View Full Version : *** January 2013 Challenge VOTING: Map based on "Ruin" ***

02-01-2013, 03:26 PM
Voting time!

Challenge was to:

Create a map based on "Ruin".
Perhaps a destroyed planet, a fallen castle, a burned out city or ancient archeological dig or even floating wreckage, whatever you can come up with. It can be real or fantastic.

As usual -

1) Look over each entry, thumbnails link to full size images:

January Challenge Thumbs (http://www.cartographersguild.com/challenge_thumbs.php?type=regular)

2. Vote for as many entries as you like. (Note that voting for all of them will not help to decide a winner.)

3. Remember to give REP for those entries that you feel deserving of it.

Voting will end in three days on the 4th because February is a short month and we need to get rolling.

Have fun!

02-01-2013, 03:48 PM
Hope you feel better soon, Jaxilon! We were just razzing you about opening the voting because you seemed so firm on closing it out early.

BUT, now I'm razzing you because there's no poll here? :)

02-01-2013, 04:02 PM
No worries. You were typing that while I was creating the poll. It takes a while to get all the links cut/pasted into the voting poll. I'm not sure if it's worth it. I just personally like it when it's there because it allows a quick link to the entries. That's in addition to the thumbnail link.

02-01-2013, 04:07 PM
mearrin69 nailed it. Awesome work.
Freehand 5.5 - Although not so mappy, it's still an awesome piece of art. Love it!

02-01-2013, 04:07 PM
Ah. Awesome! Sorry to rush you. Off to look at the final entries.

- Max -
02-01-2013, 04:14 PM
Mearrin, Troedel and Freehand looks the best to me. Good jobs all you guys!

02-01-2013, 04:20 PM
Kier - well done on your first challenge. Water is very hard to get right, and you did. Love the skeleton sharks!

The Marked Hat
02-01-2013, 04:20 PM
Blast it! I drew my ruins but I was too late to submit an entry to the January Challenge. Crap. Well, that leaves the February Challenge to me...

02-01-2013, 04:51 PM
Some maps did not cross the finish line, I hope they get completed anyway.

My three votes:

The Ruins of The White Eagle Fortress (http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachments/current-mapping-challenge/51656-ruins-white-eagle-fortress-ruined-keep.jpg) by eViLe_eAgLe are a great battlemap with lots of detail. It could have used some more time but is great anyway.
Chapel Of The Holy Rose (http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachments/current-mapping-challenge/51626-januar-2013-entry-chapel-holy-rose-klosterheiligenros02_web.jpg) by Freehand 5.5 is great art, the theme is something that does not get me started. So my vote for the former reason ;)
The ruins of Ningan/orc worg-lord village (http://www.cartographersguild.com/attachments/current-mapping-challenge/51599-january-2013-entry-ruins-ningan-orc-worg-lord-village-ningan.jpg) by mearrin69 Ruins is the theme and it is executed in a lovely way. If looked at in a small version itīs a bit "noisy" in my opinion. Itīs meant to be looked at in detail!

THX for the great competition, I enjoy these very much!

02-01-2013, 05:04 PM
My main vote is for Freehand's beautiful piece. The map's not an eye-catcher on its own but the whole thing is beautiful. Second was for eViLe_eAgLe's ruins. I really love the look of the linework and coloration. Sapiento's gets my third vote. I like the overall impression and some of the details are very nice (trees in particular). Could use some dirtying up.

I only wanted to use three votes so as to not muddy up who's the winner. All entries were very nice...especially some of the ones that didn't get finished before the deadline. Please finish them up. We want to see!

Thanks to everyone for your votes for my piece.

02-01-2013, 09:12 PM
I will certainly try an finish mine. I had (have) a plan for it, and it's good practice.

02-02-2013, 07:10 AM
My votes were for:

Temple of Ruin by Troedel
The Ruins of The White Eagle Fortress by eViLe_eAgLe
Chapel Of The Holy Rose by Freehand 5.5

02-02-2013, 08:36 AM
Due to a bad month at work I didn't get the time I wanted to finish my map of the village of Rordim, but I voted for The Ruins of White Eagle Fortress and The Castle Under the Sand. Nice work from all entrants though :)

02-02-2013, 09:44 AM
Wow. This is down to the wire!

