A few months ago I picked up “The Works” from Squarehex. It included a lot of cool mapping papers and the one that caught my imagination are the A5 sized “MegaHex” mapping pages. Each has a big ass hex at the top half of the page (subdivided into a lot of smaller hexes), and the lower half is lined paper to write stuff about the hex in question.
So I started experimenting with the format, deciding to use each megahex as a six mile hex, making each small hex 0.4 miles across. Still a bit tight for drawing urban areas, but great for showing what can be found in a single six mile hex.
This particular hex, for instance, would appear as a single village marker on most hex maps, but here we see it detailed over the much larger hex.
Baraloba is actually two mid-sized towns – New Baraloba and Upper Baraloba (at one time they were just Baraloba and New Baraloba, but New Baraloba’s trade road location has meant that it has more traffic and growth than the original town, and is well on the way to fully eclipsing it).
Upper Baraloba is a fishing and farming village that sees occasional river trade along the Hewbank river where it joins with a tributary that runs past New Baraloba after coming down from the Eagle Hills.
New Baraloba is also a farming community with a few more options for trade because of their position on the ford of the local trade road. Looming behind the town, seemingly half sunken into a farmer’s fields, is an old watch tower of immense size, built by hill giants several hundred years ago and now more a curiosity and waypoint than a fortification. It was used for years to mark where to leave the trade road to find the mines in the Eagle Hills.
Northwest of both villages is the Honeyed Forest – a forest known for the masses of bees that live within it and the giant flowers that are said to grow there a few hours walk deeper into the trees from the villages.