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  • Textbook Treasure - by Avulsion

    3 12.00%
  • Gold Mines of the East Annath Trading Co - by Coyotemax

    14 56.00%
  • Well of the Golden Maiden - by Greason Wolfe

    0 0%
  • A Wonderous Treasure or the King's Gift - by Amazon_warrior

    2 8.00%
  • City of Gold - by Jykke

    6 24.00%
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Thread: *** August / September Lite Challenge - Gold ***

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    Post *** August / September Lite Challenge - Gold ***

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    Thank you to all the participants for their efforts and entries. Let the voting begin!

    Summary of the rules for this month's challenge:

    The challenge is to draw a map heavily influenced by the "GOLD" theme. Any map can be entered. For your inspiration, some of the possibilities:

    - Regional map depicting GOLD mines in a region.
    - Treasure map to the famous city of GOLD.
    - Map to a sunken ship filled with GOLD.
    - Pirate map leading to chests of GOLD.
    - Map of a town which is famous for mining GOLD.
    - Map of a temple filled with GOLDEN statues.
    - Map of a structure containing GOLD (bank, merchant, etc).
    - Map of a GOLD mine.
    - Map of a dungeon with a large treasure chamber filled with GOLD.
    etc, etc.

    Your map must include:

    - Anything goes. As long there's a strong and physical link with GOLD. The more shiny stuff we see, the better. So don't create a pirate map, mark the chest filled with GOLD with an X and leave it at that. No, depict the treasure as well. Or put some GOLD coins on the maps as props. Work it into your border. Your map should be dripping GOLD and still look elegant!

    Good Voting everyone and don't forget to rep the work you liked!

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    Guild Journeyer Tear's Avatar
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    I like all entries. Very good job on those maps.

    I admit I didn't choose Greason Wolfe's because I was really looking forward to what he would do with it, and unfortunately he just didn't find the time to do it.

    Amazon_warrior's and Avulsion's entries were both really good, out of the two I probably would have picked Amazon_warrior's. While I liked the presentation of Avulsion's more than the other map, Amazon_warrior's was a bit more mappy and just a little more golden. Challenge topic and all.

    That leaves me with Coyotemax and Jykke. Both exellent maps. Coyotemax's is more mappy for sure, but Jykke's shows a lot more about the gold and is really nice, too (even if I think he botched that last minute update ).

    They are both flawlessly executed. Who should I vote for?
    In the end, I gave my vote to Jykke.
    Sorry, Coyotemax. I love your maps.
    I had to make a tough decision for this one.
    Don't be mad at me.

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    Community Leader Facebook Connected Steel General's Avatar
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    Well another tough vote, and some new entrants as well - always a good thing.

    After thinking about it for a bit, I had to give my vote to Coyotemax. It was the one that 'jumped out and grabbed me'.

    Good luck to all the entrants.
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    Tear: That's fine. it was a tough decision for me too

    As much as I'd like to vote for myself (hah) that doesn't feel right

    I too am sorry to see Greason's map unfinished Amazon_warrior's map was nice and fit the theme, but I didn't feel a personal connection to it (I think because I've become used to following WIPs over time, and seeing the development leaves more of an impact on me - this one was a late entry and I didn't really get the time to get to know it). Avulsions was great and I loved, but it wasn't as maplike once Jykke put in the "You Are Here". For me, that was the clincher

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    Coyote made great early progress and I thought it would be hard to beat. Jykkes map is a great piece of art and certainly has plenty of gold in it. You can almost see that in some console game. Greasons map was promising too but lacked gold in the end tho I think great strides were made. Avulsions map is really unique and such a good idea. I would have liked to have voted that way but it does not have much gold in it. I think we needed more than the word. That would suit a different challenge tho. A late entry by Amazon showed promise and I think would have been better with more time to sink into it.

    But for me I think Coyotes map was a superb execution. Up close it looks nearly real and its definitely a mining map with plenty of gold and a gold border so I went with it.

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    I had to vote of Amazons. The map itself is gold

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    Community Leader Facebook Connected Ascension's Avatar
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    My vote went to Avulsion for the simple fact that it is cute and fun although not really mappy per se. CM has the mappiest map and is exquisitely perfect...he needs to be teaching us Jykke's is more video game art. GW has grand visions but never gets halfway through them, though I might steal how he does ISO AW has some interesting ideas going on with his and I know he was rushed. So my vote doesn't follow the criteria...shoot me I'd like to see more of what he can do and I'm in a weird/abstracted mood. If I were following the criteria then I'd vote CM.
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    My vote goes to Coyotemax as it follows the gold theme nicely

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    All the entries are very nicely done I particularly like how Amazon's appears to be made from a gold nugget, and Jykke's game screen is quite spectacular. However I believe Coyotemax's map has been executed most cleverly and is most in accordance with the criteria, and I am really loving the stitching and the gold inlays. So my vote goes to Coyotemax!

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    Ah yes, definitely a tough vote this month, even for the lite challenge maps. As for my own map, Ascension is absolutely correct. I had a grand vision for that map and I desperately needed more time to work on it. Sadly, I'm one of those people where family and work come first and second over all other things. Still, I'd be happy to see Ascension (or anyone else, for that matter) try to take the approach a step further, something I hope to be working on in the future myself.

    As for the voting . . .

    So tough, so very tough. All the entries were great and presented unique visions. Much like CM, I would have liked to see a bit more of the WIP on Amazon Warrior's map, but be that as it may, it was still a very fine map. So too were Jykke and CM's maps as both fit the theme of the challenge very directly. In the end, though it could have been a bit more "mappy" (as others have already said) I had to go for Avulsion's map for the simple fact of such a unique presentation. While the gold theme isn't as predominant as it could have been, it is still there, and something about the whole "text book" presentation just got to me.

    Great Work on Everyone's Part!!!!

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