Friday, September 25, 2009

Friday Discussion: What Are Your Favorite RPG Maps?

Every Friday here at RPG Blog 2, we engage in some friendly discussion. Nothing too serious, nothing too heavy, just gamers talking about the hobby they love.

This week’s topic is all about one of my favorite parts of the hobby: Gaming Maps! World maps, encounter maps, area maps—maps have a unique ability to draw us into a situation or setting, and feed a love of arcane places and adventure.

This Week’s Question: What are your favorite RPG maps? The Darlene map for Greyhawk? Something for Forgotten Realms? Perhaps (as I would vote) Pete Fenlon’s maps for MERP?

Have a great weekend, and here’s hoping you find your way to some good gaming! Fight On!

14 comments:

Mark said...

I'm a big fan of the latest map of Eberron for 4e D&D. It's very detailed, and just fun to look at. Also, I like looking at both the 3e and 4e maps of Forgotten Realms, seeing the difference between the two after the cataclysmic Spellplague.

Sniderman said...

It's embarrassingly old school, but I love the blue-ink dungeon maps from the inside back covers of the old D&D modules. I have no idea why. They weren't particularly pretty and the blue ink was hard on the eyes. But those maps are forever equated with "gaming's about to begin" in my brain.

Aaron W. Thorne said...

My brother Mark would join you on those Pete Fenlon maps of Middle-Earth, but I have always liked the maps for the Kingdoms of Kalamar setting. The atlas is especially wonderful, but I still remember the first time I opened that original boxed set ('96 I think) and checked out those maps. So good.

Mike said...

Hands down, it's the Darlene map for Greyhawk. I spent countless hours poring over both sheets of that thing.

Joseph said...

While I am a huge fan of Darlene's Greyhawk maps (I have a laminated copy hanging on the wall of my office, as a matter of fact), I always loved those original maps for 'The Iron Wind' by Iron Crown Enterprises. I suppose they were the prototypes of the later MERP maps.

I was also a huge fan of the original Judges Guild maps for their City State setting.

Gleichman said...

Many of the MAP Iron Crown Enterprises did for Middle Earth are wonderful. They did an excellent job.

I have one framed and hanging on the wall of my den. I may add others to it in the future now that I think about it.

rologutwein said...

I loved the blue-ink maps, I loved the Greyhawk maps. The latter was especially pleasing to the artist side of me. But strangely enough, the map I remember most fondly was the 'Known World' map in the Isle of Dread module. It was the first fantasy gaming world I had ever seen, and it set the tone for all the worlds I tried to create afterwards. Artistically, it was really nothing, but it captured my imagination at a pretty early age and it remains a fond memory whenever I go back to look at it.

Dyson Logos said...

My favourites are everyone's home-made maps. I am incredibly fascinated with the massive collections of dungeons, buildings, cities, towns and continents we all designed over the years of playing. I love seeing what everyone has drawn over the ages - especially those who were playing pre-internet so they had to draw more maps because there were a lot less maps to work from.

Matt said...

I like the ones created by Dyson Logos. Wish I could make maps as nice as that.

Vincent said...

I think Iron Crown Enterprises dominates this category. Of course their maps for MERP at all scales were excellent, but I in particular like their work for TKA's Shadow World especially the continent scale map from Jaiman: Land of Twilight.

Badmike said...

Ruins of Undermountain....how can you stare at those poster sized monstrosities and not have a million ideas flow into your head at once?

Chris said...

The Rob Lazaretti Birthright domain maps (I know, it's 2E). The close-up versions in the Player's Secrets booklets look like a bird's eye view of terrain, rather than like a series of cartographic design choices.

The Roesone, Medoere and Ariya maps especially turn abstract provinces of terrain type x into rich little mini-sandboxes in their own right.

jaerdaph said...

Ruins of Undermountain maps, Any map of Waterdeep (especially the maps in City System), Darlene's Greyhawk maps, the isometric map of Castle Ravenloft from I6.

Avatar said...

I agree, the undermountain maps are very detailed, a great tool for game masters.
The map drawnings of Iron Kingdoms are simple and enchanting - like this one of the Corvis city (http://www.jamboeditora.com.br/comunidade/downloads/rf-a_cidade_de_corvis.pdf)
Or this one: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_6wqF4ECLRhU/SDXyiTecvNI/AAAAAAAAASA/kOVgD84MbBY/s400/IK_Map_gif.gif

In my opinion, the Iron Kingdoms (privateers press) don't have the proper recognition. And this whole scenario deserve it...