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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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    -Arsheesh
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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
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Life long RPG'er writer, kingdom creator,self-doubter,pencil cartographer. :)
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Wales Massachusetts
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Fantasy Cartography, Writing, Role Playing
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Big Cheese
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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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Kingdom Of Shendenflar Campaign Setting (WIP)
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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.
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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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  1. lostatsea
    lostatsea liked blog post by jtougas On : Is it a map of just a pretty picture....
    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...
    Liked On: 01-31-2014, 10:26 PM
  2. Jalyha
    Jalyha liked blog post by jtougas On : Is it Ever GOOD ENOUGH?...Of COURSE Not....
    If your anything like me, you probably spend a good deal of time looking at your maps. Just looking. A zoom in here an zoom out there a good long stare at this and maybe a long unfoucused look at the...
    Liked On: 01-22-2014, 02:50 PM
  3. Bogie
    Bogie liked post by jtougas On thread : Dec/Jan 2014 liteChallenge: MiltonMills village
    Good start Bogie. I know this will be filled with interesting objects. :)
    Liked On: 01-03-2014, 08:38 PM
  4. Twonineone
    Twonineone liked post by jtougas On thread : Merry christmas
    Merry Christmas and A Mappy New Year to Everyone !! :)
    Liked On: 12-26-2013, 07:11 AM
  5. arsheesh
    arsheesh liked post by jtougas On thread : Merry christmas
    Merry Christmas and A Mappy New Year to Everyone !! :)
    Liked On: 12-25-2013, 03:31 AM
  6. Bogie
    Bogie liked post by jtougas On thread : Merry christmas
    Merry Christmas and A Mappy New Year to Everyone !! :)
    Liked On: 12-24-2013, 11:54 PM
  7. - Max -
    - Max - liked post by jtougas On thread : Esnia - Commission map
    Very nice. Repped. :)
    Liked On: 11-29-2013, 05:19 AM
  8. Lingon
    Lingon liked post by jtougas On thread : November/December Lite Challenge Entry: Dead Worlds
    Yeah it ain't always warm and dry livin' here. We ain't got what you would call leaders, everyone looks after themselves and their families if they got one. People get recycled all the time gettin'...
    Liked On: 11-28-2013, 03:07 AM
  9. Psylence
    Psylence liked post by jtougas On thread : Isolden (my 1st world map)
    This is really great and to be honest if you like the rivers and you can make sense of them then leave them. I appreciate the effort people put into creating truly accurate rivers ans if you need (or...
    Liked On: 11-28-2013, 01:48 AM
  10. Psylence
    Psylence liked post by jtougas On thread : November/December Lite Challenge Entry: Human Colonies of King Alfred Williby the 3rd
    I think that border looks fine. Sometimes a very fancy border can detract from the actual map. :)
    Liked On: 11-27-2013, 04:40 PM
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    - Max - liked post by jtougas On thread : Oraven - Mirghor - Fantasy map
    Wow Max that looks great. I've done a "circular" city once before and struggled with getting the layout right. Yours looks perfect. Have some rep !! :)
    Liked On: 11-25-2013, 02:36 AM
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    - Max - liked post by jtougas On thread : Ahrendessa - commission map
    Looks great Max. The subdued and light scheme are both very pleasing. The forests are forests and I knew that looking at the map so they did their job. Have some rep. :)
    Liked On: 11-14-2013, 09:26 AM
  13. arsheesh
    arsheesh liked post by jtougas On thread : The Old Barrows
    I love these... If I look at it long enough I can smell the copier we used to use to make duplicates of maps back in the day. I can remember how excited I would get knowing it was getting close to...
    Liked On: 11-13-2013, 09:16 PM
  14. Chashio
    Chashio liked post by jtougas On thread : How americans speak english differently to each other
    Well being from the Northeast (New England) where we have absolutely no discernible accent.... I would have to disagree with that study.. I have no problem saying the word Caahhh or Paahk.... :) Very...
    Liked On: 07-05-2013, 09:51 AM
  15. spiff
    spiff liked post by jtougas On thread : Fantasy Town Map
    Great job and thanks so much for sharing your resources with the guild :) Have some rep.
    Liked On: 06-20-2013, 06:56 AM
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