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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby oaktown on Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:41 am

Danyael wrote:only name i have trouble with ANSHAN but only on the small map
final forge it

good catch - I'll flip the positions of the title and army count to get the title out the crack.
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby MrBenn on Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:55 am

I'm not a fan of the extra bevel; but I'm not going to push for change....

If you're happy with it, then I'm happy with it.
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby porkenbeans on Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:04 am

Well it looks like you went with my suggestion after all. By me posting that over saturated example up, you have compromised, to just about where I was hoping. :D
I think that it is much nicer than before, aren't you glad that I stopped by ? :lol:
Just funnin with ya bro. 8-)
I will offer just one more sugg for ya, (oh boy) If you are worried about the territories borders getting lost amongst the grout lines, just go ahead and throw a bevel and or drop shadow on them. This by the way, will also help to bring a little "relief" to the map as well, like the lion picture. 8-)
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby saaimen on Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:41 am

porkenbeans,
I'm not sure if you've noticed, but...
oaktown foed you. He's not reading your posts.
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby oaktown on Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:43 am

saaimen wrote:porkenbeans,
I'm not sure if you've noticed, but...
oaktown foed you. He's not reading your posts.

No mention of the map... you'll be next saaimen! :twisted: ;)
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby the.killing.44 on Thu Jun 25, 2009 12:19 pm

If you're going to make the bricks so accentuated, then I still think that the mortar lines are too perfect. If you just take a brush and paint little influxes in the mortar. If you use the same color overlay is should work perfectly, and if you go down the crack-heavy path, that'll make it more accurate.

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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby porkenbeans on Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:19 pm

oaktown wrote:
saaimen wrote:porkenbeans,
I'm not sure if you've noticed, but...
oaktown foed you. He's not reading your posts.

No mention of the map... you'll be next saaimen! :twisted: ;)
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Your post does not say anything towards the topic, OAK. :lol: :lol: :lol:
But maybe you are trying to be humorous ?
In that case, GO OAK, nice to see that you have lightened up a tad. It is understandable that a person can get too serious and overprotective of his creation, after spending so many hours on it, but you need to steep back and let the reviewers do their job without taking it so personal. Your foe button is for those that you do not like, so does this mean that you will use it on every person that says something about your maps, that you do not like ? :roll:

BTW, Kill is on target about the grout lines.
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby AndyDufresne on Thu Jun 25, 2009 3:10 pm

Oak hasn't lightened up a tad---he's never even had to---he's always been a light-hearted hippo. Perhaps it was their perception that made people think otherwise! ;)

As for the map, I'm quite satisified and look forward to seeing it, and other maps as well, Forged soon.


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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby porkenbeans on Thu Jun 25, 2009 4:03 pm

porkenbeans wrote:@Oak,
I never went off topic, only responded to your "off topic" remarks. :lol:
You should not let constructive criticism upset you so much. It is ok to disagree, but you should unbunch your panties. :lol: Just kidding, c'mon Oak lighten up friend. :D Do I need to say once more that I think this map is cool ? ... well it IS. Just relax and take deep breaths, You would think with all the quenches under your belt, that you would be a bit more used to this process by now.
Not me or anyone else can MAKE you change a damn thing on your map, so just let the the unjustified critique roll off, like water on a ducks back. it wont penetrate unless you ruffle up your feathers. 8-)
...oh, and have FUN !!!

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No mention of the map. Foed.


This whole dialog IS about the map, and the fact that, I think Oak needs to just take the criticism kindly, and not just the positive ones. This whole exchange IS on topic, and follows a logical path of conversion, that is until Oak gets upset at the neg. criticism and goes off topic with his FOE proclamation.
If you read my remarks carefully, you will see that I am NOT being belligerent, and only trying to help smooth his feathers. :?
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX

Postby oaktown on Sat Jun 27, 2009 1:40 pm

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I've scuffed up the edges of some of the tiles/brocks... I see the concern - the horizontal lines across the map look too perfect. At this point with the grout, tiles color, and the tile effects being different layers it's really tricky to completely angle a brick, so mussing up the straight lines may be the best I'm willing to commit to. I'll fuss around more as I work on the code, but I hope that nobody thinks that should hold the map up at this point,

The "depth" of the tiles has been decreased slightly on the large map, even more so on the small map where I found it distracting.

I also lightened up the right edge of the map - I'd screwed up a layer which left a shadow. And I fixed some little things like borders that didn't touch.

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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX - Last Call pg 19!

Postby MrBenn on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:28 pm

              Final Forge

---The Gilgamesh Map has reached the ‘Final Forge’ Stage. The map has passed rigorous gameplay and graphics examinations, and major concerns have been addressed. If you have any other concerns, please make your voice heard. If after a reasonable amount of time there has not been any objection or protest, the map will be deemed finished with the 'Foundry Brand' of approval and will be submitted for live play. As long as there is still discussion or posts that have yet to be commented on, the map will remain in Final Forge until said discussion has reached the conclusion that the map has reached its final and polished version.

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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX - Last Call pg 19!

Postby Echospree on Sat Jun 27, 2009 3:40 pm

The only concern I can think of at this point is making sure that each colour is easily visible against the backdrop of a bonus region of the same colour.

I think the only ones you'd need to check would be the neutrals in Subartu and blue in Dilmun.

I notice you've got the neutrals already shown in the two regions where I might be concerned, they seem fine to me, I just want to be sure everyone agrees.
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX - Last Call pg 19!

Postby oaktown on Sat Jun 27, 2009 5:34 pm

Echospree wrote:The only concern I can think of at this point is making sure that each colour is easily visible against the backdrop of a bonus region of the same colour.

