View Full Version : [GIMP] The Golgatha of Al-Serlin (an 'old school blue' adventure map)

10-14-2010, 08:54 AM
This is one of my most recent old school blue maps done entirely in GIMP. I owe it all to the fantastic tutorial by torstan!


10-14-2010, 09:46 AM
I love the non symetrical ground level. And there is something about old school blue that is still very appealing. Nice work.

10-14-2010, 10:14 AM
Thanks! I am very proud of this one. I was cruising the Googles one day and stumbled across the blueprints for the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem and thought, gee, that would make a really cool old school map! I changed a few things but it is a pretty close approximation.

10-14-2010, 10:17 AM
Looks Great! Was there a reason why old school maps were printed in blue?

10-14-2010, 10:29 AM
I remember reading somewhere at wizards that hey were printed in blue to prevent (illegal?)photocopying as blue made a mess.I similar thing had happened with the orange character sheets which were also made for the same reason.

10-14-2010, 10:47 AM
Yeah, what Avengeil said. That was the pre digital age, I guess. Commercially available scanners had not pyet enetrated the household market.

Aval Penworth
10-14-2010, 10:58 AM
Yeah that's true about blue. As a story editor in the dark ages I think we used a blue pencil for anything that was not to show up on a photocopy. Maybe it was another colour: who can remember?

10-14-2010, 11:54 AM
Yep. Non-repro blue. We used to use blue pencil for editing as well - because it doesn't show up at all on photocopies. Red on black also works well as a photocopy preventer...a lot of Commodore 64 copy protection sheets used that. It was hard to see with regular eyes, let alone photocopiers.

Great map!

10-14-2010, 02:21 PM
Ah I didn't know that about the blue. Sorry for the threadjack, Druvas!

10-14-2010, 09:22 PM
Thanks Mearrin69!

No worries ravells!