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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2020 edited
     
    This is a fun little collaborative game that anyone with CC3+ can participate in, no matter their skill level.

    The concept is simple.

    I post a starting map with both a picture and an .fcw and say something like
    "I challenge the next mapper to add an island"

    Then, whomever wants to pick up the challenge posts a message claiming "this is mine" or similar. (To prevent multiple people working on the same map simultaneously)
    Once you have posted your claim post, double check that nobody actually managed to post a claim before you.

    Assuming not, download the fcw from my post, add the feature requested, and when done, post an export and the fcw with a new challenge for the next mapper.

    And then we just continue like this, improving the map one small piece at a time. Always continuing on

    Each person can (and is encouraged to) participate multiple times, but don't handle your own challenges, make sure others gets to have a go in-between, even if it takes a little bit of time.

    The challenges are intended to be small, something anyone should be able to do in a couple of minutes.
    The challenges should not be too specific, let the mapper who picks up the challenge interpret it. Avoid telling them where to do things
    When taking up a challenge, you should only do what the challenge requests, don't go around adding lots of other details to the map. For example, if the challenge asks you to add an island to the map, you draw an island landmass, you don't fill it with terrain an symbols, leave that for a later challenge. Feel free to make the coastline as detailed as you want however, that would be within the challenge of the example I used here.
    Features added by others shouldn't removed, but some alterations may be fine. For example a challenge to add a bay to an existing landmass.
    A challenge can be about adding or improving a feature, but could also be about effects, for example "Improve the coastline effects"
    Always give a challenge based upon something you see the map would need, but let the mapper taking the challenge decide about the details (size, shape, location, amount, etc)

    To keep this available for everyone, only symbols/fills that comes with a core CC3+ installation should be used, but all the styles included in base CC3+ is fair game. But no resources from add-ons, annuals (even free ones) or community symbol sets or custom images that needs to be installed.

    From you claim the challenge, you have exactly 24 hours to post your modifications along with a new challenge. If you fail to do so, anyone else can claim the challenge instead, as you are considered to have abandoned it. However, each challenge should not take more than a couple of minutes, so I recommend you post your modifications and new challenge within one hour. If you can't start right now, it is better to wait and grab the challenge when you have time.

    Discussions and comments are fine, but remember, once someone has made a feature and posted their map and the next challenge, this is it, don't tell people to go back in and change the flow of the river because it looks unnatural or try a different effect. Maybe someone will later post a challenge based on such suggestions, but this isn't a WIP thread where you give the mapper tweaking advice, neither should anyone implement random advice unless it directly relates to the challenge they are working on.

    Also, keep discussion posts separate from claim and update/challenge posts. It is easy to oversee a claim if it happens somewhere in a post discussing other things.

    To keep things consistent, I suggest that the update images are all 800 by 600 pixels jpg's. This also helps the forum pages to load somewhat quickly, a page can load really slow when filled with large images. Don't forget to add both the .fcw and the image to your post. You can add two attachments by first posting as normal with the first attachment, then hit the edit link on your post, and you'll see there is now space to add a second attachment.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2020 edited
     
    And here is the map to start with. I elected to start it in the Jon Roberts style, since that is now part of the default CC3+ installation (make sure to have the latest update installed).

    Remember, you can import symbols and fills from other styles, as long as it is from Core CC3+.


    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    > > > Add a lake to the map < < <
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2020
     
    This is mine :)
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2020 edited
     
    Ok. I've added a lake.

    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    > > > Add a volcano < < <
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2020
     
    This is mine (this is fun :))
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeApr 28th 2020 edited
     
    Ok, volcano added.

    So, then of course, my challenge to the next mapper will be:

    > > > > Add a Mountain Range< < < <
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020
     
    OK, I'll do the mountain range
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020 edited
     
    Range added (with a few passes).

    Next challenge: Add a river
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      CommentAuthorRalf
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020
     
    I'll grab it to add the river.
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      CommentAuthorRalf
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020 edited
     
    Here you go.

    Next challenge: Add a swamp or marsh to the map.
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020
     
    Oh what fun! I'll grab this and do the swamp.
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020 edited
     
    Swamp added.

