Extra: Valton Inner City Rail Map

April 28th, 2013, 9:42 am

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    Reply KreeTheBasilisk April 28th, 2013, 10:11 am

    I was hoping to make this into a proper finished rail network map, but as you can see I've unfortunately run out of ideas for street/location names. I blurred out my dummy text to make it look a tiny bit better. If you have any suggestions I'm dying to hear some! :P

    The idea for a proper Valton map gave me the idea for a comic idea where Zero is lost on the commuter trains, and finds a leaflet/poster with this map on it and tries to find his way home (with limited success).

    I went for a rail map over an actual city map because there would be way too many streets and itty bitty squares for buildings everywhere.

    While attempting to fill empty stations, I invented the Basilisk Robotics Engineering building, and Cobalt Park, which is both a small public city park and an outdoor robot testing area. Gyro tests, dirt clog tests, etc. I was originally going to avoid giving Metaphase Electric its own (public) station, but what the heck, if B.R.Ltd. can afford three, M.E. can get at least one, right?

    You can download a PDF of the finished map here!

    If you're interested in logos: Metaphase Electric (SVG/PNG), Helm-Westing Wholegoods (SVG/PNG), Basilisk Robotics Ltd (SVG/PNG). B.R.E. uses the same shape as the main logo, except with a thick green border instead of a fill and no eyes. You probably won't see that logo on many things.

    Valton Rail uses the Commando font from Font Squirrel, and the other text is Exo from the same site.

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    Reply Marcus Brigade April 28th, 2013, 10:21 am

    I've always wanted a street named after me

    Reply KreeTheBasilisk April 28th, 2013, 10:35 am

    @Marcus Brigade: It's near the old S.P.I. building. I wasn't sure what the CEO Markus' last name was so I went with that. The naming of that station/street was given to S.P.I. during its heyday, so the name can be whatever you want ;)

    Reply LandenMaster April 28th, 2013, 11:24 am

    cool, map of Valton?

    Reply lizard-socks April 28th, 2013, 8:30 pm

    Here's some ideas for subway stops:
    * Train station (they probably have more of those in the future, right?)
    * Vine St.
    * State St.
    * [Insert company name here] Field, home of the Valton Chargers baseball team (probably minor league?)
    * Police station(s)

    Reply KreeTheBasilisk April 29th, 2013, 7:19 am

    @lizard-socks: Train station? I'm not sure I understand, every dot on the map is a train station? The train yard is not shown (commuter map, after all), but they store the trains not in use up north above the Valton Rail main office (The "VR" station).

    The city is too big to show individual police stations on a rail map. The main police H.Q. would be somewhere near City Hall, and the rest of the police buildings are spaced out around the city. Likewise with other Emergency services.

    I'm already cheating a bit by giving entire company buildings their own station, and only then because they're really large companies with a lot of commuters. For example I'm not sure if Dr. de Groot is quite successful enough to warrant a whole station for his labs. I guess he managed to scoop up an abandoned property on the cheap?

    I think I'll use Vine St., but I'm not sure about a field being big enough for a whole station though.

    Reply lizard-socks April 29th, 2013, 10:10 am

    @KreeTheBasilisk: By "train station" I meant trains that go to other cities.

    Also, "field" is what a lot of baseball stadiums are called, even though they're stadiums. That's the sort of thing I had in mind. ;)

    Reply KreeTheBasilisk April 30th, 2013, 8:02 am

    @lizard-socks: The lines that run off the edges are the ones connected outside the city. It's been left out of this particular map because this one is only for the inner city subway.

    A baseball field wouldn't really be big enough to get a whole station, or for example would be attached to Greene Park. Marin Stadium was built to be the biggest and best multipurpose stadium in the city.

    It's frustrating, I have a rough idea in my head of what each area has, but no names. Central and the surrounding area is the nonstop party & tourist attraction. Northwest is industrial. North of City Hall is full of traditional businesses, while the Chrome tower area is the big and flashy commercial enterprises. The southern area is almost all residential, bleeding out into a suburban/industrial mix to the west and a leisurely commercial area full of malls and restaurants to the east. Even the City Loop alters things by creating a miniature hub for each junction station.

    I could even say the trio's apartment is nearby the 3rd station on the unnamed south red line, but I haven't a clue what to name it... argh, frustrating!

    I'm probably putting way too much thought into such an ephemeral map, but I wouldn't feel right if I didn't make the map reflect how a real city might be laid out.

    Reply Phenoix12 April 30th, 2013, 2:09 pm

    I don't see a hospital listed on the map
    A city this big and high tech should have a large hospital/medical research building

    Reply KreeTheBasilisk April 30th, 2013, 10:28 pm

    @Phenoix12: Oh yes, good idea! :)

    Reply KreeTheBasilisk May 5th, 2013, 10:30 am

    And I finally managed to finish this map! Gratuitous use of name generators were employed :P

    Reply Marcus Brigade May 7th, 2013, 2:06 am

    @KreeTheBasilisk: were they all randomly generated or was Wheatley Heights meant to reference to Portal?

    Reply KreeTheBasilisk May 7th, 2013, 3:37 am

    @Marcus Brigade: "Wheatley" came up on one of the street name generators, and I decided to turn it into a Portal reference :P

    There's also a couple of other hidden references amongst the random names ;)

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