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Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Rifts RPG) by Will-Erwin Michigan's Upper Peninsula (Rifts RPG) by Will-Erwin
[edit: I added in Wellington, a canon city and home to an important arms manufacturer that was mentioned in a book I didn't own when I made this map. I also fixed a spelling mistake and tweaked the brightness a bit.]
Created with GIMP, Inkspace, and Wilbur, this map depicts the Upper Peninsula as described in the Rifts Role-Playing Game by Palladium Books. This is the final version that shows political boundaries/affiliations and settlements, and it includes all the extras I like to throw in: a compass rose, legend, and frame. If you'd like to see the map without the extras, there's a physical geography version in my gallery.

The Rifts RPG is set several centuries after a future apocalyptic event known as The Coming of the Rifts. The ley lines are areas of supernal energy, and the nexus points where they come together are common places for dimensional rifts to open up. The Earth is changed, and humanity is on the ropes worldwide. This makes for a "kitchen sink" setting that combines elements of fantasy, cyberpunk, mech combat, survival, horror, and other genres.

The Upper Peninsula is a region of relative stability and prosperity. There are two  human-dominated countries on the peninsula. Ishpeming is a country that is dominated by Northern Gun, the best-known arms manufacturer on the planet. The Mantistique Imperium is a close ally and trading partner which also trades in weapons and other goods. Iron Heart is a member of the Coalition States, a human supremecist, nazi-like empire.

My objective in this map was to squeeze every piece of canon information I could into a single map, while keeping it readable and nice to look at.

The setting is the intellectual property of Palladium Books, and I re-created the logos for Iron Heart and the NG logo from their published books. Special thanks to Arsheesh, a master cartographer whose tutorials taught me fundamentals I needed to make this map.
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MasterMikel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Once again, a great job! Are you considering any other areas? The Arkansas/Missouri area could use a visit from a map-maker of your skills, as well as the Ohio Valley or even Chi-Town/the  Old Chicago Ruins. Love you work!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Edited Nov 6, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I'd love to draw another Rifts Earth area, though I have to say that I find North America to be an intimidating setting, as there are so many sources for it (going on two dozen books, I think). I was thinking of doing Mexico, Russia, Japan, or maybe South America for my next Rifts map, but frankly, there seems to be more interest/demand for these maps among the Palladium Fantasy fans than among the Rifts fans.
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BemEstranho Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Your maps are amazing! i would love to have a poster of some of them on my wall!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, if you're interested in prints, Palladium Books is giving some away in this year's Christmas Surprise Packages. I'm sure they'll throw some in if you request them. They're one of the better deals you'll find on RPG products. Even if you're not keen on RPG products, you could request references like their compendiums of weapons (ancient and modern), eye candy like their art books, a comic book, their tactical tabletop Robotech game, and other fun products.
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BemEstranho Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll give it a look!
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Centurion030 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
My old stomping grounds for my first afloat unit in the Coast Guard-USCGC Acacia (WLB-406). Initially homeported at Grand Haven and then moved to Charlevoix. All of Lake Michigan was our Area of Operation. On my very first trip, Winter 1989, we got called to do USCGC Mesquite Operations as she had gone aground at the very tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, called Copper Island. She was later deemed a total loss.

Yeah, as we were transiting Lake Superior in early December, the Edmond Fitzgerald came to mind especially when we passed over its resting spot on the chart. And here I was on a tiny 180' buoy tender...

Trivia note: on the very night the Mesquite went aground, the deck force WAS playing the Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald...

Pictures of the Mesquite Ops can be found here:
www.facebook.com/jwkrych/media…

Enjoy!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Edited Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great song, that. I'll probably be whistling it all day tomorrow. Thanks for sharing the memories. It's pretty awesome how this map has resonated with people familiar with the area.

Oh, and thanks for your service!
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Centurion030 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016
Thank you and welcome!!
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KingCourier Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Those maps you do are amazing!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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shanblue Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! I grew up just south of the Mackinaw Bridge. Yep, I'm a troll. :D (Big Grin) 
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, someone has to stop those billy goats.

Thanks for the response! It's interesting how this map seems to resonate so strongly with people from this area. Most of my maps are totally fiction, with few or no real-life locations for reference. Perhaps I should try doing some re-imagining of other more familiar places.
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shanblue Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think that would be awesome. Everyone is proud (usually) of where they came from. I bet you would get great responses.
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jkemeny Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Very good! Yah, you betcha!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, don't cha know!
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jkemeny Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D (Big Grin) 
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arsheesh Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey killer job on this FeroceFV!  I love the border, nice job with the texture there.  Also, the icons look great; the nexus icons in particular really suit this Sci-fi style.  All in all a fine map.  And thanks for the kind words, I'm happy to here that my tutorials were of use to you.  You have certainly done a marvelous job here.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Edited Mar 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, Arsheesh!
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ulimann644 Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks very cool.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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zyanitevp Featured By Owner May 12, 2014
Success on your objective- this is not only great to look at, but an awesome gaming resource!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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Tokobauzsos Featured By Owner May 8, 2014
Phenomenal!
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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zombie2012 Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Awesome.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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rcljr Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
This is fantastic.  It will be very useful in my Coalition based campaign.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wonderful! You're the exact audience I made this map for, then. Please let me know if you discover any ommissions or discrepancies with the source material.
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Fallen-Immortal Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This still makes me happy.  It's fun to imagine this.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
 I have more fun with the imagining that comes with contemplating the setting than I ever did playing the game.
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Misfit-KotLD Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
Nice.
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Will-Erwin Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!
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