The main reason I pick this one as my winner was its unique design and the fact that I kept thinking of great adventure ideas to fill it.
A also choose two Runner Ups:
Tiogshi Laj's Sacrifice Halls:
It was a little on the busy side, but it seemed to used such a wide variety of tile sets.
John Reiher's Swamp Castle:
Super clean design and also gave me ideas for an adventures.
In addition, I changed the tile placement icon from a blue box to the tile(s) currently selected. Those tiles should standout from the other tiles on the map as they are slightly transparent (except on IE).
I think there will be 1 or 2 more updates before I drop the Beta tag to Tiamat. I'll blog about the ramifications of that in the not too distant future.
Also, remember, I'm still running the Tiamat Map Building Contents until December 1st.
So here it goes, the 1st official Tiamat Map Making contest!
1. FREE Miniature Map export of the winning map.
2. $5 credit added to your Tiamat balance.
How to Enter:
1. Create a map no larger 30 x 60 (the default size of new maps).
2. Make the map Public.
1. Contest ends Dec 1st.
2. Make no more than 3 maps public.
3. Please do not use another person's public map as your submission. I can detect this and you will be disqualified (and magically cursed).
I created a new Tutorial Video: Creating a Map Start to Finish.
The "select tile after placement" option is straightforward. The auto save feature will save your currently opened map periodically to a map called AUTO SAVE.
I wanted to make an adjustable tile palette size, but it proved to problematic for a number of reasons. So I moving on to other items and will revisit it later (i.e. multi tile selection).
But don't fret, there are still some new things to do. Other than bug fixes and UI tweaks, you can now export a Thumbnail Map. A Thumbnail map is a small map (10 dps) at a low resolution (72 dpi) for use on websites. These types of maps can be exported for FREE. Paid maps (adventure or miniature scale) will be exported in the same way.
So play with the new update and let me know what you think. Beta coming as soon as I finish up a few technical and non technical issues.