Sometimes maps I draw just don’t turn out the way I wanted, but rather than simply chuck them away, I’ll provide them for the humble reader to use in their own games.
Here is the Crumbled Watch Tower, sat on an island in the middle of a fast-flowing river, where bandits have taken up residence, under command of a wannabe-warlord known to his men simply as The Colonel. This old warrior longs for days of glory, but has fallen into petty theft and highway robbery. He has a high opinion of himself and has set up a throne room for him to sit in judgement.
Last night we finished the adventure Breath of the Basilisk, which had some consequences and now has the company heading off in search of a cure to some deadly disease that one of the heroes is suffering from. The adventure itself (TORBreathoftheBasilisk) links with locations and people from the Heart of the Wild sourcebook, and will no doubt have further implications for the Fellowship as the Tale of Years marches on. I just used one of my old Book of Lair maps for this (above), and the adventure is here for anyone who wishes to use it.
This adventure is a one-session adventure (link: torduskwater) for The One Ring RPG, and links in with events and people from both Tales from Wilderland and The Darkening of Mirkwood. This is the crude map I drew for the adventure:
I have started creating a new system-neutral (basically, no gaming statistics, just descriptions of stuff) entitled the Spire, and using my Patreonsite to produce it, as I need the extra income it can produce to help support my family. As I soon to be made redundant, that’s become even more necessary. Otherwise I’d just post stuff up here and then make a book and sell it; but times are hard and all that.
Here’s the first map:
That’s the side view of the Spire itself. It’s a spike coming out of the ground, a mile high, with 12 dungeon levels within. Some, as you can see, stand alone; the rest are connected by one or more passages. Below the ground the foundations of the structure have roots that cut through the earth, popping up into the surrounding town and countryside. There’s a church built by pilgrims who founded the town, and a strange black tree that is actually the tip of one of the roots. Think science-fantasy/weird fantasy sort of vibe; perhaps a touch of whimsy. I have notes and an idea of how this will turn out, but it could all change.
Each post on my Patreon site is going to a 2-page spread (for the most part), with a map and accompanying text. If I can afford it, I’m hoping to get some illustrations in there too. If I can’t, I’ll try to draw something myself, which may be turn out rubbish; but you never know, I might surprise myself and everyone else. Then, once I have finished, I’ll turn it into a book. If I can pull this off, then it’ll be grand. If not, it’s be at least interesting enough that some people might find it worth having. If nothing else, there’ll be plenty of maps, and I can at least draw maps.
Not sure if I’m selling this.
Basically, this is a new project that I want to get right, and if you want to come along and join the ride, please do, your support would be welcome, and any comments and suggestions along the way will also be valuable.
Head over there now, and the first post is available for everyone, so you don’t even have to sign up to see that one.
I haven’t been drawing huge amounts of maps lately, due to other things getting in the way, or having my boy to look after and play with. But, I have finally started drawing maps in the graph book I got last Christmas; here are some of those maps (the rubbish ones I’ll keep to myself I think). Scanner and book don’t work together quite as well, hence the blue folded tint on Dungeon #1.