Sep 12, 2013

Warlor - a sandbox world

Roll 1d6: Creation
1: the gods sang a song, and the lyrics created Warlor. One sour note created evil.
2: a shard of heaven fell and the crash created Warlor. One piece scarred the face of Hatok the most beautiful god, who was so incensed his anger created evil.
3: the lords of creation came together and palavered to create Warlor where they could test their faithful, one lord turned against the others and introduced darkness and deception to the world.
4. a rift was torn in the fabric of the multiverse and a god fell through, the shockwave where she fell created Warlor.
5. ancient aliens, seeking refuge from an enslaved homeworld, terraformed a rocky world and called it Warlor.
6. A god and a demon had an argument, they created Warlor to settle the issue.

How the Warlor map was created.

Step 1.
In Photoshop a blank file was created and the Clouds filter was used on a blank layer. Levels were used to reduce the image to black and white, adjusting slightly between how much black or white in order to create an interesting silhouette.
Step 2.
I found some interesting terrain textures by searching for satellite images. Then hand edited them to fit the contours of the map.
Step 3.
Generated some interesting fantasy names by finding a fantasy name generator (there are dozens out there, in this case I used ). I chose the names I thought sounded cool, slightly modifying some of them.
There has been quite a bit of discussion about this font because of the recent Yahoo logo remake. So I decided to use this font. It is a strong stately font, very legible, and projects strength and class. I like its legibility.

Warlor! A new fantasy world is born.


  1. Love the look of Lorun and the shape of the forest between Wartas and Entas.

    But Optima? Argh!

    It's not a legible font. The "L" especially...

  2. yeah, Optima isn't my favorite. I thought it would be fun to use it because of the hubub over Yahoo's new logo.

    It is very easy to change to font though.

  3. What, no Comic Sans? Everyone loves that font. ;p

  4. Great idea using real world map textures!

  5. Hey Thomas, I am sorry to ask but... Any news on the Warriors of the Red Planet?