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I love maps. I especially adore hand-drawn maps. They make me giddy.

Even more, I love finding new mappers out there who make these. I’ll post up links to a few that have made me especially happy in the past month over the next week. You know, mappers like John Carr over at Age of Ruins who draws awesome old school maps.

Check out some of these recent pieces he’s posted to his blog:

Buried City of Narizidun

Buried City of Narizidun

Temple of Apoth Run

Temple of Apoth Run

I’m pretty sure he’s using a fine graphic pen for this (I would actually guess a fine mechanical pencil and a lot of contrast enhancement initially – but the grid lines from the graph paper are so clear so it indicates that he’s scanning these as-is). His high contrast in-fill is fun and original and makes me think of my younger days as a D&D player.

Also, if you are a big fan of hand drawn maps like I am, just a quick note to remind you that Dyson’s Delves is now available through lulu – a 150+ page book of maps, adventures and dungeons for your old school fantasy gaming enjoyment.

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