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    Thanks for the support !
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    Happy Birthday JT!
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    Thank you for the rep, and I hope the tutorial is useful!
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    Thanks for the rep jtougas! I cannot wait to see it finished either. As soon as I make some progress on it I will post it in the WIP section, so keep your eyes open. ^^
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    Happy Birthday!!! Hope it is a great day!
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    Happy birthday JT!
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    Happy Birthday JT!

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    That new sig of yours is killer JT!

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    Thanks again JT for all of your encouraging comments on my maps. You are really good at that you know, encouragement that is. You are a real blessing to this community.

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    Thanks for the vote and the like!
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About jtougas

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November 20, 1968 (45)
About jtougas
Life long RPG'er writer, kingdom creator,self-doubter,pencil cartographer. :)
Wales Massachusetts
Fantasy Cartography, Writing, Role Playing
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Even if I am correct, I would still advise you to follow your heart. This whole Cartographers Guild thing, it seems to me, is more about passion and skill and learning new techniques than it is about definitions and rules.
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Section 14-A

by jtougas on 12-27-2013 at 09:59 PM
Sometimes when your digging around for inspiration on one project, something entirely different comes along and sparks your creative fire. This is not a map (which is why I am posting it here) but it was a fun little project. The base shape is one of my container shapes for my doomed Lite Challenge. I started out working to refine the base object a little and as usually happens, my mind went off on it's own and dragged me along. What mysteries lurk behind the door to Section 14-A?.....

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Is it a map of just a pretty picture....

by jtougas on 12-26-2013 at 01:40 PM
Once again I find myself in the claws of artistic crisis. I have been away from mapping for some time now and find myself both bereft of motivation and for the first time also of inspiration. To add to that, I have discovered that I don't really make maps. Let me explain with a couple of pictures. Here's one of a recent work that I completed

Now I am happy with the way it turned out. It fits the story I am trying to tell and it looks pleasing,

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The Long Wandering Cartographer Returns (again...)

by jtougas on 11-12-2013 at 09:46 PM
The halls of the Guild were warm and smelled of dust and aging paper. He inhaled deeply and felt a broad grin split his wind weathered face. He had been gone far too long this time and was glad to be back among the old friends and new faces....

Another long absence and another joyful return. I have been gone too long and am looking forward to once again being an active member of this wonderful community.

When Inspiration Flees...

by jtougas on 03-09-2013 at 09:38 PM
As some of you may have noticed, I have a habit of disappearing occasionally. I will go like gang busters for 6 or so months and then for months at at time my footfalls will seldom be heard on the floors of the Guild. My creativity waxes and wanes as the phases of the moon. I've always been like that. I guess this is why my Kingdom of Shendenflar Campaign Setting has taken nearly 30 years to get to a basic level of "completion". I love the work and the creative energy that mapping entails

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The Adventures of Calan Stonebridge Part Six

by jtougas on 11-07-2012 at 02:52 PM
Calan Stonebridge was shoved towards the large dock. He was chained to a large man in front of him and a tall woman behind him. His captors stood on the dock wearing looks of annoyance. "Is this the best you could do? A farmer a boy and a woman? The master will not be pleased" The man who had shoved Calan snorted. Gesturing towards the large man he said "This one is strong as an ox. Killed 2 men in the pit last night barely raised a breath. The woman well you know what they fetch

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    jtougas liked blog comment by Diamond On : When Inspiration Flees...
    That is exactly the boat I find myself in time and again...
    Liked On: 12-26-2013, 01:41 PM
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    jtougas liked blog post by jlficks On : A Troll in the Kissing Booth
    It's been a while. I decided to check up on the old mapping community. I kind of miss the simple joys of mapping prior to all the other fantasy I'm working on. I had meant to blog next about my epic...
    Liked On: 12-26-2013, 01:30 PM
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    jtougas liked post by Bogie On thread : Merry christmas
    Merry Christmas to all my mapping friends. I hope you have a great season. 59916
    Liked On: 12-24-2013, 08:47 PM
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    jtougas liked post by Halbaffe On thread : A Bakery
    Ok, i am new here, so please be patient with me :-) I needed a bakery. Because the murder is the baker but don't tell my players. So i remembered that i have worked years ago with an...
    Liked On: 12-21-2013, 01:22 PM
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    jtougas liked post by Daniele Russi On thread : Photorealistic Water, rivers and rapids for battlemaps
    Thank you guys! Starting from this tutorial, I will try and try again! And obviously, I will show you my progressive results! Jack, this is awesome! Every detail of this map is so perfect!!!
    Liked On: 12-21-2013, 01:21 PM
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    jtougas liked post by pasis On thread : Riverside camp
    Here is a riverside encounter map that started out from a river creation experimentation. You just can't have enough of these riverside encounters can you?? Started as an experimental without any...
    Liked On: 12-21-2013, 11:10 AM
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    jtougas liked post by Jacktannery On thread : Photorealistic Water, rivers and rapids for battlemaps
    I totally agree with you; making realistic looking water is very difficult. One of the first things you'll need to do is master layer-masks. Jfrazierjr has an excellent tutorial here...
    Liked On: 12-21-2013, 11:09 AM
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    jtougas liked post by Jacktannery On thread : Dwarf Goldmine Encounter Maps
    I've completed a series of encounter maps as a commission: it shows the upper level of a dwarf goldmine, now sadly overtaken by a band of orcs. The originals are high quality 200ppi but I am...
    Liked On: 11-24-2013, 05:46 PM
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    jtougas liked post by nyogtha On thread : A new fantasy battlemap
    Hello ! I'm not so good to describe my battlemap (and google traduction is too hazardous !!). So i let you see the map ;) En ville : une auberge vue de l'extérieur | Le parchemin de Nyogtha...
    Liked On: 06-10-2013, 01:47 PM
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    jtougas liked post by Diamond On thread : *** June Challenge - Mapping the Hex***
    I think this might be the month I actually try and map a city...
    Liked On: 06-07-2013, 10:34 PM
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    jtougas liked post by Schwarzkreuz On thread : *** June Challenge - Mapping the Hex***
    OR a Magicwandshop...
    Liked On: 06-07-2013, 10:34 PM
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    jtougas liked post by anomiecoalition On thread : May/June Lite Challenge - Floating City of Khuramunz
    Thanks guys - Small update...labeled the different sections of the city (for each of the gangs) and made a compass. ### LATEST WIP ### 55186
    Liked On: 06-07-2013, 04:30 PM
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    jtougas liked post by waldronate On thread : How americans speak english differently to each other
    The resolution is a little low on the sampling (it looks like nobody in Nevada was consulted, for example). If they would just data mine the Echelon results for cell phone calls, they could probably...
    Liked On: 06-06-2013, 09:39 PM
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    jtougas liked post by Lingon On thread : Commissioned regional map for UO Roleplay
    This was actually my second commission, but the first finished. Having some communication issues on the first one, to say the least! Anyway, I made this map for these guys: UO Roleplay - Ultima...
    Liked On: 06-06-2013, 11:47 AM
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    jtougas liked post by Melvin On thread : WIP: Pinefort
    Thanks for the feedback guys. I decided to make the village a bit larger, the mines need more workers! 55145 Regards, Melvin
    Liked On: 06-05-2013, 04:34 PM
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