District of Alaska - v14.1 [2014-23-02] pg23 - XML ONLY

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Re: District of Alaska - v9.0 [2013-07-03] pg10

Postby iancanton on Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:14 pm

the starting regions (avoid using the word position in this respect, since that means something else) in the first post are correct, as i understand it, as long as u remember to set a maximum of 2 start positions per player in the xml. in the first post, make a note of the exploration routes starting as n1, so u don't forget!

in case i haven't mentioned it, i particularly like the fact that there are only 7 ports, so that players have to fight for them in an 8-player singles game.

ian. :)
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby Seamus76 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 5:50 pm

Excellent. That should wrap the gameplay up, it's been a long sticky.
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby Bruceswar on Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:07 pm

Then if you do not plan to use the grid like an original map would have take out the survey part in the title?
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby dolomite13 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 6:32 pm

Bruceswar wrote:Then if you do not plan to use the grid like an original map would have take out the survey part in the title?


I wouldn't remove that ... The map may not be 100% accurate to an actual survey map ... but who cares ... It adds flavor.

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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby Aleena on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:01 pm

I agree with you - who cares - this is a game map - not a tourism map, nor will it ever be used for surveying....
I think it looks great and having the US Survey in the title - even if it is not an actual survey map gives the map some character.. I love it as it is - it should move directly to BETA right now with out passing go, with out collecting $200.00
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby Seamus76 on Wed Jul 10, 2013 8:25 pm

Bruceswar wrote:Then if you do not plan to use the grid like an original map would have take out the survey part in the title?
Nah, there are different types of "survey" maps, with and without grid lines. The map I stole that text from, as you can see, doesn't have grid lines. It's a big map, but if you look at the bottom right text you can see.
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby iancanton on Sat Jul 13, 2013 12:56 am

Seamus76 wrote:it's been a long sticky.

it has indeed. onward and upward!

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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby koontz1973 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:23 am

Seamus, mountains, a bit of fill in colour would not go amiss. Also, can you look at distressing the edges a bit. The map looks like a replica of an old map as it is now. ;)
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby Seamus76 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 11:45 am

koontz1973 wrote:Seamus, mountains, a bit of fill in colour would not go amiss. Also, can you look at distressing the edges a bit. The map looks like a replica of an old map as it is now. ;)
Thanks koontz. I did try some fill, which I initially didn't like, but I think it's just a matter of getting the opacity right. I'm working on it now.

When you say distress the edges, are you speaking of the black border, and the outer edges of the map in general? What would your suggestions be/technique? I know it looks a little too "pretty", but there is not much space between the edges and some part of the map. Thoughts?
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby dolomite13 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:06 pm

There are some interesting techniques on this site for making thinks look old or slightly worn. You might be able to apply one of these techniques to the edges of the map to make it look a bit worn. Provided you use photoshop.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10 ... tutorials/

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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby Seamus76 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:18 pm

dolomite13 wrote:There are some interesting techniques on this site for making thinks look old or slightly worn. You might be able to apply one of these techniques to the edges of the map to make it look a bit worn. Provided you use photoshop.

http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2008/10 ... tutorials/

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Unfortunately I use gimp, but it looked like a lot of the stuff was blending modes, and burn/dodge, etc. which I can probably replicate in gimp with a little playing around. If anyone has any gimp specific stuff that would be great as well.
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby koontz1973 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:24 pm

Try to give it a used look. So a corner curled up and over, a slight rip somewhere, maybe one of your folds like you did for China running along at a diagonal. Maybe drop a bit of coffee over it somewhere. Anything that can get me to think that this is a map that has been used.
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby Aleena on Tue Jul 16, 2013 12:53 pm

Guess Kootz1973 does not like new and shiny - - spilled coffee on the map - I can imagine how he keeps his desk organized..

I think it is a good, clean map - I think sometimes less is more...
Anything else might clutter up the map or change someone's focus off the map and onto the mess...

But if you do add a coffee spill or a rip in the map - work it into the map - as if it was apart of the map - units can be lost in the hole of the map or the rip is impassable - or spring board of the bent corner to bombard a location - or travel down the coffee spill.... (Adds a little humor)
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby Seamus76 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:03 pm

Aleena wrote:Guess Kootz1973 does not like new and shiny - - spilled coffee on the map - I can imagine how he keeps his desk organized..

I think it is a good, clean map - I think sometimes less is more...
Anything else might clutter up the map or change someone's focus off the map and onto the mess...
You make me laugh, I'm glad you're here Aleena. And I agree with you to a point, but to be fair, I understand what koontz is saying as well, and more so, he has never steered me wrong with a suggestion. Look at Three Kingdoms of China, with out his pushing I wouldn't have added that really nice paper background. Which did make the map look a lot better. I pushed back over and over saying, the same thing, that I didn't want to grunge it up, that I liked it pretty, etc. But in the end it does look better, there is no arguing with that.

Ultimately it's my call, but koontz helps me see the other side of things, and how it will look to the masses.
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Re: District of Alaska - v9.2 [2013-07-06] pg10

Postby dolomite13 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 1:34 pm

I don't use GIMP but I did find this when I was looking around for plugins for colorblind filters for photoshop. It might help you check for colorblind safe colors on GIMP.

http://registry.gimp.org/node/24885

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