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Ditto! I'm really liking this map Dave :D
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That's coming together fantastically! Well done!

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I've moved the png image to the first post in the thread, so it's easier to find, and have just uploaded the latest version.

I want to keep the towns and cities as they were represented on the original map, rather than use the Gazetteer style symbols.

If I decide later to look at the DA series of maps, then I'll use the newer symbols, but I would like to try and recreate the FFC map as best I can - and besides, given the history of this map I don't want to take too many liberties. I want it to "look right", even if it's not 100% accurate.

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That is a really awesome looking map. Definitely looks a bit nicer than the one I was working on a while back. :D
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Text labels now added, plus a link to the full-sized png, so you can read them!

The text I have sized to be pretty much the same as the original map labels, my question is whether you think it should be bigger?

Apart from tweaking, I think this is finished - ie. it is now ready for examination by Blackmoor experts to find any mistakes!

Over to you, gentlemen.

Once you are happy with this I might consider playing with the DA series maps. :)

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I'm no Blackmoor expert, but I know what I like, and this certainly fits the bill.

Watching the transformation was a pleasure -- sometimes I find the journey just as rewarding as the end product. Thank you for sharing that, as well!

*Edit: Upon taking a close look, I'm really digging the "ghost of a terrain icon" look you've got going!
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I've only been using Gimp for a week or so, and I've only just read up on how to adjust the angle of text labels.

I've updated the file with the two "Sunken Land" labels now in the correct orientation.
I think these are the only occurrences on this map, but this gives new possibilities for future maps, and also for my Thunder Rift map, so I guess I'd better take another look at it!

Because of the way the 4shared system works, every time I update the full-sized png, it changes the download location.
I will update the link to the full-sized file each time, but if you mention the map to friends it would be best to direct them to this thread, in case the download link has changed.

Edit: I've done quite a bit of tidying up on the terrain layer, which is mostly invisible on the final map, but it's resulted in the full sized png being over 1mb smaller - which is nice!

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Well, somehow I managed to upload a version with no cities marked.
This has been fixed, and unless any mistakes are found I'm calling this the final version.
Cthulhudrew wrote:I'd love to see the DA1/DA4 maps done in a colored style like the DA3 map, though.
Funny you should mention that. ;)

The map for DA1 is now complete except for roads, text labels, and checking for mistakes.
There are masses more labels on this map, because not only are there about 3 times more settlements marked, there's a whole bunch of terrain features marked too.

I will try to keep as many labels as possible on the map, but given the limitations of using very small text in what is basically a free piece of software, it might not be feasible.

I hope to upload a preview on Monday, if the labelling process doesn't throw a spanner in the works.

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Dave,
I'd like to upload these maps to my website. Would that be okay with you? :)

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Havard wrote:Dave,
I'd like to upload these maps to my website. Would that be okay with you? :)

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Dave L wrote:
Havard wrote:Dave,
I'd like to upload these maps to my website. Would that be okay with you? :)

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Absolutely!

Cool! Were you using Thorf's hexes? If so I should credit him as well :)

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Havard wrote:Cool! Were you using Thorf's hexes? If so I should credit him as well :)

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I use the Hexgimp add-on for Gimp - it comes pre-loaded with Thorf's hexes, as he gave his permission for that a while back.

It's the main reason I decided to give it a go. Making my own maps with Thorf's hexes - what's not to like? :)

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That's great stuff, Dave -- I particularly like what you're doing with the color blobs over the different hex types. I had considered trying my hand at a HexGIMP version of Blackmoor, but I can confidently say that your results have surpassed anything I could have expected to produce. Well done! :)
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