View Full Version : *** June Challenge Voting - A Home Away From Home

06-29-2009, 04:21 PM

Click here for the thumbnails of the entries (http://www.cartographersguild.com/utilities/Thumbs/Html/Challengers_Jun09.htm)

Summary of the rules for this month's challenge:

1. Draw a structure -- house, castle, tent, starship, Winnebago, anything that one can live in.
2. Devise a plot device for accessing said structure -- magic scroll, teleport stone, really cool whistling, anything really just be creative. Bonus points for story to go along with the entry.
3. Any genre, any style, any way you want to do it, no rights or wrongs here.

Good luck to all :)

06-29-2009, 04:28 PM
I've never voted before but I think I will this time. Where's the butterfly ballots? I need to punch chads.

06-29-2009, 05:11 PM
You're missing Rovingjack on the thumbnail thread. And I think for this challenge it is far better to go back to the thread for the posted back story.

Steel General
06-29-2009, 05:55 PM
Well my votes went to Gamer Printer and RedRobes, (I felt their's were the most complete) with Immolate a very, very close third.

Thanks to all of the other entrants.

On a personal note, I really don't think mine should get any votes as it is largely incomplete.

06-29-2009, 06:25 PM
I've never voted before but I think I will this time. Where's the butterfly ballots? I need to punch chads.

There'll be hanging ones!! And then nobody will be happy!

06-29-2009, 06:26 PM
Sorry Redrobes....you lost out by the merest of smidgens....I love your caravan.

06-29-2009, 06:47 PM
I had to go with Sorrosen's Caravan, and Inn at the End of the World. The Caravan just felt like it was a home (as opposed to the battle train thing, didn't feel overly home like to me.) and I'm not sure what it is about the Inn, just seems well done.

Very hard to pick which of them I liked the most.

I'm very sad that I have about 20 pages of sketches done for this month,... and no working scanner or cord for my camera,...

06-29-2009, 07:54 PM
You're missing Rovingjack on the thumbnail thread. And I think for this challenge it is far better to go back to the thread for the posted back story.Wow, sorry RovingJack - fixed now. Glad you mentioned this as I have been busy and didnt spot that. Any CL can add anyone to the list now but the new CL thumb list interface page to do it is a bit scary (its possible to delete the whole list etc) so I am still doing it. Also, yeah read the whole thread as there's more than just one pic in them and in many cases the others and the back story can be quite important.

06-29-2009, 09:22 PM
This one was another tough one to vote on.

First vote was easy, Redrobes all the way for me. While using 3D to create maps, I've done it, can sometimes be difficult to create a map versus a thing. RR did an amazing job especially using the cut-away view - loved it.

Second vote was immensely hard. Mainly the struggle was between Immolate's and MysticMagellan's work. I loved both of them. Especially Immolate's work around his color blindness and still do such amazing job. I actually flipped a coin in the end and MM's won.

Sorry Immolate, I couldn't decide and the coin decided for me.


06-29-2009, 10:41 PM
this was a hard vote for me because I'm a bit of a magpie and like the shiny items and a good story about them.

Sorry to those I didn't vote for, but when it came down to it, as much as I would like to have a portable island I would have liked to see it done as a birds eye view map perhaps with an inset floor plan. It is a wonderful illustration of a great concept, but if I were to use it for something I'd have to fill in more info to use it.

And I have this nagging fear like I'm dealing with a Djinn, that while it's clear how to get from outside the globe into it it's not entirely clear how one gets back out, and where you come back out to.

That turned out to be a factor with several of the ideas.

I chose the inn at the end of the world. For the size and complexity of the created maps. Lovely all around. I can even case the joint ... I mean admire the decor.

I also chose the druids tree, and I'm not entirely sure why, maybe it has to do with the cottage in the wilderness feel that is conveyed by it or the concept of using the abundance of nature to provide a rich and varried personel fortress. Again the details of the sort of lived in candid shot of the living areas and the size and detail were a deciding factor.

Map Vandal
06-30-2009, 09:51 AM
My two votes went out to Gameprinter and Redrobes. Unfortunately I can't rep either one of you until I spread it around a little. I absolutley love the Assassin's Lair. That magic item is something that gives so much color and depth to any story. The drawing is amazing as well and makes it a no brainer for my first vote.

