5 Days Left to Win a Dyson Logo’s Map

Feb 11, 2013
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The entries are flowing in over on the official contest page for the Grand Original Map Contest. Yet, you should make Tenkar, Dyson, and I work hard. To make us suffer labor, you need to provide more cool stuff to read. Stock a dungeon. Make up a devious new creature or trap. Show off a cool environment within a dungeon or town. Force us to make difficult decisions by showcasing your imagination.

The official runes are on the entry post at Tenkar’s Tavern. Still plenty of time to win one of the awesome hand-drawn works of art. For your viewing pleasure, here is the 4th small map that somehow failed to be included in the contest post.

Count Michaels Ruins

Count Michaels Ruins


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Water Colors + Coloring Book

Jan 21, 2013
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Pimp Zombie

Pimp Zombie

I will never be an artist. It was fun to tinker with water colors after 30 years. Sure, I used a coloring book because I cannot draw. Get it here. Time for more paint.


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Never Question the Zombie

Jan 17, 2013
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Hi. As my great friend, byron says..

GO _ _ _ _ YOURSELF
This image was made in response to a PM someone sent me a few weeks ago as well as conversations I’ve had recently with other artists that are scared to promote their art to in fear of alienating fans/followers.

If you don’t like the fact that we’re promoting our art, or prints, or our services to make a buck to pay the bills and feed our families, then uncircle us. We draw and paint for the sheer love of it, but the banks still want their money. So does the power company, water company, grocery store, gas station, etc etc etc.

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Welcome back to Modern Times Hasbro

Jan 17, 2013
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As everyone has undoubtedly heard, the folks at OneBookShelf screwed up today. The super secret project of PDF’s being uploaded from Wizards of Coast was inadvertently flagged as being available to Featured Reviewers. Once the emails started pouring into their inboxes, people immediately began to speculate.

What does it mean?

Obviously, the accountants under the WoTC domain finally figured out that there’s a huge demand for out of print products. Duh. And the lawyers were assured that profits overtake piracy. Duh. Big companies don’t make big decisions quickly nor do they do so without pondering the bottom line.

Surely, they jest?

Well People Them with Monsters grabbed a screen shot of what was obviously a work in progress from dndclassics.com. I could link to the site but its a blank page. Not unexpected since OBS began the back pedal once they figured out they were leaching information.

From the screen shots and the various mentions, it appears to include a volume of works covering stuff from prior editions through modern incarnations. Products that were not previously available were uploaded and stuff that had been previously been available via OneBookShelf appear to be headed toward being once again available. Does it mean that OBS will return products to customers who already owned them before the rights were rescinded? No idea. One would hope so but I seriously doubt it. Big companies are all about the bottom line but they are working with a far smaller company.

How long has this been in the works?

Well before November 1st, 2012. That is the date that OBS registered dndclassics.com. Strangely, they may not have had much faith in the project since they only registered it for a couple of years. The registration details have since been set to private. I looked at the domain the information when it was leaked.

DNDClassics-Whois

Lessons to Learn

You should not test major stuff on sites live on the Internet. You should validate the process with fake data to ensure that your process is correct. So, yeah, OBS, you screwed the pooch.

I doubt it will matter. If the project was key to Hasbro’s strategy, the dollar signs are still there. I doubt they will back out now. Doing so would require an endless series of meetings with a lot of PowerPoint slides. Even internally, they probably cannot stomach that.


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City Name Generator Update

Jan 17, 2013
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Yesterday, I was informed that I’d broken the entries for Wales within the City Name Generator. While I restored the data for Wales, the vast majority of them can be found under England. A mere 130 entries from the original generator data set is not that interesting. Hat tip to James L. for letting me know.

While I was fixing that, I imported a few new countries:

Kenya
Laos
Lebanon
Libya
Lithuania
Madagascar
Malaysia
Mali
Mozambique
Panama
Papau (New Guinea)
Philippines
Rwanda
Saudi Arabia

The database now contains slightly over 2 million names.


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Grand Original Map Contest is Live

Jan 16, 2013
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The time for dropping hints is over. The contest has officially launched over at Tenkar’s Tavern. Erik has kindly offered to host the contest and act as a judge along with Master Mapper Dyson, and yours truly.

You can snag all of the maps on this Google Drive folder or from the contest post. While the original maps are the prizes in the contest, anyone can utilize the images under the Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA license — do what you will as long as its non-commercial.

For those who wish to view the rules in a non-blog setting, you can get snag the Google document.

Now get to creating. I’m going to get to slacking until I have to read all the great entries. All entries must be posted by Feb. 16th.

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Contest Map Preview

Jan 12, 2013
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This morning, I received the 5 digital images of the original Dyson Logos maps up for grabs in the impending contest. Four of the original hand-drawn maps will be given away — the digital variants will be used during the contest.

I did a bit of manipulation on the images to clean out edge artifacts and add sharpness using Matt Jackson’s new tutorial. The released images have been reduced by 50%. Once I’m happy with the originals, I will release the full resolution images. The final images will likely feature a Creative Commons license to maximize their usefulness to the community.

As noted previously, Dyson, Erik Tenkar, and myself will be judging the contest, which will run approximately a month. Full contest details should be available early next week. The map names are direct copies of Dyson’s naming scheme but likely have no bearing on what will end within the delves.

Enjoy the preview.

Dwarven Fortress

Dwarven Fortress

Torvek's Tower

Torvek’s Tower

Rose River

Rose River

Count Michaels Ruins

Count Michaels Ruins

Troll Chasm

Troll Chasm

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