Monday, April 28, 2014

Adar, a Map from the Past [Mini-Map Monday]

I didn't have time to make a new map this week, so I'm diggung through my collection of old AD&D 2nd Ed maps from the 90s. Collect 'em, trade 'em, use 'em!

This here is the land of Adar. AS you can see, it's actually a zoom-in on a section of this map. There's Palamadox up there again, right next to the amazonian compass rose. I don't remember a lot about Adar. Chances are it was a generic pseudo-England.

It's neat looking back at the names on some of these places. It shows the influences of different fantasy authors I was  reading at the time. Bay of Winds and Port Morisby were certainly inspired by Anne McCaffrey. Spindle Mountains and Tagledon Forest are Hobbit-era Tolkein. The faux-latin names like Melos and Grelpe show Fritz Leiber's influence.

Belzaron's Pit is neat. As I recall, Belzaron was the chief god of evil and corruption in my old campaign.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

A Blast From My Past [Mini-Map Monday]

I've got something a little different this week. While looking through some old, old folders (trying find fodder to use with a DCC game) I cam across some old game world maps. I thought I'd share.
If memory serves, this map was one of the last ones I made for AD&D Second Edition, back in the mid-late 90s when I was 20-something. I think the world was named "Questor."

One thing that stands out to me is how many places have nonsense blah-da-blah names--not "real" enough sounding to properly imitate Tolkein, not crazy enough sounding to properly imitate Moorcock. It's something I try to avoid nowadays.

pencil on 9x12 drawing paper. 
Let's see what I can remember about some of these places.

Churd - A volcanic island full of dinosaurs
Pim and Tor - Fake Greece
Amoz Rainforest - Where amazons live (clever)
Necros - Fake Ravenloft
Al-Akbar - Fake Arabia
Chao-Ra - Fake Egypt.
Rolaña - Fake Spain
Aelfhome - Where elves live
Icerealm - Generic noridc wilderness
Dwarf Peak Mountains - Where dwarves live (extra clever)
Orckrag - Where Gruumsh cast down his spear and let orcs into the world (the orcish creation myth from the Monsters' Mythology book)
Palamadox - a chaotic nation of violent warlords where everyone dresses like Mad Max extras.

Man, I'd like to think I've gotten better at world creation since then. That Palamadox showed promise, though.