A Speculative, Interactive Map of 'Game of Thrones'


Wed, Apr 23rd, 2014 10:00 by capnasty NEWS

This interactive but highly speculative map of the world of Westeros from Game of Thrones was created by carpediem, a member of the Westeros.org fansite. The map has settings that allows the viewer to avoid any spoilers by selecting only as far as one has read. In a way, the map kind of mimics the behaviour you'd expect out of Google Maps.

I really enjoyed the fan-made maps I've seen from Tear and serMountainGoat, so I thought I might try to make my own contribution. I started with serMountainGoat's images as base layers, then I added overlays to outline the political regions, show the noble families for individual towns, and trace the paths of major characters. Each of these overlays is controlled by a slider mechanism that allows you to show or hide spoilers depending on how far you've read in the books. Alternatively, you can use the slider to choose how much of the HBO TV show you've watched.

Next, I made all of the town & ruin markers clickable-- they'll take you directly to the appropriate page of the Westeros wiki. I also added some code to parse the URL so that you can link directly to a town or pair of coordinates. These location codes match those used in the wiki, but the coordinates are pretty meaningless. I figured this might be useful to the wiki.

All together, this adds up to quite a lot of information on one map. That's where you all come in. I haven't even finished reading the books once through, so I'm sure I made a few mistakes. There are many portions of the character paths that aren't clearly defined in the books (e.g. Tywin's movements during his battles with the Northmen). It's not obvious when or if towns change hands to new lords during the war. Plus, the TV show makes some significant changes from the books (e.g. they still haven't visited Riverrun). Basically, if you see any part of the map that conflicts with the books or the TV show, I'd appreciate if you'd let me know below this post. Also, if there is some part of the interface that you don't like or a feature that should be added, feel free to suggest those changes as well.



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