The realm rejoices as Paradox Interactive announces the launch of Crusader Kings III, the latest entry in the publisher’s grand strategy role-playing game franchise. Advisors may now jockey for positions of influence and adversaries should save their schemes for another day, because on this day Crusader Kings III can be purchased on Steam, the Paradox Store, and other major online retailers.
I use Corel Photo-Paint, which is a Photoshop competitor. I could have done them in Photoshop too, but I personally find Photo-Paint a bit easier to use. (My wife prefers Photoshop, though; it's all a matter of what you're used to.) The maps are a fairly complex process - I actually take two screenshots, one of the political map and one of the terrain map, and merge them together. I then use a color filter to wash it out a bit and make it look more "aged". Finally I add the text with drop shadows. (And if you think it's easy to find the Latin spelling for "Pereyaslavl", think again. ) The family trees are much simpler - they're just text and lines.angryclown said:Great update. You've really got the atmosphere of the story spot-on.
A few techie questions: how did you get the screenshots to have that washed-out look? Photoshop? And what did you use for drawing the family trees?
Let that be a lesson to you - be very careful what you name your kids.Morpheus506 said:Uh oh--and here I thought Zila was a decent enough fellow. Who would have thought that of two guys named Zila and Attila, Attila would turn out to be the nicer one?
MacRaith said:Only one systematic archaeological dig has been conducted at the site, by Dr. Howard Carter of Miskatonic University in 1929
Didn't you know that "Iä! Iä! Shub-Niggurath!" was Pecheneg for "Hi, Mom!"? This is what happens when you read the entire Lovecraft library when you're sixteen, and then move on to some of his disciples (Robert Bloch is the best of them, in my opinion. And Derleth is the worst.) Maybe I'll work some Deep Ones into the story; the Black Sea is conveniently close, and "The Shadow over Innsmouth" is by far the best of HPL's stories. (Zila might even turn into a fish-man... Nah, too obvious.)cthulhu said:When I read this, I just knew I'd like this AAR.
If Attila doesn't get himself convicted for witchcraft or killed while experimenting with the spells in the tomes, he'll be quite the sorcerer by the time he's twenty years old.
Great story, MacRaith!
I hope to deal with this in the next chapter. Hopefully I'll get that written tonight or tomorrow.J. Passepartout said:Attila is tricky enough that I think (and hope) he will survive. I wonder what his reaction will be when Lázárus shows up again, if he will cooperate or not.
Another thing I hope to deal with in the next couple of chapters.prussiablue said:Atilla the Great Sorcerer. Don't think Zila will be too thrilled by this though. Great update.
That's Pecheneg for "I have a stomach ache"...angryclown said:"Klatu, Verata, umghfhlmmm..."