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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby MrBenn on Sun Nov 23, 2008 3:18 am

oaktown wrote:Speaking as a mapmaker and not as CA, can I mention that the connectivity is whack on the Centrescape/Middle Earth map? So many impassable barriers - mountains, rivers, ocean - it's a bitch to make it fit over anything else!

I agree with Oaktown on this one... I just cannot get the layout to fit onto my basemap on the idea I've tried to pull off...

Back to the drawing board...


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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby oaktown on Sun Nov 23, 2008 5:45 am

MrBenn wrote:Back to the drawing board...

Yep, I've already scrapped one idea, and I'm trying to force idea #2 to work. How damned annoying is the gap between G3, G4, G5, and G6?

Having never actually played the original map, I'm beginning to wonder if this is all worth it! :D
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby e_i_pi on Sun Nov 23, 2008 9:59 am

Same, though I'm on the other map. I started one rendition of Central America, had space issues when it came to certain provinces, and have started again from scratch - this is after tracing out all the borders lol. Thankfully though, the title and army circles don't have to be re-done hehehe. I'm loving the time critical nature of this comp :D
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby oaktown on Sun Nov 23, 2008 12:29 pm

e_i_pi wrote:Same, though I'm on the other map. I started one rendition of Central America, had space issues when it came to certain provinces, and have started again from scratch - this is after tracing out all the borders lol. Thankfully though, the title and army circles don't have to be re-done hehehe. I'm loving the time critical nature of this comp :D

I think it would be fair to fudge the borders a bit in Central America in order to make things fit, much as was done with the Brazil competition. The key is keeping the gameplay the same, so if a territory isn't the exact shape as the original yet still has all of the same bordering territories I doubt anybody will notice.
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby e_i_pi on Sun Nov 23, 2008 1:34 pm

oaktown wrote:
e_i_pi wrote:Same, though I'm on the other map. I started one rendition of Central America, had space issues when it came to certain provinces, and have started again from scratch - this is after tracing out all the borders lol. Thankfully though, the title and army circles don't have to be re-done hehehe. I'm loving the time critical nature of this comp :D

I think it would be fair to fudge the borders a bit in Central America in order to make things fit, much as was done with the Brazil competition. The key is keeping the gameplay the same, so if a territory isn't the exact shape as the original yet still has all of the same bordering territories I doubt anybody will notice.

With all due respect oaktown, I'd like to keep the real world borders and regional boundaries as is ;) I'm a bit surprised about the sea routes though, and the omission of Archipelago de las Perlas and Isla de Coiba (the islands south of Panama). I want to include them on my map, but I don't want to confuse people who may think they are territories
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby oaktown on Sun Nov 23, 2008 2:07 pm

e_i_pi wrote:With all due respect oaktown, I'd like to keep the real world borders and regional boundaries as is ;) I'm a bit surprised about the sea routes though, and the omission of Archipelago de las Perlas and Isla de Coiba (the islands south of Panama). I want to include them on my map, but I don't want to confuse people who may think they are territories

yeah, i wouldn't mess with the country borders, but the territory borders weren't drawn by me to perfectly line up with real world boundaries anyway - in reality the countries have far more administrative regions, and on this map they've been merged for the sake of making it playable. So if you need to bump a border a few pixels up or down to fit an army circle, by all means do.

As for other islands, this is a graphics competition so you should do what you think looks best. When all is said and done the gameplay side of things will be reopened, (don't want to change the layout mid-contest) so there could be further discussion about the attack routes and territory locations AFTER we've got a winner.
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby oaktown on Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:56 am

what, no chatter here? I hope that means you're all working on your maps!
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby ZeakCytho on Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:05 am

oaktown wrote:what, no chatter here? I hope that means you're all working on your maps!


I've almost finished mine ;)
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby e_i_pi on Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:06 am

I'm about 50% done, still tracing out borders, but I'm doing the circles and text as I go.
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby whitestazn88 on Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:15 am

maybe i'll break out the old gimp2 and give this a go. something so that all the other map makers can look at and feel good about the fact that at least their project wasn't the worst
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby ZeakCytho on Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:17 am

Who else is doing a Central America draft?
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby oaktown on Tue Nov 25, 2008 1:20 am

whitestazn88 wrote:maybe i'll break out the old gimp2 and give this a go. something so that all the other map makers can look at and feel good about the fact that at least their project wasn't the worst

That's the spirit! =D>
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby e_i_pi on Tue Nov 25, 2008 3:36 am

ZeakCytho wrote:Who else is doing a Central America draft?

Me you and whitestazn are the only ones speaking up about it so far Zeak
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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby wcaclimbing on Tue Nov 25, 2008 10:29 am

oaktown wrote:
MrBenn wrote:Back to the drawing board...

Yep, I've already scrapped one idea, and I'm trying to force idea #2 to work. How damned annoying is the gap between G3, G4, G5, and G6?

Having never actually played the original map, I'm beginning to wonder if this is all worth it! :D



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Re: Holiday Mapmaking Competitions!

Postby gimil on Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:01 pm

If anyone is intrested, I am always available via PM (Since I won't be entering the competition) if you want some refreshing eyes to look over your work or if you need/want some advice. :geek:
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