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adrilahan
02-16-2011, 09:39 PM
Gosh I hate making introductions, I never quite know where to begin.:blush:

I'm an artist originally from the UK who moved to the US in 2005. I've been a reader and writer with a preference for sci fi and fantasy since I was able to read and write, and I've been a gamer since I was 12 years old. I've played a lot of gaming systems, but mainly I play with WEG D6 Star Wars, and D&D (2E and 3.5E). I don't use my traditional media techniques to make maps, I prefer Photoshop and 3DS Max for that. I'm actually pretty good at illustrating landscapes in watercolor, which is very handy for really bringing my worlds alive. There's nothing quite like being able to hand over a briefing packet for a new location and having pictures to go with the maps. I think that helps bring a world to life for a lot of my gaming friends.

I love creating new places for characters to go in my stories and games, and I'm known at the gaming table as the one who adds flavor to everything. There's no such thing as a plain old NPC, book, culture, or world at my gaming table; even the mounts, pets, and ships have lives, spirits and names at my table.

I have been trying to create my own gaming system, but I have a lot more to do before it's ready for any form of beta-testing. For my gaming system, I'm creating a world for stories to take place in, and that means mapping. I didn't know I was hooked on making maps until I tried making my first world map using Jeremy Elford's map tutorials (back when I could still access his website).

I'm eventually going to need to make maps of star systems and planets for a science fiction novel I'm in the process of writing, and this seems the place to pick up some friendly tips and tricks for doing just that. I haven't figured out exactly how I plan to present my galaxy and system maps, but I have a few ideas bouncing around in my head.

Well, that's me, I guess.

Gidde
02-16-2011, 10:24 PM
Welcome to the Guild! Sounds like you'll fit right in :)

jtougas
02-16-2011, 11:10 PM
Welcome to the Guild :)

Steel General
02-17-2011, 02:12 PM
Welcome Aboard!

NeonKnight
02-17-2011, 05:27 PM
Welcome to the Guild

tilt
02-18-2011, 05:05 AM
welcome to the guild - looking forward to seing what you do. And concerning space maps I'm personally a big fan of Daelins space map (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?10442-Empire-of-Humankind&highlight).

adrilahan
02-18-2011, 11:27 PM
Thanks very much for the kind greetings everyone. That map of Daelin's is really something, Tilt, thanks for linking me to it :)