Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!!!! That looks SOOO much better(BTW, where did you get the slime texture, it's quite nice!). The offset shadow on the chain really helps sell the illusion that was missing before and the slime texture works much better! Next step I would suggest is adding some shadows for the spikes around the pit to help sell them and I would also think you could deepen the shadows around the outside of the pit to give a bit more height to it compared to the platform and make it sell even better(when combined with the chain shadows).
Is it just me or are the teleport pad off center of the surrounding "ring". There is a slight look like they may be on a raised platform, but given the scale they are on the map, I don't know that it comes across enough to make it work the "oddness" of the look.
I would also suggest some grunge on the floor to break up the tile pattern and/or some blood... this is an arena after all right? People going to have dirty feet and blood stains on the floor...Possibly even some cracks or char marks(depending on if there is any magic use ever done in this arena or not.)
Fixed the off center teleport, added the spike shadows, cracks and grunge and some blood and slime.
The slime texture texture is a transparent water overlay, changed the color scheme to green and darkened it, then layered it over a dark brown ground texture. I was hoping for a bit more shiny / transparency, but it is OK as is.
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Its sooo good, it hurts
Thanks, Glad you all like it, all the great advice from everyone really helped.
I have 2 versions of the map now that I have a legend describing the main features. There is a DM map with the info and a player's map without it. I am going to post the DM map here so it is available, but on the next post I am going to post the final map for the challenge.
Here is the final version for the challenge entry, the Player's Map.
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It's great Bogie - well done for sticking with it when so many others (thinking particularly of myself here) flaked out. The finished map looks wonderful and is something I can imagine myself using as a climactic end-of-quest big boss battle at the end of an adventure.
Thanks Jack, I love hearing when people use my maps for a game.
@ Lukc, Is that the kind of legend you were looking for? (on the next to the last map)
Yes, Bogie, that's exactly what I had in mind :) I can just imagine how horrified my players would be by encountering something like this. They'd say I'm out to kill them again!