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Immolate
04-12-2011, 07:32 PM
*** April 2011 Challenge - Aquatic Civilization ***

We have little time for a challenge this month, all of the community leaders having been distracted by shiny baubles and other things. While I urge participants to "keep it simple" so that they can complete in time, I know it can be difficult to express some ideas in a short time. Typically, the less time is available for the contest, the greater the advantage to the best idea rather than the best technique. So if you've been afraid to get your feet wet, mixing it up with the others in the main challenge, then this is probably a great month to start. The others may have an advantage in workflow and implementation, but your ideas are as good as anyone's, so get to it!

This month's theme is an "Aquatic Civilization". The scope of that civilization is up to you, but the rule-that-shall-not-be-broken this month is that the civilization must be of the underwater-aquatic variety rather than just island-dwelling or coastal. Think of this as decorating a fish tank... on steroids.


http://spongebob.neoseeker.com/w/i/spongebob/c/c9/Bikini_bottom.jpg

Slightly off-topic: if you Google "Bikini Bottom", you might get more than you bargained for.

So whether you chose to map the lost city of Atlantis, the home of The Little Mermaid or the Land of the Soggy Zombies, there area few differences to consider when mapping underwater:


It helps to suggest that the area mapped is underwater somehow, or the point may be missed.
There are no rivers under water, although there may be currents, channels and trenches that are reminiscent of them.
Walls are less useful in an environment where most inhabitants can swim over them.
Roads are possible, but swimmers would be more apt to use guide markers instead.
Structures far too delicate to survive the rigors of topside are possible in the deep.



http://www.kabukiyasha.net/arklain/imae2.jpg

Something else to consider: is your civilization one that was built from the ground up in this environment, or is it a "drowned land", one that was built above water but then suffered some catastrophe?


http://greenhorz.info/coloring%20book/plog-content/images/kids-print-activity/atlantis--avatar-the-last-air-bender/atlantis-the-lost-city-underwater.jpg

Whatever it's origins, all factors should influence the look and feel of your underwater environment.

As always, good luck to all of you, and don't be afraid to jump in and get your feet wet!

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mearrin69
04-12-2011, 08:10 PM
Cool challenge, guys. Doubt I can take part but looking forward to seeing what folks come up with!
M

Ascension
04-12-2011, 09:26 PM
Yeah, I'd avoid Googling Bikini Bottom as well...and don't ogle them either when the missus is around. I wonder if I can think up something for this.

Rythal
04-12-2011, 09:41 PM
I hope I'm not the only one who gets the irony that Mr. Krabs lives in Bikini Bottom.... :|


err, uh, Best of luck to the participants!

geamon
04-13-2011, 12:08 AM
I have a concept and everything but am bit apprehensive to try it out.

eViLe_eAgLe
04-13-2011, 12:16 AM
What a fun Challenge.. I will try and participate! If I can!

Ryan K
04-13-2011, 01:05 AM
Just go for it, Geamon! What's the worst that could happen?

Ascension
04-13-2011, 01:07 AM
We'll snicker up our sleeves then boil him in oil. :)

Tony.m.meijer
04-13-2011, 06:46 AM
Would a floating city be a permissible entry?

LonewandererD
04-13-2011, 07:46 AM
Might be crazy enough to actually give this a go, though considering my last city took me three months to complete I may have to find some shortcuts.

-D-

Ascension
04-13-2011, 08:31 AM
Floating means on top of the water. Since that isn't underwater then, no.

rdanhenry
04-13-2011, 01:04 PM
If it was a floating city where only the submerged underside was inhabited, while the top-side was a floating island, that might qualify.

bartmoss
04-13-2011, 04:07 PM
This month's theme is an "Aquatic Civilization". The scope of that civilization is up to you, but the rule-that-shall-not-be-broken this month is that the civilization must be of the underwater-aquatic variety rather than just island-dwelling or coastal. Think of this as decorating a fish tank... on steroids.


Too bad, I was hoping I could abuse this challenge to work on Oceania.. ;-)

Diamond
04-13-2011, 11:07 PM
Wow, you guys sure like to make it a challenge, don't you? I have an idea and a pretty good plan of how to implement it, but... only two and a half weeks...

Immolate
04-22-2011, 05:38 PM
Please try to have your entries completed by the 26th as I will be closing the contest on that day so we can have the voting complete and the next contest launched bright and early in May.