Sunday, June 17, 2012

Note from a man on a farm....

I am at the farm. Last night's thunderstorm has passed, and the grey skies are starting to lift.

I got up this morning around six, made a cup of green tea, sweetened it with some old cherry/tomato jam that no one else in the house will eat, went upstairs to my computer to check the blog. 123 followers where there had been 82 a few days ago. What's going on?

Followed a source back to reddit and read the conversation there til I was in tears. They (you) all get it! I read on, clinging to what, by then, were only shreds of humility. And then I realized that the Map is much bigger than me and that you all are a part of it, too. Thank you all for being human and smart and loving and inquisitive. Gods one and all.

I will start to answer your questions, but the task is daunting! Please be patient!

21 comments:

  1. I found my way here by way of PZ Myers:

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/06/14/art-games-life-obsession

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  2. I also found you through Pharyngula, but then posted the video on my own blog (lots of gamers are very much into maps for obvious reasons...):

    http://greyhawkgrognard.blogspot.com

    Absolutely astounding stuff, Mr. Gretzinger.

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  3. I came here by way of g+, where my fellow independent role-playing game designers and publishers have shared around the video like mad the last week or so. You might also be interested in this site:

    http://plagmada.org/Home.html

    which is an archive for play-generated maps and etc from fantasy games.

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    1. Great tip (and link), Meguey! Didn't know anything like that existed.

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  4. I found you through Wimp.com. This is so amazingly inspiring, Jerry! I'm an artist too and I can only hope to one day have a project with the life and profundity that your map has. Cheers to you!

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    1. Thanks for those kind words, Effie! Keep on creating!

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  5. Hey Jerry, I'm 18 and I'm a lot like you. These... 'systems' that one creates and just start a life of their own on the paper really fascinate me too! I'm studying civil engineering, and I'm Argentinian. Anyway, you da man! I'll make cards like yours, great idea btw.

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    1. Great to hear from you, Khazar! Keep it up!

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  6. I found you through Wimp.com as well. I've always found cartography to be interesting but this is just impressive. Great job, sir!

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    1. Not alone at all. I meet more and more mapmakers all the time. We ought to have a gathering. Whaddya think?

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  8. Hi there. I found you through the video on Wimp.com and am entirely fascinated by your process. I graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts last year from Emily Carr University (up in Vancouver, BC, Canada) and happened to take a class on Mapping in my final semester. The depth and commitment to this project is incredible. I'm itching to work with maps again from this! I'm bookmarking your blog, I'll be back. One day I hope to understand your system better, it's a beautiful thing.

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    1. Let me know how it goes (and if you'd like to create a "guest panel" for my Map! Thanks for tuning in, Sarah!

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  9. i found you via reddit, very interesting project.

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    1. Where's the reddit thread? Is he doing an AMA?

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    2. Here's that link, Elias: http://www.reddit.com/r/gaming/comments/v0wd8/sim_city_done_manually_for_50_years/

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  10. I found this from a video on wimp, and when you were talking about why you do the map and everything, it just reminds me so much of myself.

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    1. It's good to know that we are not alone. Thanks for chiming in, Kai.

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  11. I was wondering how can you work out such fantastic thing, and now i know you really tried your best on what you like.Things will be good if we do that to the most.rs gold , runescape gold

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