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aiRo25
12-28-2008, 07:04 PM
I've been noticing that there are descriptions under everybody's user name. What generates these and how do they work? Right now, I'm a "scribe." What does that mean?

Hoel
12-28-2008, 07:07 PM
Most forums have those. It's a rank based on your number of posts (mostly) and the forum admin can change the name of the rank to anything. I'm a 1D12 in my gaming clubs forum...

aiRo25
12-28-2008, 07:14 PM
Thank you. I've been curious.

[shows how many forums I post on regularly!:oops:]

Gamerprinter
12-28-2008, 07:41 PM
Yes, its the rank of posts, and this forum uses cartographic titles. I'm a Master Cartographer, which is based on posts only, though I'd like to think that I'm a master cartographer anyway! :P

GP

PS: plus notice the little green pip or square below the reputation amount. A blue square means - nobody has Repped you, and you're an unknown quantity in the forum. A green square means you've been Repped at least once. You get additional green squares for each 100 points of REP given to you. Also when you point your mouse the pips - a little description hints at the REP energy coming off you. These are other sorts of rankings.

Other titles of course are for winning a monthly challenge, earning 5 "5 star" ratings on a tutorial you post, getting selected for a Cartographers' Choice posting, and a couple oddball ones, that you get based on things you've done. I've also got the River Police badge - for pointing geologically unsound rivers placed on maps posted here.

Hoel
12-28-2008, 07:50 PM
Ok, since we have a master among us, can you explain the badges and other titles for a novice?

ravells
12-28-2008, 08:28 PM
Yes, its the rank of posts, and this forum uses cartographic titles. I'm a Master Cartographer, which is based on posts only, though I'd like to think that I'm a master cartographer anyway! :P

GP

PS: plus notice the little green pip or square below the reputation amount. A blue square means - nobody has Repped you, and you're an unknown quantity in the forum. A green square means you've been Repped at least once. You get additional green squares for each 100 points of REP given to you. Also when you point your mouse the pips - a little description hints at the REP energy coming off you. These are other sorts of rankings.

Other titles of course are for winning a monthly challenge, earning 5 "5 star" ratings on a tutorial you post, getting selected for a Cartographers' Choice posting, and a couple oddball ones, that you get based on things you've done. I've also got the River Police badge - for pointing geologically unsound rivers placed on maps posted here.

You will be a master cartographer when you finish the Japanese set! :)

Gamerprinter
12-28-2008, 08:29 PM
Ok, since we have a master among us, can you explain the badges and other titles for a novice?

Of course! I have most of the available badges, and should soon be getting a Cartographers' Choice Badge and be pretty much complete...

The compass (looks like a round shield) is for winning a monthly challenge.

The open book with the quill above it, is for earning a 5 star rating by 5 voters for a tutorial award. Just because you post a tutorial doesn't give you this award. Five people have to recognize it as a great tutorial.

The open scroll award is for getting selected as a Cartographers' Choice post.

The River Police Badge - is given by "Police Chief" RobA, for those he recognizes as pointing out when a river has some geological anamoly which it can't have in real life - like forking a river downstream with two rivers reaching the sea, etc..

The only other Badge, that I'm aware of is the "Delgondontaleus Faux Pas" Award, which only one has been given (to Del, of course) for performing such a blunder that you get an award for it.

Del, a community leader, posted the September Monthly but didn't include about 5 entries that should have been, so after three days of voting, the entire thing was scratched to include all entries and a revote had to occur. That blunder earned him the "DFP" award. He supposed to pass it on to someone else makes a similar major bonehead act! So you don't want that award! :P

As far as I know that it!

Sidenote: the more REP you have, the more REP you can give. REP giving is based on your own REP, plus the number of years as a member, plus the number of total posts. The more you post, the Rep you get and the longer you're here, the more REP you can give to somebody else.

GP

PS: all I need is 4 more points of REP and I can REP anyone for 6 points!

NeonKnight
12-29-2008, 02:53 AM
Yep, Gameprinter pretty much got the crux of it. He is also listed under his name (a pastel light blue) as being an Industry Professional, because, well, his job, his income comes from ding this stuff. We also have the likes as Profantasy's Folks coming in from time to time, or Those from Dundjinni, or even folks who do maps for various gaming companies.

Ravells and myself and a few others all have BRIGHT BLUE names, as we are forum leads, and no longer get the monkers of Scribe or Master Mapper, etc anymore.

Finally, Arcana, our illustrious leader has a GOLD name and is the owner of this little forum.

Hoel
12-29-2008, 06:58 AM
Thanks.
Lucky bastards getting paid to do this!
I could spend all day drawing maps too, gimme a commission

I guess I'll have to get on the challenges and write up some tuts. I want some nifty badges and titles!

Robbie
12-29-2008, 07:58 AM
The best part about all of this is that we're not an "exclusive" club ;)

aiRo25
12-29-2008, 09:14 PM
That's my favorite part, for sure.

Thank you for the explanations. I sort of jumped in the deep end (no lurking before joining).

:)

Gamerprinter
12-29-2008, 09:18 PM
No worries, we at the Guild prefer participants over lurkers any day!

GP

Gamerprinter
12-29-2008, 09:35 PM
Thanks.
Lucky bastards getting paid to do this!
I could spend all day drawing maps too, gimme a commission

I guess I'll have to get on the challenges and write up some tuts. I want some nifty badges and titles!

Hoel, from what I've seen of your work so far - you certainly have the chops for doing maps professionally and getting paid for it. Its really a matter of participating in monthly challenges (you don't have to win, but you have to have a good showing when you do participate,) posting lots of maps here, and probably visiting other RPG sites and posting maps there as well.

Periodically, we get requests for commission work through the Map Requests forum at the bottom of the Forum Index page. Some want free maps, and its still worth it for the practice to mapping to another's direction. Many times, big name publishers post requests as well, and these are paid gigs. Often a private user/game master wants a map of his world and is willing to pay for it, I do plenty of that as well.

Once you get published your on your way to becoming a pro. :D

So start posting, and participating in challenges, as well as looking for any map requests - getting paid for this is not as hard as you think.

Doing it full-time, that's tough though. I run Gamer-Printshop a digital printing company that specializes in printing full color maps in large format, I also do commission maps for large and small publishers - that's why I have the gray "industry professional" title.

GP

Hoel
12-30-2008, 06:21 AM
Thanks for the pep talk. I'll do just that.

Do you deliver prints to Sweden?