Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[Kinship] Mapping a Strange Place

Creating a map for a campaign is fairly easy, whether it's a city, dungeon, or a continent.  I usually start with a rough sketch, and work from there to a finished map.  Mapping the Town of Kinship is turning out to be a somewhat difficult endeavor.  Not the act of mapping, just deciding what to include. I want to keep the area map fairly simple.  The map of the town will have more detail.  Here's my first rough sketch...

I like the basic layout, but I will probably change a few things, add a few more locations, and add details.  I think I will have both a color and a black and white version.

I haven't decided on a scale yet, probably one inch equals a mile.

Kinship exists outside of the normal world.  It appears to be a small town in the USA, but it doesn't appear on any map of the USA, nor does it's evil sister town of Shadowvale.  Where is it exactly? Well, that's one thing I haven't entirely decided.  Perhaps it's in a small pocket dimension, or something similar.

I've still got many ideas for Kinship I need to capture, but the area map is a major goal for me.  I'll be working on it more tonight, and hopefully decide on a style.


  1. I'm really enjoying this series of posts by the way.

  2. I have posted saying so, but I ditto Dangerous Brain (regardless of how weird that sounds.)

  3. Hmm, that should read, "I have NOT posted saying so," which seems like an odd thing to correct, now that I have actually said it.

  4. Great map and like the others have said - great series!

  5. Thanks guys, Kinship has been bouncing around in my head for a long time now. It's coming together very well.

    @Phil ~ I understood what you were trying to say the first time... I think.

    @Christian ~ The map is giving me fits. I'm going back to analog, most of it's going to be hand drawn, with minor touch ups with the computer.