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Subject: Cleanse the stars - Pandemic 40K rss

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Yep....see this thread for a guy who made a variant for an exsisting game and the company wanted him to pull it. It was with best of intentions on his part and theirs.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/3708036#3708036
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Thanks, will check that for sure!

I asked advice from the admins of the Warhammer focused Bell of Lost Souls blog.

"1. Always use the giant GW disclaimers on anything you do that involves their IP. You can get them from the GW legal site.
2. You do not need to notify them.
3. Do NOT use any of their pictures. That is perhaps the number 1 thing to not do, as they are very protective of thier visual assets.
4. You cannot sell the item or make any money from it. It has to be a give-away item if it uses any GW IP."

OK, that makes it clear. No official GW art, just as I suspected...

Will have to go for fan art.
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I just want to say Congratulations on your great Idea, hope to play your variation one day
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Started the map from scratch.

I am doing it on my own and also struggling to learn image editing properly. I know only 15% of the software's abilities but it is getting better.



What do you think?
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Welcome to the finals of the 43rd Stare Out Tournament. Press Esc to start.
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So far, so good. The header is very nice, but you probably want to tone down the background, 'cos it'll be a tad busy when you place the star systems.
Is this the production resolution?
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no, this is 72 dpi version, final is 300 dpi.

Yep, might be too dark. Have to see how the systems will look.

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First test. Not yet OK.



It matches the original Pandemic, but not really the style of the map and the world. have to think about this...

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Nice!, well done pal!

Will you post your custom rules?
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As soon as I have custom rules. At the beginning I want to use the regular Pandemic ruleset. Have to check "On the Brink" too. And those fantastic extra card made by one of the users here.
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had a little time to do another test run...
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some quick text tests...


Not satisfied.

I am not sure but the system bubbles seem a bit large. The green square is 1x1 cm...


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This is amazing. Keep it up.
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I am moving next week to Hungary but will continue when I am settled in...
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I'ĺl wait for your news pal!! don't quit, it's a really good idea.
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nope, not planning to give up.

I have internet in my room since yesterday, and also less than half my stuff is in boxes. Will try to continue things next week.

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a little update. Project is ongoing, but these weeks were more busy than I thought and been also one week away abroad.

now I am home sick, so had a little time.

(I KNOW, the pink is ugly. Will change it. )

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nice!!

get well pal... hope is not a "pandemic" flu or something
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Why the Diablo font? It looks awful and doesn't fit to the theme at all.
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when I started I was looking for the font from Dark Heresy but managed to find something similar only recently. But did not have time to do anything with the map yet.

e.g.



not perfect but not bad. If you have a suggestion, let me know.
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Well, it's your project, but i don't see how these future gothic scenarios fit into the theme. There is no connection to Dark Heresy other than the setting in the far future. I would make it a clean space age theme unless you have some good ideas to incorporate more of the world of this RPG into the Pandemic game. But since there are just roles, locations and some special actions i don't see how this could be done. In the end only fans of Dark Heresy or the like would like this variant. But maybe that's your intention.

Anyway, i wouldn't use the new font you showed for the labels either. Pandemic is a game about information. You have to constantly look up locations on the map. And because it isn't the world anymore you have to search even more for the locations. It's bad to put unreadable fonts onto these labels. These decorative fonts are good for headlines or logos, but not for text you "use" a lot. It's the same with the army font on the card you showed. It's already hard to read because of the nebula in the background, but this font is just bad for longer information.

My advice would be to go back three steps with usage of fonts. Start with a nice readable serif font for all text and then enhance the look by adding decorative fonts in a few locations, like headlines.

I don't know Dark Heresy, but i found two images with a lot of text:


As you can see the decorative font is only used for the page title or chapter description. All the information is in a nice old looking serif font, e.g. the W looks like two V crossed. But it is a fine font for reading. The rest of the decoration is done by all caps headlines, small caps or simply bigger or bold headlines.
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leaxe wrote:
when I started I was looking for the font from Dark Heresy but managed to find something similar only recently. But did not have time to do anything with the map yet.

e.g.



not perfect but not bad. If you have a suggestion, let me know.


The font looks fine...diablo or not.
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Kinda interesting .. you haven't recieved a cease and desist letter yet?
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schattentanz wrote:
Kinda interesting .. you haven't recieved a cease and desist letter yet?


I was joking about that for my Space Hulk in my Pocket mod I made, and two days later....boom, the files got pulled from BGG.
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nope. But pssssst... Not too loud.

Even in that case I can make my own version and not publish it anywhere...

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after a long time I managed to do something with this.

a friend helped me with Corel Draw, so till the weekend I promised myself to continue and do a version with all the systems and the base map.

I have an old corel draw (7) and now getting familiar with it.

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