View Full Version : *** August/September Lite Challenge - Rorschach Map Challenge ***

08-18-2010, 03:43 PM
This month's lite challenge is to take the provided abstract map and create any map you want from it. Feel free to use this shape in any way you see fit, as long as the shape is recognisable in the final image.


The lite challenges are for everyone and we'd like to encourage participation from people starting out. This is a good opportunity to take a tutorial, follow it through and get some feedback along the way. This challenge is probably best suited to regional mapmaking - something the guild has tutorials for in abundance. Here's a selection of some of the award winning tutorials for this style:

• Making a continent in photoshop (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?2229-Award-Winner-Making-a-continent-in-photoshop)
• Ascension's Atlas Style in PS (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?4084-Award-Winner-My-atlas-style-in-PS)
• Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional RPG Map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?1142-Award-Winner-Using-GIMP-to-Create-an-Artistic-Regional-RPG-Map)
• Hand drawn mtns. and other stylistic map elements for use in PS/GIMP (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?5664-Award-Winner-Hand-drawn-mtns.-and-other-stylistic-map-elements-for-use-in-PS-GIMP)
• Saderan – a tutorial (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?8086-Award-Winner-Saderan-%E2%80%93-a-tutorial)
• Rising up the mountains in Photoshop (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?4405-Award-Winner-Rising-up-the-mountains-in-Photoshop)

Remember to precede any image you post with ### Latest WIP ### so that the thumbnail scraper will pick it up.

This challenge will end on the 15th of September. Good luck everyone!

08-18-2010, 04:15 PM
I know I need to get off of these things but I seem to be addicted to the challenges. I'm intrigued by what I can come up with for this so maybe I will do this one as well. Got a huge job coming up next week that is likely going to kick my tail in but we'll see.

08-18-2010, 04:25 PM
I see a man with a train drivers hat and a beard like lincoln walking in the forest :)

08-18-2010, 04:41 PM
Cool challenge. I think it'd be awesome if someone managed to use this and *not* to do a regional map somehow. I can't myself conceive of how that would be done but...

08-18-2010, 05:33 PM
When I drew this up I came up with 4 different ideas of how this could be used. Let's see if someone can get a 5th or 6th.

Greason Wolfe
08-19-2010, 08:26 PM
Oh, I have an idea for this, just not sure if I can pull it all together by the challenge deadline. Maybe I'll give it a go anyhow as it will be something a bit different from what I've done in the past.

08-20-2010, 02:22 AM
Yeah GW... da wolfe is back :)

08-21-2010, 12:47 AM
If anyone needs inspiration, there's lots you can do with this, as ascension pointed out :)
I tossed this together in about 30 mins while waiting for porkchops to cook.. I was going to start adding farms, but there's some other work i really need to do right now :)

08-23-2010, 12:01 PM
It seems to me this hit a nerve because we don't often get so many entrants for the Lite challenges do we? Either way it's turning out to be a great one.

08-23-2010, 04:43 PM
Huh, imagine that. I wonder why that is ;) Heh heh.

08-26-2010, 04:57 AM
Okay, question: do our maps have to be the same 1000x1000 size as the base?

08-26-2010, 05:16 AM
I'd say as long as you use the shape you'd be fine ... I'm surely planning to go beyond 1000x1000 and was actually a little surprised by the low res

08-26-2010, 10:10 AM
In one of the entry threads I asked about this because someone had blown the image up to a larger size. It's fine so long as you use the shapes from what I understand.

So now, when I get back to this one I will have to expand my image up because it's rough working in mini-mode.

08-29-2010, 01:43 PM
One week I'm gone and now I come back to find a whole bunch of entries:o What has happened? Maybe this challenge was so non-specific everyone could find something in it... I hope I can find my way through all threats. This is sure to be a very tough decision- can we please vote for at least two maps?

08-30-2010, 10:05 AM
I think the votes are one pr five entries ... I hope its one pr "begging" five entries ... and wonder if one pr 4 entries actually would be better all around :)

08-30-2010, 11:05 AM
Yes, it's one per five entries - so youll definitely be voting for more than one this time round. Great to see such a high turnout. Well done everyone!

Sorry for being quiet on this over the last week - moving house. But we're all done now.

To answer the question about size - you are absolutely allowed to blow up the size. No need to stick to 1000x1000. You can also rotate it as wel, as long as the shape is still visible in the final map.

08-30-2010, 11:57 AM
you move around a lot - don't you? :)
so is that 5 for every time we begin counting to five? (ie at 1, 6, 11 and so forth) or 5 every time we reach five (5, 10, 15 and so forth) ... I hope its the first - that makes for betting voting in my humble opinion :)

08-30-2010, 08:31 PM
All I can say is this is the "Lite Challenge" and it seems to me to be more of a Mosh Pit of Awesomeness this go 'round. There are so many great entries that if I hadn't already jumped in, and if I didn't need more work to show, I would probably have sat this one out. Still, it is great to see so much enthusiasm!

