Runemaster - Dev Diary 18 - World: Midgard

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The Climate and Creatures of Midgard
Of all the worlds, Midgard resembles Scandinavia the most, with its thick pine forests, marshes, mountains and fields.
So no beech woods? Not even a tiny bit of it?
Considering it was/is the dominating form of forest in the southern parts of Scandinavia (works for both the cultural definition as well as the geographical definition), it would make sense to include it. Especially since it was probably the main form of forest more then half of all Vikings lived close to. When the sagas mention the deep dark forests, it is often in reference to the breech' immense capacity for soaking up sunlight, as well as it's ability to grow densely (again because their dense foliage are capable of draining every last bit of light).
Oak woods would be cool too, but it has always been a minority wood since humanity thought it was fun to cut/burn down forests for farming. So no problems with that.

[EDIT] Would be totally acceptable if it was just included in Alfheim instead.
 
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So no beech woods? Not even a tiny bit of it?
Considering it was/is the dominating form of forest in the southern parts of Scandinavia (works for both the cultural definition as well as the geographical definition), it would make sense to include it. Especially since it was probably the main form of forest more then half of all Vikings lived close to. When the sagas mention the deep dark forests, it is often in reference to the breech' immense capacity for soaking up sunlight, as well as it's ability to grow densely (again because their dense foliage are capable of draining every last bit of light).
Oak woods would be cool too, but it has always been a minority wood since humanity thought it was fun to cut/burn down forests for farming. So no problems with that.

[EDIT] Would be totally acceptable if it was just included in Alfheim instead.

Think of Midgard as the middle and north of Sweden/Norway, while Alfheim is the south of Sweden/Norway. I am not quite sure what kinds of trees are in Alfheim, but they do look kind of similar to the ones you linked to.
 

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Well, looking similar is plenty. Naming them isn't really important, it is more the looks of the trees.
 

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Think of Midgard as the middle and north of Sweden/Norway, while Alfheim is the south of Sweden/Norway. I am not quite sure what kinds of trees are in Alfheim, but they do look kind of similar to the ones you linked to.

That's a useful comparison for someone who actually lives in Scandinavia I'm sure, but my family hasn't lived in Sweden since the 1920s. Clearly there are places of inspiration in Sweden that are acting as the basis for both Midgard and Alfheim. Are there pictures you could name/show/link that show the places in Sweden or Norway that you are most inspired by for Runemaster?
 

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That's a useful comparison for someone who actually lives in Scandinavia I'm sure, but my family hasn't lived in Sweden since the 1920s. Clearly there are places of inspiration in Sweden that are acting as the basis for both Midgard and Alfheim. Are there pictures you could name/show/link that show the places in Sweden or Norway that you are most inspired by for Runemaster?

Sorry, I sometimes forget that people aren't as familiar with Scandinavia as I am :eek:o
Here's a couple of pictures which I feel are quite representative of northern Sweden and Midgard:
sweden_landscape.jpg
pine_forest.jpg
original.jpg

Southern Sweden - Alfheim:
rapsfalt2.jpg
tatortsnara_natur_o_skog_skogen_3.jpg
new-forest-swing.jpg

We will talk more about Alfheim in a later dev diary :)
 

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Ah thanks, nice looking places, will have to go some day.
 
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