View Full Version : April Challenge Voting!

04-26-2008, 11:11 AM
Yet another large number of entries this month! I'd like to send a thank you to everyone who participated in this months challenge, and good luck to all of you.

Here's a rundown of the entrants:

Tender Thighs, The Captain Lies (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1771) - Venardhi
The Legend of Mata-Gara (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1773) - delgondahntelius
The Wreck of the Pedeuna Sesitora (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1795) - helium3
The Treasure Bay (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1798) - Carnifex
Islands in the endless streams (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1801) - SpamValiant
Roan and the Sea Worg (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1804) - Gamerprinter
Six Sea Birds (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1810) - rlucci
The Battle of Damon Bay (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1833) - RobA
Do you know the way to Ultima Thule? (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1836) - Publius
The Melosian Coast (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1843) - valadaar
The Mermaid Isles (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1872) - Chel

04-26-2008, 05:06 PM
My vote goes to Publius.

I mean, RobA's map, especially the picture/reflection bit is pure awesome.
And Venardhi's mad cartographer is sheer win.

But Publius scores because of:
1) Real-World Adaption
2) Modern Times Adaption
3) Last Minute Hand-in-when-all-thought-it-a-dropout :-)

(I have to get my Shadowrun players onto this map, yessir!)

04-26-2008, 05:47 PM
Man, I got on here this morning to post my updated version and ya'll already started the poll. Oh well, I didn't end up changing as much as i was planning to anyways. good luck everyone!

04-26-2008, 05:49 PM
This one was though for me, mainly because I didn't have time to participate. When I try too, it's easier to oppose my work with other and have an idea of what they when through.

In any case, RobA map would be a real live one I would love to have :D , but since I'm a geek puzzle, my choice shrink down to those with puzzle to solve and the one I had a tougher time won.
So my vote goes to SV for his love map. :),

Itís fun to see that our monthly challenger do map that are more and more beautiful each passing month.

Continue the great work
C-U hall,

04-26-2008, 05:58 PM
I also voted for SpamValiant on the basis of the most satisfying puzzle.

04-26-2008, 06:44 PM
I voted for RobA because I really like his map secret. Cyphers are great but you still give away the whole thing when they have your map. Being close enough to be familiar with the personal affects of the map maker seems a much better protection.

I also really liked the 'feel' of all the works.


04-27-2008, 11:32 AM
Absolutely loving Venardhi's map. Very cool.

Just a thought. I've seen similar activities like this at conceptart.org. When they put up the polls, they also show the maps within the poll. Makes it easier to compare the different maps. Flipping back and forth and then trying to find the finished map within each thread is a bit of a headache. Just a suggestion.

04-27-2008, 12:30 PM
Yes, we should get redrobes to work his magic here and do a composite.

04-27-2008, 01:26 PM
Voted for Venardhi's map. I love the fact that it gave me the creeps, and how mysterious it seems. Would have loved to see the final version (any chance you could post it somewhere anyway?)

04-27-2008, 02:36 PM
I couldn't resist Robs distorsion idea :)

Several of the others present great maps and puzzels, but the originality of Robs puzzle got my vote.


04-28-2008, 05:20 AM
Very nice work everyone but...

Isn't it better to just remove the clearly unfinished maps from the contest? Maybe I didn't find them??

04-28-2008, 05:30 AM
Great entries! It's a shame I only found this link recently (http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/business_money/more+than+meets+the+eye/2075747), or I would have been tempted to have entered the competition using the idea as 'the secret' (but obviously with a different picture!!!!).

04-28-2008, 11:04 AM
Great entries! It's a shame I only found this link recently (http://www.channel4.com/news/articles/business_money/more+than+meets+the+eye/2075747), or I would have been tempted to have entered the competition using the idea as 'the secret' (but obviously with a different picture!!!!).
Hehe, that made me chuckle in a juvenile way. I recall a couple stories in years past with similar logo issues. Apparently they never learn. It would be interesting to see this done in the context of a map.

04-28-2008, 04:46 PM
Voted for Venardhi's map. I love the fact that it gave me the creeps, and how mysterious it seems. Would have loved to see the final version (any chance you could post it somewhere anyway?)
Now that I don't have a deadline I may keep working on it and post it eventually. I'm still not entirely happy with it though, so it may be a while.

04-28-2008, 05:41 PM
Just to pick up the composite point,

The Thumbnails (http://www.viewing.ltd.uk/Temp/CG/ChallengeTN/Challengers_Apr08.htm) have been up all month and these link to the threads to get a better view of the finals.

If Venardhi, rlucci and chel could put a WIP tag in then I can rerun it and get the final set up.

