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Re: Paris - V9 (Jan. 1) (pgs. 1 & 8) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby sempaispellcheck on Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:02 pm

Dukasaur wrote:I like the bright colours. The borders between territories look kind-of primitive, though. I think they could use more complexity, something that suggests the chaotic way borders between neighbourhoods actually evolve.

Glad you like the colors - Paris is (or, at least, can be) a colorful city, and I want the map to reflect that.
What you say about the territory borders makes a lot of sense. I'll play with them a bit and see what happens - I'll probably try for something more in line with the "accepted" borders first and see how that comes out.
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Re: Paris - V9 (Jan. 1) (pgs. 1 & 8) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby cairnswk on Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:34 pm

Dukasaur wrote:I like the bright colours. The borders between territories look kind-of primitive, though. I think they could use more complexity, something that suggests the chaotic way borders between neighbourhoods actually evolve.

sampai...these are just ideas to muck around with in your head.
I have to agree with Dukasaur...i think you've got a theme going there with the colours and the bottom left image being the same colours...bright but yes they work.
Yes the borders need work...what is happening on border near Gard du Nord...it's blue and not black...deliberate?

if you're going to use the Paris shield, see of you can get a better version and not so big...its very washed out and pixelly because it's been up-sized.

Perhaps a different softer background for the terts...pencil stroke if OK, but its very all the same way if you get what i mean.

See the bottom fringe around the cafe awning. See if you can create something like that to sit all legend stuff in...it would work in with that picture element.

i think this is the best you've produced so far. and it's heading in a better direction now. :)
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Re: Paris - V9 (Jan. 1) (pgs. 1 & 8) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby sempaispellcheck on Sat Jan 05, 2013 1:14 am

cairnswk wrote:I have to agree with Dukasaur...i think you've got a theme going there with the colours and the bottom left image being the same colours...bright but yes they work.

Glad to hear it - that makes my life a little easier.

cairnswk wrote:Yes the borders need work...what is happening on border near Gard du Nord...it's blue and not black...deliberate?

Yes - that's the Canal St. Martin - an impassable.

cairnswk wrote:if you're going to use the Paris shield, see of you can get a better version and not so big...its very washed out and pixelly because it's been up-sized.

OK. I'll see what I can dig up.

cairnswk wrote:Perhaps a different softer background for the terts...pencil stroke if OK, but its very all the same way if you get what i mean.

I'm not sure I do. Can you explain a little more? (I apologize if I seem stupid, but...I guess I kind of am, as far as this sort of thing is concerned).

cairnswk wrote:See the bottom fringe around the cafe awning. See if you can create something like that to sit all legend stuff in...it would work in with that picture element.

You mean for the minimap - as opposed to just having it against the background? OK, I can work with that.

cairnswk wrote:i think this is the best you've produced so far. and it's heading in a better direction now. :)

Thank you! That's what I thought when I looked at it, and I'm very glad you agree.
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Re: Paris - V9 (Jan. 1) (pgs. 1 & 8) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby cairnswk on Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:41 pm

sempaispellcheck...a suggestion present for you to jog your mind to re-arrange the elements...
notice also the treatment i gave the fill on the territories...it just lessens the intensity of the strokes which are still there but not so pronounced :)

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Re: Paris - V9 (Jan. 1) (pgs. 1 & 8) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby sempaispellcheck on Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:19 pm

Thanks for the suggestions, cairns! Not sure that's exactly what I want, but a lot of good ideas and a lot for me to play with.
For example, I do think lessening the texture is good, but I don't think I want to lessen it quite that much. :P I'll play around with it and see what I see.
I'm going away for 2 weeks, and I won't be able to work on it while I'm gone, but I'll get cracking on Version 10 once I get back.

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Postby generalhead on Fri Jan 11, 2013 10:21 am

might be cool to have some landmarks
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Personal preference: I am not too fond of the cafe gif that you have. I would like to see something a little more realistic, but still a cartoon.
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not exactly this but maybe a little more like this

Here is a good one that shows the location of landmarks
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This has nothing to do with this map I just thought it was a neat gif
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Postby koontz1973 on Thu Jan 31, 2013 2:09 am

[Moved]

Moved to ideas as an update has not been made in a month. If the map maker wishes to continue with this, he can by making an update and contacting one of the cartographers.

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Re: Paris - V10 (May 28) (pgs. 1 & 9) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby sempaispellcheck on Tue May 28, 2013 7:16 pm

OK, now that I'm done with school and such, I've had time to bang out an update. Le voilà:

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Moved stuff around, added a sky with a sun in it, because it looked empty otherwise.
I still need to get those landmarks in, though.