02-02-2013, 11:38 AM
Alright I voted last night, but wanted to get all my thoughts on all the pieces together before posting.

A Dark Age - Good Start, and colors. Love, truly love the moldy looking corner in the map.

Ruin of the White Eagle - Nice colors again and design layout. My only negative really was the I assume unfinished portions, some pieces left uncolored, but really liked it.

Chapel of the Holy Rose - Beautiful! Enough said? Probably, but it did come out as more art than map, but wow.

The Medusa - Really wanted to see where this was going. Colors were dark and intriguing.

Castle Under the Sand - Very Nice, loved the 3-d look. Really looked just like an archaeological(2 tries to just get this word to pull up in spell check and even then not sure I chose the right one) dig.

Sunken Spur - Dumb Name, lol, its mine so its ok to be so harsh. I have to learn how to change the title of the thread as 1/2 the time I can't figure my title out. Only true regret here, is I wasnt able to get my story/history on the same page, felt I would have to settle for too small of a picture and lose the underwater detail. Oh well. It was a blast, got to create skeletal sharks from scratch and drown a city.

Ruins of Ningar - Nice. A little "cluttered" in the small picture, but took form when zoomed in. And man did I ever want to zoom in even more to see all the details. Negative is I wish I could have zoomed in more, but you were able to get the story in which added a lot, and great layout there as well.

Space Elevator - Nice artwork, was very nice to see it from the beginning sketch to where it ended. Not quite sure what the Green dots and track were, but thought it came out great.

Tadmur - Such promise :( . Awesome start, I look forward to seeing the end result.

Ruins of Bridgeton - Great Map, colors and layout. Bridge was great. So many little details.

Remnats of Castlemourn - Wow. Lost in the small picture are all the details. Zoom in and it is so full of texture and life.

Temple of Ruin - Great colors again and layout. Love the aged creases in the paper, really made it look folded and then laid out again.

Was so close. I casted 3 votes if memory serves me correct.
1)Ruins of Ningar
2)Ruins of Bridgeton
3)Chapel of the Holy Rose

Such variety, truly a great challenge and was fun to participate in it.

02-02-2013, 11:42 AM
the chapel deserves to win, only one I voted for!

02-02-2013, 01:03 PM
Lots of great entries in this one. I hope we can keep up the volume of entrants in the months to come as it's always much more fun this way.

In the end I voted for three (In no particular order):
Freehand - Beautifully put together. Limited a bit on the mapping side but so simple and well executed. You make me totally want to go get a book on Calligraphy and start learning.
mearin69 - Awesome idea and a perfect location for an adventure party to have to go retrieve some object from the previous inhabitants. I'll have to remember this one for one of my gaming sessions. It looks great as well.
Sapiento - Looks great, perhaps a bit more rubble could have been shown but I totaly love the graves man, those were an awesome touch.

I think these are all fantastic and satisfy the challenge nicely. It's too bad they all can't win.

Evil Eagle, I almost voted for yours as well and only the fact that it was not quite completed made me hesitate. I think this was just excellent and I really loved the hand drawn elements. I hope you do more of this.

02-02-2013, 01:22 PM
Funny, Jax: that was my exact plan, though it's still vague. Was thinking there would be some artifact or other needs retrieving.

02-02-2013, 01:56 PM
Truly a fantastic challenge with many different styles.

02-04-2013, 03:23 PM
Well I had high hopes for RJ Beals map, but unfinished as it was I could give it my vote (but I do hope you finish it RJ, it's fantastic!). My two votes went to Freehand 5.5's Chapel of the Holy Rose, and Mearrin69's The Ruins of Ningan. However there were several other lovely entries as well. Great job everyone.


02-04-2013, 11:27 PM
Awesome run this month and congratulations to all the entrants who were able to participate, you made this so much more fun!

Super Congrats to mearrin69 however for winning a good race. I'll get our new challenge up pronto and get you an award asap. February is short so we mustn't tarry.

02-05-2013, 03:11 AM
It was a close one. I appreciate the votes. Thanks, everyone! Much respect and rep (when I get to a real PC) to all of the entrants!

- Max -
02-05-2013, 07:28 AM
Congrats to mearinn for the win and to all entries

Freehand 5.5
02-05-2013, 03:35 PM
Yeah. From me congrats to mearrin69, too.
And thanks to all of you who voted for my chapel.