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RobA
03-27-2008, 02:16 PM
A fabulous number of entries this month - 17 out of the starting gate and 14 past the finish line! Hope we get more voters than entries :P

It was suggested that people not vote for their own entry, but as usual, this is not mandated (though some might consider it good manners ;) )


Here's your entries (sorted alphabetically by cartographer):

Daddy Homeplan by alucard339 (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1609)
Ran Dum's Deadly Dungeon by delgondahntelius (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1624)
Not my Daddy's Dungeon! by Gamerprinter (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1588)
Not Your Father's Random Dungeon by industrygothica (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1585)
Send Help! by Justintime (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1652)
A Sketch - Up example by kalmarjan (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1695)
Wrong Turn Cellar by Midgardsormr (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1626)
The Lair of Father Himool by NeonKnight (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1611)
NYFD by overwatch (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1614)
Not my father's dungeon by ravells (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1586)
Your farther looks like a krenshar by Redrobes (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1604)
Multilevel Madness by RobA (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1648)
Timmy's Random Dungeon by terrainmonkey (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1597)
Not ... I dont know by Torq (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1600)

GlennZilla
03-27-2008, 04:12 PM
TM got my vote. Humor always grabs me, and reading that thread brightened a few days of work.

Baziron
03-27-2008, 04:33 PM
Strange. I voted for Justintime, and my vote was taken (I can't give a vote anymore), but it's not added to him. Somebody help! ;-)

NeonKnight
03-27-2008, 06:09 PM
I liked the idea of Send Help, thus my vote.

ravells
03-27-2008, 06:42 PM
I went for Torq's...nice combo of atmosphere and humour, although it was a very tight decision! Although I have to say, RobA's map is dropdead gorgeous.

The Cartographist
03-27-2008, 06:50 PM
I said it before, and I meant it - it's gotta be Ravells.

Istarlome
03-27-2008, 08:34 PM
i have to say, roba's map is outstanding. i've been saying that df could be the best mapping program around, given some really good graphics. roba has come up with some of his own in this map. i believe he has shared the images over at dungeonforge.

great effort and artistry gets my vote

Qin
03-27-2008, 08:40 PM
I like the Send Help map. Good idea.

su_liam
03-28-2008, 01:34 AM
I gave the nod to RobA. Not necessarily the prettiest, but definitely the most imaginatively rationalized.

alucard339
03-28-2008, 07:20 AM
I had a real problem deciding this month. I was torn between humor, usefulness and technicality.

But since Timmy got grounded by his mother and cancel the game
;)
And since Torq homicide section close the sector to visitor until the elf corpse is out,
:P
I decide to turn and go for the one I will definitely use in an upcoming stand alone gaming session.

So RobA really nice work and just for having though off something I completely forgot (the multi level) and making sense of this map,
you got my vote.

Thanks all for the participation and see u next month,
Alu.

terrainmonkey
03-28-2008, 09:13 AM
no, timmy didn't get grounded. he just got cast for 2 plays and had to concentrate on that. his middle school is doing "Annie" and his church was doing "Oliver" at the same time and his mom wanted him to do both. so he didn't have any more time to play, or draw maps.

sorry guys.

that's why i voted for ROBA's map. beautiful and functional and made rational sense. three things you can't dismiss when makeing a random dungeon. i just couldn't make sense of that one passage... the whole map violated all of my dungeon design sensibilities.

Redrobes
03-28-2008, 10:15 AM
I thought that to start with Torq's map was going to be my choice, the walls and esp floor looked great but it kinda petered out after that so that was a narrow miss. Overwatch has some beautiful floor but again didnt seem to go beyond that point so another great start there. Robs map started looking a bit dull but as the rooms went in each one was just great. So finally that became for me the best bit of art. But for me there was another which I found very impressive which was Neons because he got the map in very early and it had everything on it. All the doors were the right type and all the traps were in there . Even come the end its still amongst the top of the bunch and because this was a random map and I thought that to convert it to such a good quick final handout would be the only point in using a random generator and as such is the reason why its Neon who gets my official vote.

Now onto the important stuff.

My humor nod goes to ravs for the wonton wenches tho the krenshar chow with its bone whitening properties deserves a mention too.

:D

RobA
03-28-2008, 12:29 PM
Strange. I voted for Justintime, and my vote was taken (I can't give a vote anymore), but it's not added to him. Somebody help! ;-)

As a quick tip, you can confirm who you voted for, as that poll item should appear in italics.

-Rob A>

Baziron
03-28-2008, 05:05 PM
Well... it does, however, the vote still was missing.
Oh well, you're way in the lead anyways, so no reason to bother too much. ;-)

rwaluchow
03-28-2008, 05:30 PM
I had to go with delgondahntellus. I'm a sucker for hand-drawn maps and this one is just gorgeous. Great work!

delgondahntelius
03-29-2008, 01:50 AM
Thanks rwaluchow, I appreciate the compliment.

I voted for RobA, it's a great looking map. ;D

Micah
03-30-2008, 12:35 AM
Well, I was lured out by an e-mail and I voted.
I was looking without success to find the criteria that the mappers had for this contest.
I read the rules thread, but since all had the same layout I must be missing something somewhere that gave the contest theme it's feet. . . . Could anyone point me in the right direction. . . .

It's an interesting contest - might bear looking into the beginning of April. . . .

