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cereth
08-21-2010, 07:04 PM
I was checking out this month's entries when I was hit with a sudden bout of inspiration. For several months now, I have been obsessed with a game called Eclipse Phase. For those who are unfamiliar, it can best be described as a science fiction/conspiracy/horror game. It's kind of like Cthulhu in space, really.

I really like starting campaigns out "In Medias Res" and this works particularly well in a game like Eclipse Phase where mystery, secrets, and threat of the unknown are very prevalent. So, the idea for this campaign starts out with the characters investigating the ruins of a martian habitat that was destroyed over a decade ago. I wanted a map that would not only illustrate the habitat itself, but also the surrounding area where the early portion of the campaign will likely take place.

The overall theme of the campaign will revolve around the four horsemen of the apocalypse. The ruined habitat "Lost Hope" will be the jumping off point for the first of these, pestilence. The characters will have to figure out what is going on and stop a particularly nasty plague from spreading from habitat to habitat.

Anyways, this is what I've got so far...the blank space will likely contain a lot of text.

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mearrin69
08-21-2010, 07:50 PM
Love it! Nice colors. Did you make that mars shot yourself or is it a doctored image? Looks yummy. Really like that double-hex thing you've got going on in the text area. Text is a little difficult to read but, hey, it's sci-fi. Might make any dense text you add in a more readable font, however. Looking forward to seeing it progress.
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cereth
08-21-2010, 08:00 PM
That's a doctored satellite photograph. I'm about 99% sure I'm going to go back and hand paint one in the morning. Now that I'm looking at the doctored photo I'm not real happy having used it.

mearrin69
08-21-2010, 08:04 PM
Well I dig it but I understand what you mean. Won't hold it against you if you keep it. :)
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Crayons
08-21-2010, 08:05 PM
Wow!
I'm kinda lost for words - which is a rarity! Aside from the fact that I love sci-fi anyway - the colour scheme and little details like the data overlay are brilliant.
My one VERY nitpicky thing that also gets me in films is the nature of the actual data IN the overlay. It's all very cinematic to scroll tons of binary data around but it's not "realistic"! Only robots could read it and they'd just plug in somewhere...
However, it's very nitpicky of me and says alot for the fact that I can't find fault in anything else! Perhaps a bit more fade on the atmosphere???? Is it too thick? To be honest, I dunno.

Jaxilon
08-22-2010, 04:47 AM
cool entry

Steel General
08-22-2010, 10:00 AM
Happy with it or not, still a cool idea.

cereth
08-22-2010, 10:33 AM
Updated with some text...also tweaked a couple of other things. Still fighting with the satellite view of Mars.

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Jaxilon
08-22-2010, 11:15 AM
You know, now that I look at this I realize I should have made a space Yurt because then we could have flown it here to investigate :)

cereth
08-23-2010, 10:59 AM
I compromised with myself and opted to paint some additional features onto the Mars Satellite view, most notably the Ma'adim Vallis. I am content with the results. I also tweaked a couple other things and may make some additional tchotchkies. And I just saw a typo...will need to fix that too.

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Jaxilon
08-23-2010, 11:05 AM
You know I just noticed one of the things that makes this so cool is the atmosphere you have as you approach the planets horizon. Nice touch.

Crayons
08-23-2010, 02:17 PM
Very nice! There's a typo right at the bottom?? "Pathfinder Corportation"? Unless it's "just the name of the shop!" .
Still digging it!

cereth
08-24-2010, 09:51 AM
Fixed a couple of typos, added some tchotchkies.

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Diamond
08-28-2010, 07:48 PM
This is freaking awesome; I love it.

I noticed one 'word omission' in your section on Lost Hope:

"In the years following the Fall, the name of __the?__ ruined settlement..."

tilt
08-29-2010, 01:23 AM
looks really good ... I'd raise the opacity of the text boxes a little to make the hexagons distract less :)

cereth
08-29-2010, 09:31 AM
I increased the opacity of the text boxes and fixed the typo. Thanks for catching that! :)

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cereth
08-29-2010, 09:44 AM
Actually decided I didn't like the way the text boxes looked after the change, but I came up with a better solution. I flip-flopped the layer with the hex grid and the layers with the text boxes. The hex grid shouldn't interfere with the text now.

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Diamond
08-29-2010, 09:15 PM
Maybe this is impractical, but have you considered 'wrapping' the hexes on the left, larger map to conform with the planet's curve? Where the settlements are, it looks fine, but looking at it again, it seems weird that the hexes just continue past the atmosphere into space.