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    My submission for the last challenge was Praamador, a world created for my friend Dan, based on his instruction. Praamador was quite small, and had been the subject of one previous campaign. My concept of Praamador filled in some blanks, but remained faithful to the world as it was known to the players.

    Dan requested that I create a second landmass, one that was bigger and to the north. He gave me a very rough sketch without so much as a single name. It was basically rectangular with a place in the middle of the southern coast shielded by mountains, and a city in the middle of the east coast with a "natural barrier creating a channel", which I took to mean a choke point, which you can find at South Harbor.

    The northeast is "hilly, higher" and there's a sketch of the northwest mountain mass. I took some license. I haven't showed it to Dan yet but I will as I need him to make some edits at this stage. This uses the same faux-Ramah style that I used for Praamador. Your commentary and suggestions are welcome.

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    Looks great. Did you use the treething for the trees? Their placement looks great.

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    These are beautiful. My only tick (and it's a tiny mostly personal one) is that the forest text is a bit hard to read
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    Thanks and yes, tree thing was used. It's a little quirky but it's hard to beat the effect.

    I agree on the forest text, but now that you mention it I know it isn't just me.
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    I like it so far, but for me the green of the forest clashes with the 'olive' land color.
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    Nice work, one critique though, against the somewhat muted background colours the green forests seem to "pop" out a bit too noticeably.

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    I worked with my wife to try to tone down the forests (she's not colorblind). I created town markers that are less colorful and smaller than the ones on Praamador.

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    I would recommend a half-pixel blur on the forests (and possibly some of the border elements). Everything else is nice and smooth, but the forests are a bit jaggedy and it jars me a bit.

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    I tried to eliminate the jaggies with marginal success.

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    Arindelia - The Northern Continent-untitled-1.jpgI think it looks much better with the edges of the trees smoothed slightly. The forests are still distracting for me, though. I think it might be that the trees go much, much darker at their darkest than the mountains do. The mountains are always roughly a mid-gray to light gray; the trees go from near-black to white (paper color). Bringing up the darks on the trees might also reduce the need for the glow on the labels over the forests.

    The map as a whole is exceptionally well done (far better than I have done). But, I thought I'd try to see what a little more blur would do to the forests. The attachment shows the original one that I whined about, the updated version, and a little more blur on the forests. The Redwater Woods area is the original without the antialiasing you did; the Darkenwood area is the new revision, and the Thunderwood area. The blur did smooth out the levels in the forests a little, but I'm not sure it was worth the other effects.

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