Design a map for print
Since I should have the gamer-printshop ecommerce site up this week, I thought that a way to celebrate its reopening, I'd sponsor a prize contest.
In the past map challenges have been focused on maps for Virtual Tabletop, which is great as more and more users are playing with VT apps. However, my area of expertise is digital printing.
How about a contest (venue up to CL's or other Challenge Ideas) where the final map is intended for print at 300 dpi at 24" x 36".
Whoever wins the challenge, I will print and ship at my expense the winning map to the winner. If that means Torq wins, I'll ship his entry at 24 x 36 to South Africa - at my cost.
Just an idea, thoughts?
That's a great idea and very generous of you GP.
I would so love to see one of my maps printed in color at this size (I only have a B & W large format printer--HP DesignJet 130). That would be a great contest with a great prize as well. Thank you very much for the offer to do this GP, I'm sure whomever wins will truly appreciate it.
I like the idea GP. And thanks for the vote of confidence;) Very kind of you to offer sponsorship in the form of your time, cost and services.
A challenge with a prize... Sounds cool.
Very Generous GP, if I could rep you again at the moment, I would
Great idea, but I have to admit that my laptop with its puny 2Gb of RAM will die if I try to generate a 7200 by 10800 pixel map! Maybe this is just the world's way of telling me to accept the inevitable and get a better computer...
Great Idea! And very supportive Game Printer.
I'm in Guelph Ontario - near Toronto. I'm curious about postage to my place - not like I'm planning to win or anything :). More like I'd like to support your business.
Assuming something comes of this, anything we should do about size for the upload\download of these things? How bout a smaller view and a larger link (perhaps off site)? People could post WIP views but save site space for their final work?
Originally Posted by torstan
That was my first thought as well. I know when I did my Sept Challenge at only 3000x3000 (150 ppi I think) towards the end, I was having 2 GB spikes and had to close out GIMP every hour or so or it would just stop responding. Even then, doing most filter actions took 30-60 seconds to completed, and this is a a Core 2Duo with 4 GB Ram(I really need to look into getting 2 8GB sticks). I can just imagine my compute going up in smoke trying to an image large enough to make for a nice printed battle map.
Not saying it's a bad idea.. but I expect the number of entries to be smallish due to the machine requirements.
My thoughts depening on the map would be to do it in districts, then just combine the segments at the end with flattened layers to let the computer cope