View Full Version : NW Charedon

11-26-2008, 12:45 AM
The only thing that I had in mind when I started this was to experiment with a regional style. I had done continents in the satellite style for years and over the summer started doing cities so that left the in-between regional map (I haven't even thought about doing encounter maps).

Starting with my normal (artistic-satellite) style this began to take on a new look when I first put the rivers in. They looked a bit "cartoony" or "video gamey" to me and that, in turn, led to the cities being even more so. Then I put down my icons to designate areas of interest. When I started labeling I didn't have anything particular in mind until I had an idea to do something which I had never seen but thought might be cool...big ole carved stone text for the labels similar to looking at Stonehenge in an ISO view. 3d programs really test my pea brain so I tried to do something similar entirely within Photoshop. Having these big carved-stone looking city names I decided to redo the cities in a more isometric look, again staying entirely within Photoshop. Having faux 3d cities names and cities I had to redo the icons for the areas of interest and luckily I had some old Google SketchUp images to import.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and hope you all like it as well.

~The Ascension

11-26-2008, 08:14 AM
I like it. It captures the eye.

The colours and 3d aspect really emphasize the stoniness of it.

I especially like the Standing Stones and some of the place objects.

Any chance you could post em as PNGs?


Steel General
11-26-2008, 09:14 AM
IT'S TOO DARN DARK!! :D (just kidding)

This looks really great.

11-26-2008, 11:16 AM
I love the chance you took with the lettering. The map is too dark when viewed smaller, but when you zoom in it is perfect. I would be concerned about printing being too dark though. Great map.

11-27-2008, 10:18 AM
I like it, but i can't quite make out the national boundaries

11-27-2008, 01:33 PM
Wow, you have really good eyes to even begin to make them out...I didn't put any in :) This is the northwest section of a kingdom so, at most, I'd put in duchy and barony lines but I didn't want to overload the map so I left 'em out.

11-29-2008, 10:43 AM

I like it, but I have a question - are the white areas supposed to be clouds, or mountains?

I think its very cool-looking, but I would dread printing out something that dark - thats a real Ink-eater there. Visually, however, its stunning.

07-07-2009, 04:04 PM

Soon you will be able to explore NW Charedon in an upcoming video game from Dynamic Adventures Inc. I have purchased the map from Ascension and it will be featured as the world map in ... Well you will have to wait for the title and release date, but I will be sure and post on the Guild when it is coming out. You can check out our current game ZenHak (http://marketplace.xbox.com/en-US/games/offers/00000001-0000-4000-8000-0000585501c5?cid=SLink) on Xbox Community Games while you wait. Now I am back to code, code, and more code.



03-31-2010, 02:50 AM
Where's the map?

03-31-2010, 08:39 AM
can't see it too. :(

04-01-2010, 04:48 PM
Sorry that I didn't respond sooner, my keyboard has been shut down by dumb Microsoft updates...got a new one now. At any rate, the map had to be taken down because Zenfar bought it to use in a game that he his developing for some Xbox online thing.

04-01-2010, 10:41 PM
Well got profit then!

04-06-2010, 04:46 PM
Ascension, in the future please don't sell your maps until I have had a chance to look at them. :)

I cannot kick the feeling that I have missed out on seeing a real beauty here. :(

04-06-2010, 04:48 PM
I dunno, it was my second or third map here. I could mail it to ya. Once the game ever gets done I'll put it back up...not sure if the guy is even going to go ahead with it or not or if he ever comes here anymore.

07-15-2010, 12:03 AM
Well it took a long time but the map is now part of an iPhone game, check it out here:


In the credits I put Map by Ascension! I may do an X-Box Indie games port later. The name of the game is Archers and Alchemist.

07-15-2010, 02:31 AM
Hey, alright, cool beans. Hope it sells well for ya. Can I put the map back up or do you want to keep that a secret still?

07-15-2010, 07:37 AM
Still like to keep it secret, but for for any iPhone, iPod touch, iPad owners on Cartographers' Guild here are some free codes for the game:

PM Zenfar to get codes

Plus if you want to check out the map go to this link you will be able to see parts of the map and how the look in the game:


If any other map makers need free codes let me know I can get a few more, especially you Ascension!



07-15-2010, 08:44 AM
Hi- I removed the codes - and suggested people PM you for them to stop search bots from finding them, OK?

-Rob A>

07-15-2010, 11:16 AM
Good move Rob thanks!

07-15-2010, 05:45 PM
I'd take you up on that if I owned an iAnything. I don't own a phone of any kind, cell or land. :) It's cool, we'll wait for a year or two.

11-12-2011, 09:05 PM
NW Charedon is featured in Brigands and Barbarians iPhone and I am working on an iPad version as well. It is a great map for mobile devices due to the lush colors and large fonts. Thanks again Ascension! If anybody wants promo codes you can Tweet me @RealZenfar


03-26-2012, 09:50 PM
Brigands and Barbarians HD for the iPad is starting to come together, it is tough when you only have late nights to work on your game. The map looks great on the iPad (version 1). Need to decide if I am going to support pinch to zoom or not...

11-21-2012, 05:58 PM
Charedon lives on the iPad!!! This map looks beautiful on my old iPad 1 (you can tell I am an indie developer) and it looks even more beautiful on the Apple App Store check it out here:

Brigands and Barbarians HD (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/brigands-and-barbarians-hd/id574127942?ls=1&mt=8)

You can scroll the map just like a map in Google maps, I haven't added pinch to zoom yet but will. It takes a long time to get these RPGs out especially with only late night coding sessions to work on them with, but it is worth it.

02-10-2013, 09:10 AM
http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8496/8403597018_7814e22dbe_b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/48828311@N03/8403597018/)
Brigands and Barbarians World Map in Action (http://www.flickr.com/photos/48828311@N03/8403597018/) by Zenfar and Ascension (http://www.zenfar.com/), on Flickr