View Full Version : *** July/August Voting - Fields of Glory ***

08-15-2010, 02:12 PM
The time has come once again to vote. This month entrants were requested to map a playing area or competition arena.

Please review the thumbnails here:

July/August Thumbnails (http://www.cartographersguild.com/utilities/Thumbs/Html/Challengers_LiteJul10.htm)

Then cast one vote for the winner of this month's challenge. Please also remember to rep the one you vote for. Good luck to all the entrants!

The poll will end in 3 days on August the 18th.

08-15-2010, 04:20 PM
voted for reckless. would have voted for jax, but the edge of the cavern was too noticably sharp.

good job all!

08-15-2010, 05:45 PM
I was torn between Aelyn and RE...but I went for RE cos it made me feel warm!

08-15-2010, 06:43 PM
Great entries again, so thanks for joining! I voted for Aelyn's map, I have a weak spot for the handdrawn look... cheers!

08-15-2010, 09:34 PM
I really wanted to do this one for fun but so many other maps going on that I just couldn't. So, dang, these are nice. I wanted to vote for MapVandal for I lost many months of my teen years playing that game. Juggie's was a great idea, hope he finishes it. So I'm torn between three really nice entries - RE, Jax, and Aelyn. So I rolled an old d20 and highest wins...Jax with a 16. And there was much rejoicing, yay. So I repped RE and Aelyn; Jax I owe ya some since I repped ya recently.

08-15-2010, 11:44 PM
Weird, it looks like the thumbnail scraper didn't grab the the last version of either mine or Jax's.

edit: ah, fixed.

08-16-2010, 06:22 AM
Ender and Bean have a special place in my heart. how could I not vote for teh battle room?? (besides, it was very nicely done).

All were good, but when somethng like this hits the forum, i'm sold.

08-16-2010, 03:19 PM
Had to vote for RE's battle room. Both Aelyn's Blue Fortress (love the map) and Jaxilon's arena caught my eye but, like CM, I'm nostalgic for Ender's Game. Nice work everyone!

08-16-2010, 04:25 PM
I went for Reckless because I think it's the most technically accomplished, even if the subject matter does little for me. Wow, that sounded like a gilded insult but it's not meant to be. :s

It was a toss up really between this and Jax's for me but a few areas in J's map, namely the places where there's large amounts of blur to join elements, made me lean more towards RE.

I like Aelyn's map but the composition just seems a little awkward. Three pieces of parchment on the table but with no dynamism.

I liked Jug's idea but alas, insufficiently complete.

And although I vaguely remember the game Joust (I think there was an Atari 2600 version although this map would be FAR too detailed to work on it, hehe) , I never played it so lack of nostalgia just kicked you in the nuts I'm afraid, MV. :)

Goood luck to all entrants.

08-16-2010, 04:59 PM
Going against my own 3D grain I voted for Aelyn because despite my personal methods I do love the hand drawn look. The kind of stuff a scribe of the era would create - and consequently of "handout" quality. It also exhibits what I'd call a sense of "place" in that they're the sort of flyers one might see pinned to a wall at such a venue. I imagine.
As a 3D guy, I like RE's work, but on the nostalgia front, a) this one must have passed me by somewhere! and b) if I had seen it, I probably wouldn't have bought the game - I'm more of a strategy game player 8). That said, the modelling and the effects look great - I'd prefer a subject with more details though.
The lighting and textures in Jax's are very strong and atmospheric, however I find the spiral cone pinnacle thing distubingly unconvincing but I can't put my finger on why especially. It's easier to get these things right using 3D! 8)
Well done to all though, my weedy rep stick will tap about where it can!

08-16-2010, 10:54 PM
Actually Ender's Game isn't a game, but a novel (and a whole series of novels follows it, including a second series from the perspective of one of the other characters). I'll admit I'm surprised someone hasn't turned the Battle Room into a game of some sort :)

Orson Scott Card is the author, if you end up getting intrigued enough to check it out.

08-17-2010, 01:45 AM
Yeah, Apologies to all. I got massively distracted and I just haven't put in the yards on it. Should have, could have, but didn't.

08-17-2010, 02:02 AM
I voted for Jax. Something about the thought of being trapped in that cavern while the squid-thing crawls out of the water towards you... brrrr....

08-17-2010, 02:07 PM
Jaxlion got my vote for being both visually interesting and extremely practical for roleplaying/VTT--something I consider a pleasant bonus whenever I see it. Sadly, already sent rep his way, so I'll have to spread some love. Aelyn's is well worth repping too (and I'd do it, but at the moment, clicking the button seems to produce no results... I'll try again tomorrow)

08-18-2010, 01:17 AM
After two weeks without high-speed internet (and this site just doesn't work on dial-up), I couldn't enter, but at least I got back in time to vote for Aelyn. I liked all the entries, even the simpler Joust and tug-of-war ones, but Aelyn's had a charm and mappiness that put it up top.

08-18-2010, 02:25 AM
great challenge - unfortunatly I didn't return in from my vacation in time to enter ... had this great idea with a lot of floating platforms though... but I'm in for the next one.
My vote goes for Jax for this one, love the cave and all the openings where things can emerge from, the weapons places here and there and pits and platforms - very nice :)
Really like the look of both RE's and Aeylins both very nice indeed. Juggs had a great idea (anything viking like is good of course) but obviously didn't have time enough to map it and Map Vandals didn't really strike home - didn't know the game :)
good show all :)

08-18-2010, 10:53 AM
Pretty close running this month. The voting will end tonight at 10pm GMT, 5pm EST.

08-18-2010, 05:23 PM
Congratulations to RecklessEnthusiasm for winning the August/September challenge with Battle Room. The new piece of silverware has been awarded - well done!

08-18-2010, 06:53 PM
Congrats RE, nicely done, it's a beautiful tribute to one of my favorite Novels.

I will try to incorporate the points made regarding my piece (both being too blurry and being too sharp) for a final version. The only bummer for me is that I wish I had the comments two weeks ago when I was wondering what else to tweak. My thread, indeed I would say the Lite challenge thread, seemed almost depressingly quiet this time around. I'm not complaining because in the end it's my eye and my thought process that needs to improve. Maybe some saw these things but just figured I would naturally address them. Also, with all the good entries around here you sometimes have to nit pick just so you can make up your mind. I do anyway.

Now at least I see an area I am having a real issue with and that is in merging layers so they blend like they should. I will experiment on this and may be seeking some help from you all later.

On to the next challenge, you can't let the grass grow under your feet or your pencil in this case.

Congrats again RE!

08-18-2010, 07:02 PM
aye, gratz RE, great map!

08-18-2010, 10:52 PM
Thanks a lot for all the votes and positive feedback, to everyone who gave either! I am really excited to have some bling under my name now!

08-19-2010, 12:07 AM
It almost looks like a big Flava Flav clock necklace...now that's some serious bling. We gotta make an award that looks like a Krunk Juice cup.

08-19-2010, 02:07 AM
Congratulations to you first compass RE!

08-19-2010, 02:13 AM
congrats RE :)

08-19-2010, 11:50 AM
Gratz RE. Great entry. Rep coming to everyone who competed if it will let me.

08-19-2010, 03:41 PM
Well done indeed! Way to go for 3D!! (Did I just say that out loud?):D