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TBeholder
Master of Realmslore

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Posted - 23 Jan 2018 :  09:02:54  Show Profile Send TBeholder a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I truly wish game designers would understand the RW a little better - my life would be so much easier. I just ran into a problem on a city map I am working on. The city supposedly is a major ship-building port... and yet has NO 'dry dock' facilities. Do game designers think ships get built in the water? Or do they think some shipwright is building them in his little shop (and I HAVE seen 'little shops' for shipbuilders!)?

Ship-in-a-bottle shop?
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Its actually the second time that's happened [...]
I think thats the true mark of fame - when a rumor can start on the internet that you are dead.

Just that you need some sort of a sign, like "I ATE'NT DEAD".

People never wonder How the world goes round -Helloween
And even I make no pretense Of having more than common sense -R.W.Wood
It's not good, Eric. It's a gazebo. -Ed Whitchurch
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15259 Posts

Posted - 23 Jan 2018 :  21:02:53  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am the Walrus... Goo goo gajoob.

Its funny that you mention the ship-in-a-bottle thing, because something else reminded me of those tiny animals (Minimals) that are on that island (Bulta), and also there was a mage who was trying to figure out how to minimize animals for long caravan hauls, and then re-growth them on the other end (for ease-of-transport - they'd save a fortune on feed, and it would be so easy to get fresh meat and produce to market that way). I have to wonder why more mages haven't considered all the virtues of 'miniaturization'.

And the reason why I thought of that was Sleyvas' fault. I was thinking one night (a few days ago) about how I shouldn't post any more maps, because no matter what I post, Sleyvas will try to stick a Tharch in it. I even considered posting an X-ray of my colon just to see if he'd put one in there, and that got me thinking about how small an area I could possibly 'map' just to thwart him. I thought about an island only 1' round, not even enough room for one person to stand on, and then I thought, "Naw... he'll just shrink everyone..." . And that's how I started thinking about little people, and little animals, etc - ways to fit a settlement into a place it shouldn't go (and then Rich Bryers posted something about 'tiny men' on his FB page, so it all coalesced into some weird musings on my part).

And now you know the strange places my brain drifts off to when I am half-asleep and its 3AM.


*P.S. - I went back to my doctor. Turns out that 'dark spot' on my X-ray WAS a Tharch! He gave me something to drink for it, and now I've been pooping Red Wizards all week!

(I've been dying to use that since I thought of it the other night... couldn't resist)

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 24 Jan 2018 01:31:30
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sleyvas
Great Reader

USA
6679 Posts

Posted - 24 Jan 2018 :  13:15:56  Show Profile Send sleyvas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

I am the Walrus... Goo goo gajoob.

Its funny that you mention the ship-in-a-bottle thing, because something else reminded me of those tiny animals (Minimals) that are on that island (Bulta), and also there was a mage who was trying to figure out how to minimize animals for long caravan hauls, and then re-growth them on the other end (for ease-of-transport - they'd save a fortune on feed, and it would be so easy to get fresh meat and produce to market that way). I have to wonder why more mages haven't considered all the virtues of 'miniaturization'.

And the reason why I thought of that was Sleyvas' fault. I was thinking one night (a few days ago) about how I shouldn't post any more maps, because no matter what I post, Sleyvas will try to stick a Tharch in it. I even considered posting an X-ray of my colon just to see if he'd put one in there, and that got me thinking about how small an area I could possibly 'map' just to thwart him. I thought about an island only 1' round, not even enough room for one person to stand on, and then I thought, "Naw... he'll just shrink everyone..." . And that's how I started thinking about little people, and little animals, etc - ways to fit a settlement into a place it shouldn't go (and then Rich Bryers posted something about 'tiny men' on his FB page, so it all coalesced into some weird musings on my part).

And now you know the strange places my brain drifts off to when I am half-asleep and its 3AM.


*P.S. - I went back to my doctor. Turns out that 'dark spot' on my X-ray WAS a Tharch! He gave me something to drink for it, and now I've been pooping Red Wizards all week!

(I've been dying to use that since I thought of it the other night... couldn't resist)



You didn't know I'd developed the "summon tharch" spell now did you? You'll want to go get yourself further checked out, because you are in fact a nyama-nummo, and they were extracting things from you internally.

Alavairthae, may your skill prevail

Phillip aka Sleyvas
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Elren_Wolfsbane
Learned Scribe

USA
85 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2018 :  06:24:47  Show Profile Send Elren_Wolfsbane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Markustay,

I've been very curious to know. Do you make any kind of city maps, or just primarily regional Maps?

Aa' lasser en`coialle n`natula brown.

(May the leaves of your life tree never turn brown)

-Elren Wolfsbane
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15259 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2018 :  07:27:55  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Almost exclusively regional maps.
I have done a couple of city maps, but I find them too tedious and its like pulling teeth trying to finish one.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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Elren_Wolfsbane
Learned Scribe

USA
85 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2018 :  11:26:36  Show Profile Send Elren_Wolfsbane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Markustay

Almost exclusively regional maps.
I have done a couple of city maps, but I find them too tedious and its like pulling teeth trying to finish one.



