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Scot Harvest
07-03-2013, 12:47 AM
I play Travellar and don't really like the world maps.

They are ORANGE PEEL style and lack .....Eye candy!

So I intend to stylize the world maps and add some BLING to this part of the game.

I intend to use my laptop with another monitor hooked up to it to display info to the players so no printing will be necessary
and the color will remain vibrant and easily changeable.

Critique, observations and tip are appreciated :)

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Scot Harvest
07-03-2013, 12:08 PM
And another.... found some example on line and like the look.

I would say I plagiarized the look but sufficiently different to call it my own.

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Korash
07-03-2013, 06:37 PM
The one prob I see with this style, is that it only shows the 1 side. The orange peel at least had the entire surface shown. Having said that, do you thing that you could do both hemispheres on the sheet? I do like this over the original style very much.

Midgardsormr
07-03-2013, 06:45 PM
The planetary image is pretty low quality. Was that a much smaller image that you scaled up? If you can find or make a higher resolution version of it, that will probably look better.

The edges of the system bands circles are very rough.

To give it just that little bit of extra sci-fi dazzle, try putting a very faint glow on all of the green to give it a phosphorescent look. If you don't have a glow tool, you can just make a copy of all of it, put a blur on it, and reduce the opacity to taste.

You have a typo in the lower-right box: Syestem bands.

Are you using Gimp for this? You might get nicer results from Inkscape, which will give you very clean sharp lines regardless of resolution. I used Illustrator for my own Traveller system maps: Hoffer’s Wake Bryan Ray, Visual Effects Artist (http://www.bryanray.name/wordpress/?p=409)

I'd link to the thread where I posted them here, but search is still off-line.

Scot Harvest
07-03-2013, 06:54 PM
This is the concept for the layout, and I appreciate the input.

I intend to get the general look before I sink any real time into the project.

Done in Photoshop. I'll check the link...thanks!

Scot Harvest
07-03-2013, 06:57 PM
I too like the idea of and entire planets surface being mapped for logistics.

But.... I am drawn to the art side of this project.

The Travellar game I play seldom has need of an accurate world map.

I guess I'm going for a SHOCK AND AWE style ;)

arsheesh
07-03-2013, 07:10 PM
The planets do look a bit as if they were low res images that have been scaled up. Not sure what your creation method for them is but there are several great planet tutorials for Photoshop over at Deviantart that may offer you tips on how to improve them. In addition, you might want to think about adding a bit more shading and atmosphere to the planets (a discussion on how to do so is included in several of the tutorials at DA). The overall layout is nice though.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Midgardsormr
07-03-2013, 07:39 PM
Ah, I hadn't realized that it was a mock-up. In that case, disregard comments about fuzzy lines and aliasing, though my recommendation of vector artwork stands. Particularly if you come up with an easy-to-run pan and zoom display interface that will take svg. Being able to zoom in without losing quality is stellar, if you'll excuse the pun.

You can always add a different style of map later on if you need the entire planet's surface for some reason. That may or may not be an issue depending on the style of your game. My players tend to avoid planetary surfaces, preferring to stay in space as much as possible, so I don't really need entire planetary maps most of the time. They get all crazy about detailed star systems, though.

Scot Harvest
07-05-2013, 11:04 AM
WOW! these are some GOOD tips!

I will start on these TUTs and see if I can produce a higher quality mock up / template.

Also thinking of making a VERY large star-field background so so I can pan around and the profiles wont have identical backgrounds.

Scot Harvest
07-05-2013, 12:13 PM
Some adjustments made from the above tips and critiques.

I am submitting this one in a higher resolution so I can get better critique.

Still just finding a look I like before proceeding with this HUGE project.

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Midgardsormr
07-05-2013, 01:43 PM
Oh yeah, that's looking good!

I don't recall if it was posted here or if I saw it somewhere else, but this is a nice workflow for starfield creation:
artofgregmartin.com v. xiv (http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_star_field.html)

It's pretty involved, but the results are worth it, in my opinion.

Scot Harvest
07-05-2013, 03:14 PM
Thank you! VERY nice tut... and just what the Dr ordered!





Oh yeah, that's looking good!

I don't recall if it was posted here or if I saw it somewhere else, but this is a nice workflow for starfield creation:
artofgregmartin.com v. xiv (http://gallery.artofgregmartin.com/tuts_arts/making_a_star_field.html)

It's pretty involved, but the results are worth it, in my opinion.

Scot Harvest
07-14-2013, 02:03 PM
Added all the things that I like in other maps.

IE isometric star system layout, habitable ranges, fauna/flora indicators, star bases etc.

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Scot Harvest
07-15-2013, 06:00 PM
Tried an Asteroid Field to see what it would look like in this format... I like it.

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rdanhenry
07-17-2013, 03:36 AM
"PLANETERY SIZE" should be "PLANETARY SIZE"
"Minning Base" should be "Mining Base"
"Main minning excavation" should be "Main mining excavation"
"Time to Orbit Sun (a year)" could be shortened to "Orbital Period"

Scot Harvest
07-31-2013, 08:15 PM
I think I have what I want for a format.

Next I think I will start with the Regina Sub-sector and make planets from the game resources.

Their are I think 200 planets or so.... :P

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Midgardsormr
07-31-2013, 08:50 PM
So a week or two?

There may be some interest over at Citizens of the Imperium (http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Discuss/index.php) for the finished images, particularly if you're covering canon territory.

Scot Harvest
07-31-2013, 11:42 PM
Uh ya.... with a week or two and 12 min of sleep a day that figures to about 18.9 per day.

Shall I have on your desk by Tuesday? :)


So a week or two?

There may be some interest over at Citizens of the Imperium (http://www.travellerrpg.com/CotI/Discuss/index.php) for the finished images, particularly if you're covering canon territory.

Nolan75
10-05-2013, 09:18 PM
Thanks for this tuto, very interesting

Scot Harvest
11-20-2013, 09:14 PM
Found a template for another type of layout.... I like this a lot better.

Template was Black/White I added color and the SCI-FI look.

Original by "ravells" from Citizens of the Imperium site.



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ravells
11-21-2013, 06:05 PM
That would be the same ravells as the one on the Cartographers' Guild! I love what you've done with the design! It looks great!

Azelor
11-21-2013, 07:16 PM
It is very flashy, even for sci-fi

Scot Harvest
11-22-2013, 06:36 PM
Thanks Ravells. I dropped a note on you at Citizens of the Imperium to make sure it was ok to Re-work and post it (no reply).

I'm relieved to find you here and that you are ok with the re-post.

ravells
11-23-2013, 06:02 PM
No worries! and thanks for taking the idea a stage further!

rdanhenry
11-29-2013, 02:23 AM
Personally, I'd want a more readable font for my readouts. I do like the general design of this one, but the font is just awful for text someone is supposed to actually use.

Even with that font, "ATMOSHERE" stood out pretty obviously as an error (missing "P").

Drakon
12-22-2013, 03:12 AM
Found a template for another type of layout.... I like this a lot better.

Template was Black/White I added color and the SCI-FI look.

Original by "ravells" from Citizens of the Imperium site.



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Sorry but I missed where you got the template for this image.

Scot Harvest
01-04-2014, 07:04 PM
Sorry but I missed where you got the template for this image.

From "Ravells" on citizens of the Imperium web site (he is also HERE but I got the template on the other site).

Scot Harvest
01-04-2014, 07:06 PM
Personally, I'd want a more readable font for my readouts. I do like the general design of this one, but the font is just awful for text someone is supposed to actually use.

Even with that font, "ATMOSHERE" stood out pretty obviously as an error (missing "P").

Ya... I like the SCI-FI look..... but you are right, its hard to read. I believe its a "HALO" font.

Any suggestions for a better font?!? I'm wide open! :)

Midgardsormr
01-05-2014, 01:50 PM
I like either a simple sans serif like Arial or one of the OCR fonts like OCR Std A.

A decorative font like Halo might be okay for titles and headings, but it's just not readable at a smaller size or in large blocks.