October Community Challenge - City Streets - VOTING POLL in first post

MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 43 images Mapmaker Administrator

Time for another little challenge here in the forum. This time, the challenge is city streets.

The short basics of it; you have the month of October to make a nice street map. As in a single short street segment, not a large section of the city.

As usual, I am using the Community Atlas as a basic for the challenge. This time, I have picked the city of Dunor on Ezrute as the location.

I've marked out 20 street locations in the map below. To participate, just post in this thread stating which one you want. First come, first serve, if the one you want is already taken, you have to pick another. I recommend refreshing the page immediately after posting your claim just to make sure someone didn't manage to post the same claim just before you. Should that happen, edit your post to change your claim. I marked 20 locations for now, but should more people want to join in, I'll easily add more locations, so 20 isn't a limit.

As always, even if the challenge is set in the community atlas world, you don't have to submit your map to the atlas unless you want to, the competition is for everyone, contributing to the atlas or not. Likewise, this challenge is for every skill level. If more than 3 entries, we'll have a public vote for best map in the end, but the main point here isn't to be the best, but to challenge yourself. So, please participate even if you don't believe you don't stand a chance to win. Practice makes perfect, and competing in challenges is great practice.

You are free to choose whatever style you want for your map, the only requirement is that you make a street map matching one of the listed locations. If you do intend to contribute your final map to the atlas, you obviously have to adhere to the atlas guidelines.

I picked Dunor for this challenge because the city map doesn't give much detail about the buildings. This gives you great flexibility when making the street map, you are pretty free to make it the way you want. Give the city map a good look before starting to decide what buildings should be in that street location, and get to mapping. The street should obviously roughly match what you see in the city map (number of buildings, shape, placement), but it is expected that the less detailed city map won't be perfect, so do adapt, tweak and make it look nice, don't treat the city map as a straitjacket.

Please do take your time, and you are encouraged to make a WIP thread in the forum for your map. WIP threads are great inspiration for others, and a great way to get some comments.

(larger map)

You can grab the .fcw of the city from the atlas page.

Check out this map for an example.

The challenge will run for the entire month of October. Post your finished map in this thread when you are done.

(I'll update this list as I have the time, but please don't assume it is free just because I haven't gotten to update the list, check below if there are anyone claiming it, I am not watching this thread 24/7)

  1. @Quenten
  2. @Loopysue ✔️
  3. @WeathermanSweden ✔️
  4. @Chipohoy
  5. @Autumn Getty
  6. @Maidhc O Casain ✔️
  7. @Dreadnought ✔️
  8. @Raiko
  9. @Lillhans ✔️
  10. @Theschabi ✔️


The contest is now over, and here are the 6 entries that were handed in before the end of the month. Please use the poll below to vote for which you think is the best one. The poll will stay open until the end of November 7th. When voting, please don't just look at the prettiest map, but also how well it solved the challenge, i.e. being a map of the selected location in the city of Dunor. This is a mapping challenge, not an art challenge after all.

For everyone participating, please remember this voting is just a bit of extra fun, the main things is taking part in this challenge and challenging yourself. There are people of all skill levels in this forum, and challenges such as this isn't just meant for those that stand a chance of winning the vote in the end, winning isn't the main focus here, but rather to participate. Even if someone should get 0 votes, don't despair, it doesn't mean nobody liked your map, it just means that nobody felt your map was the best of the bunch.

1. Maidhc O Casain (Location 14)

2. Loopysue (Location 2)

3. Lillhans (Location 19)

4. Theschabi (Location 20)

5. WeathermanSweeden (Location 6)

6. Dreadnought (Location 17)

  1. Which map do you think was the best map in this competition?19 votes
    1. Maidhc O Casain - Location 14
    2. Loopysue - Location 2
    3. Lillhans - Location 19
    4. Theschabi - Location 20
    5. WeathermanSweeden - Location 6
    6. Dreadnought - Location 17
Autumn GettyjmabbottLoopysueRaikoTheschabiMapjunkieWyvernWeathermanSweden


  • I can't start until the last 2 weeks of the month, so I will make my choice if there are any left at that point, Remy. It wouldn't be fair to 'bagsy' the best plot when I can't start straight away.

    So the rest of you had better start snatching up the easier bits I can see there as quick as you can, because on 16th I'm coming back to take my pick!

  • Why not? First time I have done a challenge like this, but I like mapping cities and parts of cities... so 17 would be nice.

  • I'd love to take part but I've got a commission to do plus I haven't finished my city/town map for the atlas and hopefully my new campaign will be starting, so there is a fair bit to do there as well. Oh, and no doubt my wife would like me at some point, to spend some time with her...

  • This is a great idea. I'm wondering if it might be helpful to post the link the the fcw of the city, if one exists?

    I would like to claim 11, with 16 as a backup if someone steals it.

