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    hey folks. i know it's been a while since i was seen here, but i've been working on this area and i haven't gotten a result that i like yet. i've had four or 5 ideas that haven't panned out and i'm still going through the motions when i can get time between work and moving.
    i'll post a WIP later today, but right now i'll show you what it looks like. we'll see....


    this isn't one of my better works. i know now that the rivers are too wide, the mountains look like crud, and i have no idea what to do about any of it besides scrap the whole thing and start over. AAAAUGGGRRRR!!!!! i wish i was an artist and not a hack!

    i know there are dozens of things wrong with this one. give me a clue, somewhere to start, a direction maybe. i'm out of ideas, maybe you folks here can give me something.
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    Why don't you go for a simple hand drawn monochromatic map? We haven't got one of those, and it'll look pretty effective. I really fancy doing one myself!

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    you know, i was just thinking that way myself. time to get out the drafting pens....

    update to follow.

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    Shoot! I definitely need to get back to the drawing board or I'll be handing in "too late" (I also intent drawing by hand). I'm exaggerating, of course.
    Two in harmony surpass one in perfection

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    so bad news everyone...

    i apologize for any problems this may cause, but i am sad to announce my departure from this project. my life has become so busy right now that i cannot devote the time to this or any other projects for the near future. I have to move, and that comes with resultant headaches and stresses, work has just overburdened me with another 20 hours a week on top of the 45 i was already doing, and a new production has begun. "Glengarry Glen Ross" has started rehearsals and the nights i would have to design maps are going toward that endeavor.

    once again i am sorry to you all. anyone who wants to continue this area please do so. thank you for all your understanding in this matter.

    i'll still check back from time to time, but i have no time for drawing any maps....

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    Sorry to hear it, tm, but do keep checking back and I hope things become less hectic for you. Enjoy the roar of the greasepaint and the smell of the crowds and be well.

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    Post [Region 1][Map 05] Charnok

    Ok, so I figured I would get a place holder up in in case someone wants to do any mapping for the June contest.

    Charnok is a cold, fairly desolate place. Almost totally mountainous terrain, Charnok is home to very few civalized human settlements, mostly on the south western corner. Other notable features:


    • Two large dwarven kingdoms: Gnar Chertok and Gral Methoras
    • Tal Dra`Quinlith: a hidden elven kingdom. Basically, think Rivendell, a place magically protected from the cold/weather and easy outside access located somewhere in a large mountain valley
    • 5-6 major barbarian tribes of 150 or so residents each and 2-3 times that number of small ones of 30-40 people each. All are nomadic, but there are a few semi permanent lodge structures and a permanent setup somewhere which is used for yearly clan meetings. A few of the clans reluctantly trade with the dwarves and a few others trade with the civilized settlements.
    • There are several ruined keeps and 2 towers, all of which were abandoned (as far as we know) between 100 and 1200 years ago. The barbarians stay away from most of them. These are mostly on remote mountain top peaks or valleys.
    • Tons a Reindeer, Elk, etc, both wild and tended by the Barbarian tribes.
    • On the north side of the map, there is an Ice Giant settlement that houses 300+ giants over a 50 mile area of the northern mountain range. No humans dare venture into this area for obvious reasons. They occasionally make extended raids against barbarian tribes that happen to be in the area. Every 50 years or so, they attack nearby outposts of Gnar Chertok, though there are rarely many casualties on the giants side, the dwarves usually take a few hundred losses. Rarely do the giants actually attempt to break through the main gates due to the strength of the gates.
    • Various orc and goblin hiddy holes hidden in caves throughout the region. of course, there are various skirmishes with the dwarves, mostly underground.
    • At least 1 white dragon (Belamytharandus) lives in the region with brood of 5 wymlings. Mostly content to feed on the abundant livestock, she occasionally ranges far and attacks either barbarian tribes or even one of the towns on rare occasions, though most think this is more for her amusement that for food.


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    Hi jfrazier, I've merged your thread with TM's thread (as you have taken Map 5 over from him).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ravells View Post
    Hi jfrazier, I've merged your thread with TM's thread (as you have taken Map 5 over from him).
    Thanks ravells. I did not get a chance to do any real progress on the map this weekend like I had planned. I spent most of my free time playing with various map styles. I will most likely throw something together in Fractal Mapper over the next few days to get a general idea of the terrain features for myself and others and then determine a final map style at a later point.

    I am currently thinking of doing a computer hand draw B/W style map, but not 100% committed to that as of yet. Mainly, I am thinking of a style somewhat like the map of Eltar by fragless over on Deviantart. Not quite sure if I have the artistic talent to pull it off though. I have some very nice ridgy looking mountains, but am having some trouble getting to go in more than left to right directions(top to bottom joining the left to right is where it's messed up) and still look good, so will be playing with that over the next few days. Failing that, if I stay on the B/W path, I may just end up doing some plain pointy triangles for the mountains with a bit of blending. Hmmmm... now that I think of it... with the barbarians and such... perhaps that's the best way to go I think. Much longer process in creating the map though....

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    Example images as promised

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