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    Hi Everyone!

    Hope you're all well. You've been producing some superb maps, and I've been lurking around watching what's going on - as usual.

    First and foremost, I'm a DM. I make a map, and I tell a story. The last map I posted was my Angaara map. I ran the campaign for my players for a year, then I started a wild west campaign and have been running that for 7 months. Now I’m working on my mythological Greek campaign (called "Legend") in anticipation of completing the wild west campaign.

    If a story takes a year or more to tell, I don't make any other maps. Once I do make a new map, I post it here.

    Normally I work at the UKGE as a DM, but this year I went as a guest, along with a whole bunch of my friends, to celebrate my 50th Birthday. We had an amazing time together, but the pinnacle of my experience was climbing the Mount Olympus of the trade hall to meet Zeus - Ralf himself!

    It was wonderful to meet an idol of mine. I've followed, and hungered for, Campaign Cartographer since my teens. I love making my maps with the software, and to meet Ralf was a dream. I have so much respect and admiration for Ralf, I probably came across as somewhat excitedly nervous and weird. You're lucky I didn't pester you for your autograph, Ralf! And I hope I held myself together when we met.

    Anyway, I was incredibly excited to share some of my maps with Ralf while I was at his stall, and very much enjoyed talking to Ralf’s friend, Andy. It was an absolute pleasure to meet both of them. Ralf asked me to post a couple of my maps when I got back - so that's what I'm here to do. He did say that he was going on holiday following the Expo, so that's why I've left my post for a couple more weeks. So, I really hope you had a fantastic holiday, Ralf, and I'd like to share with you all what I've been doing over the past 1 1/2 years or so...

    The first map that Ralf asked me to post is the full campaign map for my alternative-history Wild West campaign. It's a very large map in reality, so I’ve posted some smaller crops so you can see better. I’ve lost some of the detail, but hope you enjoy nevertheless.


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    Here's a detail of the Twin Wells area where I based the PCs during their first adventures...

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    … and the detail of an area to the east of Twin wells...

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    I introduced the campaign to my players by having them take part in the Battle of Perryville, and this is the map I used for that.

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    This map is a sample of the original design for my mythological Greek campaign. I used the Local Area annual to plan out where I was going to locate places, and to get an overall feel for how I wanted the map to look. This is the version I shared with Ralf at the expo…

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    ...however, now it’s ready to be created properly now I’ve created the symbol set and draw tools, nailed the colours, fonts and style, so this is a sample of what it will look like when it’s finished

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    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeJun 17th 2019
     
    My goodness! You've been a really busy person.

    Those are some lovely maps :D
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      CommentAuthorRalf
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2019
     
    Hey, it was lovely to see you! Thanks for posting your amazing maps, I really love them. :)
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2019
     
    I really like that final map! Those symbol markers are great!
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    Hi Guys

    Thanks for the comments. Glad you like the maps.

    @Ralf I'm looking at the possibility of attending Dragonmeet in December, so might see you there - no promises though. It's a long way and I have to convince the Mrs. to come with me and make it a weekend break!

    @Sue Thanks, Sue. Not as busy drawing maps as I'd like. I did the Wild Frontier maps almost a year ago, and I haven't really done anything since then up until starting on the Greece map. The busyness comes from running the RPG campaign...

    @Lorelei I didn't feel that drawing a map of Greece and the Aegean was any kind of challenge, so decided to make the challenge designing the symbol set instead. Glad you like them. I'll post the whole thing once it's finished.


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      CommentAuthorMedio
    • CommentTimeJun 26th 2019
     
    Excellent maps!
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      CommentAuthorQuenten
    • CommentTimeJun 26th 2019
     
    These are great - both Wild west (great contours, btw) and Krete - an island so very much in my heart. The symbols too are great. hope for more maps (including for the Atlas??)
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    Hi Guys

    Medio, Quenten - Thank you for your kind words. I'm happy you like these maps!

    @Quenten I love Crete too. Cumulatively, I've spent many months exploring the island on a quad bike with the Mrs. on the back. We fell in love with her the first time we visited. It's an incredible island with many beautiful places to see and visit, great food, and wonderful people. We've never explored the south coast though, giving us plenty of reason to return some day. Also, that's a great suggestion about an Atlas map. Once I've finished my Mythological Greece map (almost done) I probably won't make another map for the campaign setting for a while, so making one for the community atlas would be an excellent diversion!

    Finally, Thanks Ralf for including my map in the Maps of the Month. It was a lovely surprise when I got the newsletter, and I'm glad you liked it so much.

    All the best

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    As an aside...

    Here's a map (along with a couple of detail crops) I completely forgot I'd made. It was intended for a Pirates vs Cthulhu campaign I plan(ned) to run at some point, but other interests got in the way. It was Lorelei's amazing 3-D ship map that reminded me I'd even made it so - thanks Lorelei!!

    Hope you enjoy

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    Detail 2
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    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2019
     
    I've been to some of those places. Caribes, Gitmo, and a few smaller ones. But not the Lesser Antilles nor the Windward Islands.

    First night down there, we went through plankton that glowed in the dark when disturbed. None yelled for the Crabby Patty forumla though.
    • CommentAuthorKenG
    • CommentTimeJul 4th 2019
     
    Dungeon Master Gaz these are great! I really like the western maps and how you placed the shadow riders into the map.
    The snow on the tops of the mountains is also a great effect.
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    Thanks Jim. Thanks Ken.

    The closest I've been to the Caribbean is Mexico, Jim, but I'd love to visit some of the islands. I've seen glowing plankton though, at Ras Abu Galloum in Egypt. Beautiful and otherworldly!


    I put the silhouettes in to give my player's a visual clue to feel of the terrain in that area, Ken. I can't take any credit for them though, as I just traced pictures and photos I found online to create a polygon that I could import as a symbol.


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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeJul 5th 2019
     
    Those maps brings back some good memories about the Caribbean. Done some sailing there once, on a proper tall ship. We didn't run into neither pirates nor Cthulhu though (we where armed to handle the first case, although I am not so sure if modern automatic fire would stop Chuthulu).