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ravells
06-14-2011, 06:11 PM
Gormenghast is a huge, almost endless castle from the work of Mervin Peake.

So I figured, why don't we build our own version.

Attached is the first room. Feel free to build new rooms to it. Let's see how big it gets. If you run out of white space, just make more canvas in whatever software you use. Make sure you save at a highish resolution.

Let's see how big we can make this sucker.

Just three rules:

Black and white only (no grey)
Try to follow conventions others have already set (eg. stairs, pillars, doors etc) so it looks consistent.
Don't make complicated symbols others will find hard to reproduce

Ghostman
06-16-2011, 08:34 AM
Wouldn't it be better to use .png files for this?

RobA
06-16-2011, 10:14 AM
Converted to a png and added a room...

I also snapped the original walls to the pixel. The thick walls are 15px and the thinner lines are 5 px. and the font is 36pt arial.

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-Rob A>

Ghostman
06-16-2011, 03:55 PM
Added a side room with a spiral staircase.

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anonymousfromyou
06-16-2011, 04:20 PM
If i may ask, what is the first room? What are those circles?

Nice job though.

RobA
06-16-2011, 04:39 PM
If i may ask, what is the first room? What are those circles?

Nice job though.

Pillars, I'd assume.

-Rob A>

anonymousfromyou
06-16-2011, 04:57 PM
That would make sense,

thanks!

Redrobes
06-16-2011, 08:58 PM
I started reading Titus Groan a long long time ago and I found it hard going but it was an incredibly rich and descriptive book. I started it because one of my favourite artists Rodney Matthews did a series of art prints from the book. I have just tried to get some google hits on that but failed. Its in his 2nd book I think - last ship home. I remember long lost rooms in Gormenghast where there was thick dust on the floors and it was all very gothic.

Diamond
06-17-2011, 01:37 AM
Hey, cool idea! I too started to read the Gormenghast books years ago and just couldn't get into them. Maybe I'll try 'em again one of these days...

Anyway, I added a cross-hall and a half-moon chamber. Maybe it's an art gallery or something.

Ramah
06-17-2011, 04:07 AM
Hey, cool idea! I too started to read the Gormenghast books years ago and just couldn't get into them. Maybe I'll try 'em again one of these days...



I hear you there, man. I tried several times and managed to get about 50 pages or so. The thing that really sticks in my memory is where Mervyn uses something like two pages of text to describe a wine stain on a cooks apron. How it is shaped, the colour, how it goes in and out of the iight as he rocks back and forth... oh man, just thinking about it is making my eyelids heavy.

And it annoys me coz I know they are regarded as classics and the actual ideas behind the books sounded really cool. :S

Lezales
06-19-2011, 02:59 AM
I've added an opera to the map ! Hope it fits !

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Ghostman
06-19-2011, 10:01 AM
Added a restroom with toilets. Unfortunately, there are currently no sinks :shock:

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Lezales
06-19-2011, 02:11 PM
No sinks ! How are people supposed to wash their hands, that's dirty !

ravells
07-10-2011, 10:53 AM
And a bit more.

tilt
07-10-2011, 11:18 AM
cool idea - now I don't know the books, but I thought mediaval castle when you posted - is that so, and if so I think the rooms should reflect that (the toilets springing to mind) :)