Hahaha, cool. I was just curious to know.
I agree about being tedious, I drew a few city maps and it took me quite a while.


What are you working on now?

Aa' lasser en`coialle n`natula brown.

(May the leaves of your life tree never turn brown)

-Elren Wolfsbane
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15259 Posts

Posted - 25 Jan 2018 :  21:15:42  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
About a dozen different FR maps (which includes my highly detailed main project, and we'll probably see the Unapproachable East 1st, which I hadn't meant to do), at least two FR citymaps (yeah, I know what I said...), one plane (the Feywild), a genealogy tree connecting ALL the gods together (that will never, EVER get finished), at least three different writing projects for the DMsGuild (which also may never see the light of day), a couple of buildings, two settlements (one canon, the other completely homebrew), and if I am not mistaken I should be seeing a contract for a regional map for a new setting appearing in my Email in the next few days.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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Elren_Wolfsbane
Learned Scribe

USA
85 Posts

Posted - 26 Jan 2018 :  10:11:34  Show Profile Send Elren_Wolfsbane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Awesome, I can't wait to see your work.

I'm actually really excited to see the feywild map. 1, because I don't think there is a definitive feywild map out there. 2, there might be a chance my players will go to the feywild

Aa' lasser en`coialle n`natula brown.

(May the leaves of your life tree never turn brown)

-Elren Wolfsbane
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15259 Posts

Posted - 26 Jan 2018 :  10:27:22  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Its going to be very non-detailed - it is a PLANE, after all. One that approximates all the traversable land in the universe! I actually plan to inset tiny world maps of differnt worlds as small island clusters (I saw this done with Larry Niven's Ringworld, and thought it was AWESOME).

I was looking at the official (4e) Feywild map by Mike Schley, and while its lovely, it only shows a very tiny area (comparatively). In fact, I am probably going to have trouble even placing that (it would just be a 'dot' on a Planer map). So I don't know how useful it could possibly be for running a game - I just need it as a reference for some of the history-lore I am working on for Katashaka (showing how the 'Giant Lands' relate to the rest of the Feywild).

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 26 Jan 2018 10:29:48
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Elren_Wolfsbane
Learned Scribe

USA
85 Posts

Posted - 27 Jan 2018 :  15:30:02  Show Profile Send Elren_Wolfsbane a Private Message  Reply with Quote
OoOOOOooh, I'm excited.

Have you ever thought about turning in your work as a resume to WOTC. You'd be a great addition

Aa' lasser en`coialle n`natula brown.

(May the leaves of your life tree never turn brown)

-Elren Wolfsbane
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15259 Posts

Posted - 27 Jan 2018 :  20:46:25  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you, NO.

I don't work well with others. You can ask at least a dozen people around here about that. I have my own methodology and speed (or lack there of), and its not conducive to a good working relationship. The only kind of job I'd ever except is "guy in charge of everything", and A) who'd hire someone to be THEIR boss? And B) that would be stupid if they did, because I'd want to micromanage every last detail and do it all myself. In other words, I'd be exactly like Gary Gygax. And while we may applaud his creation and vision, and his epic talent, in the end he became an anchor holding D&D back (because I think his personality was very akin to my own).

There is nothing wrong with being 'imperfect'. We all are. It only becomes a problem when you refuse to understand your limitations and work-around them.

Cheers

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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Zeromaru X
Master of Realmslore

Colombia
1007 Posts

Posted - 31 Jan 2018 :  20:01:37  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hate to be that guy, but... have you worked on the Nentir Vale, Markustay? Just to know, no pressure.

Long ago, in the distant past, they fell into decay. The philosopher’s path... The river of glory... Even the saints resting in the darkness rise up without response and block the way...
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15259 Posts

Posted - 31 Jan 2018 :  22:14:57  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No - I saw your post in the other thread, and it reminded me. I'm looking at the 1st week in March for that. Sorry I haven't been back to it yet - so much has been catching my interest lately, and I have a paid map I also have to get done before then.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone

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Zeromaru X
Master of Realmslore

Colombia
1007 Posts

Posted - 15 Feb 2018 :  01:29:33  Show Profile Send Zeromaru X a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Seeing that Nentir Vale was the place of the new Unhearted Arcane, I came here to pester again

Long ago, in the distant past, they fell into decay. The philosopher’s path... The river of glory... Even the saints resting in the darkness rise up without response and block the way...
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Dalor Darden
Great Reader

USA
3585 Posts

Posted - 15 Feb 2018 :  15:20:13  Show Profile Send Dalor Darden a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Shhh! MT is busy working...

AD&D for me!
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Markustay
Realms Explorer extraordinaire

USA
15259 Posts

Posted - 15 Feb 2018 :  20:28:34  Show Profile Send Markustay a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I was going to say the same thing, but 'the boss' has spoken. LOL

So many projects, so little time. I really wish they'd move-forward with this whole 'cloning' thing already.

"I have never in my life learned anything from any man who agreed with me" --- Dudley Field Malone


Edited by - Markustay on 15 Feb 2018 20:28:49
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