Mapping For Me

Posted on April 20, 2010 by


I’ve decided to not complicate my life with the mapping of my world.  You see, ever since I started DM’ing I’ve wanted a kick ass map of my homebrew world, Elderyn.  The graphic on my old header was a map I created using Autorealm and a Photoshop plugin that created the elevation and relief on the map.  Don’t ask me for a link, because this was years ago, back when I thought I wanted to play and DM 3.5.   I didn’t want to do either of those things, but still enjoyed world building.  In fact, my current campaign takes place 1000 years after the story I had crafted for that possible game that never materialized.

But enough about that… let’s talk about the map.  So my players are basically wondering around the world without a map.  I’ve never really drawn one because I strive for the  look of nice professional maps, and unfortunately I’m no artist.  I went as far as starting from scratch and re-imagining my world, hoping to use blank continents available online, but I was too attached to the shape of my world to follow through.

The other day I was messing around on photoshop, and decided that I’d take my lack of artistic ability and put it to use.  My map is now going to be drawn cartoon style, to my abilities, and to heck with it.  If it’s goofy and not quite what you’d find in a book, so be it.  Who cares?  I should have done this 2 years ago.

So here is my work in progress.

If you remember my old header, the southern part of the continent will seem familiar to you, I’m working off the same jpeg.

I complicated myself and spent too much time over thinking this.  The point of this post is that you shouldn’t make my mistake.  Do what you do, and don’t worry about whether or not it looks like the great poster maps of published settings.  What you draw and put on paper is an extension of your DMíng and personality.  Embrace it.

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