Dungeon World Map Making

For those of you who aren’t aware I’m currently running a Dungeon World campaign for my Sunday group, charting the progress of a group of heroes who have discovered a strange sickness or blight that seems to be plaguing the land. I wanted to try out the Perilous Wildrules supplement for this campaign, which deals with hazardous journeys and provides some additional stuff for followers and advice on running your campaign.

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GM Tips: Use the Map

GM Tips articles offer advice and ideas for gamesmasters to help hone their techniques and run their games, these lists are not exhaustive but provide some tips to point a GM in the right direction. Continue reading

Useful link: Photoshop brushes for Maps

I’ve recently been working a lot on various maps for my 3Brothers D&D 5E Campaign (you can find a link to a collection of the maps here), one of the things that I have found has made the work go a lot quicker is using pre-made photoshop brushes for things like mountains, forests, etc.

After scouting around the internet for awhile I found the following excellent collection:

http://www.photoshopwebsite.com/photoshop-brushes/200-map-photoshop-brushes-free-download/

If you’re using Photoshop and are looking for a way to make your maps a little more quickly then I highly recommend giving these a look, if you want some tutorials on mapping then I’d advise you to check out Fantastic Maps.


Map image is the 1794 Samuel Dunn Wall Map of the World in Hemispheres labelled for re-use on Google Image Search.

Working on the Three Brothers World Map

Although I’ve got a small world map that I produced using the Greenfish Relief Map Generator, I’ve started working on six larger hex maps that mirror what is on the big world map (for more precise location of things and generally plotting of adventures). Continue reading

Notes from recent Tremulus game

I recently ran a session of the Tremulus RPG, a game using the ‘powered by the Apocalypse’ engine in a mythos horror setting (you can find a write-up of the session here – http://reddicediaries.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/ebon-eaves-tremulus-session.html) the game went really well despite having had minimal prep put into it; to show how little prep went into it i’ve put below all my prep notes for the game.
Index Card Map and Character Details

Town Worksheet 

Close-up of Map

Dark sun Dungeon World – Campaign Map

Here is a hexographer created version of the campaign map that we came up with, as befitting the Dungeon World campaign creation guidelines the map is fairly loose with a lot of blank space left still to explore.

Updated Serpents Fall map 31/01/14

This is the latest map for my Serpents Fall game (produced using the Hexographer map making software).

Serpents Fall (Fate Fantasy Campaign) – Updated map

This is the updated map for my Fate Fantasy Campaign.
Map of Serpents Fall

Working on map for Fantasy Campaign

I’ve been working on a rough outline map for our forthcoming G+ hangout Fantasy FATE game (although hopefully we’ll soon come up with a snappier name); map is based around an image of Pangea with some additional islands added by myself (unfortunately only had access to MSPaint at the time so until I get to my own computer the quality isn’t great).
I used some of the continental line to suggest borders and erased others, given that the players seemed to like the idea of large nations this map has potentially 6 nations (including the Sword Isles, although I envision them as more of a loose coalition of buccaneers and raiders)- the plan is to fill in the details of the nations with the players input.

25 Quick and Dirty Map Tutorials

I’ve recently been looking at the 25 Quick & Dirty Map Tutorials Guide Google+ community on the net; the community contains numerous maps created by Michael Tumey and some good tutorials on how to create maps using most modern graphics packages; although the tutorials that I have read so far assume a certain level of technical competence. I like to think that i’m fairly intelligent when it comes to computers but, not having used certainly features in Photoshop before (the package that I have on my computer), I did have to avail myself of Google and some experimentation to get the desired results.

Part of the aim of the community is to drum up interest in the kickstarter for the printed Guide that will be starting at some point in the near future, in addition to providing a forum where people can have discussions, show off their work and ask questions about all things map related. I think that the community fulfils its purpose admirably although it may be a little daunting to anyone not experienced in using a computer graphics package.

Official website for the Guide is here:
http://www.quickanddirtymaptutorials.com/

I’ve posted the two (rough) sample forest maps that I worked on using one of the community’s tutorials below:

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I asked Michael Tumey about the lack of specific information related to the most popular graphics packages and was told the following:

“That would be the advantage of having the book, as there will be a chapter on Explanation of Terms where we look at what is the intent of a given task, with corresponding subsections for Photoshop, GIMP, Xara, Inkscape and several other common applications, giving more specific instructions on which tools in those applications needed to perform the same task.”

Given this additional information I will certainly be planning to support the kickstarter and would have no problem recommending the book (even at this early stage) for those interested in map/world creation.