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Publius
12-09-2007, 07:13 PM
My submission, story to follow (I have to type it up from my notes first).

There are two versions here, a low res gif and a much better tiff, 18.9mb in size but only a 1.33mb zip file (I have no idea how it does that, I found out by accident myself). I loaded the separately so that folks with lower bandwidth will not have to slug it out with the bigger file (and hate me).

NeonKnight
12-09-2007, 08:00 PM
I likey, I likey a lot.

Arcana
12-09-2007, 08:38 PM
Nice...whats the time it took?

As for the tiff zipping up so small...tiff is an uncompressed format, which is susceptible to standard compression algorithms (and actually uses standard file compression algorithms)...so when you put it in a zip file it compresses it much like a jpeg does, but its not lossy since the uncompression algorithm is included in the zip file.

The Cartographist
12-10-2007, 04:53 AM
I really like the map. Clean and detailed, and the key is extremely informative.

What software do you use for your maps?

Publius
12-10-2007, 08:16 AM
On the time, right up to the edge. People kept calling me for some reason on the phone.

As for the program, straight Adobe Illustrator, no chaser. It's got a heck of a learning curve but once you get the hang of it you can do really nice work. Most of the maps I do are for Black and White publication, so color usually isn't an issue. But for maps here, folks like color and such. Sometimes than can be a bit more messy because the program isn't really great for shading and such. So I'm learning there...

Gamerprinter
12-10-2007, 09:27 AM
The cave by the sea is very realistic, especially the sand bank that sits between the sea and the "plunge" - I imagine the water in the "plunge" to be brackish, as fresh water falls from above into the tide pool below it. Also the small streams that cross the sand bank into the sea. Great stuff.

I'm thinking depending on geographic location and season, the roost can get pretty cold in winter... 8)

Publius
12-10-2007, 12:36 PM
Yeah, final exams today so I'm not going to get to that typing anytime soon... grading (the wait has ended, the hurry up is starting). Yes, the water would be rather brackish, but the waterfall would be where they would probably get their fresh water from. Kind of handy no doubt.

Yes, I assume it would be cold, depending on clime, I have not thought of the "larger picture" as of yet. As for the caves, it is a combination of two different types of caves in essence "running into" one another. The sea caves are formed by the crashing waves and the other caves are more common limestone style caves which formed from the other direction. There is probably a honeycomb effect, as more caves would surround the area.

Were I to break the map out and take more time, I would have shown how the other caves sit in relation to the Primary and Secondary chambers (one of them however was carved out and "finsihed" to create the roost, a cave that had, like the Secondary Cave formed behind the Sea Caves and "broken through"). More on all that when I get time later.

RPMiller
12-10-2007, 03:19 PM
Well done!!

pyrandon
12-10-2007, 05:28 PM
Nicely done, Publius! (And what a way to come back after your short break form the Guild. Don't you hate it when real life gets in the way?)

Publius
12-10-2007, 05:43 PM
Yes, but I think you'll like Stronghold :)

Okay, I desparately hope you'll like Stronghold.

Actually, I haven't been anywhere (online) for a while now that I think of it, here or at HERO's forums where I usually haunt. This semester was especially demanding and I had the paying work o' course. Plus there were a bunch of projects that I have been doing myself, but have not gotten done (always the frustrating part, I leave off when they are half finished).

ravells
12-12-2007, 03:01 PM
Stunning! I love the way everything just .... works!

Publius
12-12-2007, 03:29 PM
Thank you all,

I'm trying not to look at my map now. There is always something that you want to tweak or adjust, just a hair here or there and I used up all my time. I would have liked to do a cross-section and a detailed bit for the roost itself, and I actually had both planned out but the sands of the hourglass just drained out before I could get to those drawings.

But all that is nitpicking that we tend to do of our own work. My only real problem was in trying to decide what exactly I wanted to do. Not from a lack of ideas but too many good ones. I had three ideas that rose to the top:

One idea was an asteroid base for a future/sci-fi setting. That would have been very cool, but several others indicated that they would have liked to do something along those lines already so I shied away from that (no sense horning in on someone else's stuff). I love how RobA did IP2025 and that only makes me twice as glad I decided not to since my asteroid would have had a large Ice resevoir. The Ice Pirates name sticks with me as a teen of the late 70s/80s, a few good lines ("I hope no one minds but I have no intention of facing this sober."), avoiding castration, space herpes. Good times... good times...
The other idea was using a well-known character from literature which fit the Pirate motif perfectly. I'll leave it with that because that one might come up in some future challenge. I ultimately shied away from that as well because of a variety of factors, not the least of which was the fact that the actual caves have so little discussion in that work it would have ultimately been a very simple map unless I embellished far beyond the text.
Obviously, I ended up going with the more traditional idea. I'll just add extra flavor with the background text...

RobA
12-13-2007, 04:48 PM
I repped everyone who entered this month, just for entering, except I couldn't rep you, so accept my public kudos for entering!

-Rob A>