Mapmaking 101 – Fountain Basics

Fountains in a map are a great way to show your creativity. They can range from a very simple fountain on the side of a building to an elaborate centerpiece for a medieval city. Here are some basics to get you started.

The raised river level is the most basic step of creating eye-candy fountains.

Step 1 – Start by placing river sections where you want your fountain to be.

Step 2 – Using the raise land tool, raise the level of the river water.

Step 3 – Keep clicking, and the water will raise to the point where it is cascading down as if from a fountain.

Before we get to more detailed work, let’s examine a faster but less flexible way to make a fountain. Note: I don’t really advise using this method, but it could come in useful sometime if you have a long fountain to make and want to save yourself from hundreds of mouse-clicks.

Step 1 – To begin, use the mid- or maximum level terrain tool to create a heightened area. Place a straight river upon it.

Step 2 – Lower the land to minimum level, along one edge of the river.

Step 3 – Lower the land on both sides of the river.

Step 3 – Add a background wall or other decorations to make it look more like a fountain.

With these basic techniques in mind, you can begin to combine the raised river levels with buildings and lowered walls to make your own unique fountains.

Step 1 – In this example, we’ll make it look as though water is coming from inside the tower. Begin by placing the tower and wall sections (so that the window will appear).

Step 2 – Using the smallest brush, place two sections of river next to the tower, under the window. Again using the smallest brush, raise the land under the water.

Step 3 – Stop when the water levels reach the bottom of the window.

Step 4 – Add additional wall sections next to the water. To make it look natural, add river sections for a spill-over area at the bottom. Decorate with bushes, and you’re done!

For more ideas and inspiration about fountains, look here.

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