I also love the story surrounding Sorrosen and his caravan. The map of the caravan is outstanding. The entire image has such a wonderful life to it.

06-30-2009, 11:53 AM
Kudos to everyone.

I voted for Assassin's Lair -- Gamerprinter as it was imoo the best interpretation of the challenge, plus a damn fine map, to boot.

My second vote was difficult. I ended up going for Druid's Tree -- MysticMagellan, but it was almost a toss up between that one, the mushroom, the inn, and the jar of refuge.

Rovingjack - you almost got my vote because of entering a hand drawn work, but I just couldn't give it to you as too much of the "map" element was missing.... great illustration though!

Ditto for the pocket island - just wasn't "mappy" enough, but great idea.

I had high hopes for the steam powered barrack (as an avid fan of steampunk) but the end result didn't do it for me. I think the contrast between the work itself and the quasi-Victorian subject was too much. Maybe we should have a steampunk challenge....

Congrats to the eventual winners, as well as to everyone who entered!

-Rob A>

06-30-2009, 12:39 PM
Well, voted for GamePrinter (does he really need another win ;)), and RedRobes.

Imolates was good, but it didn't really qualify as a 'home away from home' to me.

Other good maps were the Jar of Refuge (would have liked to see it finished), Jykke's Pocket Island (but it wasn't quite an map as it was a pretty picture, shame).

06-30-2009, 01:14 PM
I'm going to stop saying "this was a really hard vote" because, since I found this place a couple months back, they've *all* been hard votes.

My first vote went to Red 100%. It was a very nice combination of a map and a 3d model, and also had an air of playfulness and realism that was refreshing and enjoyable. I also really like RVs.

My second choice was a much harder choice between GP and Imm, which I think shared many of the same great qualities and attention to detail. In the end, I went with GP because he got so much of the story and detail on one very well-composed image, but it easily could have gone the other way.

06-30-2009, 01:42 PM
Well, voted for GamePrinter (does he really need another win

Honestly, I just wanted one win this year. My schedule is such now that I hardly have time to participate in challenges. Unless a challenge idea really works over my creativity, I think I'll go into semi-retirement as far as CG challenges go - let some of the "new blood" earn some awards.

I'll still post maps in other forums - WIP, Finished or otherwise, and otherwise be a regular contributor, but I think this is the last challenge for me.


06-30-2009, 01:46 PM
Hey just ribbing ya Gameprinter. You do really good work, and I am jealous. JEALOUS I TELL YA!

06-30-2009, 02:47 PM
Ok I voted for the pocket island which I know is not quite a map but I like the concept a great deal and I think the visualization of it was well done. The second choice for me was hard with a number of maps in contention. I liked the idea of the track laying with sorta Dune type connotations to it. The tree was very well executed but didn't seem very portable even if it could move a bit. A home but not really a home away from home. The jar had some potential but it needed more meat on the render to do it some justice so it came down to immolate and GP's map. The phylactery idea is an old one but it was done very well. I liked immolates desks a lot tho as well as the general idea. Though looking at it at high res it seems that it would have been better with some antialiasing on the zoomed up backdrop texture. Still despite that it just nudged ahead. Sorry GP - it looks like your gonna take the prize anyway tho.

06-30-2009, 04:12 PM
My first vote was easy to make. The Assassin's Lair was so well thought out, executed, and illustrated that it was easy to pick.

My second vote was hard. I jumped between the Steam Drawn Barracks, The Inn at the End of the World, The Pocket Island, and Sorrosen's Caravan. After much thought I narrowed my choices down to the Steem Drawn Barracks and Sorrosen's Caravan, and eventually voted for the Caravan based on two things - it seemed the most complete, and it looked like something I'd like to use in a game.

Great work everyone.

07-01-2009, 10:24 AM
The linework and overall clarity/polish on the Druid's Tree earned it my first vote. Color choices and setting really helped this one too.

My second vote has to go to the Assassin's Lair - cool concept and some very detailed mapping to back it up!

07-03-2009, 09:30 AM
I've been away from mapping for the last couple of weeks and wasn't able to put in the significant quantities of additional work I wanted to do on the Inn. Some things in life are hard to predict--like softball tournaments. My two youngest girls were both in the Tournament of Champions and All Stars.