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Postby Dukasaur on Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:32 am

You haven't done anything with those borders. That's what constitutes the "map" as such. I think you can put off work on the background until later.
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Postby Bruceswar on Sun Jun 23, 2013 11:56 pm

Interesting looking map. I assume you are going to fix the borders? I also do not like the "whole floating map" idea.
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Postby waauw on Mon Jun 24, 2013 2:41 pm

honestly, I agree with generalhead's opinion. Paris is a city with so many monuments, you could do a lot more with it. And I'm not exactly fond of the cartoony look:

  • I'd prefer if you split the two islands into 2 different territories. In fact I'd prefer if you split a whole lot of the territories, so you can show paris in a lot more detail.
  • Fix the sun, the way it looks now is a bit oddlooking. Also the fact that it's charp and the pictures infront of it aren't, makes 'm not fit together so well
  • maybe add some pictures off the several of these monuments, either on the side or place some pictograms of 'm on the map.
  • redo the bridges, these are just lines. Maybe you can even make 'm a territory. Le pont neuf for example is a marvelous piece of architecture. The same goes for some of the Boulevards. Les champs Élysées are world famous, so it seems like such a pity not to have 'm on a map of Paris.

overall, it just seems like so much usage of space, but barely any info or territories in it. I'd prefer if you made the map a bit more like these:

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Re: Paris - V10 (May 28) (pgs. 1 & 9) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby Aleena on Mon Jun 24, 2013 3:02 pm

I like the orange map that waauw suggested - I think that is a good starting map...
Could have 4 areas, The Top right of the River, The Bottom Left of the River and as a separate area (not included in those other two) could be all the parks and last one is all the sites - From La Defense to Norte Dame to the Zoo..

On the orange map there is I think:
11 parks
19 sites
split the bottom section into 6 additional spaces as it's own area
and the top into 15 regions ...

For a Total of 52 regions

Just a suggestion - and if you want - I know it's a complete re-work of what you got...
But I agree with waauw that the map needs work
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Re: Paris - V10 (May 28) (pgs. 1 & 9) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby sempaispellcheck on Thu Jul 11, 2013 4:37 pm

Aleena wrote:I agree with waauw that the map needs work

I agree with both of you, but I do not have the time to put in the work.
I also don't think I have enough ability to make it work.

As much as it pains me to admit this, I am not the man to bring this map to CC.
If anyone is interested in toying with what I was working on, drop my a PM and I will be more than happy to send you my Gimp (.xcf) files.

I would like to thank all of you who have posted in this thread for your feedback and/or encouragement.
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Postby Aleena on Thu Jul 11, 2013 8:10 pm

don't give up so easily - we have faith in ya ...
I'm not any good and map building and in time with support of the other players that have helped me turn my piece of Sh!* into a piece of Junk - but see - it's getting better - it just takes time and continual adjustments...
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Postby sempaispellcheck on Thu Jul 11, 2013 9:55 pm

Aleena wrote:...it just takes time...

Which I don't have.
That's the main reason I'm "giving up" - I just don't have the time to do the work that needs to be done for this to be a good map.

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Postby Aleena on Thu Jul 11, 2013 10:46 pm

I see your in about 18 different games right now - finish them off and don't start new ones - then that should free up a lot of your time to work on this idea - I'd love to see you finish this...
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Postby koontz1973 on Thu Jul 11, 2013 11:27 pm

OK sempai,

Game play, this does look pretty solid and I would not touch it till you get to that stage, but do remove the canal. We can put it back in later.

Graphics. Here is the killer. After a year, have you been practising much? Or did this sit on the back burner over the winter and only spent a few hours on it. Not much has changed since last summer when you had this out and about then.

What really kills this map is the background.
Images in the background are all out of focus. When you copy/paste art over, you cannot scale it so much. Either find one that fits or draw it yourself.
The title, boring. Black text, no matter how good the font is is just bloody awful. Jazz it up.
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Your legend is squeezed into all available spaces around the map. This forces everyone to go looking for it. Legend items need to go together. Same font, same size. And should not really be larger than the region fonts.
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Choose colours at the same distance from the centre, not from all over the place.

I will say this though, you lines are a lot better than last year so even though I come across as harsh here sempai, you have improved.
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Postby sempaispellcheck on Mon Jul 15, 2013 7:18 pm

Aleena wrote:I see your in about 18 different games right now - finish them off and don't start new ones - then that should free up a lot of your time to work on this idea - I'd love to see you finish this...

Sorry, Aleena, but that's not going to happen. First of all, I joined this site to play, and that is still the number 1 reason I'm here.
Second of all, that's not why I don't have time - I have just started a full-time job, and I have a 2-hour commute each way. That doesn't leave much time for the kind of learning I will have to do in order to be able to make a map worthy of CC.

koontz1973 wrote:Graphics. Here is the killer. After a year, have you been practising much? Or did this sit on the back burner over the winter and only spent a few hours on it. Not much has changed since last summer when you had this out and about then.

No, I haven't, because I haven't had the time, and I won't have the time, and it's not worth it for me anymore.

I PM'ed everyone who's posted in this thread because I'm hoping that one of you would be willing to take this over and make a decent map of it (or knows someone who would).

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Postby koontz1973 on Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:30 am

sempai, do not give up. Time is the killer with maps. Remember, it took me 9 months, working on average of 2 hours a day to get Rorke's Drift. What I learnt on that one, I took over to the next. It gets easier, but leaving it means you forget some things. Just play with it.
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Postby sempaispellcheck on Sat Aug 03, 2013 8:07 am

koontz1973 wrote:9 months, working on average of 2 hours a day

Then you should understand why I'm passing this on to someone else.
As busy as I am, I'd be lucky to have 2 hours a month to work on this.
I'll happily do the XML for the map - that I can do easily, and well. But the graphics are not my forte, and I simply do not have the time to mess around with them.

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Re: Paris - V10 (May 28) (pgs. 1 & 9) - FEEDBACK PLEASE!!

Postby lucyjack on Thu Oct 23, 2014 11:46 am

What about the arrondissements? I have always wanted a Paris map. Could you arrange them by groups of arrondissements?
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