I think the only ones you'd need to check would be the neutrals in Subartu and blue in Dilmun.

I notice you've got the neutrals already shown in the two regions where I might be concerned, they seem fine to me, I just want to be sure everyone agrees.

I'll be working on the XML and coordinates next... as I post coordinate examples everybody can give feedback on the colors as well. Increasing the opacity of the army streaks will be easy enough.
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Re: Gilgamesh; GP, GFX - Last Call pg 19!

Postby oaktown on Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:11 am

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Small and large maps for army count checks... there was concern about the colors of the army counts against the backgrounds, but I think the grey blotches behind the counts do the trick even with three digit #s.

I canalready see that a few of the counts on the large map are a bit low - after a few minutes of doing this your eyes start to miss shit. Anything that strikes you funny let me know and I'll adjust.

If anybody wants to do further checking...
Code: http://www.fileden.com/files/2008/7/30/ ... gamesh.xml
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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 19

Postby porkenbeans on Sun Jun 28, 2009 1:51 pm

Well I guess you will have to take me off of your foe list if you happen to be interested in My thoughts. Like on gimils new feudal, I find it easier to show, than try to explain. Here is some of what I had in mind. Note the center where I have tried to show, how it may be possible, to have the grout lines more pronounced, (the way you have made them), and still be able to clearly define the borders. As on fuedal, just a little bevel and drop shadow will bring things into the 3-D world, and allow the viewer to better distinguish whats what on YOUR map.
Also the other concern that I have is the blurriness of the text. Not so much on the large version, but the small version it seems to not be as clear. I tried to play with the contrast and color values to compensate for this, but it is very difficult to do without the full file, but you will notice that, it is much easier to read now. 8-)
Also a helpful tip to all the mapmakers out there, Photobucket has a great editing room to give your image a final tweak or two. I find that it is very useful, as you can play around and try different things quickly.
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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 19

Postby oaktown on Wed Jul 01, 2009 11:23 pm

For starters, porkenbeans: thanks for your last post about the map. Keep it up and you may make it all the way back to my friend list. ;)

The more I play with the cracks and such the less I like what it looks like. I have, however, taken pork's comment to heart about the clarity of the text on the small version. I've brought it up a half point size (from 13.5 to 14) and lightened the text in most regions.

I've also poured over the coordinates and made some changes. Small and large image captures with three digit counts:

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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby porkenbeans on Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:41 am

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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby the.killing.44 on Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:05 am

Firstly, it does seem like you're going down the crack-and-the-like-in-your-face route. I'm against it, but whatever — the only true, non-personal choice issue I see is that on the small map it's made it hard to see the logos, most prominently (that's an ironic word choice is it) the lion and the cities, especially in the gray zone. They now seem to blend in too much — if you added some dark outer glow or the like that'd help it. And I say this more because it's a gameplay concern than a aesthetic one …

Now then:

XML is OK
Co-ordinates are OK

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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby oaktown on Mon Jul 06, 2009 1:08 pm

thanks .44. I can make the cities pop out a bit more.

not a big change, but a bit better. Also moved the bottom-most border out of the brick cracks...
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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby porkenbeans on Tue Jul 07, 2009 12:46 am

@ 44,
Thats drop shadow, with 0 distance. play with the spread and size, then the opacity.
And yes I agree with you 100%. this will stand the text "up" from the map, and the contrast will make it much easier to read. 8-)
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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby dolomite13 on Wed Jul 08, 2009 11:37 am

I love this map but find the brick pattern distracting and feel it detracts from the great work done on the map. Maybe it could be softened a bit.

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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby oaktown on Fri Jul 17, 2009 11:42 am

dolomite13 wrote:I love this map but find the brick pattern distracting and feel it detracts from the great work done on the map. Maybe it could be softened a bit.

Agreed... I'm making changes in subtle increments since I think it's close. Lightened the bevel and the grout - especially n the small version - and softened some particularly square corners.

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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby oaktown on Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:46 am

three weeks, no comments. This should either be quenched or recycled.
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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby sully800 on Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:15 pm

The softened grout lines look much better Oaktown! The previous versions were difficult for me to look at, and I am somewhat embarrassed to say when I first looked at this map I thought the brick shapes were the territory lines. My mistake became clear when looking at a version with the coordinates in place, and at that moment the white border lines popped out at me. Anyway, there used to be too much competition/commotion with the two different sets of lines, but the lighter grout looks much better.

Coordinates and all look very good. There is lots of space between each army, so there are no overlap or crowding issues that I can see.

I do struggle to read the text below the title, especially on the small map. The second and fourth lines coincide with the grout of the background which makes it hard for me to read. this might be an unusual case where making the text a bit smaller makes it more legible. If you could fit two lines of text within one block vertically I think I would be able to read it more easily.

Finally, I think the arrows could be highlighted better, perhaps with a darker outer shadow. They get lost in the light colors of the map, and are only very clear where half of them overlaps the dark brown region.

Nice work!
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Re: Gilgamesh; Coordinates on pg 20

Postby porkenbeans on Thu Aug 06, 2009 5:15 pm

The only areas that are easy to read are the blue and brown areas. This is the only place where there is any kind of contrast. The rest of the map is all the same, no contrast, no color, no way for me to clearly read it. I know that we have already had this conversation, and I realize that you are stuck on the faded, washed out look. But if you want this map to be popular, you may want to consider the older farts like me, that do not have perfect eyes anymore. :cry:
Anything that you could do to make the map easier to read, will be applauded by those like myself. 8-)
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