I had to make a few small changes to the script mainly in the area of grabbing case insensitive and no spaces etc so almost any kind of ### Latest WIP ### will do now. I reckon its about as complete as its going to get. I dont mind running this again next month or just as happy to hand the script over and let someone else take it on. It sure was vastly easier this month over last.

On to the voting. Wow so many good entries again. Venardhi came in almost immediately with a show stopper. Knew it was game over for me right away ! Gamerprinter had an excellent set of art again and some good ideas for the puzzle. I didn't see that he had posted the solution and tried to solve it but couldn't get the right answer. Robs was definitely interesting too but I did not make the connection like everyone else. A sign of an excellent puzzle for really hiding an object I would say. I liked Carnifexes one very much too. Was really stuck at the last few characters thinking this isn't a real word coming out... but it was the url. Nice little twist there. But my vote has to be SpamValiants. The map was excellent and the puzzle was superb even though I didn't solve it right. It was like the clouds parting at each jump as you see the solution. The rain came down somewhere near the end for me tho and I got a bit lost at sea...

04-28-2008, 05:45 PM
I voted for Venadrdhi....I know he didn't complete it, but it was such an atmospheric, stunning, dark piece. Spam Valiant was a very close second. I couldn't decide between them and slept on it for day. Redrobes, I love your 'pulling all the pictures in one place programme' (can we give it a name please?) - it would be brilliant to put into the title thread of the comp. Next month let's do that so people can see thumbnails of the maps they're voting on.

04-28-2008, 08:27 PM
I call it the WIP scraper. I can give the script to you and Arcana if you like. All that is required is that the person who maintains it has edit access to a post that contains the list of new entrants and some web space. You run it and it does everything except upload it. Its handy if somebody is able to insert the WIP tag in a post where its missing but I don't feel as though I would like to do that to peoples posts.

04-28-2008, 08:29 PM
I wouldn't know what to do with it if it jumped up in front of me and danced the macrena...best give it to Arcana.

04-29-2008, 12:06 AM
yes, email it to me ;)

And to answer your question carnifex...yes, we usually put up even the incomplete entries...Only last months contest didn't get them all posted because some of them never made it out of the gate. If this is an issue for future challenges, I'll put it up for vote.

05-01-2008, 04:01 AM
clearly I made my puzzle to hard ... but it was interesting research :D

05-01-2008, 09:51 AM
And I think I should try to put some more work on the map itself next month... oh god I'm lazy :)

Also I'm pretty certain I'll buy a painting tablet pretty soon which will come handy.

05-01-2008, 11:09 AM
clearly I made my puzzle to hard ... but it was interesting research :D

When I started reading your hints I found myself wondering if you were playing at MIT or something. It's a very nice map, though, and well drawn.

05-01-2008, 11:49 AM
LOL... MIT .. that's good... I get about as close to MIT as Icarus did to the sun... but once again ... when you know the answer, or heck, created the answer... it all seems a little easier... :)

Thanks for the compliment on the drawing ... but honestly ... it took more time to do the research on the codes and puzzles.... developing the code and phrase than it did to draw the map itself.... I don't know what that means.. but it sounds bad... :) lol

05-01-2008, 11:56 AM
Quite the contrary. If a map as pleasing as yours was done quickly and easily then that shows a real ability. Given the brain-bending nature of the code I'm not surprised that researching it took more of your time. :D

05-01-2008, 12:41 PM
says the newbie who scores a challenge compass.... oh wait... i'm a newbie too :) congrats btw :) love the map and thank you for the compliment... abilities aside, i need to extend them to learning my PS than developing masterminded ww2 codes that if it were handed to me I'd look at my DM with a straight face and say "Thanks for taking my dyslexia in to account, that was really a low blow..." :D

05-01-2008, 01:25 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I have to admit to some surprise over the voting, I kept waiting for things to change, particularly since there seem to be about 40-50 less votes this month than for March. I thought there might be a cadre of members who only voted at the last minute, like e-bay snipers!

Anyway, roll on next month's challenge, I say! The spur that it gives you to get something down can only be good for my development...

05-01-2008, 02:01 PM
Congratulations to SpamValiant for winning this month's challenge, with a fantastic entry that had us all scratching our heads!

Next Month's challenge is going to be a bit special...watch this space!

05-04-2008, 04:41 PM
Excellent SpamValiant. Great work and well deserved.


05-04-2008, 07:17 PM
Nice work SV! I voted for you!

-Rob A>

05-05-2008, 07:59 AM
Thanks for all the nice things that have been said. Have to admit to a certain surprise, but the small part of me that I allow to be competitive is very pleased:D

Not sure how to even approach May's challenge, but I'll try to come up with something...