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Robbie
02-25-2008, 04:29 PM
Some fantastic entries this month! A short month as well. Expecting a fairly close race here in the voting.

Here's your entries:

Westheaven by alucard339 (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1495)
Werthers Skull by Redrobes (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1475)
The Old Tower by NeonKnight (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1453)
The ruined manorhouse by terrainmonkey (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1454)
Big Easy Station by Baziron (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1465)

ravells
02-25-2008, 04:53 PM
Some really good entries. I would have voted for Alucard, but as this is an entry about drawing the maps, I felt it would be unfair on the others as many of Alu's images (although not the maps themselves) were taken from other sources and not drawn by him, although he had put them together beautifully.

terrainmonkey
02-25-2008, 06:38 PM
i didn't realize this contest would end this soon, but oh well. i'll just have to rely on what is there already and let the folks decide.

i also am impressed with the work alucard has done, but am inclined to call shenanigans for taking some of his maps off of another site and not using his own. i'm not trying to be a spoil sport here. what he has done is great, it's just that these contests are about what YOU can do, not about what OTHERS have done. just my 2 cents.

pyrandon
02-25-2008, 06:41 PM
i also am impressed with the work alucard has done, but am inclined to call shenanigans for taking some of his maps off of another site and not using his own...these contests are about what YOU can do, not about what OTHERS have done. just my 2 cents.

Yeah, alu & I talked about this, and he cited his sources and such afterwards, which was great. It was just a slight misunderstanding in the purpose of the contests, I think, but he's square now. Alu's a good guy. (And he did do a nice job on his collage-work, didn't he? :) )

Great entries everyone! Another successful & inspiring month!

alucard339
02-25-2008, 07:38 PM
Hi to you all,

As I've said to Don, I'm sorry about using many outside work, but I didn't though it would have add any effect since it was for the presentation of the story.

The inn was done as per the contest rules.
But yes it was a misunderstanding that won't happen again.

Now as for my vote, it was quite hard because this month entries were much diversified, but in the end I chose to vote for Neon's map for 2 reasons:
1) The simplicity of is map made the job that the challenge asked, and 2)
Because he took my idea for the style I was going to use for my buildings in my story.

Tmonkey, I think I will have a use for ur map in my next month scenario on my world if you don't mind me using it.

Nice work to U all & hope to see U next month,
Alu.

terrainmonkey
02-25-2008, 11:51 PM
sure, you can use my stuff. that's fine. :) didn't want you to think i was being a spoilsport about this month's contest. the work you did was great, and shows the work of an impressive cartographer. keep it up!

alucard339
02-26-2008, 12:10 AM
Thanks Tmonkry,
I'll tell you, next month, after the game session how it workout ;)
and it's okay, no hard feeling. I'll just have to be better then you next time :D.

take care,
Alu.

delgondahntelius
02-26-2008, 02:40 AM
I'm curious, is it more appropriate to explain the reasons behind your vote publicly... just wondering that is...

Baziron
02-26-2008, 03:58 AM
I was clearly outmatched!

I'll try to bring up a finished, complete version of my map - as soon as my drawing hand is back in shape.

alucard339
02-26-2008, 08:10 AM
I'm curious, is it more appropriate to explain the reasons behind your vote publicly... just wondering that is...


I don't know about the rest of the world, but for me I think, its fun to know why you get vote for. By knowing the good and bad point of your maps, it helps improve them.

For example, if I tell you that your pink and yellow colors you've use for the grass or that a mapping style don't suit you well (like hand draw maps for me), then the next time you should not do it and try something else.

alucard339
02-26-2008, 02:27 PM
Hi to U all again,

I was just browsing through the other pass challenge and I was wondering 1 thing:

Currently, we are 1,131 members and more importantly, around 300 active, so How come we only get about 25 votes per challenge from our members, taking into account that most voting post got more then 200 views.

My point being that the more person we get to vote, the better it is to get a feeling of how we, has a guild, like our maps and maybe give us a direction as to were we should go.

Not that any style must be left to die, more to the contrary, but like in my case, I don’t have any more idea of what kind of style I should try for my next maps.

It’s just that the other guys from previous month and of this month decide to take some personal time from their live to make great maps, so IMHO the least they should get is some votes from us.

Only my 2 cents.

Sea U a-round,
Alu.

ravells
02-26-2008, 03:25 PM
That is a very good question, Alu and one that I often ask myself. I'm not sure why so many members are shy about voting in the contest. I try to encourage voting by changing my sig to bring attention to voting but I guess most people don't want to take the time to vote?

Sigurd
02-26-2008, 04:15 PM
Terrainmonkey got extra browny points from me because he posted maps without writing on them, otherwise I really liked the Tower because its the sort of adventure I really like. I don't have a player called Nigel! :)


The skull could be pulled together into an amazing map too! Dont give up on it.


