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#24650
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
I will be submitting my entry soon, but I wanted to comment on the ones in so far...

Dante... looks great! You really should post those pictures in the Cool Photos section... then take out all the stuff that isn't supposed to be used in the contest and enter 5 photos of it, so you would still be eligilble. Its a cool layout, and the Cool Photos section would still get across everything you wanted without affecting your contest entry. Or, do what I did last time... take pics of it without the extras, post them for the contest, and then AFTER the contest is over, post the pics WITH the extra stuff to show how you originally designed it.

GS... I too love the "semi-private" sleeping quarters! Awesome! The hidden cache of treasure is cool too. You just gotta love that bookshelf piece!

Myrthe... Man, your pics look great. Its HUGE! It looks like more than 3 sets (I am sure it isn't... it just carries that feel!). However, you should probably read the contest rules... especially Rule #3.

Shadox... looking forward to seeing your entry, whenever it is!

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#24651
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
I wish I had more time, which is pathetic given how long we've had. But time slipped away from me, as I've been preparing for so much in the coming year. Today and tomorrow I have orientation for law school, so I suppose my contest entry is gonna have to be squeezed in somehow around that!

With my wife going out of town to visit her mom, at least it gives me the opportunity to take a lot out and leave it out....

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#24652
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Myrthe... Man, your pics look great. Its HUGE! It looks like more than 3 sets (I am sure it isn't... it just carries that feel!). However, you should probably read the contest rules... especially Rule #3.

Shoe

Shoe -
Thank you. Yes, the pics are deceiving. The "footprint" is only 12" x 14" (or 6 x 7 of the DF modules). But what makes you think I didn't read the contest rules, though? Especially "Rule #3"? Was that the last comment about "posting to this thread"? As I said (and I've e-mailed Jeff, Doug and Stefan) for some reason the thread wasn't accepting photos. I posted under Cool Photos, where it worked, to submit before the deadline, and will continue to attempt to post here unless Doug relocates that one. As of last night, this thread still wouldn't accept photos.

EDIT... DOH <<Smacks Forehead>> !!! THOSE rules !!! I was following the "rules" laid out in this thread and completely missed the general contest rules. DOH !!! So #3 states that cardboard to support a second story isn't allowed. I suppose, since the MBS Expansion comes with stairs, a two-story assembly is a possibility. Without the cardboard, it's not self-supporting, but, for game play, the layouts would be next to each other. There is no interaction between the floors other than the stairwell (no balconies, overhangs, etc). Thanks for pointing that out Shoe. If I have a chance, I'll redo the set-up with the floors laid side-by-side and retake the same pictures? Who knows, maybe I'll just come up with something else ;)

- M


Just tried it again ... no go ...

... and again (2 hours later) ... still nope
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#24653
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
Good luck Myrthe! Hope you can get it close to the original without the cardboard! It will be a dandy entry...

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#24654
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
shoesan(and anyone else who this bugs) the reason they never go in the order you put them in is i am pretty sure they get shuffled into Alpha Numeric order by the software. Don, Doo, M, S, T is how they are listed, and that is Alphabetical.

To get things to go in order i had to add numerics to all of my pictures of 01, 02, 03, 04,... 10 etc and then they come out right, i did a test once some time ago (after Stefans problems in the How to Fill in your Bow Ties-Demo where i uploaded and deleted a bunch of pictures in the pictures thread to try to see how it uploaded various pictures, i figured out if it is Alpa/numeric or Numeric/alpha (ie which it gives prefrence to, does it do letters then numbers or numbers then letters Stefan solved it by lettering them and it like yours displays them in alpha order) but that was back in January so i don't remember which it was now. The easist thing i found was just add a number or straight up number them and they get displayed in numeric order pretty much no matter how you put them in the line.
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#24655
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
OK, My Entry... the Miss Inn!

Its inspiration comes from and old first edition AD&D module called N1-Against the Cult of the Reptile God. The inn in that module was the Golden Grain inn. One of the rooms had a secret door in it that trogs used to sneak in at night and kidnap guests to be taken before a naga (the end of the module). I always loved that theme, so here it is, renamed the Miss Inn!

The pictures are "The Miss Inn" (overview), the Main Room (I really need to get the DF tables, not sure that 2x2 floors on shutters cuts it!), "Don't Go Up!" shows the rickety rail (and firewood by the fireplace!), "Door at the Top of the Stairs" (for those with the extra gold to afford a big room, wink wink), and "Sneak Attack"... they come to take your gold, and more, as judged by the skeletons on the floor...

Shoe

*** Edit: Thanks GS! That was it about picture order!




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#24656
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
So here's my attempt.... I have to say, I've found both of these contests REALLY hard. This one is a real challenge because not only do we not have miniatures that really "work" in a tavern, we don't have the tavern set yet! So we have to make a tavern with no bar, with no food, with really just tables. I could have gone the route I did in the past with lots of tables in a general seating area, but I decided to try something different -- more of a bed and breakfast sort of place.

We've got a nice little entryway, then there's a main hall and some balcony seating. There are stagelights against one wall below, so the people in the balcony can watch performances. Then we have the main drinkin' area, with menus (!) and behind it, a nice little fireplace nook. Then we've got, of course, storage areas and a small room for rent. The room, naturally, has a secret door that leads to a room with only stairs... who knows where the real adventure begins....

And the place is abandoned and being ransacked by orcs. No real loot here, but smashin' up stuff is FUUUUN!

L




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#24657
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
WHY DID YOU SWITCH CAMERAS???

