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    I've been experimenting with more realism and I think I'm getting pretty close now. Since this is a points of light theme I've been wanting to test-drive some light effects. They might be too much but this is just me practicing. I want the pathway beams to be thinner but this is the general idea. The terrain is final (unless I get a new idea or someone sees something odd) since I'll spend the rest of the month coming up with names and practicing light techniques.

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    Your first few light effects look really cool. And your names are possibly the greatest names ever

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    Love the style. Love the names. Great job so far!

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    Gorgeous already. I'm still brainstorming my concept and here you are doing polish....sheesh.
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    Well, in last month's challenge I finally decided to push myself a little further than what I usually do in sat-style so I learned some new things. I knew that I wanted to put some lights in my next map and my usual dark sat-style seemed the best candidate instead of hand-drawn. Antique might have worked, too - that whole glowing runes around the edges or magical incantation words thing - but I'm doing some new sat stuff and I'm hoping to go further there. I spent all day Sunday doing the terrain - mostly hand-painting with textured brushes and colors and getting the blend modes right...I had about 50 layers. Monday, I started the labels and I knew what I wanted for my town markers. Last night I did the lights. I'm going to label up the whole map, hopefully, and the trek will cross the continent to some really spooky place like The Titanic Temple of Epic Eczema. The hardest part is trying to be serious and use serious-sounding names - I just can't help myself but be weird but I'm so tired of the usual sounding stuff like Blackburgh (I'd go with Darkspookyburgh). I tend toward the literal side sometimes when I have no idea and since the theme this month has the word light in it I'm going overboard on light-this, light-that, light beams, lighthearted.
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    Looks great so far.

    This is a neat challenge, wish my mapping mojo wasn't still a dry withered husk.
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    The lights are so pretty ... They are like my... my... my precious . Seriously though loving the light effects, very well done, I don't think I would stand a chance in a comp against stuff like this.

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    *slaps forehead* Holy **** that is just too awesome..

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    I love it, Asc, it looks like something from Final Fantasy -- just the right blend of photorealism with utterly fantastic effects. I really like the path and the start lights, keep those as you tweak

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