View Full Version : do your version of someone elses past map

06-29-2009, 11:42 PM
I was just thinking about how I liked certain maps for past challenges and how I might have made the same map.

It got me thinking that it might be fun to do one or more lite mapping challenges where we either pick somebody elses map from a recent challenge and try our hand at doing our own version of it, or somebody brings up one from the past and we all give it a go.

An example might be the portable island from Jyyke during the June map challenge and everybody gets to give it there own attempt. Everybody gets a chance to make their own portable island in whatever style they want.

Or the challange is to do a past map in your own interpretation and in that case I might take the portable island and sombody else might redo my Jar of refuge (perhaps by doing the three layers of the interior from overhead in aged ink style).

06-30-2009, 12:04 AM
Not a bad idea, so long as we pick a map that someone won't get upset about...and for that I think the first choice works best.

Steel General
06-30-2009, 06:20 AM
I'll have to agree with Ascension, like the idea but the first option works best for me.

06-30-2009, 07:04 AM
Fourth'ed, I suppose :)

Also, if you base it on a map that belongs to an active campaign (or rpg setting), someone could actually benefit from the work that's done?

Greason Wolfe
06-30-2009, 09:59 AM
Kinda reminds me of the Rivermania Challenge where everyone started with the same template. An interesting idea though. Possibly a third option would be to select a known map (i.e. Middle Earth/Earth Sea/Part of the Forgotten Realms/Greyhawh/Dragon Lance) and let participants re-produce it in their own style. But again, there are some that are already working on that sort of thing, so that might be a bit too much re-hashing.

I'll refrain from voting for the time being, but look forward to what the general consensus comes up with.


06-30-2009, 10:33 AM
That is more or less what was done with the "generic map" challenges, except starting with a crude map rather than a finished map. These more constrained challenges have seemed to draw the most participants, historically.

-Rob A>

06-30-2009, 11:23 PM
Okay I vote that I'm insane but that should go without saying :)

anyway, I was thinking that map makers could offer their maps up for the challenge so that no hard feelings develope.

I was not attempting to imply that it was to fix what others did wrong, on the contrary. I used the portable island as an example because I love the idea, and I would like to see it as an overhead map, a hand painted map, a crosssection map and everything else that could be applied to a great idea.

That's really where some of the idea came from.

I'd be willing to offer up any of my ... um few, very few, entries thus far. I'd like to see how others would do the other dimensional map, or the Jar of refuge.

07-01-2009, 01:45 AM
Maybe this could be done on a map that was never finished. So we would have somekind of idea of the map area, but not a complete & ready version to compare our versions to.