View Full Version : Maps!

2011-08-11, 09:14 PM
Hello playground.

I'm a DnD player and DM and in the games I run I've found that maps are a big, big part of my DMing style. When I brainstorm for plot and possible adventures, or when I picture in my mind the current situation in the campaign, I find I almost always start by thinking about the world map that is in my mind. Even when I play, I usually want to have a good sense of the geography around me.

I tend to think about maps in many other gaming situations - every single fight, but also many cities and countryside areas.

Sadly, I'm very bad at drawing, so the few maps I've sketched out aren't really satisfying - but I'd really like to learn drawing some properly, sooner or later.

What is your relationship with maps? How do you draw them? Do you have any useful suggestions? :smallbiggrin:

2011-08-11, 09:56 PM
Try out Chris Perkins' method: http://yeoldeblog.net/2011/05/22/fantasy-mapping-101/

2011-08-12, 05:10 AM
You can check the Cartographer's Guild (www.cartographersguild.com) for help with mapmaking, too.

2011-08-12, 05:39 AM
You can check the Cartographer's Guild (www.cartographersguild.com) for help with mapmaking, too.
Yeah I have very good experience with these guys too. I asked for two maps (free of charge) and got both, done exactly as I wanted. Hopefully, they will be of good use in my fall campaign :smallsmile:

2011-08-12, 10:23 AM
I used Campaign Cartographer for my world map but I guess any vector and or layer based program would work well (if you want to paint them yourself)

this took me about 5 hours with cc3
large bitmap: