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Micah Doulos
02-22-2014, 10:05 PM
Hello Guys,

I'm brand new here. I've been lurking here and there for about a month. I've finally decided to dive in and participate in this community. A little about myself. I have a keen interest in maps and map making in general. I am almost entirely new to making maps via photoshop or gimp! I've relied on world building programs built into video games in the past. Warcraft 2, Starcraft, Civilization 3, 4, and Colonization. I also have the ability to draw slightly better than the average Joe. I've drawn maps by hand which look pretty cool.

My main interest driving me to join this community is to become skilled at GIMP so that I can make a great looking historical map of Europe for a board game I've designed. Well... any questions? Greetings?


02-22-2014, 10:09 PM
Welcome to the Guild! I love hand drawn maps, and I would really like to see yours!

Micah Doulos
02-22-2014, 10:28 PM
I tried to insert an image here, but the forum's settings are being uncooperative for some reason. I'll try to show you a map again later though.

02-22-2014, 11:39 PM
I've had a hard time with that sometimes as well. I hope you will be able figure it out and upload your maps soon. :)

02-23-2014, 10:33 PM
Welcome to the Guild Micah! There are lots of tutorials and walk-throughs for GIMP here in the Tutorials section to help you along. Look forward to seeing your work.


02-24-2014, 12:39 AM
Woah, my friend's name is Micah and you had me worried for a minute there that she hunted me all the way to this website... But anyway, it usually helps if you save it as jpg and lower the quality by one or two levels :) Looking forward to seeing your work!

Micah Doulos
02-24-2014, 02:45 PM
Haha. Nope, not haunting you here. And I'm totally a dude. lol

When I go to insert image. The dialog box appears to be incomplete. It tells me to choose a file from my computer. I chose a picture thats .jpg and under 900KB. However there is no option to push ok or upload??

02-24-2014, 03:07 PM
Ummm, are you sure you've spotted the buttons? After you've finished uploading the file, a thumbnail should be placed right where that red box is. Then, you just press "done" after. Does your box look like this and have these two buttons?? If not, then there must be something wrong then...


Micah Doulos
02-24-2014, 03:58 PM
There it is. The attachment window worked properly. I was trying to "insert image". That screen isn't functioning for me.

Ok onto this map: This is my revision of a small town called Gwernia from an old video game called Aidyn Chronicles on the N64. My reinterpretation is 4-5 times larger than the town in the game. The castle, a keep, overlooks the majority of the town enclosed with a curtain wall on an artificial island along the coast. The right side is an ocean. The left is a moat. On the other side of the moat is a small trail trapped between the mountainside and the moat. This ensures a solid chokepoint easy to guard from the curtain wall overlooking the path. This map isn't done. I drew the basic designs by hand. To give it a polished look I copied and pasted features I made either by hand or in paint. This is most evident in the towers and buildings. The future of this map will see the village sprawling out to the southwest outside of the castle, and a protected bay with a shipyard south of the castle.


What do you think?

02-24-2014, 04:07 PM
This is great!! You should definitely post it on the WIP thread, more people should spot it then :) I am liking the layout of this, especially how you drew that castle. Are you planning on colouring this?

Micah Doulos
02-24-2014, 04:26 PM
Thanks! WIP. I'm assuming that means work in progress? Where's the WIP thread? Thanks again! I'm glad you like it. As for color. Hehe, I've never been good with coloring things on the computer. Perhaps adding color will be something I'll learn to do as part of this forum.

02-24-2014, 04:39 PM
Yup, it's here! http://www.cartographersguild.com/forum.php#mapmaking-discussion-philosophy-wip-critique Just post your map where it would categorize in, which I would guess is the Town/City Mapping.

And I do like how the map has been drawn so far, so I can imagine it still looking as good even if you decide not to put colour on it once it's finished :)

02-24-2014, 04:51 PM
I agree, that looks really good and you should post a WIP thread. :)

Micah Doulos
02-24-2014, 04:56 PM
Sounds good! Thank you two for your feedback. I'll start a thread. :)

Micah Doulos
02-24-2014, 05:47 PM
Thanks for the rep seredemia! I don't know exactly how significant it is considering I don't understand the reputation system on this forum, but it made me smile when I saw it. :)

02-24-2014, 05:53 PM
I don't understand it much myself either but I have the basic gist that the more rep you gather, the more epic you like so :P And you're welcome! :)

02-24-2014, 06:14 PM
I don't know the exact math involved with Reputation, but the amount of REP a given person can provide is entirely based on how long that person has been a member (number of years), the total post count, and the amount of REP that person has him/her self. For example, I recently REP'ed seredemia on her recently posted map of Averstin. I've been a member since July 2007, I have 3,610 posts, and 1562 points of REP, so when I grant REP now, its 25 points of REP. I am pretty sure that because seredemia has less than 100 posts, only a few months as a member and less than 100 REP herself, she only grants 1 point of REP.

02-24-2014, 06:18 PM
I am pretty sure that because seredemia has less than 100 posts, only a few months as a member and less than 100 REP herself, she only grants 1 point of REP.
3 actually. I feel so immensely powerful compared to your 25 ;D

Micah Doulos
02-24-2014, 06:45 PM
Yeah. Seredemia gave me 3 rep points. It seems like a cool system. :)