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    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    So I've started another mapping challenge, where I have to choose 5 words from a list, and map a quest. I have to use the words somehow in the map. So far in map I'm creating, I've used 6 words from a 30 word list, with the probability that I will use more.
    My words are: Cave, hidden, gem (diamond), temple, gold(en), and port.

    Here is my map so far
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    oops, I forgot to downsize it. Let's try that again.
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    wow... uhm... okay, something's going wrong... that should have worked.
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017 edited
     
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    The forum software doesn't like special characters in the file names for inline images. Drop the ' and I think you should be fine.
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    How do you pronounce that name, Storm?
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    Remy, I keep forgetting that! Thanks, let's try it one more time.
      Quest for the ZjedUhn Chi Diamond3.JPG
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    Oh, and Sue, it's pronounced Zhed Une, uhm, like Zha Zha Gabore (for anyone old enough to remember her) only with the eh sound, like dead. then Une, like loon, dune, luna

    Does that help?
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    Also remember that you can edit an existing post and replace its attachments, looks a bit nicer compared to a string of failed uploads at the start of the thread :)
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    You're right. Man, can you tell I've been away for a while? lol I almost feel like a newbie all over again!
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    Zsa Zsa, yes I remember her.
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    I don't think anyone older than about 20 will ever be able to forget her!

    Thanks Storm. I have difficulty with unusual consonant combinations (unusual for English, that is)
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2017
     
    well, zjiled'uln means mist of shadow in ancient Etruscan, I have a habit of stripping down that language a lot to create fantasy languages... because almost no one knows ancient Etruscan. Most people have never heard of Ancient Etruria...
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2017
     
    In my reading about Ancient Rome I also found tiny bits about the Etruscans.
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeOct 18th 2017 edited
     
    The island where my parents are from was at one time in its very early history a settlement of Greek, Etruscans and Phoenicians - there is lots of history there. Its located in the Tyrrhenian Sea - check this link out Ischia
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2017
     
    So I've been working a bit on this map... I know I hadn't posted anything on it for a while, so I thought I would give an update. Oh, and Shessar, I hope you don't mind, but I have a use for those diamonds you found after all! You won't see it now, but you will :)
      Quest for the ZjedUhn Chi Diamond6.JPG
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2017
     
    Looking good so far LS! Love your rivers!

    Only thing I see that might be off is that the docks in the south look to be huge compared to the lakes and cities. It's OK if this is your intention. I sometimes make things bigger just to show that this is a port city, or a large town, etc.



    Oh, and Shessar, I hope you don't mind, but I have a use for those diamonds you found after all! You won't see it now, but you will :)

    I don't mind at all. :D
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2017
     
    It's intentional :) One of the words I'm using is port... so I wanted to make sure the port stands out.
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2017
     
    Well, I've actually done quite a bit since I last posted, I keep forgetting to save without the apostraphe in the name, so here is my update. Now, what I actually want to do, eventually, is have a piece of paper, like a journal entry sitting on top of this map (or perhaps a open scroll if I can pull it off) But I'm actually considering a journal entry or even a small series of journal entries that tell of the quest the Seeker is going through to find the diamond. If it works, it will look like it's on a table, with the parchment laying at a diagonal on top. I don't know if I'm going to be able to pull all of this off, but I'm going to try!

    Issues I'm having, is how to make one edge of the parchment jagged, while the other three are straight...but I will figure that out.
      Quest for the ZjedUhn Chi Diamond9.JPG
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeOct 24th 2017
     
    Volume 1, Issue 6 of the Annuals has a very good parchment design that may be of use is you have it.

    Looking great so far! I can't wait to see what you do with it.
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2017
     
    Well, a lot has changed since my last update. I'm just going to post it, and let everyone see for themselves.
      Quest for the Zjed Uhn Diamond14.JPG
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2017 edited
     
    You should change the scale of the parchment fill so it doesn't repeat, since the texture isn't seamless.

    And the map title text is very difficult to read against the table.
    • CommentAuthorLadieStorm
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2017
     
    The map title issue is tied to the post I made, which you have figured out, so that will be fixed. I still have to tweak the parchment a bit.
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2017
     
    Nice map, Storm! The text is all still a bit difficult to read/see for me, though.
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeOct 28th 2017 edited
     
    Looking good, Storm :)

    The parchment you are using is the portrait orientation of "Mouse Parch 02", and it looks a bit funny because its stretched differently between x and y (hence the horizontal bias on the blurring) and only showing in relatively low resolution.

    If you use the hi res one I sent you by email (the 4000 x 2500 px landscape version of the same parchment) and set the scale of the bitmap to one of the following sizes it should be fine. Pick whichever of these is the smallest pair of numbers that prevent the seam from showing in your parchment polygon:

    x scale =...... y scale =

    4000...........2500...(actual size)
    2000...........1250...(half size)
    1000...........625...(quarter size)
    666.............417...(One sixth size)
    500.............312...(One eighth size)

    You will also need to right click the hourglass and set your Display Speed to Fixed resolution Very high Quality to force CC3 to show only the VH version of the fill, or it will look blurred and look not much better than a plain solid fill. If that doesn't work (and believe me the texture on this parchment is sharp) you will need to also check that the VH resolution of the fill is being used in the Fills dialogue - the name of the file that appears when you have the parchment selected as the fill should have the suffix "VH". If it says HI, just very carefully replace the HI letters with VH. Make sure you save the map before you do that, however, as I have crashed CC3 in the past a couple of times by doing it the proper way and going to find the VH file using the button next to the file name.

    Hope that helps sort it out for you :)

    The attached is a quick mock up of what to aim for. This map is 400 x 400 map units in size, and the scale of the parchment fill in this particular case is 666 x 417. The scale you will need to set yours at will very much depend on the size of your map in map units.

    I added the city symbols at default scale (1) to give you an idea of the size of my CC3 map.
      Parchment pages.jpg