[IAEP] [support-gang] Peru Quest, beyond the quake

Yamandu Ploskonka yamaplos at bolinux.org
Tue Apr 20 10:57:36 EDT 2010

I do not known how open Google is to derivatives, they have some of the 
best resources for topos nowadays, and at least for the area involved 
near La Paz those maps are usable.

Anyway, for a game we do not need anything strictly "real".

One of the excitements of doing many of the Inca Roads is the many 
ecological levels you cross, and that can be simulated and does not need 
to correspond strictly with a topo.

Taking the Takesi Inca Road from La Paz you climb up to a pass around 
14.000 feet and then go walking down from there.  It's chilly, sharp, 
barren, lamas and sheep, a cobalt blue sky (and snow in winter), and 
then you get to an area with peat, and eventually it starts to green 
up.  Physically you can go from snow to lush tropical jungle in a single 

I have probably a thousand pictures of my time there.  Let's assume 
someone puts a structure together for a learning game, I probably have a 
picture that would fit anything there to show what a place looks like, 
excepting maybe wildlife.

Now, if we could work with Sebastian and team to do a more Maya Quest 
kind of thing...

Something that could connect US and otherworld people to what they will 
be doing in Peru (I hear they will even cross into Bolivia around 
July).  Hmm, Summer time.  Bummer.  Australia?

As Kennedy said, "it is not that America has good roads because it is 
rich, it is rich because it has good roads".  The Inca roads cover what 
are now 5 countries, totaling thousands of miles, and this was the best 
network of roads *in the world* in the 15th century, all of it paved.  
The Inca empire was *very* rich, though class inequality, very strict 
and ruler-centered policies inhibited progress and innovation, which 
eventually spelled out its doom.

On 04/20/2010 09:23 AM, Elena of Valhalla wrote:
> On 4/20/10, Yamandu Ploskonka<yamaplos at bolinux.org>  wrote:
>> The best map I know is very copyright-ed and rather expensive (German).
>> The original reason I purchased a GPS a  few years back was to do the
>> data pick-up so as to have a Free Inca Road map, at least for one of
>> them in Bolivia.  Another one of Yama's coma projects :-p
> Is there any aereal photography with permissive licensing available?
> If there is (and I know it's not that likely) the volounteers from the
> openstreetmap_ project could help tracing it, and their data could be
> used in a FOSS game
> unluckily, at a quick glance I don't think that there is already much
> data in the area
> _openstreetmap: http://www.openstreetmap.org
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