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Quote from: GJK on July 31, 2015, 11:13:17 AMMy personal preferences were always with Charlie Kibler maps that were as beautiful as the cover on the Roger MacGowan designed box. SPI (R. Simonson) always seemed "bland" to me. I know that's blasphemy to old(er) wargamers but I always preferred the "natural" look to the "sanitized" look. True, you couldn't beat Simonson for functionality; with the 4 colors of solid blobs for clear, woods, hills and rough there was no mistaking LOS or what terrain the hex was. I like to dabble a little in map design and one of the first decisions that I make about the map is whether or not to go for the "topographic map" look or a natural "satellite view" map. I always enjoy doing the latter more as you have so much more to work with in the way of giving the map a realistic look. I think however that what perturbs many "grog" wargamers is the over use of such features; heavy drop shadows and bevels and other obvious Photoshopesque filtering and techniques. No mistake about it though, Photoshop/Illustrator and other graphic programs have opened up the door to allow any of us to tinker away with our own map designs. I can't imagine what Charlie and others did in the early days with hand-painting the maps. (I asked Charlie about this once and he has long since moved to using graphics programs on his computer- the trick for him was learning to replicate on screen what he used to do with a brush and pencils). Rick Barber, who's done some absolutely gorgeous maps still uses colored pencils. He's been fighting the battle to learn PS/ILLUS for years now.What is great though is that we have so many wonderfully talented folks now working on map designs (both boardgame and PC). Back in the glory days of wargaming, we had maybe a dozen people working on boardgame maps....now look at the market. Any topic, any style - you can game just about anything that you want and if you don't like the map that came with it, you can mod it (PC games) or redraw it (boardgames) yourself given a little bit of talent and desire.