  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 43 images Mapmaker Administrator
    edited September 30

    @Autumn Getty The .fcw of the map is downloadable from the atlas page.

    @jmabbott Get her into mapping?

    LoopysuejmabbottQuentenAutumn Getty
  • Don't think so. Up to my eyebrows in personal stuff.

  • @Monsen I wish...she has her things, I have mine.

  • I claim No 1 if not preclaimed

  • ChipohoyChipohoy Newcomer

    I would like No 7

    It's my first time taking on a challenge, but i will do my best :D

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy

    Don't anyone hold back from choosing what they really want. I don't have any of the third party assets other than Bogie's Mapping Objects, so things like the market place might be better done by someone who does ;)

  • BTW, this is an absolutely fabulous idea. I hope we can have an annual contest for other Atlas cities.

  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 43 images Mapmaker Administrator

    I might do that one day. It is actually non-trivial to pick a good atlas city for this challenge. If the city is too large, the navigation links gets almost invisible, and if the city is too detailed, it isn't as fun as a contest because the look of the buildings is locked down already, providing little freedom. Some cities also have a very heavy .fcw file which may not be too kind to those with a weaker computer, so I want to avoid using those for a challenge like this as well.

    I do have a few other candidates though. But I also try to vary the content of the challenges, so it won't be streets next time.

  • Great idea for a challenge Remy. 🙂

    I'll take location 18 please.

  • i'd love to do this, but I just don't have the time between two jobs, a weekly map commission, a dice business and my homebrew campaign that mapping for fun just doesn't fit in the schedule. I really do have to take a little time to play around. I miss just mapping whatever pops into my head.

    If, towards the end of the month i have the time, like Sue, i'll pick up a straggler section. You all know i can bang out a map or two pretty quickly, lol.

  • I would like to take location 6, please.

  • Location 14 for me, please!

  • I would like to do location 20

  • Can I do 19, please?

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy

    Ok, well I've given you all a few days to snap up the best bits :)

    Please can I have number 2, @Monsen ?

    I will make a start on it in the last couple of weeks of the month.

  • Area 14 (dubbed Faeridge) is complete and ready for submission:

    LoopysueQuentenRaikoAutumn GettyLillhansWeathermanSwedenMonsen
  • 9 days later
  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 43 images Mapmaker Administrator

    We're midway in October now. Means that you still have plenty of time to finish your street, and if you haven't joined yet, there is still more than enough time to pick up a location and participate.

    And remember to post your map in this thread when you are done to provide your entry for the challenge.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy

    Ok, thanks for the nudge Remy :)

    Before I start on area 2, though, is there any history or things I need to consider, like... this area is inhabited by men/elves/whatever, and is in peace/war. Is it an affluent society - am I looking at slums or rich kid commuters, medieval style?

  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 43 images Mapmaker Administrator

    There's no map notes for the city, so no. It is in the colder regions of the world, so probably no palm trees in the gardens. And your area is outside the city walls, but still in a packed area, so I would assume it is not the richest part of town. But it is up to you, really.

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy
    edited October 17

    Thanks, Remy :)

    I just needed to know how much freedom I had to invent stuff, and the info is good.

    I'm going to do my map in a dungeon style rather than a city style, so I'm sticking to the smallest size that will include all 6 of those buildings. I'm also doing an imperial scale map, rather than a metric one like the original. It may be more useful for gamers if its in feet rather than metres.

    EDIT: It didn't quite turn out as described, but maps evolve as you draw them ;)

  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy

    Ok. Here is location number 2 - Drummond Street, which was once the home of the six Drummond sisters.

    MonsenQuentenWeathermanSwedenMaidhc O CasainWyvernAutumn GettyLillhansRaiko
  • MedioMedio Surveyor

    It´s such an awesome map Sue. Congrats!

  • edited October 25

    Area 19, everybody!

    "Yeah, not sure why they call it Garden City. Just a bunch of well-offs along Beggar's Lane decided to set some walls up and grow some of their own, is all. Plenty of gardens around town, really, but they special what with how they got permits that close to the tomb of the saint and all. Cult's not what it used to be. Just as good I guess. Wouldn't want any of my own turned saints, if you know what I mean! Which ya don't, of course. So let's just pretend I didn't say any of it and be on our way."

    MonsenLoopysueWeathermanSwedenMaidhc O CasainQuentenRaikokilma.ard.venom
  • LoopysueLoopysue 🖼️ 15 images Mapmaker ProFantasy

    That's a fantastic result, Hans :)

  • MonsenMonsen 🖼️ 43 images Mapmaker Administrator
    edited October 26

    It is a great map. But when I opened it, I did notice it uses a custom Marble bitmap in the background, which makes it incompatible with the atlas. Not an issue for this challenge, but if your intention was to provide it to the atlas, that background will need to be changed.

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