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    Post Almost labeled maps...

    A thought just popped in my head. Something I could add into my Gamer-Printshop.com site - if I ever could have time to actually work on my site, instead of endless commission maps!

    What about guild members creating "almost labeled maps". In other words, say create a city map, include a cartouche with no actual city name title, perhaps even numbered locations on the map with a legend area to name it, with no names.

    The point is, I could post maps for printing on the site, for a kickback to the Guild, offering gamers the chance to post their preferred city title to match their current RPG campaign or home brew. Also major sites: temples, fortresses, etc. can also be named by these gamers for their gods or specific temples, guilds, fighting orders, etc.

    Instead of forcing a gamer to order a printed map with your chosen city name, they get to choose it themselves. I'll enter the name on the map and print the file.

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    Even cooler would be to be able to automate the process, of course.

    I used to work in a software house making dynamic print-ready pdf's for printing businesses, so that was my first thought.

    I think it's a great idea.

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    Sounds like a really neat idea.
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    generic cities, kingdoms and continents in addition to the usual generic town, keep, dungeon and temple maps. Sounds smart...

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    Post Will work on the site this weekend...

    OK, I plan to rework the website this weekend, fix the bad links and add in the Unlabeled Maps page.

    I think I will add $2 to my print price, then kick back $1 to the Guild and $1 to the artist/cartographer of a given map, that way everybody profits from the service.

    When the site is ready I'll make a notification on the News Forum and I can then start receiving submissions for unlabeled maps.

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    What size and resolution would you want maps in? Not that I consider what I'm doing worthy of print in any form as of yet, but I guess it would be relevant for those who are to make the maps, eh?

    I think it's great throwing a buck at the artist as well. Just a small incentive besides knowing you're kindof published.

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    Post 100 to 300 ppi, it depends on your system

    Generally I say, for a large format map at the final dimensional size, 100 ppi is the minimum resolution. If your PC can handle it, 300 ppi is preferrable, but 100 ppi still works fine.

    I sponsored the January 2009 challenge by printing the winning map, those were the standards we were working on.

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    How do you plan to handle things like different font styles for labeling and layer styles for fancy titles? Should we include these sort of things in a zip file that you can then put into a folder for keeping them all together? Don't get me wrong but I'd hate for someone else to just start putting sloppy styles onto something that I labor for days to get just the right feel (my current map has taken me a week to find the right font and I still haven't chosen a layer style for the title).
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    What you said, Ascension, or even have available fonts to choose from, limited for each map of course. That would be the way I think.

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