Tag Archives: maps

22
Oct

Silverbeam Creations Review

For my last birthday, my favorite (only) sister gave me a monthly subscription for roleplaying goodies in a box from Silverbeam Creations. It’s a small company run by one dedicated game-lady named Eileen Bowen who has a passion for 3D printing, miniatures, and all things geeky. Here’s a short interview from the Pinshape blog about her. Silverbeam has sent me piles of gaming accessories over the past several months and we’re going to take a look at a sample.

 

20
Aug

Side Quest: Tangle Bridge

Here is a short side-quest (map included!) designed for low-level characters for any game system where wagons and overland travel would feel appropriate. It works as a quick mission or random encounter that can be dropped into any adventure. To use it in your own game, simply fill in whatever details are needed and set any ability or skill checks that you feel would be necessary. To escalate the challenge, add an enemy ambush, false rumors, more natural obstacles, or increase the danger of falling off the tangle bridge.

 

6
May

Your Battlemap is Too Small and Boring and You Should Feel Bad

Do you find that your combats feel claustrophobic? Do your encounters seem eternally enclosed – a dull series of clashes where warriors quickly close the distance and smash each other until a winner is decided by who rolled the most dice? It may be because your battlemap is too small (and boring… and you should feel bad!). But don’t worry. It’s an easy fix.

26
Mar

Tuesday Tips: OP Maps

Maps and RPG’s are like peanut butter and chocolate, and they’ve been that way since J. “Rowdy-Roddy” Tolkien and his generation first started adding fantasy cartography inside the front covers of their books.  Maps are stories unto themselves.  Obsidian Portal has a special section just for maps for your campaign(s), and they can really add a lot of visual interest to your legendary layout. Assembled here are a few tricks and tips to help you advance your atlas onto your page.

30
Jan

27 More Mapping Marvels

The World Wide Webosphere contains multitudes of maps for gaming, and is rife with resources like tokens and objects – perfect procurements for your own overhead originals. If you’re looking for fully-finished digital displays for your VTT or inspiration for the blank page sitting in front of you, it is out there. But map-making is much more fun than research, so I did some of the grunt-work for you. Suggested by MapForge’s own Hernan Ruiz Camauer, I’ve assembled a copious cartographic collection, and I hope you find it useful.

22
Jan

40 Magnificent Mapping Resources

The map is often the centerpiece of a game – a visual focal point on which to sketch your story. Players plot their strategies over scrolls depicting the overworld and talk tactics with a dungeon drawing in hand. But good cartography is hard work and we all could use a little help and lot of inspiration.

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