• Weekly Round-up - 19th March, 2018

    Welcome to the weekly round-up, a summary of what’s happened at the Guild over the past seven days.

    Challenge News

    Feb/March 2018 Lite Challenge : Map My World!

    This was a fantastic challenge with over 20 entrants and some gorgeous maps. Our congrats go to Kacey for her map ‘Telvehr’, which won by a fairly significant margin. Check out Kacey’s WIP thread here. Honourable mention to runner-up Straf for his map ‘The Feuding States

    And speaking of feuds….

    March 2018 Challenge : Map a Feud

    It’s not too late to enter March’s regular challenge ‘Map a Feud’. Diamond has a few suggestions in the intro thread, or you can map any type of feud you like, from TV, literature, comic books, or your imagination.

    Check out the current entries in the main challenge folder.

    March/April 2018 Lite Challenge : Map Guild World

    Hot off the press, here's the new Lite Challenge. Bogie says...
    As part of the Fantastically successful Lite Challenge that just ended, a couple of you cleverly worked my online name into the name of your map. I am flattered, but it reminded me of fun challenges we have had in the past where everything in the map had to be named for our Guild members. Since it has been a long time and many of the regular members have changed, I think it is time to do it again.
    So the idea is to create any kind of map you want, but every part must be named after Guild members. Lots of ways to do this. One way is a Regional or continental map where everything is named Diamond Mountains, Kaceyville, The Great Desert of Straf, etc. Or a city map with streets and buildings and points of interest with names like Mouse Lane, Arsheesh Park, Chashio Court..... Then again one clever cartographer made a really cool fantasy building and noted where each of us lived, I loved Bogies Room but I wish they would let me out more often...

    Win a silver compass, you know you want one, it is calling your name.

    If you've got questions, head for the Intro thread and ask them there. If you've always wanted to enshrine your fellow Guilders in a map, now's your chance!

    Cartographers' Choice

    We have a new Cartographers’ Choice award! Congrats to Francissimo for his epic space map Valhalla Orbital Complex.

    Ilanthar writes…
    Not only a hobby fantasy cartographer, Francissimo is also a professional one. With this stunning orbital complex, he shows his talent and creativity for space & science fiction maps, and his excellent 3D skills. This map blends blueprint, screen interface, spatial scenery with ingenuosity and aesthetics.

    Take a look at Francissimo's map here.

    Atlas Awards 2018 edition

    Our Atlas Awards winners have been announced! In case you missed Diamond’s post, you can check ‘em out here. There will be a blog post coming with further information on the vote breakdown (and perhaps a little surprise or two included!) so stay tuned for that. In the meantime, here’s a summary of our winners:
    Best World Map:
    Atlas of Thersis, by Naima

    Best Regional Map:
    Atlantide Regional Map, by Warlin

    Best City, Town, or Village Map:
    Travar, by SteffenBrand

    Best Hand-Drawn or Traditional Map:
    Oravský Podzámok Map, by FrancescaBaerald

    Best Space, Sci-fi, or Modern Map (tie)
    Resurgence Stellar Systems, by Ilanthar
    Wicked World Games - Claret, by Obbehobbe

    Best Structure, Dungeon, or Gaming Map:
    HMS Harewood, by DanielHasenbos

    Most Creative Map:
    The Road to Tiamis, by Mouse

    Best Overall Map (three-way tie)
    The Independent Territories of Belthennia, by onez
    Harlasea, by J.Edward
    Desert Dragon, by Shall Teclex

    Thanks again to all who nominated, voted, and most of all, posted their maps here at the Guild!

    Finished Maps

    Check out our latest completed maps from the last week.

    Five Threads to check out

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

    Around the web

    Some links for your reading/viewing pleasure...

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    Comments 2 Comments
    1. Mouse's Avatar
      Mouse -

      A great round-up as usual - thank you ChickPea

      I'm still reeling from the Atlas Award announcement, and the fact that there were so many multiple winners!

      And that Lite Challenge looks really juicy
    1. ThomasR's Avatar
      ThomasR -
      Thanks for the round-up CP A little down on the links I send you. the Ice Age link doesn't show most of the evolution of the mediterranean sea level, only on the adriatic sea and around Italy. A shame I did not spot this earlier.