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By now you probably realized that I generally don’t work with a set scale when I draw my maps. Most of them aren’t precisely “to” a scale at all, and are more representational of how things fit together than how many feet are between door X and altar Y. In fact, when asked for the scale of a map I generally speak in terms of “handwaves” – as in it is about 3 handwaves from here to here on the map, or it’s two handwaves per inch, or some such. A handwave is a rough unit of measurement used to determine encounters and descriptions – for overland travel a handwave is often a day’s travel.

ANYWAYS, that kind of thing is pretty much the antithesis of a good hex map. And since I have all this cool mapping stuff from Squarehex.co.uk, I was fiddling with the mega hex paper.

six-mile-hex-1

I was aiming for a six mile hex here, using some aerial photos I had on hand of small towns. Except I got the math way wrong. Those long rectangles are supposed to be 200 acre farm lots, except that I miscalculated and they are actually 450 acres each (32 chains by 140 chains roughly – I was aiming for 20 chains by 100 chains but didn’t have a ruler or calculator with me when I was drawing this).

That’s what I get for fiddling with precision cartography.

The incomplete village at the upper right of the map has the geographical size to be roughly 1,000 residents – or in higher density building it could hold well over 2,000 depending on the style of construction.

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