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OH MY GOSH!!! You guys are my heroes!! How did you find something so similar so fast!!!
@Crumb Thank you so much for the detective work!! 
 

8 minutes ago, Laserschwert said:

The question is so, how we would put this new knowledge to use. Obviously I'll add a poster version of HTR with its border, but apart from that?

 

Well, the reason need it is because I'm too young to have been around back in the lucasarts days and boxed copies of these games are just too expensive for me to purchase, so I wanted to make reproduction boxes for myself (like those people who make prototype boxes for their board games) just so I could have them on my shelf, I recreated a lot of the Hit the Road Box text and assets myself (outdated gifs from the very begining) :

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But the background (although it WOULD be possible to remake it myself) would take too much time to recreate and would probably not be as good as if I just used the actual one... 


VERY selfish reason to want this map, I know..... 

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Now that's some excellent reproduction work. You should open a dedicated thread for that!

 

I've thought about doing more custom boxes myself, but mostly for stuff that didn't get a big box (or a very limited one, like ToMI), like BTTF or the Double Fine remasters.

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41 minutes ago, Laserschwert said:

I've thought about doing more custom boxes myself, but mostly for stuff that didn't get a big box (or a very limited one, like ToMI), like BTTF or the Double Fine remasters.

 

Oh my gosh! I actually wanted to make one for the Grim Fandango remaster too! The Hit the Road one is my first attempt (because Sam and Max is the first thing I gravitated towards initially) and I started it a good while ago, like 8 months ago I think? I had to take a break from it when I hit the roadblock of the background map, plus I had to go abroad for an end of studies internship in January so this kind of took priority hahaha. 

I wanted to see how the process of making the box would go before starting any other box. I am still abroad right now and don't have my tablet with me, I'll have to pick that project back up in August when I return so I don't think opening a thread right now would do anything haha!

However, when I get back to doing this, I'd love to document the process of actually putting the box together so maybe I'll ask if I can make a thread about it when I get to that!

 

If the process goes well and the boxes look good enough, I was thinking of making them for other lucasarts or non lucasarts games (I want to make one for the Neverhood because I feel like it) and making them available for anyone to download and print out at home as papercraft projects (I, for one want to make a tiny version for my Sam and Max figures to hold in their hands) or to make their own reproductions (for people like me who can't afford to buy a legitimate one off of ebay or even those whose boxes are damaged and can't be displayed).

Sorry for the ramble... TL; DR; I'd love to make reproduction boxes for more games and I'd love to make them available for everyone to print out at home.
 

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As a quick test I took the 1977 map (which had the best quality at Archive.org), cleaned it up and color-matched it to the back of the game's manual:

 

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We should get an even better results as soon as we can work with uncompressed high-resolution scans.

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Ha!, you know I like a challenge, <goes and gets IFOA box & engage googlefu>  ...and <15mins later

 

yeah think I've found the Indy Map. 😁

 

I'd says it's "The Coasts and Islands of the Aegean Sea" by Cartographer William Hughes c1867. Engraved by G.E Sherman

From the Book "An Atlas of Classical Geography constructed by William Hughes and edited by George Long"

 

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Links Previously Sold Item, but not bad scan

and one on abebooks by the looks here

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15 hours ago, sanguinehearts said:

 

There's a larger area visible in this advert which might make it easier to track down. 

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I quickly stitched this together from the Geographicus link above. The Indy map is clearly from the same engraving, there could be lots of different variations of hand coloured prints though.

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55 minutes ago, Laserschwert said:

Yeah, it might get a bit tricky to get rid of the red coastlines.

I think with a careful use of HSL adjustment on the Reds & Magenta it can be greatly improved.

 

super quick example attached, it can probably be improved with time, but way better than just greyscale conversion.

 

 

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Also I wonder if you end up with an original hardcopy, scanning it through a red transparency then converting the image to mono might well work too.

 

This is the book it is from

https://archive.org/details/atlasofclassical00hugh  Page 97

 

 

 

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5 hours ago, ThunderPeel2001 said:

That's some serious Google-Fu!

 

Did you manipulate the RED channel to remove the coastal lines? That's what I would have tried.

 Yes that's right. I used a Hue Saturation Lightness (HSL) on the Red and Magenta Channels for that.

 

I suppose what we don't know is who coloured the map for the box & manual art. Was it already on an engraving print or did they add it when producing the packaging. It's also probable new copper plates were engraved over many years of editions of the book, as they wore out.

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A bunch of scans of this book (and the map) are available online for free at several university libraries. This one seems to be the best one (at #116): https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=uc2.ark:/13960/t2r500b87

 

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But they are all not great, so I'd rather scan it myself. Reprints of the book aren't that expensive, so I guess I'll get one of those and hope the print quality doesn't suck.

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I had a few mins so thought I'd have another look.

 

I've found a different impression, this one without the red. some subtle blue around the islands.

 

https://www.hipkiss.org/cgi-bin/zoom.pl?id=653

 

apparently 1200 dpi is available

 

EDIT scratch that: it's slightly different -it doesn't have the concentric lines around the islands :(

Interestingly though this one is Engraved by Hughes himself, and doesn't have the concentrics, the G.E.Sherman one might be a later re-engraving?

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@CalisDraws, I found something that might help you make the ultimate LucasArts Big Box facsimile!

I found these ZakMcKracken uncut box print plates online. They were on Ebay, but they're long sold now. The seller claimed they were real.

Maybe you can use them to get the exact dimensions, or to get a feel of how the boxes are when they're unfolded.

 

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Ooh thank you!! 

 

It seems like the Zak McKracken box is actually a different kind of box looking at this. The boxes I'll aim to replicate are made of 2 parts (the lid and the tray) but this one looks like it's just one box, folded up! 

 

It gives me a good idea of what the cutting pattern will have to look like if I ever get to making a ZakMcKracken one though! Thank you a lot!! 

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