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Re: Romania Revisited - v6.5 -

Postby foregone on Wed Aug 13, 2008 1:11 pm

whitestazn88 wrote:for some reason, i really dislike that bottom left corner... its too plain and empty, especially for this map

i'd recommend you move the metal seal thingy down there, and move the title back into the upper right corner


I'll give that a shot, it is quite barren.

MrBenn wrote:The hand-drawn/watercolour effect looks spot on. My initial thought is that it might be worth trying to find a font that sits with the map better, rather than sitting 'on top' of it...


Is it the font itself or the colours? I can take a look for another font to use but can't make it over flourishy as it becomes illegible on a smaller map (and many fonts are already so on the large map).

Ta guys.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby foregone on Thu Aug 14, 2008 1:49 am

Updated: Moved the coat of arms to the bottom left and the title to the top right.
Faded the territory names to match the map's feel.

On my mind: The map legend needs work. Would love some comments or suggestions on that front.
Does the font used for the territories work? Struggling to find one that works better. Anything too elaborate is illegible on a small map...
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby whitestazn88 on Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:59 am

moving the coat of arms was a nice improvement
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby wcaclimbing on Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:45 pm

[adv. Idea]

I'll leave a comment on the map sometime tomorrow. I don't have enough time to look over it right now.

EDIT: thread stickied.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby foregone on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:06 am

Cool. Look forward to it.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby TaCktiX on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:10 am

For our upcoming issue of the Foundry Newsletter, I'd like to doublecheck with you on the title of your map. Is it "Romania Revisited" or simply "Romania"?
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby foregone on Fri Aug 15, 2008 12:26 am

TaCktiX wrote:For our upcoming issue of the Foundry Newsletter, I'd like to doublecheck with you on the title of your map. Is it "Romania Revisited" or simply "Romania"?


Just Romania. The Revisited was just because it had been tried before and died.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby whitestazn88 on Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:36 pm

i don't like that medinhi and tulcea s. have parts of their name sticking off the map, is there any way to change that?
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby wcaclimbing on Sat Aug 16, 2008 10:09 pm

There are just a few things that I think could be better:

country borders: make them more sharp, less blurred. cause the text has really sharp graphics, the borders should be done the same, I think. Keep the borders the same color, just a little thinner and more defined.

Map title: make it stand out a bit. Right now its kinda grey and boring. Adding in some color to the title will make it stand out and look a lot better. Maybe the colors of the flag. nothing major, but enough to make the title stand out some.

the territory Constanta: the little pieces of land that stick out into the water are still really bright green. they need to be faded to match the rest of the map.

Empty space: there is a lot of blank paper at the top left, under the title, and across the bottom of the map. Maybe you could paint something on the paper there. Or copy something to those spaces, so there isn't so much empty space.

Other than those things, no more big issues, at least from what I see.
This map has come a long way. Nice job.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby bryguy on Sun Aug 17, 2008 8:11 am

Looking great! congratz on getting stickied :D =D>



only thing that i see right now that needs improvment are the borders, they hurt my eyes with how they currently look (looks to me like you found how i made my famine borders :? :lol: )
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby foregone on Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:37 am

Just got back from a weekend at a game park so will be taking a look at the concerns soon. Thanks for the comments so far.

whitestazn88 wrote:i don't like that medinhi and tulcea s. have parts of their name sticking off the map, is there any way to change that?


Will give it a go. Easier with Tulcea S., but should be able to try to shuffle a little.

wcaclimbing wrote:There are just a few things that I think could be better:

country borders: make them more sharp, less blurred. cause the text has really sharp graphics, the borders should be done the same, I think. Keep the borders the same color, just a little thinner and more defined.


Borders are currently still my Achilles' Heel but should be able to muck around with it till it gets better, heh.

wcaclimbing wrote:Map title: make it stand out a bit. Right now its kinda grey and boring. Adding in some color to the title will make it stand out and look a lot better. Maybe the colors of the flag. nothing major, but enough to make the title stand out some.

the territory Constanta: the little pieces of land that stick out into the water are still really bright green. they need to be faded to match the rest of the map.


Kewl, will do.

wcaclimbing wrote:Empty space: there is a lot of blank paper at the top left, under the title, and across the bottom of the map. Maybe you could paint something on the paper there. Or copy something to those spaces, so there isn't so much empty space.


I agree, but struggling with what to do there right now. Maybe some written info on Romania?

wcaclimbing wrote:Other than those things, no more big issues, at least from what I see.
This map has come a long way. Nice job.


