tnb80, i am going to reply to natty, and answer some of the criticisms that have been applied to me in the last few days by Dim.
natty, i'll reply to you on this one. you are entitled to agree with Dim if you feel that way. But the rest of your argument raises more questions than it answers.
So here is a few of my answers, and this is not being nasty but simple truth - the way i see it.
Your london map still has blurry lines on it where they are supposed to be straight/perfect - if I magnify the image up to 200% - unfortunately again much of this is lost in translation, but i can clearly see it with my eyes.
But am i kicking and screaming about this - no - because of the way i see the time over gain productivity element of working as a volunteer for a site where we don't get paid "professional" rates and thus cannot be expected to work as professionals producing top quality print material items for the boss.
So far now i have used your suggestions for gridding on the first attempt which produced some perfect stations and others blurry.
The second attempt i downloaded the trial version CD X5 to use the hinting, but still to no availe as the same result as attempt 1 was produced.
The third attempt took 2 days to rework the background into Illustrator and rework every single station and text element, still to no availe.
You cannot say i have not pushed myself to try to solve this issue. and yes, i absolutely feel there is a lot of "shit for no gain" because this issue is going to not even be noticed by most players because apparently my maps are unpopular anyway, yet almost every other day i see another tournament started on one of them.
If you have an inner perfectionist in you, then i say good for you and also Dim. But i don't have an inner perfectionist in me. I will do my best for my standards and what i beleive is achievable, but then move on. I am rather older than you guys and life has dulled my desire for perfection which i used to have when i was your age.
The other thing i have to say about the foundry pushing you...i have ask you on a number of occasions to push yourself with your maps where i have commented, but was retorted at the time with "this is not my vision for the map" which to me tells me that there is an element of laziness in you (and others) also. In fact we all have it. Some simply recognise it better than others and don't try to disguise it.
Dim on the other hand has other goals. He needs to be:
* the most popular mapmaker on the site from his constant quote of statsistics of games played
* the mapmaker with the quickest number of days quenched for a map
* the mapmaker who would try to win a contest with a map that was loudly/ever so proudly announced as "i did this is two hours" (and the results show; even now he still has lots of blurry lines around that map)
* the mapmaker who accusses me of importing graphics from the web for my NZ map for the borders without realising they are my "own work" while he has flourishes all around his former PNG map that i doubt he could have drawn in two hours and are entirlely inappropriate for the map but yes they look very much imported from the web
* the mapmaker with the loudest voice (insulting everyone) when he returns to the foundry. or was that Dim simply announcing that he was back
* the mapmaker who insists on professional standards when he cannot produce them for the site himself
* the mapmaker who would have everyone struggling to read the instructions and the territory names because of his desire for "something different" on each map but infact all he wants to do is rush each of his maps through the foundry process because his character doesn't have the patience to let it rest until everyone has commented
* the mapmaker who accesses me of rolling out the same-old same-old when his first three maps were a series of the same map with moderate changes to the graphics/gameplay on the first, and since then has managed to roll out a couple more version of land/sea/volcanoes plus a couple more versions of parchement backgrounds
* the mapmaker who thinks everyone should aspire to his standards: there was another mapmaker who tried that one on me, he also was rude and insulting but when asked to fix his army circles on his prison map, couldn't be bothered because he thought they were perfect; he has since started his own site - Dim please follow him and apply your standards on your own site, it seems to work somehow. perhaps you'd have much more satisfaction where you can be the boss.
If you ask me, people who live in glass houses should beware that the glass doesn't fall in around them.