Gamerprinter
03-30-2008, 12:55 AM
Take a random, dysfunctional pre-generated dungeon layout and turn it into a beautiful map - that was the challenge in a nutshell. Created by a random dungeon generator, all objects, monsters and treasures were pre-determined, so creativity would be used to make something aesthetic out of a mess.

Robbie
03-30-2008, 01:36 AM
Yay the email worked! 36 votes as of this posting.

Airith
03-30-2008, 04:07 AM
Send Help! made me feel like I should go and help those people...

:D

hans_worst
03-30-2008, 08:12 AM
I voted for Justintime. His map is an adventure on it's own!

Redrobes
03-30-2008, 11:26 AM
Well, I was lured out by an e-mail and I voted.
I was looking without success to find the criteria that the mappers had for this contest.
I read the rules thread, but since all had the same layout I must be missing something somewhere that gave the contest theme it's feet. . . . Could anyone point me in the right direction. . . .

It's an interesting contest - might bear looking into the beginning of April. . . .

Hi Micah,

I think you need this link.

http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1580

Oh and if your entering next month then I will have to at least double my efforts... I have seen your maps :)

Sigurd
03-30-2008, 02:17 PM
There were a lot of good entries in this challenge. They would have won previous challenges.

I especially appreciated RobA's work with _free_ mapping tools. I would find this a very valid category and, this month, he'd take this hands down IMHO.

Many entries had a really high sense of completeness with 3d textures and shading and levels of professional appeal.


Finally, perhaps because I've been swearing at computers this week, I cast my vote for delgondahntelius because he had the will to dump the computer and the patience to do it in pen.

Del, that's a very interesting map and glows with the time you put into it.

You get my vote because you didn't have an Undo button and because you obviously love what you're doing.


-Sigurd

dormouse
03-31-2008, 11:23 AM
I was torn between humor, usefulness and technicality.
...
I decide to turn and go for the one I will definitely use in an upcoming stand alone gaming session.

One of the things that strikes me about using someone else's map is that usually we would want to adapt it in some way or add to it. To be able to do that depends on the format it is in and the software that we have available and whether the images in the map are accessible and changeable within the file format and/or are available separately. Some maps look very good, but I know I will never use them because I don't have, and can't access, the means to adapt them.

Midgardsormr
03-31-2008, 01:17 PM
Hmmm... somebody hit the wrong button, 'cause I've got a vote!

I voted for Torq, on the basis of the sheer beauty of the map. If I had a second vote, it would go to RobA, but he's got enough already!

Dormouse: One of the nice things about being able to interact with the mappers on a site like this is that, if you see a map you'd like to use, and possibly modify, there's a possibility the original cartographer might provide source files which would make it easier to alter. I know that I'd be happy to turn over a CC3 or Photoshop file if someone wanted to use one of my maps for an adventure.

dormouse
03-31-2008, 02:27 PM
Midgardsormr- I don't want to subvert or take over the thread inappropriately, so I'll post a response in a new thread in General Discussion.

industrygothica
03-31-2008, 09:45 PM
I am a bit surprised by my three votes as well. It's about three more than I thought I'd get.

Like so many others, my vote went to RobA. His map was just too ingenious to pass up... not to mention a bit inspiring.

ravells
04-01-2008, 06:48 AM
I'm just incredibly happy that so many people voted in this month's challenge. Thank you everyone!

Torq
04-01-2008, 08:34 AM
Hey Ravs nice sig!

Lwaxana
04-02-2008, 06:34 AM
Dang, too late to vote, but I'd have gone for "Send Help" as well :o)

Robbie
04-02-2008, 08:53 AM
Looks like we have a winner...by a nose even...RobA congratulations on a job well done...a fantastic map!

Also, a definite congratulations is due to Justintime, only trailing by 3 votes, and also submitting a wonderful hand drawn entry with plenty of character.

Good job to all participants and thank you VERY much all the members of the site that came out to vote. This was a record setting competition in several ways.

Now stay tuned for April's Challenge which will be posted today or tomorrow once we iron out some more details on it.

Redrobes
04-02-2008, 09:13 AM
Well done Rob - a three times winner now !

And commiserations to Justintime who would have had one more from Lwaxana and Baz's extra uncounted vote to be just one behind. Your count would have won any other month.

Torq
04-02-2008, 09:29 AM
Congrats to RobA and Justintime. Also well done to all who participated and voted.

Torq

RobA
04-02-2008, 09:46 AM
Thanks all who voted!

Congrats Justintime! I'd been watching you gain ground steadily the last day with nervous breath! had the poll been open another day I think you might have been the winner!

And kudo's to everyone who entered. I never expected such a "silly" little challenge to catch so much interest, and was overwhelmed by the turnout!

-Rob A>

ravells
04-02-2008, 10:03 AM
Congrats to all who took part, especially to RobA and to Justintime, who came so close!!!

NeonKnight
04-02-2008, 10:46 AM
Congrats to RobA for winning and Justintime for giving Rob a much needed run for his money ;)

dormouse
04-02-2008, 07:45 PM
Congratulations to everyone.

One of the really nice things about this challenge is the usability.

RobA's map makes (some sort of) sense and can be used as is as the Dungeon Map. Or, if he makes the DF map available, can be adapted/tweaked in DF to suit the campaign.

Justintime's map is a superb handout to be given to the party to start them out.

Virtually no work for the DM :)

Justintime
04-02-2008, 08:18 PM
Gah! I forgot about this whole challenge thing and forgot to show up and vote for myself. But no problem, RobA's map was certainly deserving! And thanks for all the votes everybody. :)