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[quote] On 29-07-2008 16:18, royston wrote: I cannot understand all this inverse snobbery about mapping. Being able to draw and use a map does not make you a good MUD player but then neither does having it all in one?s mind and looking down on those who do use maps, make you a better one. Yes, and I can see the attachment you feel to a rough old pencil drawn, dog eared, scrappy piece of paper, ten or more years old and, as suggested, covered in coffee and blood stains. There is a lot of emotion here. I do not pretend that the maps are essential for play or even used a lot in the game . I very rarely consult mine. Like most players I think, I have routes set in my mind and gradually learn short cuts. I recently checked some of my so called routes and found, to my surprise, they differed from those shown on my maps. That says it all. So why bother? I find mapping is an end to itself. It has all to do with a desire to explore and being creative. It may not be the prime object of the game but I regard it as a additional enjoyable facet. There is a great deal of satisfaction in producing something that has some basis of practicability and is also pleasing to the eye. A map of the whole land surface from Dragon Island to the Giants and from The Formal Gardens to the Isle of Woe, including Redwoods, North Mountain and the Pag gardens, on one single sheet of A4 paper may not have much practical use, but it is the nearest thing to a work of art that I am likely to produce. [/quote]
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