Thanks mucho :D

bryguy wrote:Looking great! congratz on getting stickied :D =D>



only thing that i see right now that needs improvment are the borders, they hurt my eyes with how they currently look (looks to me like you found how i made my famine borders :? :lol: )


Thanks and will look at trying to make the borders looks a little better.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby bryguy on Sun Aug 17, 2008 3:46 pm

btw what program are you using?
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Re: Romania Revisited - v7-

Postby foregone on Sun Aug 17, 2008 11:13 pm

GIMP. Any hints for easy border creation?
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Re: Romania Revisited - v8- first post and pg 4

Postby foregone on Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:54 am

Updated: Added the coat of arms watermark in the top left corner (under the title).
Gave the title a flag coloured glowy
Added my signage (vanity)
Redid the borders using entirely different effects (but yet seem to have arrived at an incredibly similar end result)

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Re: Romania Revisited - v8- first post and pg 4

Postby wcaclimbing on Mon Aug 18, 2008 3:29 pm

Nice update, The top-left corner looks great.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v8- first post and pg 4

Postby ZeakCytho on Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:07 pm

Just wanted to say this map is progressing very nicely. I don't have anything helpful to say, though - sorry!
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Re: Romania Revisited - v8- first post and pg 4

Postby whitestazn88 on Mon Aug 18, 2008 7:10 pm

nay to the flag colors in the background of the title
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Re: Romania Revisited - v8- first post and pg 4

Postby foregone on Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:34 pm

wcaclimbing wrote:Nice update, The top-left corner looks great.


Ta, much appreciated.

ZeakCytho wrote:Just wanted to say this map is progressing very nicely. I don't have anything helpful to say, though - sorry!


Praise is always great, heh. When something helpful comes to mind note that I do appreciate that too. :D

whitestazn88 wrote:nay to the flag colors in the background of the title


Hmmmm, need to make the title pop some and its a bit difficult to do so with the style of the map. Any thoughts on an alternative?

Update on what I'm working on:

Busy making the borders crisper and thinner, might take a little time.
Staring mercilessly at the map legend wondering how to improve it. Currently it seems to be better than me at the contest.
Ditto with the title. Also a veteran stare contestant.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v8.5 - 1st post and pg5

Postby foregone on Tue Aug 19, 2008 6:12 pm

Update 8.5 (Working Update)-----------------------------------------------------------

Tried something new with the map legend. Please comment.
Working on the new borders. This is the working draft of the outside borders (still needs fine tuning). They're sharper and crisper. Currently at full opacity which will in all likelihood change. Better?

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Re: Romania Revisited - v8.5 - 1st post and pg5

Postby yeti_c on Wed Aug 20, 2008 6:58 am

Much prefer the minimap idea - "usually" with mini maps - people write the names of the continents onto the actual map (in big letters that are "behind" everything else (if you see what I mean) -> as the problem with putting them on the mini map is that they can get in the way and look a bit clumsy. So consider doing that - and leaving just the numbers in the minimap...

Alternatively of course - try moving the minimap words around a bit to make it less cluttered (tricky with such long names I know)

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Re: Romania Revisited - v8.5 - 1st post and pg5

Postby wcaclimbing on Wed Aug 20, 2008 5:54 pm

This has probably come a bit later than it should have, but here it is:

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Congradulations.

This thread will be moved into the Main Foundry as soon as one of the foundry staff comes along to move it.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v8.5 - 1st post and pg5

Postby oaktown on Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:15 pm

map moved... and looking really good! =D>
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Re: Romania Revisited - v8.5 - 1st post and pg5

Postby foregone on Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:42 pm

wcaclimbing wrote:This has probably come a bit later than it should have, but here it is:

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Congradulations.

This thread will be moved into the Main Foundry as soon as one of the foundry staff comes along to move it.


Thanks, much appreciated.

oaktown wrote:map moved... and looking really good! =D>


Muchos gracias, senor.

Hopefully the new update will be up in a day or two.
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Re: Romania Revisited - v8.5 - 1st post and pg5

Postby whitestazn88 on Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:11 am

you can darken the title, take out the flag colors, and it will still be fine... even on parchment, there are spots that are darker, right?
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Re: Romania Revisited [I] - v9 - 1st post and pg5

Postby foregone on Thu Aug 21, 2008 1:50 am

Version 9 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Updated: The border around the whole Romania has been played with to bring it in to theme.
The "continent" names have been added to the main map and removed from the minimap.

Questions: Are the continent names working?
Suggestions on making the title pop with/without the flag colour effect?
Gameplay - changes necessary?
Map legend/info improvements?
Anything else your heart desires?

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