(your old close up pics were always so super excellent!!!)
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#24658
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
I didn't switch on purpose; the old one died. :( But the recent pics I've taken have been with the new one, I simply didn't realize how to use the software for this set. I sent in pics that were 1600x1200 instead of 1000x800 or so, and the result is just very very BIIIG. But the pics I've been posting for the past month or so have been on the new camera, it still does nice work. And I can get much closer now, too -- as at least some of these pictures show.

L

EDIT: Actually, if I have time, I may try to resize these before the deadline. It wouldn't change anything substantive about them, but maybe seeing them in one piece, without having to scroll around them, would allow them to give a better impression. But that may not be something I have time for. If I do, it'll be at like 10pm tomorrow night....

EDIT EDIT: OK, I made the time. I'm still really impressed by the other entries, and I won't get my hopes up for this contest, but I wanted to make sure I was at least in the running. Those too-large photos weren't doing me any favors. Still not crazy about the overview shot, but at least it conveys the layout, and the close-ups are always my favorites anyway....
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#24659
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
There all looking good to me. Makes me wish I had some Tavern stuff. WIth the shipping though it might have to wait until Gencon. :( Never got a reply after the inital reply after I made an inquiry if I could have the stuff shipped USPS Parcel Post. :( Possably just busy...or they didn't like the idea of me living in Alaska. Thing is the USPS website gives you a good quote for shipping with the deminsions of the box so it shouldn't be to much harder (could even pay a $10 or something like that service fee on top of the shipping charge, would still be less than UPS Ground to Alaska)....but if everyone was requesting it I suppose it could get bad. One person gets it the next one would complain if they didn't.

Yet L had an excellent idea kind of. Dwarven Forge should do at least one more set of mini's, and they be tavern personel.

Server's, maybe ones that look like they might "moonlight" as something else on the side if the price is right :0, bartender, maybe a lunging dog (what backwoods tavern dosn't have a mutt in front of the fireplace?).

Just an idea. I know that doing stuff in the mini's line is a little tight due to the competition of so many others out there but they would be a nice addition. :)

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#24660
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
So, after having the error of my cardboard ways kindly pointed out to me (Thanks, again Shoe!!), I've come up with a "legal" layout now that I've read the rules :)

Enjoy !!!

"The Town Crier, ever the brave soul, gave his final scream of warning as the advancing undead cut him down. That alarm gave the townsfolk and revelers of the "Belching Bard", a neat, well-kept Tavern and Inn, the time they needed to escape through the back doors. There would be no live meat for the famished skeletons to feast upon this day … the only scent that greeted them was of smoke from the chimney from the still burning fire in the hearth."

While the rooms are pretty self explanatory, I wanted to comment on some interesting (IMO) points and features…

The first being the Great Room or Tavern, proper … The layout provides for a couple of more private dining areas perfect for clandestine planning. The area under the loft, around the fireplace is perfect for listening to tales of adventure. The new bar will go to the right side of the building and adjacent to the opening from the Kitchen. Can you see what I've come up with for a stand-in?

A second bar accessory will make great cupboards lining the Kitchen walls. I've used a couple of the window walls as pass-throughs from the Kitchen to the serving wenches.

The adjacent Larder, center rear, is used for stores not needing the cooler air of the basement. I placed one of the narrow doors at the tall end of the stair run to make it look like a stair goes to the basement. The little alcove there provides an ideal spot for a quick romp with one of the serving wenches ;)

The stairs take you up to a Sleeping Loft (or private dining area) that overlooks the main tavern. The stacked columns in the center represent the chimney penetration from the fireplace below (what can I say?!! I'm detail oriented !!) and the cap is an upside down crate. A couple of private rooms are on the first floor and there is a back door from the hallway outside of them.

Removing the Loft, you see a Secret Room that also has a trap door to a secret section of the basement (I'm tempted to build this on top of my DF Dungeon Pieces !!).

I like this layout because, from a gaming standpoint, it provides many opportunities for both ranged and close combat. If only the cowardly patrons would come back and kick some skeleton butt !!!

Oh, and for those wondering, the "nondescript" cobblestone mat that the the "Belching Bard" is on is a vinyl Department 56 Christmas village item. Shhh ... don't tell my wife :D

BTW, the proprietor is also taking suggestions for a better name for his establishment …




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#24661
August 2007 Contest -- The Medieval Tavern/Inn 7 Years, 4 Months ago  
northman Sean;

Forge a trusting relationship with someone down here in the Lower 48 who can 'receive' your shipment, then reship it to you via USPS Parcel Post, at an agreed-upon fee. I did that once for a guy in the UK wh odidn't want to pay the Humongicus Global Express charge PLUS UK VAT on SHIPPING as well as the DF merchandise. He was willing to pay the VAT on the merchandise, which is only fair, but taxing shipping charges is BS (but grist for another mill, not here!). So he made an Ice Dungeon set for me, brought it with him when he was visiting Boston on business and mailed it from there, and I sent his stuff to him from Baltimore when it arrived, to Deal in the UK. He got a legitimate shipment from me, on a slow boat that took 6 weeks instead of 6 days, but cost less than 1/6th the cost to deliver, and the VAT was WAY BELOW as well! And the guy made a great Ice dungeon set for me! Everybody was happy except the Taxman - and who cares about HIM?

And you could do the same thing, if you know anyone down here. Check around; you needn't ask me, I'm sure you have a friend or relative SOMEWHERE south of Canada but north of Mexico.

Jim
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