Aporkalypse maps are an important part of the Aporkalypse game play. They help newcomers navigate, they help veterans remember where places are, and they help builders see whether their construction is in proximity to other properties. Although the map work tends to be laborious, we do take great pride in mapping the Aporkalypse worlds as best we can.
History of mapping work
Up until June 2012, official isometric world maps were available, which were displayed in isometric form and were generated directly on the server. The map imagery was produced with pigmap, created by equalpants. A different map generation tool had been used previously, but it was too slow and became impractical to use on a world the size of the Aporkalypse, so equalpants wrote pigmap to solve this problem. The Google Maps API was created and maintained by odinsdream. Starting on June 23, 2012, the isometric worlds were discontinued due to problems with server load. Archived snapshots can be viewed at http://maps.minetato.com.
All of the current maps, as well as dozens of maps of unique regions and temporary servers, have been created by the eponymous user Mapcratic. These map sets were intended to complement the official Aporkalypse Map engine by providing top-down, coordinate-referenced sheets to help accurately plan and develop properties and infrastructure. Mapcratic's first maps were drawn in March 2011 as simple overlays on the official isometric Aporkalypse Map. These maps became a major catalyst for the "tram explosion" of March 2011, helping builders figure out the best routes to take. In May 2011 mapcratic did a rectification process on the Aporkalypse pigmap images, transforming them into a standard cartesian (overhead) projection. This became the basis for mapping work in spring 2012. Starting in July 2012, Mapcratic began using off-the-shelf map mods and officially-sanctioned flight abilities in creative mode to assemble the latest maps.
When out in the wild you may discover crosses on the ground, facing upward and made of various materials. These crosses are ground control points which help align the raw maps with map grids in Adobe Illustrator. Most of them are not used anymore, and those that are still used (such as the -2500 and 2500 points in Repork) will not cause any major problems if removed, so you may remove them and claim the land if you wish. Mapcratic will build or rebuild any control points that are needed for a particular survey.
Current map sets
The most current maps of important game areas are located on Samworm's map server at http://www.mjoang.com/maps. Files are named by date (YYYY-MM-DD), area of interest (all maps are Repork unless otherwise specified), and the pixel size of the base map image (bigger is better). Archived maps going back to May 2012 are available here. However, it only contains one map for the central region of the original Aporkalypse world. For Aporkalypse's outer areas, poles, and nether regions, consult the "Other maps" section below.
World Atlas Book
Last updated: 2012-03-01
This remains the most extensive atlas of the original Aporkalypse overworld, covering all territory within the snow walls. It consists of 80 highly detailed color plates, each covering 12 km2. There is no coverage of the Nether, tunnel systems, end dimension, or areas outside the snow walls. The book is a 125 MB PDF. While it has been retired since it was dependent on the retired pigmap application, much of the overworld portrayed in the book remains the same.
Excerpted images of interest:
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Basic road map
Last updated: 2011-08-26This map provides a very basic overview of the Aporkalypse world. Landmarks are not shown here, and trams or rail lines are not shown either.
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Last updated: 2011-08-26For those wanting to see all the attractions around Aporkalypse, this is the map you'll want. All the landmarks you could possibly want to visit are here. To help keep the map uncluttered, no trams or rail lines are shown.
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Last updated: 2011-08-26This sheet shows all of the tram and rail systems in the Aporkalypse world.
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Last updated: 2011-08-26This has everything, including roads, tram lines, land marks, and coordinates. It's a very messy but detailed map. You've been warned.
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Last updated: 2011-08-16This focuses on the NHN (Nether Hub Network) railway system. Older editions: 2011-07-29, 2011-07-16.
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Nether engineering map
Last updated: 2011-08-16Contents of the nether along with coordinates. Useful for planning purposes. Older editions: 2011-07-16.
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Hybrid nether-overworld map
Last updated: 2011-07-26Nether infrastructure is superimposed on the overworld map.
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High-resolution Nether map
Last updated: 2011-12-28This map covers most of the Nether adjacent to the major hubs. Excellent for planning your tunnels. This was mapped out before the diagonal tunnel to the Terrarium, which does not appear here. SPECIAL NOTE: An error appears on this map... the red label at the top edge that says "To Deep Blue" should read "To Atlanta".
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South Pole region
Last updated: 2012-01-18For those who like words such as McMurdo, Vostok, and Amundsen-Scott, this is the map for you.
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East Pole region
Last updated: 2012-01-14Covers the fairly deserted East Pole region. What's out there? Who knows.
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Spawn and Second Continent
Last updated: 2011-12-28This map covers everything a little closer to Spawn, including the Slaughterhouse 5 area, the Scrabble board, and Schrananapuss' Frogpastian build. If you don't like the grid overlay, here is the version without them.
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Last updated: 2012-01-12Cochonia is probably the most northerly known location in all of Aporkalypse and is on the shore of what is probably the biggest known ocean in Aporkalypse. It is located about 5 km north of North Pole, and can be reached on I-75 from the portal. The walk is quite long. The dashed highway route is simply a proposed route by Aporkalypse's main Intersnout builders. Though Cochonia was opened by joecacti and mapcratic in January 2012, anyone who wants to develop Cochonia may build there and put roads and Intersnouts wherever they like.
Historical (obsolete) map sets
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Beans 1 (Snow)
Map date: 2011-08-20Here we see the very first Beans server, which was online in August 2011. Very little activity took place here.
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Beans 2 (Boston) overworld map
Map date: 2011-10-04The Boston version of Beans was online in October and November 2011. Older versions of this map: 2011-09-26.
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Beans 2 (Boston) nether hybrid map
Map date: 2011-10-04This is what was in the nether in Beans 2. What you're seeing is Nether tunnels (purple) superimposed on the overworld geography.