08-30-2010, 11:25 PM
You have no idea how much thought goes into something so simple. We've been wracking our brains for months and months trying to figure out how to increase participation in the Lites. Maybe we got it right finally. Yay us :)

08-31-2010, 02:10 AM
you sure did something right... and I guess people coming back from holiday with new energy helps too... and a lot of new mappers are picking up the glove - thats cool :)

08-31-2010, 09:11 AM
14 entries so far and still 15 days to go. Fantastic!

08-31-2010, 03:19 PM
Indeed - great to see people chipping in on this one. And I have to say that the range of entries is great. I think this is the largest range of scales we've ever had!

To answer the voting question, it's 1 vote per 5 entries rounded down. So 9 entries is 1 vote, 10 entries means 2. So we're currently at 2 votes this month. 15 entries will make it 3 votes. That seems to give the right number of votes to give a good spread, but also a clear winner.

09-01-2010, 02:14 AM
but then again - I see Imm breaking the rules (again) in the other challenge ... and I'm with him, with so many entries an extra vote to show ones appreciation would be nice :) so I "vote" for rounding up :)

09-01-2010, 03:20 AM
I'm with tilt & Imm -- rounding up is a great idea!

09-01-2010, 03:33 PM
If we're voting for two (or more) when the time comes, do the two (or more) highest vote-getters win?

09-02-2010, 02:23 AM
no - there is still only one winner - but you get a bigger spread of votes and people get some recognition :)

09-02-2010, 08:53 PM
I think you guys definitely picked a winner for a challenge idea. Maybe we could do this same challenge again sometime?

And it's going to be hellaciously difficult to vote...

09-03-2010, 05:17 PM
I see a lot of creative entries for this. Perhaps I should have thought outside the box a bit more when starting this, instead of just using the blobs as islands. I'm fairly new here, so I'm not sure how people vote. I guess we'll soon see !

09-03-2010, 07:48 PM
Well, "out of the box" thinking can go a long ways, but it also comes down to how well you do at what you've chosen to do. Nothing wrong with islands, just see how great you can make them look :)

09-04-2010, 12:47 AM
Yeah, "Outside the Box" was my first thought (I considered nebulae and lakes). But I'd really been wanting to try a portolan, and so I ended up with islands. It works well so I'm happy with it.

09-04-2010, 01:32 AM
yep - it all comes down to a beautiful map - and we got sooo many cool entries in this one, its fantastic! :)

09-15-2010, 01:07 AM
Wow, so are we up to three votes this month? I think that is the most I've seen in my short time here, even for the main challenge.

09-15-2010, 11:04 AM
I think I'm going to need seven votes to cover all of my favorite entries.:)

09-15-2010, 11:58 AM
Yep, it was a great turnout. This contest will close at 5pm EST (10pm GMT). Make sure any last minute additions are done before then!

09-15-2010, 12:53 PM
When I drew this up I came up with 4 different ideas of how this could be used. Let's see if someone can get a 5th or 6th.

Hmm.. I just read this. My first instinct for this is to create set of subterranean kingdoms. Wish I had time to do this, as that would be kind of fun to map.

09-15-2010, 04:59 PM
17 entries.. thats just wild... so that'll be 3 votes... or perhaps 4 if one goes with the generous rounding up (which we should in my humble opion) :)

09-15-2010, 05:09 PM
The contest is now closed. There will be three votes (sorry, but I'm sticking with the current rules for now). Congratulations to everyone who entered - that's really great. I'l have a voting thread up shortly.

09-15-2010, 05:24 PM
ROFL, I thought 10pm GMT = Mountain time and I still had several hours to go. I told you my back is distracting me today. Oh well, at least I can move on now to my Big Apple project. Hehe, for a moment there I thought Torstan had been riding his particle accelerator again :)

09-15-2010, 05:30 PM
:) Sorry you got caught out by that one.

09-15-2010, 05:40 PM
I was pretty much done...just down to the endless tweaking one does until the buzzer you know.

09-15-2010, 10:43 PM
I just want to say what a great challenge this was...some really great maps, many from newer members. Nice stuff everyone. Going to be hard to place my three votes. I'm off to look at the finals!

09-16-2010, 12:12 AM
A ride on a particle accelerator sounds pretty fun...I can picture T-man riding his beam like in Dr. Strangelove.

09-20-2010, 07:24 PM
:) And so the rumours start...

09-20-2010, 09:22 PM
I can't add it to my submission thread so I'll post it here. I made a wallpaper version of my entry (Altered two switch it from being readable to being more 'visually interesting' and rendered at appropriate sizes.) Anyone interested can grab it here: http://hai-etlik.deviantart.com/art/Portolan-Chart-Wallpaper-179320559

09-20-2010, 09:33 PM
That reminds me, I tried to use that thing myself in one of my wips but I found it had too many lines. Maybe I'm not doing something right with it but is there a way to reduce how many intersections there are on a page? For instance, if I only wanted one set of lines?

09-20-2010, 09:59 PM
I'll answer that over in the thread for the generator script: http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?11692-Portolan-Line-Generator&p=129001&viewfull=1#post129001