, and thus different Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn? Is there a way I could find that out?
improbableSpace's avatar
Nevermind, I figured it out.
ElizaWyatt's avatar
Well, don't keep us in suspense! Share! :D
improbableSpace's avatar
It is, quite simply, the degrees of tilt of the planet north and south of the equator. For instance: Earth's axial tilt is 23.4 degrees, and the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are 23.4 degrees north and south of the equator.
ElizaWyatt's avatar
Oh, I thought you were going to tell us how to compensate for water dispersal on other axial tilts. ;) I'll have to research it on my own.
improbableSpace's avatar
That is a tad beyond my abilities, I'm afraid.
AvatarVyakara's avatar
You...probably have a lot of idea how much I appreciate this. Thank you so very very much! I'll send you the link when I'm done!
ElizaWyatt's avatar
I'm glad you like it! Good luck on your map making endeavors!
Ayyske's avatar
This template was a major help and awesome in general.

I've used it to give structure to the map I'm working on for the fantasy novel series.
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Fullsize: s7.postimg.org/dtb0a09nd/Aura_…

Thanks a bunch for making it!
ElizaWyatt's avatar
You're very welcome! Thank you for sharing! That really brightened my day. :D

Also, you did an awesome job with the land masses and shapes!
Ne0spartan's avatar
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!
I have been needing something like this to act as a guide for my drawing so I can get the continent's dimensions right.
When I finish the map I will send you a Note!
ElizaWyatt's avatar
You're very welcome! Enjoy! ^^
Poetic-Dragon's avatar
And as someone who lives in Seattle, I loved and laughed at your comment regarding wet/dry sides of mountains. :thumbsup:
ElizaWyatt's avatar
Coincidentally, I also happen to live in Seattle. :) I felt our reputation needed to be useful for a bit.

Now to explain to everyone that no, there is no snow here...
Poetic-Dragon's avatar
LOL or that our "rain" isn't always a real rain, but a constant drizzle. Or that just a ferry ride away, we have a rain forest.

We do kinda get snubbed by the rest the country. You have to say Washington state, because otherwise people assume you mean DC. National channels cram us so far over when displaying maps, we might as well not exist. Or explain that most those movies and tv shows that take here have a lot wrong. Ever watched Sleepless in Seattle, the scene where Meg Ryan follow Tom Hanks and his son from Lake Union to Alki, in winter.....drives me nuts. Nothing about that scene makes sense. ^^;
ElizaWyatt's avatar
Oh, but every movie that's set in a 'real city' does everything wrong. Seattle's certainly not left out there.
WorldBuilding's avatar
This looks like a great little resource for Cartographers :)
ElizaWyatt's avatar
I hope you enjoy it! Robinson isn't perfect, but the template really helped put my latest project in perspective.
WorldBuilding's avatar
Aye, when I get chance I'm gonna take a good look at it. I first started drawing one of my worlds out on a polyhedral map which was a little bizarre when I realised how the world would fit together as a sphere.

Now I tend to just stick with flat maps. So it would be interesting to have a crack at something slightly different.
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