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Up to date as of February 01, 2010

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For the Fallout 3 world map, see Fallout 3 map.

In Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics, the world map is bird's view map of the landscape, divided into a matrix of square-shaped, equally sized sectors.

World Map's primary function is to enable navigation for player's travels. When player leaves a location with intent to travel to another one (typically located far away, due to Fallout world's extremely low population density per square mile), he is presented with the World Map.

When stationary, player's location is marked by an icon (inverse pyramid), clicking on which would take him to the location he's currently at, which does not have to be a specially designed location - player can make stops in the desert or the mountains to relieve himself of unnecessary equipment, change or reload the weapons he's holding, or administer drugs to himself or one of his party members.

To move the player across the map, one has to click at any area he's not currently at. In Fallout and Fallout 2, player's location would be marked by a red cross icon, and his path would be traced by line strokes (the stroke length hints at player's speed - the longer they are, the more time it took the player to travel through that particular sector). In Fallout Tactics, player's location would be marked by radiation trefoil, and no tracing is available.

Travel speed across the World Map is determined by the sectors it's comprised of. Desert and Ruins sectors are the fastest to travel across. Mountains are the slowest, and Ocean sectors are impossible to travel across. Player's speed may be increased by possessing a special Perk, or driving a vehicle (not possible in the original Fallout).

About every 24 hours of travel, the game 'rolls' a check for random encounters. If the roll was successful, the player will leave the World Map screen to face the situation. In Fallout 2, the player may be given a description of the encounter and the opportunity to avoid it, the probability of which is determined by their Outdoorsman skill.

A common feature on the World Map screen is the indicators for current time, date, and year, as well as a list of special locations already visited, clicking on which would automatically change player's course to that location.

In the beginning of the game, the World Map starts completely black. As player travels, the sectors he visited will appear bright, while the sectors in the immediate vicinity of the ones he visited will appear dark, so as to give him an idea of what to expect. Travelling across a Beach sector would reveal all Ocean sectors to the left of it (because none of the Fallout games took place near Atlantic Coast). There is no special prize or bonus for exploring all sectors, other than discovering locations not required to visit to finish the game.

Special locations ,such as towns, are marked by green circles of various size. In Fallout 2, Special encounters the player faced are also marked with small green circles. If the player's vehicle runs out of fuel, he will have to abandon it, and the car's location will also be marked with a small green circle.



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Up to date as of February 07, 2010

From the RuneScape Wiki, the wiki for all things RuneScape

The World map view - Hemenster

The World map interface is a large, scrolling map of the entire surface of Gielinor. On the map are the names of cities, towns, islands, kingdoms, mountains, caves, dungeons, rivers, lakes, and countless other geographic features as well as information icons for specific locations, buildings and quest starting points. Blue checkered parts on the map are part of the Unknown, inaccessible areas within Gielinor.

To access the World Map, "World Map" button located on the Minimap must be clicked. Doing this will change the game screen into the World map view. (Note: World map view cannot be accessed during combat.) This version of the map is dynamic - players can search it using keywords, quickly move from one location to another one, view the "Key" list where all of the icons are explained and can be clicked on to reveal all of the locations of the certain icon. The dynamic map may also be zoomed in or out, depending on the player's preference.

Prior to the High Detail update, the map opened in a new window, or could be accessed directly from the RuneScape home page.

As of 9 November 2009, other players can now see that you are busy looking at the world map. While the map is displayed, your character will appear to be looking at a scroll of parchment, presumably containing a map on it. This should prevent players assuming you are listening or paying attention to them.

A player reading a map.



A player at the Grand Exchange.


Arrow Keys The World map, once loaded, will show the current location of the player. With the 7 October 2009 update, players can now scroll using the arrow keys, instead of having to click and drag using the mouse. Dragging the mouse can still be used to browse throughout the world map.

You are here

You are here The "You are here" feature was added on the 27 January 2009. It shows the location of the player on the map.

While looking at another part of the map, the "You are here" arrow can be left-clicked to scroll automatically to the current location.

Quest starting point

Quest starting point A quest start point can be selected to be shown on the World map by right-clicking the quest name and selecting "Show on the World map" or setting the quest as your objective. The starting point of the quest (if it starts in a dungeon, the dungeon entrance) will be shown as a cyan arrow similar to the "You are here" one. The quest name will become cyan, and the arrow is kept until logout, choosing another quest or switching it off (right-clicking quest name). This was removed from the game. However, if you set a quest as your objective, the Quest Starting Point icon will appear on the world map.

Gravestone marker

If you have died recently and have a gravestone, the world map will mark it on the map similar to the "You are here" arrow.

Dungeon maps

Dungeon maps Drop Down Menu

On the 27 May 2009 Jagex released maps of many dungeons. To use this, you can select a Dungeon from a drop down list at the bottom of the map or click on the entrance to a dungeon on the world map. After doing so, the surface of Gielinor would disappear, and all left on the map is an underworld consisting solely of dungeons. You can view other dungeons even if the entrance you clicked is not linked to your target dungeon in any way. This feature is very useful when doing a quest demanding frequent underground trips, as you can stop relying on maps on Runescape wiki as they are patched up from bits of minimaps and can be inaccurate.



Zoom Control

The Zoom button is used for zooming the current World map view. To obtain a wider or a more detailed view, the map can be magnified accordingly. There are five zoom buttons available for doing this: 37%, 50%, 75%, 100% and 200%

Zoom Pixel-lengths/square-length
200% 8
100% 4
75% 3
50% 2
37% 1.48

Key list

Main article: Icon

The Key button, basically shows icons describing specific locations within the map, and is located on the left-hand side on the World Map. When an entry in the Key list is clicked, yellow circles will flash on the World map. This shows where the building (or location) is located on the map.


The Search bar.

To search for a location within the World map, the "Search bar" can used to type-in keywords. This is located at the bottom of the World map, next to the Key button. As words are typed, suggested locations are displayed within the Search bar.


The minimap.

The Overview button, located on the far right-hand side, is used to show a minimap showing the entire RuneScape world. The area shown on the World Map is highlighted in a red square.

This red square can be clicked and moved to quickly move around the World Map. This minimap can be useful in conjunction with the Key button, as yellow circles will also flash in this minimap even when these circles are not flashing in the current World map view.


Close The Close button is used to exit from the World map view, and is located at the top-right corner of the World map. Clicking this button brings the player back to the real RuneScape world.

World map

This map is accurate as of 11 January 2010.
The RuneScape world map.

Rune altar map

Main article: Runecrafting Guild

Interestingly, the Rune Altar map in the Runecrafting Guild does not show any unexplored, black areas like this world map does. However, the Rune Altar map may not be as accurate as the world map. For example, Dragontooth Island is clearly missing, as well as the distinct bird beak bay near Piscatoris.


External links

This article uses material from the "World map" article on the Runescape wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.


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