All Choice maps have be approved by a moderator - 5 compasses does not automatically assure the map will be a choice map and a lack of 5 compasses does not necessarily mean that a map will not be chosen as a choice map (although it's unlikely).
Schwarzkreuz hits the nail on the head when he says that part of the reason for having choice maps is to highlight gems which might get lost in the huge tide of maps coming through as well as to showcase some of the real beauties that the best of the guild (often, but by no means always professionals) on this board create. We also like to showcase a variety of styles and subject matter. Unfortunately putting up choice maps is a bit of an involved process and we haven't been as diligent as we should have been in keeping up to speed. So I've rewound to Van Nevan and we will be picking maps from that point onwards as choice maps going forward.
there hasn't been a post here in a while so I thought i'd add a suggestion - -max-'s old empire of lorn map very nice map.
im also going through the finished threads, rating maps
I'd say it does. Rating maps. Good idea.
There have been several Deserving Contributions of late that I'd like to nominate for the Cartographers Choice award. In no particular order:
- Max's Provinces of Selen (though he has several other noteworthy pieces as well);
- vorropohaiah's The City-Kingdoms of the Hareshk;
- Blaidd Drwg's City of Galastan;
- Obliro's Oakfall.
To be honest I don't feel comfortable to be nominated with Provinces of Selen since I used someone else brushes on it (Quabbe's ones), even if they were free to use. I guess a nomination would be better with whole personnal stuff on a map.
By the way I concur with The City-Kingdoms of the Haresk and City of Galastan choices, which are two masterpieces.
The Provinces of Selen is my favorite out of the four, with The City of Glastan as a close second. The city Kingdoms of the Harask, also caught my eye. I've made one map in which I've included the family crest of the ruling families, but never thought to use the crest as the city icon.
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great news on the commission!
On a similar note, my Hareshk map helped get a couple of queries regarding commissions too, which is a great start for me. I don't know if it factors in though I already have a featured map award while other nominees don't so perhaps there are better candidates?