I love maps. I stop and look at every one I pass. From simple maps on the backs of menu’s to spending hours on google earth to… you get the point.
Recently I rediscovered Dundjinni as I prep for my blooming campaign. Note I did not say rediscovered my “love” for Dundjinni. It is starting to show its age and I have so many PNGs from various sources if I were to take a month vacation to do just maps, I couldn’t get half of them sorted. It is a project I have been doing on and off for years. Literally. I was sorting floor and wall tiles, trees, etc back in 2007 and I am still doing it.
The campaign I am building is meant to wow my players. Michael Bay meets Tolkien sitting next to Orson Scott Card. Every session I do ‘something’ to excite, or scare, or to draw forth oohs and ahhs, and I have to admit, a few gag reflexes tested; whether it be new minis, outrageous npc improv, very horrific verbal descriptions, or… Maps. Lovely lovely maps.
As much as I love making my own, it is daunting and time consuming. About 50% of my campaign through 5th is done. Of that about 60% is prefab from either flipmats, map maps, pdfs, Dungeons & Dragons Tilesets, etc. The rest I make with either Dundjinni or (someday) Hirst Arts bricks. (noted for further tangent).
Currently I am working to stitch together my Frankensteins Monster of a campaign. I say this because it is part Rise of the Rune Lords, part Tearing of the Weave, a heavy dose of my homebrew campaign world, and fingers and ribs of PDFs, free adventurers, and Pathfinder Society scenarios but every part of it rewritten at least partially.
Those who know me can attest I digress. A LOT.
Maps.I hope to spend time over this upcoming weekend doing two needed maps. One is a street scene market fight. This will take time but will be relatively easy. The one I am dreading is my hatchet job on Thistletop. I just can’t seem to find the right art. Part of the reason for this post was to just breath and not think about it, even for a little bit. It is my intent to post my finished products here or a link to them if I use rpgmapshare or deviantart.
Anyway, Happy Friday!!!