View Full Version : New Map...almost finished

07-07-2008, 02:01 AM
Here is a map I'm currently working on in cc3. I'm almost done with it, just making some final touches and stuff. I'm starting to fine tune this style of map a little I think. I'd appreciate any comments. :)

07-07-2008, 05:52 AM
I really like your colour choices and the light touch with the forest symbols. The map has a character and personality - I also like the way you've gone with the hill symbols rather than using the mountain symbols as well. It really works well this map.

No crits, I'm afraid. I wonder whether there is a name for the little 'sea contours' around the coastline. They work very effectively with this style of map.

07-07-2008, 08:24 AM
Here is a map I'm currently working on in cc3. I'm almost done with it, just making some final touches and stuff. I'm starting to fine tune this style of map a little I think. I'd appreciate any comments. :)

Very nice! Only one criticism: The background texture has a repeating pattern running north-south that really draws my eyes to it.

07-07-2008, 08:35 AM
The background texture has a repeating pattern running north-south that really draws my eyes to it.
Theres a scripty thing here to fix that if you want to...

07-07-2008, 12:18 PM
Thanks for the tip. I think that got rid of that repeating pattern pretty well. :)

07-07-2008, 10:48 PM
I like it a lot.

My only comment is not a criticism but a curiosity.

You have shown great taste in your font and detail on the map. Most of the script is horizontal and very well spaced out. I would be curious if you could represent the extents of Mercia and Wessex without the large labels that seem to swim against the detail in the rest of the map. Either some sort of faint regional shading or a delineated border. I feel like this could make the map more pleasing if it didn't let the horizontal detail become too strong.

As I said it's not a criticism.

Whats the background for the map?


07-08-2008, 12:26 AM
Hmmm...I had thought about making the 'regional labels' a lighter brown color so they seem to blend in with the detail some and wouldn't stand out so much. It might be hard to represent Mercia and Wessex with a 'delineated border' because I'm not sure they really had one.

The map is for an upcoming Ars Magica game set in the 11th century. I did some research to find the old anglo-saxon names for the cities to try and make it more authentic to the time period. The triangles (red labels) are covenants and the unlabeled one is where the PC's covenant will be. (They haven't come up with a name yet.)

Not sure how familiar you are with Ars Magica, but I make all of the maps for our games. I try to make the maps both functional and artistically appealing as we'll be staring at it for the next 9-12 months over the course of our game. In game wise, the map need to be a little flexible because we'll probably play through nearly 70-80 years and things can change a lot.

07-08-2008, 08:19 AM
If your setting time is 1033 is Canute king of 'England'? Are you going to have a Norman Invasion?

I've read Ars Magica but I've never found a group to play it with. It looks amazing.

Maps I have seen use the Thames River as a border for Wessex. Here's a fairly good one from 1000Ad. It's earlier but some things like Offa's Dike and some sort of Welsh presence would probably have been present. Check out the other maps on the site too.


You might also want to include the roads that were present and improved in the Roman period:


But this is all nit picking. I like the map.

If your other game maps are anywhere near this good I'd love to see them!


07-08-2008, 10:39 PM
I've actually seen all of those maps at anglo-saxons.net...they are amazing, and all hand drawn. I somewhat used them as reference, actually.

That map of the old roman roads is a good one though. I hadn't seen that one...I might just add some roads to the map.

We are both going to handle the Norman invasion and a struggle for the throne. I think Canute is the king of England at the start though. There are going to be two of us running the game together...and he is responsible for a lot of the more 'mundane' things. (in Ars Magica terms, that means actual historical events and what not outside of the scope of magi, who are not supposed to meddle in things like that).

As a group, Ars Magica is probably the game we play more than any other. We were playtesters on the current version and have run like 3 or 4 campaigns since then.

Here is the map I made for the campaign we are just now finishing up.

07-09-2008, 01:11 AM
Very, very pretty!

One thing you may be able to make plot from (or your friend might?) is that Canute was King of much of Scandinavia at the same time he was king of the Danelaw.

Of course rulership is as much about retaking authority as claiming it.

You could have some plots that stretch the idea of 'England' into the Norse territories... ie treasure\hoards\magic that is transported from one place to a 'safer' place or important elements that are not in Britain. It would be interesting to promote the mindset that, in this period, England was very much a Norse Holding and 'home' might not have been London but....?

Also, as his forces were thinned so might his authority.


07-09-2008, 08:12 AM
I personally really like this map. I didn't notice the repeating pattern in the first posted draft until it was pointed out and then I couldn't help notice it. Glad you got that worked out.

Ars Magica always sounded like such a fun concept game. Here's to a successful game. :)

07-31-2008, 06:15 PM
Great looking map. Did you free form the shorelines? I have wnated to do something with CC2 for my South of France Ars saga, but the scope is so daunting. Great job.

07-31-2008, 07:30 PM
I just stumbled across this thread and I love your map. I am about to start a D&D campaign set in 1043 England and I will looting ideas from your map ruthlessly. My game will be relatively straight D&D, but with a Viking/Saxon flavor with just a hint of Norman seasoning. You have me curious about Ars Magica now, I want to see how a campaign proceeds in such a long timeline.

As for the map, I expect to work in a tighter area of the midlands, roughly Leicester to York cut across the middle to include the Peaks and some of the Fenlands. I expect the Peaks to be where most of the action is. I am curious about your naming, can you point me to a source for the period names of the towns and cities? The map mentioned above at the Anglo-Saxon site uses modern names, I would love to use period ones.