CBP Worldbuilding #2.5: Drawing more map

This is the third post using Angeline Trevina’s book 30 Days of Worldbuilding (available on Amazon), the book provides 30 prompts/exercises to help guide world-building.

This is an extension of the prompt Day 2: Draw Your Map where the author advises us to draw a map to prevent us getting lost in our world.

My initial post creating the outline of the map can be found here.

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at my Colonial Blackpowder idea for a setting.

Whilst drawing these maps I’ve been looking at a quote describing colonial America:

Colonial America was a vast land settled by Spanish, Dutch, French and English immigrants who established colonies such as St. Augustine, Florida; Jamestown, Virginia; and Roanoke in present-day North Carolina.


I really love this idea of a vast land where everything, including the terrain is writ-large, primeval and untamed by the hands of man; so I’ve been looking at some maps of America for inspiration when it comes to the placement of larger terrain features (mountains, forests, rivers and swamps).

Below is the map I currently have, although this may change in the future:

Current map for CBP setting

In the above maps the brown areas are mountains, the blue lines rives, the light green areas forests and the dark green area swamp-land.

Although I am considering removing some the northern forest area and nearby river to replace it with a desert-style area, shown below with a yellow circle:

Considered location of desert

Obviously if I was going to do this I’d remove the river and probably the forest to the south.

4 thoughts on “CBP Worldbuilding #2.5: Drawing more map”

  1. Could make the river and forest more of an extended bayou swamp inlet thingy. Sorry for the lack of technical terms 8-). I quite like the map ideas you’ve come up with.

    1. Thanks, that’s a cool idea, I’ll have to look on the internet about bayous, I don’t really know much about them beyond pop-culture references in afraid.

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