PDA

View Full Version : October Challenge: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Maps



Robbie
10-02-2007, 12:21 AM
This months challenge is another Alliance based challenge in that we all decided to work from image prompts. The winning entry of this months challenge will of course win the challenge winners award and will become the basis of next months challenge at Plotstorming.com (http://www.plotstorming.com).

We're going to go a little beyond just mapping a subject within a time constraint. You're going to look at the image prompt we have here and you're going to map based only on that image and a little bit of storyline.

Pictured below is a monastery, this monastery is obviously a real location since it is a photograph of a real place...but since we're focused on fantasy, you have to do this map in a fantasy aspect. Here's the storyline as you currently have it, the rest of the story will be made by the folks of Plotstorming.com (http://www.plotstorming.com) based on the winner.

"A cult has taken over a local monastery and has made prisoners of the monk caretakers. They are transforming the monastery into a temple where they intend to worship and perhaps summon their dark gods."

GUIDELINES

The map should match the shape of the building given only the view you have from the picture
Adhere to the story seed as best as possible
Provide a scale for the map
Bonus consideration for mapping some of the surrounding countryside (does not have to conform to photo)


Remember to adhere to the contest rules...create a thread for your entry (WIPs welcome) and if you have any questions please put them in this thread.

Photo courtesy of Nickdan at Deviantart (http://nickdan.deviantart.com) - be sure to check out his work and if you have a DA account (which is free), leave him a comment.

Be sure to check out the other alliance sites.
Plot Storming (http://www.plotstorming.com)
The Campaign Builders Guild (http://www.thecbg.org)

ravells
10-02-2007, 08:08 AM
It's worth going to Nickdan's site if you want more reference pictures of this and other monastaries.

Looks like an interesting challenge, but I think I'll be sitting this one out and working on other projects this month. I might even give the plotstorming one a go!

By the way, everyone go to the Plotstorming site and see their fiction entries for the Glass Ocean!

terrainmonkey
10-02-2007, 08:48 AM
yeah, this one's right up my alley. already done with the basic idea just looking at the pic. you'll see my entry in the next few days. good luck to all the other entrants, you're going to need it. bwah ha ha!

NeonKnight
10-02-2007, 12:22 PM
OK, I think I should excel at this challenge. Likely not win but my map will kick donkey!

What is funniest, is I wrote a 2nd editional home mode based exectly on this premise!

KeshFerrar
10-02-2007, 06:23 PM
It'll definitely be fun to see what you guys create. And every bit of detail could help out the PlotStormers next month. Bloodstains, chains, inventive names, even little nuances could spark a brain cell!

And as Ravi said, check out the Glass Ocean stories (http://www.plotstorming.com/forum/index.php?topic=444.0), they're worth the read.

RPMiller
10-02-2007, 06:54 PM
Thanks for posting that link. I was having a heck of a time trying to figure out what was what.

Robbie
10-02-2007, 07:27 PM
I'm thinking about tossing my own hat int he ring on this months contest...I dunno tho...I'm thinkign about trying my hand at photoshop mapping.

KeshFerrar
10-02-2007, 07:36 PM
Thanks for posting that link. I was having a heck of a time trying to figure out what was what.

Are you telling me I need to rearrange the PlotStorming boards? ;)

RPMiller
10-02-2007, 08:04 PM
No need for that. I was having a hard time because I was thinking that PlotStorming's challenge was before CG's for some reason and so I was looking at the wrong month and scratching my head as to where the Glass Ocean stuff was.

Gamerprinter
10-09-2007, 01:25 PM
I am really enjoying the different techniques, software and approach being taken by every participant to this month's challenge. I say, it should even be more difficult to judge, since every map is "apples and oranges" to every other map.

Terrain Monkey is creating hand-drawn and digitally enhanced maps.
NeonKnight is using both CC3 and DD3 to create with.
Torq is using Dundjinni
I am not sure what Midgardsormr is using, probably CC3 or Inkscape.
And of course I'm using Xara Xtreme

The variety is great!

Torq
10-09-2007, 02:32 PM
I agree the variety is great.

Just a note. I am not using Dundjinni, but rather Gimp. Some of the artwork is off the Dunjinni forums though.

Cheers
Torq

Midgardsormr
10-09-2007, 07:36 PM
I am not sure what Midgardsormr is using, probably CC3 or Inkscape.


CC3 at the moment, but I think I am going to try to do the terrain in Corel PhotoPaint, following Pyrandon's "artistically accurate" city map tutorial.

I'm still learning so much that my approach is a bit fractured--I haven't settled into a preferred method for anything yet.

KeshFerrar
10-21-2007, 06:03 PM
I agree the variety is great.

Just a note. I am not using Dundjinni, but rather Gimp. Some of the artwork is off the Dunjinni forums though.

Cheers
Torq

Let's hear it for the open source graphics programs!!! Woot!

I just have to say all of the entries thus far a pretty amazing!

Robbie
10-26-2007, 08:48 AM
contest closes tonight (late) and voting begins! So get your finals in today!