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alucard339
02-17-2008, 11:23 PM
Hi folks,
Sorry for the late entrance, but since I just finish my map and after reading through all the other entry, I've got an Idea, so here it is for now:

My story takes place in a simple inn in the east side of the Ildure province, in the country of Vinnengael. This inn was call Odin's Pride before the new direction (Nilebog) move in. Odin's pride was a big inn made of many building and it was run by a glorious band of retired adventurer of the same name.

One day Nilebog who was hunting in the plains of Maredo with is goblin squat came face-to-face with a young group of adventurers call the Naheulbek's band. In the following bloody fight, all is 8 goblins friends were killed and Nilebog left for dead. Later when he came back to himself, half dead and diseased, he tried to walk back to is village in the King's Forest, but mixed-up is direction and end up to the door step of the Odin's pride inn instead.
His first impulse was to burn this inn full of evil TallFolks, but while gathering wood near the inn, he saw the Naheulbek's band leave the inn and decide to take vengeance on them: he decided that they must suffer a thousand pain for the dead of is squad. So, after killing the cook (the former thief of Odin's pride group known as nine-fingers) who was working alone in the food silo, he took his place by using a magical ring of disguise and poisons the Naheulbek's band the next night at dinner.
He then decides to stay at the inn until he fully recovers from his wound, before going back to his tribe.
A few mornings later, Nilebog still in the role of the cook wake up with a dream: this inn would make an excellent outpost for is tribe.
And so during the next month all the 4 other members of Odin's pride band and the inn staff where given their leave...
The Inn was then rename WestHeaven for the only reason that for all is quality, Nilebog didn't possess any navigation skill and still think today that his Inn is at the west of is tribe land.

That's it for now.
Take care,
Alu.

Gamerprinter
02-18-2008, 12:39 AM
Nice background art - the 3D scene, the open books and use of your "finished map!" Look forward to seeing the Inn in its repurposed form... 8)

ravells
02-18-2008, 05:32 AM
As Gameprinter said - that's great background! Can't wait to see the Inn - although you haven't got much time to finish it!

alucard339
02-18-2008, 05:13 PM
I really hope I'll have enough time to do it all.

I'm sure I just miss it, but what is the deadline for this challenge.

thanks,
from Alu & Nilebog...

Gamerprinter
02-18-2008, 11:25 PM
...but what is the deadline for this challenge...

I think its the 24th of February.

alucard339
02-19-2008, 12:09 AM
Thanks GP,

And here's another small part of the story.
I'm only ashame that the cemetery map is taken from the Wizard map of the week, but I don't think I'll have the time to do them all.

Also, I'm not sure about "the old times" expression being correct by itself or in the spelling!

C U,
Alu.

Gamerprinter
02-19-2008, 12:54 AM
I'm not sure what you mean by "Wizards map of the Week"? This is your map, right? If so, I really love the Undercrypt - I like the style.

Also your overhead map of the entire site has a nice, almost 3D feel, yet still painterly and artistic.

Anyways you should have plenty of time to focus on the Inn itself, at least and abide by the challenge goals. Good luck - nice goin' so far! ;)

alucard339
02-19-2008, 06:05 AM
Nah,
Sorry GP, but the undercrypt his a pic I found on the net while looking for some ideas of mapping style. I wanted to do the whole project in this style, but unless I got the time for all the other buildings around the inn, I'll have to take some of them from somewhere to be able to finish the story in time.

Unless It's illegal to do that.

In that case I will try to redo them all, but for now, I've got the graveyard, the keeper's tower and the barn found on the net.

The rest is all made up from me.
C U,
Alu.

pyrandon
02-19-2008, 01:39 PM
Hmm...If I'm understanding you right, Alu, you are using others' maps and the story will be your own, is that correct?

If this is correct, then I believe you are not doing so illegally, for you you are giving credit for your source rather than trying to pass it off as your own, but I do believe this is outside the requirements for the challenge: our mission is to create a new map, not a new story to fit a map you found.

I say dump the maps you found and spend the lion's share of your time making one of your own maps, and let the story be the last day add on. :)

The Cartographist
02-19-2008, 06:18 PM
I'm gonna second Pyrandon on this one.

alucard339
02-21-2008, 09:41 PM
Here is the first part of my challenge:

Some entry from the former inn owner : guildan. This will help understand the change Nilebog put into the inn.

I just hope there is not too much spelling error and that the texte

Have fun,
Alu.

alucard339
02-21-2008, 09:53 PM
The lasts pages of the first part.

alucard339
02-23-2008, 11:45 PM
Here is finaly the second and final part of the challenge: WestHeaven under the watchfull eye of Nilebog the goblin king.

My Idea for this challenge came while I was reading through the other contestant work and listening sideway to a movie : the house of a thousan corpses by rob zombie. So I decide to mixte a lonely inn with Mr. Zombie senario of horror.
In one month from now, I should try to present WestHeaven to my little player group of at least lvl 5 by then.

So take a look and enjoy.

The last part of the second book should follow very soon.

Ciao,
Alu.

alucard339
02-24-2008, 01:25 AM
So here is the final portion of my challenge. I also included a larger pic of the goblins arena (you only have to replace the sacred hoard by a fighting area).

In the next post, I will put a bigger version of WestHeaven 3 maps so you can get a better look at it.

Take care,
Alu.

alucard339
02-24-2008, 01:45 AM
Here is a more detail version of the WestHeaven maps.

So unless I miss something, that's it for me.

Sea U Hall,
Alu.

P.S.: hope you like my stone sentinel RobA ;)

Midgardsormr
02-24-2008, 11:34 AM
The bold red labels overpower the maps. When I look at them, I find it difficult to see the terrain and structures because my eyes are drawn so insistently to the labels.

I like the book format, although it's a little odd that every page is tattered in the exact same way. Did you produce the parchment yourself, or is that a stock image? It might be a good resource for everyone if we had some collections of similar-looking pages with different ragged edges.

alucard339
02-24-2008, 01:05 PM
The bold red labels overpower the maps. When I look at them, I find it difficult to see the terrain and structures because my eyes are drawn so insistently to the labels.


I know about the red color, but it was done on purpose, same for the text label of the goblin book: I tried to think of a way a cultivated goblin would write the whole thing.
As for the terrain, I wanted to make a difference between the 2 books (human vs goblin): the human put the interest on the building specification and the goblin to the location on the terrain.
If you want to see the map clearly, check on the human book since itís the same one.



I like the book format, although it's a little odd that every page is tattered in the exact same way. Did you produce the parchment yourself, or is that a stock image? It might be a good resource for everyone if we had some collections of similar-looking pages with different ragged edges.

Sorry but I took a scroll page that was in my images folder. I don't remember If I did it or not... :(

And you are right; I use the same scroll background for all the pages. I'll try to do better next time ;).

I hope those explanations will be helpful,
Alu.

alucard339
02-24-2008, 08:11 PM
I'm sorry I Forgot to post the list of image I use to make my little story.

So after some hour of research, I found almost all of them.

So here they are and take the time to go on their site to tell them if you think their picture are good.