I've been putting together a few mapping tips and tricks and posting them on G+ and facebook at lunchtime 2-3 times a week. If you're interested, you can find them here:
I hope the tips come in handy to people, and let me know if there's something you'd like to see covered.
Tips so far (from the last 3 weeks):
I created some city map tiles for Wayfinder #4 - which is a stunner by the way. I thought I'd stick up a link in here for those who may not grab the magazine to get the free art. The high res tiles are on my blog here. They're Creative Commons licensed BY-NC-SA, so basically free for any personal use and modification you fancy. Enjoy!
So my party hit 14th level and they're rolling around the underdark on a quest to find the place where Torm killed Bane. I need some good challenges for them and the Bestiary and Bestiary 2 are looking a bit light on solid creatures that fit the bill.
I have the gamesmastery guide, Core Rules, Advanced Players and both the Bestiaries - but none of the APs or other books. I do have a whacking great 3.5 library, but I'm nervous about just lifting high level stuff and dropping it in due to game balance.
Ideally I'm looking for angel/deva/devil/demons and high level NPCs. Any ideas of products I should grab that would help out?
Thanks in advance!
I organised a contest amongst the fantasy mappers of the Cartographers' Guild, challenging them to turn their skills to mapping New York rather than dungeons and dragon lairs. Those maps are now in a gallery in Soho, New York until the 16th of May.
The show contains maps by over 20 artists from around the world. The maps range from illustrations of the fort of New Amsterdam, to goblins in the Statue of Liberty, to a topographical history of the birth of Hip Hop.
The show runs until the 16th of March. If you can't make it to New York you can still see the maps in the online gallery here.
Another map has been released from the dreamhaunted vaults of the Coliseum Morpheuon project by Rite Publishing. In this case a library destroyed by meteors. Fun to create with the landscape torn and blasted under an aggressive sun.
The pack includes:
You can find the pack on RPGNow here.
The Cartographers' Guild and the Soho Gallery for Digital Art have teamed up to present a gallery show of 90 maps from 40 artists around the world. The show includes works from industry pros such as Paizo's own Corey Macourek, as well as Jared Blando, Mike Schley and many others. The maps are shown on digital screens which zoom in and pan across the landscapes showing off all of the detail. I have to say that the Whale from Swallowed Whole looks particularly fine!
If you're in New York then I highly recommend checking it out. It's been a lot of fun putting this together. There's a drinks reception on Wednesday night (21st of July) from 6-9pm.
The show runs until the 29th of July. It's free to enter - and the maps are available as limited edition prints during the run of the show.
I've been creating a line of map packs along with Rite Publishing. You can find them on the Paizo store here:
Each map pack comes with the following:
I'll update as and when new products appear on the store. Enjoy!