1. Before posting any MODs, please contact us at support@portalarium.com to ensure your MOD is acceptable to the Terms of Service and EULA of the game. Portalarium is not responsible for use of MODs and possible adverse effects on your client or computer, and we may take action on accounts using MODs that are deemed illegal. Whether submitted here or elsewhere in the community, use MODs at your own risk!
    Dismiss Notice

Downloadable PDF Guide to Novia

Discussion in 'Player Created Resources' started by Greyhaven, Mar 13, 2018.

  1. Greyhaven

    Greyhaven Avatar

    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    626
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    The United Kingdom
    Hi folks!

    How about a nice, voluminous PDF “Guide to Novia”? Something to have open on the ol’ iPad whilst exploring? Something that comprises the collected knowledge of the experts?

    Here is something which I created for my own use and now make available to all.

    What is it?
    A massive compilation of all the information given by the developers in 260+ updates about the regions of Novia:
    “Herein are found sagely observations & useful insights from such renown figures as Sorcerous Steve, Sea Wolf, “Vas Corp Por” Koleski, “Scottie” Jones, Earl Greyhot, mysterious Arabella and not forgetting our Sovereign, Lord British himself!”
    All complied, reordered and reworded where necessary to create one cohesive tome!

    * Please excuse the British English(!)

    OK, but are there any pictures?
    Loads!
    It started as just a giant text document in Pages but then massive enthusiasm overcame me and I decided to present it as an old illustrated book with lots of simulated fine-pen hand drawings. All this is presented to the best of my Photoshop knowledge. I might do a separate post about the convoluted method of achieving that...

    Is it compact?
    No, it weighs-in at a very healthy 26mb! To achieve some effects it was necessary to save the PDF in high-quality format. No compromises here folks.

    Download it here:
    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1n_3SW0XCEA4AB0u6swBV3uaryD_c3nrI/view?usp=sharing

    (Google Drive document)

    Here are some low-resolution previews of various selected pages:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Verit

    Verit Avatar

    Messages:
    278
    Likes Received:
    807
    Trophy Points:
    28
    Wow! beautifully done.
    Thank you for this!
     
  3. Warrior B'Patrick

    Warrior B'Patrick Avatar

    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    488
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Athens, Georgia, USA
    Greetings @Greyhaven This look amazing. I am about to go thru it now and was wondering how often you will update it and how do we get notices on updates? Is there anyway I can help you with this over the long run? Are you going to add Player own Towns to your book as well?

    Thank you for spending the time and I look forward to hearing from you. My in game name is same as here.
     
  4. Spoon

    Spoon Bug Brigade - Bug Hunter

    Messages:
    8,013
    Likes Received:
    22,362
    Trophy Points:
    165
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Sweden
    Yikes, that is one impressive feat.
     
  5. Earl Atogrim von Draken

    Earl Atogrim von Draken Avatar

    Messages:
    5,285
    Likes Received:
    9,902
    Trophy Points:
    165
    Gender:
    Male
    A work of art and love.
    I salute you.
    Impressive.
     
  6. rpgmaniac82

    rpgmaniac82 Avatar

    Messages:
    243
    Likes Received:
    340
    Trophy Points:
    30
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Greece Lesvos island-Galahad Dragonsbane
    Excellent work there very nice:)
     
  7. Rada Torment

    Rada Torment Community Ambassador (ES) Moderator Ambassador

    Messages:
    1,131
    Likes Received:
    3,482
    Trophy Points:
    125
    Location:
    Ordinis Mortis
    One of the finest works I have ever seen in this community, thank you @Greyhaven!

    @Scottie will love this.
     
  8. Armeleon Vesaz

    Armeleon Vesaz Avatar

    Messages:
    101
    Likes Received:
    175
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Finland
    This is awesome. Will def share to all the new peeps I meet!
     
  9. Belladonna Rose

    Belladonna Rose Avatar

    Messages:
    1,058
    Likes Received:
    1,903
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Very nicely done. I have been working on ingame versions much like this only without pictures. But very nicely done. I am doing mine by regions. Not alphabetically. But very well done indeed. Thanks so much
     
  10. Ben_Hroth

    Ben_Hroth Avatar

    Messages:
    220
    Likes Received:
    618
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Amazing piece of work, @Greyhaven!

    | I might do a separate post about the convoluted method of achieving that...

    Sounds very intriguing, please do tell!
     
  11. Cordelayne

    Cordelayne Avatar

    Messages:
    2,077
    Likes Received:
    6,571
    Trophy Points:
    165
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Washington, DC
    I love this! Great work here! :D
     
  12. Kaffien

    Kaffien Avatar

    Messages:
    329
    Likes Received:
    494
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Grande Prairie, Alberta ,Canada
    This is gorgeous thank you for your hard work.
     
  13. Sean Silverfoot

    Sean Silverfoot Avatar

    Messages:
    1,883
    Likes Received:
    5,440
    Trophy Points:
    125
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Hudson Valley area of NY
    WOW, very impressive. Thank you so much for taking the time to make this.
     