To be honest, that would not have stopped me completely, but the urge to map does ebb and flow and there is no doubt that it has been at a low point of late.

I approached this vote more viscerally than the last. I wanted to vote for whatever hit me for whatever reason, without too much reasoning and rationalization behind it. So I picked the Assassin's Lair because I loved everything about it and the Magic Mushroom because I loved the idea of it.

I think there were other, better-executed entries than the MM, but if these things were always about technical skill, my entries would never get a vote.

Good job everyone and rep for those who made the effort.

07-03-2009, 11:37 AM
I wanted to vote for Jykke but I decided not to because the piece is technically kinda not a map. But I really like it. I wish I had one of those!

I wanted to vote for Steel General but I thought the thing looked unfinished -- and then he said it wasn't finished -- so I have to pass on that one, but I like it and I hope he'll finish it.

I'm going with Gameprinter for overall project togetherness and Immolate for color & style & panache. Both are maps; both are complete; both just have that roar across the finish line.

Steel General
07-03-2009, 01:08 PM
I wanted to vote for Steel General but I thought the thing looked unfinished -- and then he said it wasn't finished -- so I have to pass on that one, but I like it and I hope he'll finish it.

I definitely PLAN on finishing it, just not sure when.

07-05-2009, 03:21 PM
Congrats to Gamerprinter!

Immolate, aww, you were my other vote and you squeeked in at third. Still, I dug your piece.

So, no July challenge? Not that I have time to enter it :\

07-05-2009, 04:30 PM
Shoot, I totally missed this vote :D
Would have gone for Gamerprinter and MysticMagellan though. So many good entries it's almost scary...

07-05-2009, 04:38 PM
Thanks, guys! Great "last" challenge for me, I can now retire from the Challenges with a final (fourth) win!

Congrats on everyone else, especially to MysticMagellan and Immolate for being so close, Redrobes as well. Congrats to everybody on some excellent entries!

Time for some "new blood" to bring in the awards!


07-05-2009, 04:44 PM
Great "last" challenge for me Retire? Eh, muchacho, ¿qué dices? RETIRE!?

07-05-2009, 05:01 PM
Don't worry, I was even thinking if I see a interesting challenge, that I'd place an unofficial entry in the General Mapping WIP Forum, instead of actually being in a Challenge. I could still display what I would do, yet not take away someone else's opportunity to win a challenge.

I certainly didn't win them all, though I participated in over 20 challenges, and only won four times. But I've actually seen some who've opted from entering because I was in a given challenge. Even challenges I didn't win, I often came in second place.

To think if I wasn't in this one, Redrobes would finally get an award.

So for reasons like that, I am retiring from official entries in the Challenge.

I'll still be a prolific map poster on the Guild, so my participation won't lessen, just my participation in challenges will end - that's all.


PS: I want to sponsor more challenges instead!

07-05-2009, 05:12 PM
Congrats GP. Stormed home again. Great stuff.

A second is a great position for me. I came second once before but that time there was only three entrants... and the person who came third never finished it from having PC problems... oh and GP won that one too... :((

Perhaps I should retire on a second placing too and feel good enough about it. :D

So whats in store for July then ? Is it interesting enough to pull me out of retirement heh heh !

07-05-2009, 06:00 PM
GP posted his entry early-on and it was just having fun from that point on as I knew I couldn't compete with a concept and execution like that without a lot of experience and practice--or maybe ever. He was deserving of the win, and the results bear that out clearly. I am grateful that he is planning to give future competitions a pass, although he is not obliged to do so. It was a generous thing for him to do.

Congratulations GP on a brilliant entry.

Congratulatinos RedRobes on a well-deserved second place.

Good job to everyone else and don't give up! You were all good.

07-05-2009, 06:40 PM
Congrats, GP. Excellent entry and a well deserved win.

07-06-2009, 06:58 AM
Whats up for july? BTW Gamprinter amazing piece absolutely incredible

07-06-2009, 08:20 AM
We're brainstorming it right now...kinda late I know.

07-07-2009, 12:45 PM
Make it a July/August challenge then. It is getting kind of late...

07-09-2009, 07:45 PM
May we please have a July or July/August contest? Pretty please with Roger Rabbit on top?