Sigurd

su_liam
02-26-2008, 05:01 PM
Well, I had to vote for tmonkey. These were all great entries and the spread from best to worst wasn't that great. Actually, I suspect I'd favor Baziron's offering were it more complete. The technical sophistication of redrobes' entry was impressive and, hey, 3d! I loved the graphical nature of NK and Alucard's work. If I live to be a hundred, I'll never do anything that cool! In the end, though, something about that manorhouse made me think about it a lot. I could really imagine exploring a place like that. I think that's one of the great things about an excellent map or scenery image. You want to look around that corner. Where does that river lead? Is there a vast underground shrine of Kuo-Toa under that mansion? Brrr... it makes me shiver with excitement!

Midgardsormr
02-26-2008, 10:35 PM
I was very torn yet again this month.

I put in my vote for TerrainMonkey based on the technical merit of his work. And because you textured the grid lines on the first map; that was a nice touch!

I really wanted to vote for Baziron because he converted a public place, which seemed to me to be more in keeping with the spirit of the challenge. Alas, the work was not completed (a situation I can certainly identify with).

terrainmonkey
02-27-2008, 11:27 AM
wawaweewa! you like me, you really, really like me! :)

okay, to all of you who like these maps, i think i'll work on the adventure for it. i'll start a new thread, with a few things changed, and put that up later on this week. i'm thinking of somthing that can be scaled for between 5-10th level if you are talking D&D or any d20 system game. thanks for all the kudos. about a week ago i couldn't seem to find the time to get back to this one. i guess what's there is better than i thought.

Baziron
02-27-2008, 04:38 PM
I also voted for T-Monkey. IMO, that map is made of winning glory and glorious win.

@Su liam & Midgardsomr: Thanks, I appreciate the feedback, it's encouraging. And I'm really sorry for not completing it - I was about to, when the same day I felt the urgent need to save somebody else from harm by taking that upon myself. Actually, I thought that wouldn't hurt as much as it did, but my hand got all swollen (tried to snatch a falling lid to keep it from slamming down, but it did anyways, with my hand stuck in between). It's getting better, and I promise to produce a finished version and put that into the "finished maps" area once it's done.

Robbie
03-01-2008, 11:50 PM
Congrats go to terrainmonkey! He wins the February challenge! Good job to all participants of course and keep participating!

pyrandon
03-02-2008, 12:46 AM
Great job, TM--and thanks to all for participating!

alucard339
03-02-2008, 01:10 AM
Good job all,

And great work to U monkey boy; next time I'll try to beat you 8), even if it means bribes (I've just bought 7 bananas) :P.

Hope to see your adventure soon, cause now that you've won, you must put the finishing touch to your map: a level 5-7 will be just great, thanks little winner.


Sea U Hall A-round,
Alu.

Redrobes
03-02-2008, 09:20 AM
Congrats & Well done - about time you won eh ?

RobA
03-02-2008, 12:13 PM
Congrats TM!

I didn't comment earlier, but I really liked this one.

-Rob A>

ravells
03-02-2008, 01:01 PM
Congrats, TM! Excellent entry and well deserved win!

terrainmonkey
03-03-2008, 01:33 AM
thanks for all the kudos, folks. and thanks to all who voted for me. :) i'll try to work up the adventure for it within the next few weeks. im going to make it generic enough for multiple game systems, so dont expect any stats for monsters and treasures, just a collection of ideas one can use in any game.

good luck on the next challenge. neon, maybe this month will be yours. perseverence pays off.

NeonKnight
03-03-2008, 02:40 PM
good luck on the next challenge. neon, maybe this month will be yours. perseverence pays off.

Thanks for the words of encouragement!

And it was nice to finally to put a face to a name by seeing you at D&D XP this weekend. Also nice to actually 'physically' shake you hand and congratulate you face-to-face.

Congrats again.

ravells
03-03-2008, 04:14 PM
Oh...I hope you spoke to everyone about the CG while you were there! We're getting some brochures printed (soon hopefully) and then you can hand those out next time!

NeonKnight
03-03-2008, 04:26 PM
Oh...I hope you spoke to everyone about the CG while you were there! We're getting some brochures printed (soon hopefully) and then you can hand those out next time!

Well, normally, I would, but the majority of people I spoke with was with other gamers mini's gamers who are not cartography minded, though I did bend the ear of a few WotC folks about what we do here.

terrainmonkey
03-03-2008, 06:44 PM
Thanks for the words of encouragement!

And it was nice to finally to put a face to a name by seeing you at D&D XP this weekend. Also nice to actually 'physically' shake you hand and congratulate you face-to-face.

Congrats again.

thanks. it was good to meet you too. i probably won't be putting in an entry to this months contest because i have so much other work to do and this would only take time away from that. it sounds like an interesting concept, and maybe if i have a bit of time i might play around with the idea and see what happens.

ravells
03-03-2008, 06:49 PM
Oh go on and play around and see what happens! It'll be fun!

delgondahntelius
03-06-2008, 10:47 PM
Congratulations TM, wtg!