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Beans 3 (Chicago)
Map date: 2011-12-01On Thanksgiving 2011, Beans 3 came out and the city of Boston sprung up. Here we see what was constructed in this Beans incarnation.
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Tempork 2 map
Map date: 2011-03-08Tempork 2 was a rather urbanized Tempork build. Older versions: 2011-03-01.
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Tempork 5 map
Map date: 2011-10-20Tempork 5 saw the appearances of Discordia and Syncinnati, as well as a major stronghold excavation.
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Aporkalypse isometric map (March 2011)
Map date: 2011-03-21This was one of the original maps used to plan the massive overworld tram line network.
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Aporkalypse rectified map (May 2011)
Map date: 2011-05-10In May 2011, mapcratic managed to transform the isometric graphics from the official pigmap output into a Cartesian projection. This is the map that resulted, forming a basemap for the maps released over the summer.
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Porkton area rail
Map date: 2011-04-18This was the local area rail plan which guided the construction of Porkton's Grand Central Station terminal.
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Proposed intersnouts (May 2011)
Map date: 2011-05-05What we see here is a master plan for the Aporkalypse Intersnout network. This was sort of a wish list rather than a design plan, but Intersnout 60 to Ankh-Morpork was one of the projects that successfully came out of this map.
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Rotato Line (May 2011)
Map date: 2011-05-12The famous Rotato Line, a railway near level 16 in the Spawn area, headed toward the New Ham area but halted at a spot called "U-Turn". This was the proposal to extend it westward (i.e. southward after the December 2011 compass change). The tunnel from New Ham to the Besterly junctions was in fact completed, but no railway was ever built, largely due to the use of the nether for long distance travel starting in summer 2011.
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Aporkalypse tram map
Map date: 2011-05-15This was an experimental design for a non-cluttered, subway-style tram map for casual users. This map was never completed due to the appearance of the NHN the following month, which changed the nature of long-distance travel.
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One Year At Spawn: a comparison
Map date: 2010-08-10 & 2011-07-15This shows the massive changes around the Spawn area over the course of one year. Most notable is the Spawn area remodeling which took place in April 2011.
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Spawn area (August 2010)
Map date: 2010-08-10You've just stepped into a time machine and went back to the dinosaur era. This is a close-up of the Spawn area during the first days of Aporkalypse: almost unrecognizable due to the lack of landmarks. If you want to go back even further, try the 2010-08-08 map.
For more tram maps, look on the tram systems page, though be aware that most of the content on that page is stagnant due to the creation of the Nether Hub Network (NHN), which eclipsed many overworld rail builds in June 2011.
Corrections, additions, and updates
To submit an change for review, add an entry below at the end, and make a signature and date stamp by typing -~~~~ (a dash and four tildes). You won't get an immediate response, but Mapcratic looks at the information on this page every time a mapping survey is planned. For better service, please use the F3 debug info in Minecraft and post as many X/Y/Z coordinates as you can, since Mapcratic may not be able to visit some places.
- EXAMPLE: Hidy ho, mapcratic, please add the Hot Dog Rail Line, which starts at Spicy Mustard (7429,48,4832) then goes south to 4793,48,4832... I don't have the rest of the coordinates but feel free to come out and survey when you can. -RandomUser 03:40, 11 May 2011 (PDT)
- I (snide sniper) rerouted my overland tram line between my base and Funland. It now goes further to the East and includes a stop at eyeballkid's lake house. Fantastic work, by the way!
- (snide again) I also added a stop at Ford Prefecture, between Take it to the Bridge and my base to the East.
Big Floaty N.P. is a nOtional park. -Fleacircus 18:40, 15 May 2011 (PDT)
- Chorizo Tunnel (reminder). -Crapmatic 16:09, 16 May 2011 (PDT)
- New tourist feature Applesauce Resort and Spa (-2791 69 1122) samworm 21:11, 19 May 2011 (BST)
- New rail line from Pineapple Bridge South (-2620 69 911) to Applesauce Resort and Spa (-2791 69 1122) samworm 21:11, 19 May 2011 (BST)
- New extension to I95, connecting to "The Road" and by-passing GammonGetIt. samworm 21:11, 19 May 2011 (BST)
- Please list the following: mistersc's House that Whiskey Built: -600, -800; rpvernon's Double Helix: -600, -1000; mikeside's Sunken Castle: -600, -1488. I swear all those are legit on -600 in a straight line. It's weird. Also, existing on the map you have a house due east of S5 labeled 'house' - that's lholladay's Gallifrey Manor. Secondly, on the Cemetery Road / Columbus Memorial Suspension Bridge road, after you cross through the undersea tunnel there's a marker for 'settlement' - that's boo_radley's place, whatever it's called. Thirdly, south and slightly west of BDP is 'settlement' - that's a dug out area where I was starting a thing, but nothing is truly going on. You can remove it. Fourthly, the 'BDP Quarry' is actually just named Big Dumb Pit. Not truly associated with BDP. Lastly, there's a small island just east of the word Spawn on your map. That's Citrus's Island and lighthouse. Thank you SO MUCH for the map! I love it to pieces. - (contributed by mistersc via e-mail - added by crapmatic to keep organized)
- Norwegian Walled Compound, Boardkill, Snjo & Lommerusk's project snjo 23:38, 26 January 2012 (Proper Time)
File:Norwegians.jpg. Thanks! Got it. -mapcratic
Index of placenames
A list of place names has been compiled during map surveys over the past year. This listing is provided separately in the following link.
- Main article: Aporkalypse (original world) place names
- Explorer's Guild - for those who would like to help survey the Aporkalypse