    Next challenge will be:

    > > > > Add Scrubland to the map< < < <
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020
     
    I claim scrub
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020 edited
     
    Here it is.
    Next challenge - forest
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020
     
    I'll handle the forest.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020 edited
     
    Forest done. (This is a great activity when participating in an online meeting)


    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    > > > Add another island to the map < < <
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    Ok, I will fix another island...
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    Another island done.

    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    Add some kind of structure to the little island
    • CommentAuthorTheschabi
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020
     
    I will add a Structure to the small island.
    • CommentAuthorTheschabi
    • CommentTimeApr 29th 2020 edited
     
    Structure is added.

    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    Add a natural feature to the big island.
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    I will add a natural feature to the big island.
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    Added a natural feature to the big island.

    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    Add a road to the natural feature on the big island
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    For those of us following along at home, how did you do that great forest, Monsen? Did you do a Fill with Symbols, or hand place them? I'm assuming hand placed, given the comment about doing it during an online meeting.
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2020
     
    I'll take the road challenge
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2020 edited
     
    Here is the road. Next challenge: A city, and a town along the road, with names
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    I will take the city/twon challenge!
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    Next challenge: add a mountain range in the smaller island

    Edit: you guys can chance the position of the legends.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2020 edited
     
    @OverCriticalHit: Yes, that forest was placed by hand. Lots of spam-clicking trees, followed by the sort symbols in map command, and then some manual adjustments and extra edge trees. And since you are here, remember to take up the challenge....
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    I'll take the mountain range on the southern island challenge.

    And thanks for the info, Monsen -- the forest certainly looks hand-crafted and worth the effort.
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    I've added a mountain range to the smaller island.

    Challenge: place the farmland that feeds Greenwall and supplies its traders.
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2020
     
    Ill take the farmland.
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2020 edited
     
    I've added farmland around Greenwall.

    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    > > > Add hills around the volcano < < <
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    So I understand it, why does the scalebar text behave differently when I open the files on my machine? It is somewhat enlarged - for instance it actually touches the scalebar and the map border.

    These are screenshots, not output from CC.

    The first one is at a lower magnification in CC, the second at a higher.

    (This is a great learning exercise for a dabbler like me. So far, I've had to think about stuff like symbol scales, sheet and layer placement, outputting from CC. It's like a live version of a CC manual/TOUM exercise).
      sb1.png
      sb2.png
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2020
     
    Two reasons that I can think of:
    - Are you running CC3+ under Wine/Crossover on Linux/Mac? There is something that happens there with font metrics causing some issues
    - It can also happen if you don't have the right font on your computer, forcing CC3+ to find a replacement. Doubt that is the case here, since the font is Times New Roman.
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    How about this for a convoluted scenario - due to social distancing my partner is working from home, and she is using the desk where my Windows machine is. I am remote desktopping into the Windows computer (now shoved into a corner and without a monitor) using my Mac. Could that do it?
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeApr 30th 2020
     
    It might, remote desktop do import some options from the local machine, and for performance issues, many things are actually rendered on the local machine, so I guess it is possible. Just my guessing though, haven't tried out that particular scenario. Guess you can test that theory the next she moves by trying the map locally on your windows machine.
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    Will do when I get the chance, and I'll report back
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020
     
    I'll tackle the hills.
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020 edited
     
    Hills around the volcano added


    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    > > > Add yet another island to the map < < <
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020
     
    I'll add the island
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020 edited
     
    Here is the third island

    Add a ruin to any island
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    I will take the ruin!
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    Next challenge: add 5 more rivers anywhere. It can be a brand new river or a branch/subsidiary of an exiting one.

    And I counted again our mapping here. We are in the 18 version. Next one is the number 19 =)
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    Posted By: QuentenI'll add the island




    You did not say that the ruins could not be underwater =)
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020
     
    LOL
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020
     
    That's the fun part about just giving a basic challenge without detailed instructions. It is up to the mapper to decide what to do, which is often completely different from what you imagined when giving the challenge.
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020
     
    I'll add the 5 new rivers.
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020 edited
     
    I've added 5 new rivers to the map.

    My challenge to the next mapper is:

    > > > Add trees among the mountains < < <
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020
     
    I'll take the forests
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeMay 1st 2020 edited
     
    Here it is. I have reduced the size of the trees somewhat, but they are still a bit big for the mountains - still, I guess they are symbolic. I stuck to the Jon Roberts style

    My Challeng is add an Archipelago in the north western part of the map