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    Default Greetings All!

    Hello Cartographers.

    My name is Tim. I stumbled upon a link to this site researching fantasy map-making software
    and felt like a dwarf next to a new ore deposit. I've been an rpg'er since...well, 1983.
    Pen and paper is still my favorite, but there are such lush and/or amazingly detailed
    maps out there using software that I wanted to try outlining districts for a city
    a friend and I are creating for an upcoming campaign of 4ed. D&D. Lots of ideas are
    written down, with more each week as we research what makes a (fantasy) city
    a city. I'm looking into 3-D rendering, but currently I've picked up Gimp and Inkwell,
    since the price is unbeatable.

    I am returning student with a dual major in Spanish and English, emphasis
    in translation; and when not trying to 'kill' my party, I consume a lot of poetry.
    Ultimately, I'm brand new to cartography software, so I will be spelunking the tutorials
    here and at youtube, until I'm ready to start posting works-in-progress.

    Thank you for making and populating this site; I'm off with my canary and lantern.

    Namasté,
    ~Tim (Halo of Gnats)
    Steel engravings, Gothic lettering,
    A bar of sulfur left in a cabinet,
    The heavy tollings of insomnia,
    Sunrises and sunsets and twilights,
    Echoes, undertows, sand, lichen, dreams,
    I am nothing but those images...


    The Maker by Jorge Luis Borges

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    Welcome to the realm!
    Yesterday today was tomorrow.
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    Thank you Aenigma, I appreciate the welcome.
    Last edited by Halo of Gnats; 10-20-2010 at 05:19 PM.
    Steel engravings, Gothic lettering,
    A bar of sulfur left in a cabinet,
    The heavy tollings of insomnia,
    Sunrises and sunsets and twilights,
    Echoes, undertows, sand, lichen, dreams,
    I am nothing but those images...


    The Maker by Jorge Luis Borges

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    Welcome!

    I'm new here myself, but there are a TON of resources here for learning the cartographer's art.

    cheers,

    thom
    Thom Ryng

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    "The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is very nearly reasonable, but not quite." (G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy)

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    ... and can I just say I love the Borges quote!

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    "The real trouble with this world of ours is not that it is an unreasonable world, nor even that it is a reasonable one. The commonest kind of trouble is that it is very nearly reasonable, but not quite." (G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy)

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    Hello Thom,

    Thank you for the welcome. I'm glad you like the quote; it fits all things we do in life
    with a passion; but in this site, it particularly lends itself to Borges' notions. I've enjoyed looking
    at your Cruenti Dei series; the style is very much likened to 70's political maps I remember as a kid.
    I like the colorization of regions and borders along with the easily understood symbols. The partitioned water
    segments in the first piece remind of a board game. Is that what they're for?

    Namasté,
    ~Tim
    Steel engravings, Gothic lettering,
    A bar of sulfur left in a cabinet,
    The heavy tollings of insomnia,
    Sunrises and sunsets and twilights,
    Echoes, undertows, sand, lichen, dreams,
    I am nothing but those images...


    The Maker by Jorge Luis Borges

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    Welcome Aboard!
    My Finished Maps | My Challenge Maps | Ghoraja Juun, my largely stagnated campaign setting.

    Unless otherwise stated by me in the post, all work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.



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    Welcome to the Guild!

    Nice to see another 'grognard'!
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    Any questions on CC3? Post them with CC3 in the Subject Line!
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    Welcome to the guild, Halo (great nick btw). City building is jumping into the deep end, so I applaud your courage! There are a few of us city builders who share the same asylum and you're welcome to join us! Check out the city building tutorial in my sig, it may be of help in your planning. I must get my finger out and write the next part for it. Enjoy your stay!

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    Thank you Steel General.

    Greetings Neon, what's a grognard?

    Ravells--I skimmed your tutorial yesterday, but had to prep for class.
    I'm sketching out some notions on pad right now for the first and probably
    most difficult district of town. If a cartographer can't be ruthless and methodical
    what can s/he be?
    Oh, can I get cell with a window? I like to stare at birds.

    Namasté,
    ~Tim
    Steel engravings, Gothic lettering,
    A bar of sulfur left in a cabinet,
    The heavy tollings of insomnia,
    Sunrises and sunsets and twilights,
    Echoes, undertows, sand, lichen, dreams,
    I am nothing but those images...


    The Maker by Jorge Luis Borges

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