• Weekly Round-up - 26th February, 2018

    Welcome to the weekly round-up, a summary of all that’s been happening at the Guild over the past seven days.

    Atlas Awards

    Are you excited for voting to start?

    The nomination threads will be locked around 3rd March, so there are only days left to pick your favourite maps of last year. Remember, you can see all of 2017’s eligible maps in this (image-heavy) thread, so go make yourself a coffee, and have a browse. Afterwards, head for the Atlas Awards folder to nominate your picks.

    Watch out for the announcement about our voting procedure this year. It’ll be a slightly different format from last time.

    Challenge News

    Feb/March 2018 Lite Challenge : Map My World!

    The new Lite Challenge is up and running. Bogie sez…
    In January, Diamond & Chashio had a great idea to give you a map with nothing on it but names and you had to create the map around it. It was by far the most popular challenge any of us can remember.
    For this Lite Challenge I want to flip it around. I am giving you the shape of the landmass and I have included green dots where the Cities, Towns, or main points of interest must be placed. You can remove the green dots and replace them with whatever symbols you wish to use, just be sure you have something at each of those 20+ locations.
    You may add as many additional points of interest that you want in addition to the ones marked.
    For those of you who draw your maps by hand, just try to replicate the basic land shape as closely as you can.
    And in case you are interested this shape was originally a cloud.

    You can check out the map Bogie’s using in the main thread. If you’ve any questions, ask them there. We’ve got a few strong contenders already. Check out all the entries in the challenge folder.

    February 2018 Regular Challenge : Elevator Pitch Prophecies

    There are on a couple of days left before February’s challenge ends, so finish up and submit your entries. Remember to use the ‘Latest WIP’ tag, or the thumbnail scraper won’t find your map (use the button on the toolbar in the comment box). Check out all the entries here.

    Challenge Suggestions

    A couple of dreamy challenge suggestions for your consideration…

    Map a dream, suggested by Kelleri
    My idea is pretty straightforward: map a place from a dream. It would of course be more fun if you were mapping something you've really seen in a dream, but since it's pretty hard to actually prove that, I guess you could just settle for making up a place that you see being 'dreamlike'.

    Map Your Dream House, suggested by Daistallia
    Pretty much what it says on the tin: from a little cabin in the woods to a stately mansion to a penthouse apartment to castles in the air to Hobbit holes - wherever you dream of living, map it. Show us a dream.

    Five Threads to check out

    The latest work-in-progress threads, interesting discussions, new tutorials etc etc. It's all here.

    Five Finished Maps

    Around the web

    Some links for your reading/viewing pleasure...

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    Comments 4 Comments
    1. ThomasR's Avatar
      ThomasR -
      Thanks for gathering these CP
    1. Mouse's Avatar
      Mouse -
      Oh good! My weekly digest has arrived

      Thank you so much, ChickPea
    1. Falconius's Avatar
      Falconius -
      I like these digest a lot. Where do you find the links at the end each week? They are so good.
      Thank you ChickPea.
    1. ChickPea's Avatar
      ChickPea -
      Thanks so much, guys. It makes me happy to know you're reading it.

      Falconius, I'm quite an avid consumer of news (of all kinds). I use RSS feeds, Twitter and some Google Alerts to find stuff. I save the links during the week, as I find them, then add them to the post at the weekend. Some weeks there's tons of good stuff (like this week). Other weeks, not so much... but I can usually find something to use, even if it's just a couple of links to pretty maps!