Wednesday, January 29, 2014

[map] Step by step animation

Folks have been asking for...like ever...for me to get off my butt and do a work in progress and I just could not figure out how to do it. I tried last week but was unhappy with the results. Late last night the idea came to me to simply put them in a GIF, perhaps not perfect but people seem to like to see how things are created, as shown by +Dyson Logos recent posting of his step by step process.

PT was cancelled this morning so as I ate breakfast with my daughter I started a map, figuring I would just finish it later this evening. As luck would have it, I was able to complete the map during breakfast and took photos for you to take a gander at. With this one I drew out a rough outline of the system, something I rarely do, usually only with commissions, but opted to do it this morning because I had a general layout I wanted to use. Also, for reasons in the next paragraph, I wanted to make sure there were no right angles!

And yes, this map is totally for my friend +Robert Miller who believes there should never be ANY right angles in a dungeon. I will be posting a cleaned up version of this map most likely tomorrow or Friday.

I also saw an excellent map this morning created by +Ed Allen  (http://geekruminations.blogspot.com/2014/01/the-malefic-mine-of-magister-mixos.html) and loved his little dino skeleton so much I took a stab at it. Not nearly as good as his, but I think we may see more of those floating around my maps in the future. Cool idea!

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  1. That's awesome. I love seeing behind the scenes like that. My only criticism is that it's cycling too rapidly to get a feel for the changes on each slide. Any way to slow it down a bit?

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    1. I was planning on posting a "Step One yadda yadda yadda" with each frame, probably later tonight or tomorrow.

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    2. Yeah, that is one advantage of video over gif, a video can be paused to take in the details.

      And I never said there couldn't be ANY right angles. Naturally occurring ones are perfectly acceptable. Overall, I really like it!

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    3. LIES! You said no right angles! LIES!


      :-P

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  2. Watched that several times through. The timing matches the electronica I happened to be listening to. Makes for an interesting combination.

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    1. Cool! Sorry about the bad attempt at your dino bones, I LOVED your when I saw it this morning and had to take a stab it.

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    2. :) I thought it was very cool to see you doing the bones too.

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