Re: [nbos] [FM 8] : Eberron Core Map"Christopher Rodrigues Macias" Fri Jul 13th, 2007
Oh, and FWIW, I didn't notice until recently that the text on the Eberron map looks like crap if you don't have the right fonts installed on your system. My bad.
For anyone who is interested, almost everything on the map was originally set in "Edwardian Script ITC" except for the continent names, which were done in "Castellar." I believe these fonts are installed as part of Microsoft Publisher, which is a page layout program, but they *might* be part of the standard MS Office install.
Having once worked in graphic design I'm something of a 'font geek,' and so went out of my way to try to find typefaces that had just the right look for the map. This will be overkill for many, but if you're trying to find look-alike substitutes then Edwardian Script looks sort-of like the swoopy penmanship you'd see on the Declaration of Independence or similar 18th century documents, whereas Castellar has a 'chiseled' look, like something you'd see carved above the portico of a Roman temple. Hope that helps.
BTW, consider this a cautionary tale on what can happen if you use non-standard fonts on a map, and then share it around!
From: nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com [mailto:nbossoftware-bounces-at-nbos.com] On Behalf Of Joe Frazier, Jr
Sent: Friday, 13 July 2007 2:13 PM
Subject: [nbos] [FM 8] : Eberron Core Map
I would like to give "props" to Christopher Rodrigues Macias for the great job on the Eberron map. I have had the map several months and took a few casual glances, but I just starting looking closely at the
way it was built yesterday. I have to say that you have used some
great techniques that I plan to implement in my rebuilding of my MGM's game setting as soon as I have time.
With that in mind, I have noticed that there are not a lot of end user created maps uploaded to the site, nor are there any (that I could find)
end user tutorials specific to making maps in Fractal Mapper. Does any
one know of any such sites for tips/tricks for people who prefer to use FM vs CC? I would love to see something like this from Christopher and/or anyone else who is up for a few hours of imparting some sage advice to new(er) map makers or those with not quit as much artistic talent (but might be able to sufficiently fake it with good directions).
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