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    Map Campaign map in MS Paint

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    Hi all -- this is my first time posting here, so I thought I would bring out an old map I did a few years back using the pit of evil and groaning death that is MS Paint. This map was for a campaign I used to run and is centered on the lands of Westmark. The game lasted quite a while and during the course of the campaign I updated the map here and there, adding icons in the forests and mountains to show the locations of various beasts and locales the party encountered/explored.

    I began with an old parchment-style texture to give it the overall feel of a hand-drawn map, and kept the colors very simple and -- not sure if this is a word or not -- 'inky'. I finished it up with some aging around the edges, and decided to give it a center-line crease/tear once the whole thing was complete. I cannot convey just how time-consuming this was.

    Looking back, I really wish I had downloaded a better font than the one I ended up using -- my newer efforts generally see me using Boister or Hyborian fonts. I don't even remember what font this was... oh well.
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    Community Leader Gidde's Avatar
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    Wow. I can't imagine the work that must have taken. Welcome to the Guild and have some rep for your first map

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    Community Leader Facebook Connected Steel General's Avatar
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    ...and yet again I get to say that anyone who accomplishes anything in the abomination that is MS-Paint deserves a standing ovation.

    I applaud your past patience and look forward to seeing more from you.

    Oh, and Welcome Aboard!
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    One of the highest compliments I can give - if you hadn't said that was done in mspaint I would have never guessed.

    This really proves the point that it's not the tools that make the artist!

    My finished maps
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    Rep to you, for the sheer volume of effort that must have taken!

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    AMAZING! Once I tried MS Paint but it seemed impossible.

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    I used Paint for a while when I was 5 or 6 years old, so I really don't understand how you managed to do that in Paint. Amazing. I wonder what you can do with Ps, and especially how much faster.

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    Yep, that's amazing especially considering the tool you used to create it. I'm stunned.
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    fantastic map - especially concidering the tool - have some rep from me to
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    Thank you for the rep and compliments everyone -- I really appreciate it.

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