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    Thanks for the Vote, much appreciated !
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    Thanks for the kind words on my wood gouging!
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    Thanks for the rep jtougas!
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    Thx for the rep and proud you like the map
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    Thanks for the REP! I appreciate it!
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    Dear Guilder. It is traditional for me to solicit advice on my contest entries especially when they bomb so badly. It is the only way to Improve ! So if you can spare a few minutes what exactly was it that you personally found lacking in my entry “The Dark Journey “ Was it too simple ; Hard to understand : Too plain ?? Or something else ? I am asking so be blunt Thanks in advance for the advice ! It will help me Improve ! Sincerely lostatsea
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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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About jtougas

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November 20, 1968 (45)
About jtougas
Biography:
Life long RPG'er writer, kingdom creator,self-doubter,pencil cartographer. :)
Location:
Wales Massachusetts
Interests:
Fantasy Cartography, Writing, Role Playing
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Big Cheese
Software Used:
GIMP

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I am the breath of Dragons...The Song of Mountains...The Stories of Rivers....The Heart of Cities.... I am A Cartographer....

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Kingdom Of Shendenflar Campaign Setting (WIP)

Everything I post is free for use and redistribution under the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 licence, except where noted otherwise in the thread.

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City Mapping (or the one way ticket to the asylum....)

by jtougas on 06-04-2014 at 02:33 AM
I've noticed lately that there are quite a few city maps popping up here at the Guild. I think that is great. mappers are bravely going off to map these labyrinths of streets and buildings and getting it right. I wonder what the base fear we all have of cities is? Does it have to do with filling ALL that empty space with buildings? Is it getting it to look like something other than a neat orderly grid? If you're anything like me orderly just doesn't feel right. I love a maze of twisted alleys along

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Getting Back On The Horse... (so to speak)

by jtougas on 05-30-2014 at 07:40 PM
Well here I am again. Another long absence and another challenge to get me back into the swing. I think I've figured out what happens to me during these "sabbaticals" I take. I tend to have several hundred ideas going round in my head (rather like a hamster that has had a Haste spell cast on it) and sometimes I try to go off and do them all or the biggest one and go directly from inspired to overwhelmed to burnt out all in the span of days. Identifying the problem is key to finding the

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The Long Winter Has Ended and the Lost Cartographer Has Found His Way Home

by jtougas on 05-29-2014 at 12:51 AM
It had very nearly been the end of him this time. A journey far into the wilds to a land of magical machines and inventions to stagger the mind. He grew old now even if his mind refused to relent to the old enemy of passing days, his body was ready to wave the flag of surrender. His hair grew long as his did his beard. Gone was the freshness of youth, replaced by the cragginess and wisdom of age. He had never been quite so grateful to see the warm yellow light of the guild windows and the smell

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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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    jtougas liked post by Sapiento On thread : WIP - Fokker O-293
    An idea for an allohistorical space combat vehicle. Here the Central Powers won the Great War and now, 2014, the German Empire and the Kaiserliche Weltraumwaffe (Imperial Space Force) are the...
    Liked On: 06-09-2014, 01:55 PM
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    jtougas liked post by MonkeyBlood Design On thread : Sewers of Greyport
    The original tunnels under Greyport had been there for thousands of years, with yet more tunnels and caverns below leading into the Deeperdepth, but as the population of Greyport bloomed, the city's...
    Liked On: 05-29-2014, 01:59 AM
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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...
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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...
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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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