I think it is fair to say that I love maps. I also think that just about everyone reading this blog probably knows this already.
For the last year I’ve wanted to do weekly or monthly RPG Cartography roundups, but I keep not doing it because I know I’ll miss some awesome maps and feel bad about it. However, I also want to give props to everyone out there who is posting maps to their blogs. After all, this is a community, so I might as well give props to someone other than myself, even if only on rare occasion. You guys and gals are awesome, keep up the good work!
First of all, if you haven’t been to Tony Dowler’s Year of the Dungeon blog, head over there for a bunch of awesome mini dungeon maps drawn in an incredible style. Truly awesome, although he hasn’t been adding much lately.
But I’m mostly going to focus on maps posted this month (and of course I’m going to miss a bunch, so apologies in advance):
- Charles Dickey of Atmospheric Games has been posting a bunch of simple outline-style world / continent maps lately, and also recently posted Cirthin Goul – a cave map in his awesome and unique hand-drawn style that I am desperately jealous of.
- …and the sky full of dust posted a nice hexmap (using hexmapper) of the nameless valley for his in the Name of the King campaign as well as an awesome grey-scale outdoor map that I love (it reminds me of the photocopy-styled Gamma World map from Stuffed Crocodile’s one page dungeon entry)
- Alex Schroeder posted a great sketch of a map from his play test for his Fight On Labyrinth Lord adventure.
- Shane over at Fictitious Entry draws great maps. I only discovered his work because of the Vertical Morphology stuff that we were doing at Jeff’s instigation, but check out his great cave geomorphs, residential geomorphs, hellish geomorphs. Hell, you should be watching his blog in general, he draws great stuff!
- Over at the Labyrinth, there’s a free regional map posted every Monday (and occasionally on other days). This week it was a peninsula, but recent maps have included a full world map, a continental map, and a city map!
- David, over at the Tower of the Archmage, has been presenting us with his hand-drawn geomorphs that he started drawing at a convention.
- Stonewerks has slowed down his production of awesome maps, but that makes them no less awesome. His most recent “Dark Tower” vertical geomorphs are awesome.
- Matt Jackson has moved his awesome to a new blog… and keeps bringing the awesome. Check out his map of a submarine crashed into a cave, or his awesome Duergar’s Tomb!
- Over at the City of Iron, Gavin posted an awesome gridless dungeon map.
- Check out the Elf Queen’s Hill over at the Forbidden Mazes of the Jennerak
- And in the land of geomorphs, Blood of Prokopious has been posting some awesome 10×10 geomorphs that don’t use the “standard exits” that we’ve been using, but that mesh beautifully with the other 10×10 geomorphs out there.
- In a related post, over at the Land of Nod the host dug up an awesome geomorph-style map of a city in Mexico drawn in the 16th Century! It is awesome!