  14. Jaanelle DeJure

    Jaanelle DeJure Avatar

    Messages:
    1,723
    Likes Received:
    3,938
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Wow! Holy crap! @Lord British ONBE candidate here...

    Many thanks! *bow*
     
  15. shathiell

    shathiell Avatar

    Messages:
    193
    Likes Received:
    712
    Trophy Points:
    18
    This is a beautiful piece of work. Well done!
     
  16. Greyhaven

    Greyhaven Avatar

    Messages:
    117
    Likes Received:
    626
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    The United Kingdom
    What kind words - thanks guys!

    Is your heart & mind ready for "the method"??

    Here it is:
    How to make a screenshot look (a bit) like a fine-pen sketch drawing...
    Photoshop or Photoshop Elements (Expert)

    AERIE

    1) Choose a favourite official screenshot

    2) Select All and paste another copy on a new layer. You now have a top version and a
    background version.

    [​IMG]

    3) Create the colour wash: Switch off the new top layer and apply Filter > Noise >
    Median on the background version. I had Radius set to 10 to make sure the blobs of
    colour were big enough.

    [​IMG]

    4) Create the pen sketch: Switch on the top layer and adjust Levels/Brightness &
    contrast to make it a punchy as possible - No big deal on this Aerie picture but
    definitely required for the Desolis example (see below).

    5) Ensuring black is set as foreground colour, apply the pen filter - Filter > Sketch
    > Graphic pen. The stroke length set to maximum (15)
    Adjust Light/Dark balance in the filter dialogue box so that most of the image's is
    shown (usually between 40-60%)

    [​IMG]

    6) Blur the layer

    7) Adjust the opacity of the top layer down to 60-70% so that the colour wash layer
    shows through.

    8) Before flattening or saving as JPG you can do some touching up - for this example
    some pen lines were removed from the sky

    [​IMG]

    That might be OK for even rectangular images on a white page, but for a sketched look
    I made the picture edges (naturally) uneven so I had to bring each picture into a
    pre-prepared page template. This uses the "Full left page" version.

    [​IMG]

    9) Bring picture into the template. Resize & crop to fit (left).

    10) Use the erasor with a hard-edged brush and trace by hand around the edges of the
    pen parts of the picture. Doesn't matter if it's wobbly - that's the point(!)

    11) Use the erasor with a soft-edged brush and trace by hand around edges of the sky
    to give it that blurred colour-wash look.

    12) Lower opacity of the picture layer to 80% to take the bite out of the black pen
    and letting a bit of background page tone through. The ink has dried & faded a bit! (Right)

    That's it! The picture can be flattened, saved and brought into the Publisher document.

    [​IMG]

    The background image was made from a plain book image found on Google. I had to
    flatten out the pages a bit because I did not want curved pictures (or text)! I also
    added the clasps from a photograph of another book, then pasted it all onto a blurred
    background image with a drop shadow effect.


    DESOLIS

    This illustrates the importance of making the picture high-contrast & "punchy" before
    the pen filter is applied.

    Original Picture:

    [​IMG]

    Dark & atmospheric! Applying the filter straight away just makes an indistinct mess with little discernible detail:

    [​IMG]

    Looks like an old CRT TV that is not tuned-in very well!
    Adjust Levels/Brightness & contrast to really bring out the detail. Doesn't matter
    about the weird colours as they will be lost from the top layer.

    [​IMG]

    Here the Graphic pen filter has worked much better.

    [​IMG]

    Cropped and in position:

    [​IMG]

    This illustrates the basic method. In some instances a picture can be awkward in that some parts may be sharp (forgrounds for example) and other parts very light (mountains in the background). In which case two top layers are required and perfected individually (but I've already gone on too long...)
     
  17. majoria70

    majoria70 Avatar

    Messages:
    8,136
    Likes Received:
    20,639
    Trophy Points:
    153
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    United States
    It's very interesting. Thanks so much. Maybe a little geeky j/k but who of us is not a bit in some ways. I know I can go on and on about some game thing which I love to do sometimes and who understands well this community is who.

    My sister asked me about launch day out of politeness and trying to be interested in what I was interested in but I could tell she was lost and didn't get my passion for it. At least she tried.

    What you created here @Greyhaven is really awesome. Thanks for sharing it with us.
     
  18. Milca

    Milca Avatar

    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    2
    Trophy Points:
    3
    wow nicely done

    Thank you for sharing
     
  19. St Drahcir

    St Drahcir Avatar

    Messages:
    193
    Likes Received:
    252
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Florida, USA
    OK, this is awesome! Man, that's a ton of work you had to put in to make those pictures look so good. Great job man!
     
  20. Berek

    Berek Senior Community Manager Moderator SOTA Developer

    Messages:
    3,935
    Likes Received:
    12,678
    Trophy Points:
    165
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Austin, TX
    This is a magnificent guide @Greyhaven! May we share it on social and in the weekly update?