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JasonUncensored
05-02-2009, 08:24 AM
Hail, and well met, illustrious Cartographer's Guild!
I've been browsing this website for a day or three now and my mind has been BLOWN.
I'm a 25-year-old lad who DMs D&D. I work from 11pm to 7am at a hotel, so I generally get about 4-6 hours every night in which to work on my campaigns, but I have no available computers at work to speak of, so my medium of choice is a SPIRAL DRAWING NOTEBOOK and CRAYOLA COLORED PENCILS.
It's not the most refined technique, but my players never see most of my maps anyway.*
My favorite part of map-making is making sure everything makes sense in a somewhat-realistic way, even in a magical setting. Once you pass a well-concealed trap, you're not likely to find any stupid kobolds, there can be no island with nothing but carnivores on it, and intelligent races tend to live amongst their own kind(it makes finding restaurants and bathrooms much easier).
So salutations once again, and thanks for having me. I'll be on my best behavior.*

*lies

Ascension
05-02-2009, 08:59 AM
Welcome to the guild. Poke around and see what interests ya and have some fun. Chime in as often as you wish, just try to be positive.

NeonKnight
05-02-2009, 12:35 PM
Welcome to the guild!

I Still have Crayola pencils specifically for Maps ;)

Steel General
05-02-2009, 12:37 PM
Welcome Aboard!

Doesn't matter what you use, even a sharpie on the inside of an empty cereal box can be used to make something cool! :)

Novarri
05-02-2009, 03:52 PM
Ah! Another person who sweats the small stuff. Campaigns take forever just trying to figure out how the ecology works, who eats whom, how the food source gets renewed, etc. etc.

Spiral drawing notebook + crayola colored pencils sounds like a pretty awesome combination to me. I mean, for all the software I have, my favorite method for drawing large-scale maps is a trusty mechanical pencil and a sheet of paper. I can only imagine that color helps to flesh out a lot of the details that, on mine, look kinda lacking.

I really want to see some of these maps, and especially the explanations for their realism.

P.S. It's a conspiracy: kobolds are smarter than they say they are, that's why they have epic traps.

JasonUncensored
05-02-2009, 09:23 PM
Thanks for the warm welcome!


P.S. It's a conspiracy: kobolds are smarter than they say they are, that's why they have epic traps.

I assumed that kobolds just recklessly move into abandoned dungeons and crypts for the hell of it.

Novarri
05-02-2009, 10:16 PM
I assumed that kobolds just recklessly move into abandoned dungeons and crypts for the hell of it.

FOR RENT: Dungeon, located central to small village for raiding, a bit of a fixer-upper, but you'll love it right away! With the right decor, you can make the dank, rough stone walls just whisper warmth and comfort!
Asking price: 50cp/month, paid to White Dragon Apartments, Inc.
Beware, small chance of TPK by heroes.

JasonUncensored
05-02-2009, 10:57 PM
Note: A Gelatinous Cube moves through the entire facility once per day. Guests and Residents risk being digested.

Ascension
05-02-2009, 11:53 PM
Awesomely funny, fantasy want-ads.

Novarri
05-03-2009, 01:20 AM
You've inspired me, haha. Have a want ad!

And hey, you could use the gelatinous cube as a selling point! Sure, it'll kill you - but it'll also keep your floors really, really clean.

JasonUncensored
05-03-2009, 05:30 AM
I like that the most dangerous part is in the small print at the VERY end; "talk to the green dragon."

Gandwarf
05-03-2009, 06:13 AM
You've inspired me, haha. Have a want ad!

And hey, you could use the gelatinous cube as a selling point! Sure, it'll kill you - but it'll also keep your floors really, really clean.

That's a very cool and humorous drawing. Still can't rep :P

JasonUncensored
05-03-2009, 08:48 AM
I definitely need to get a scanner, or there's no way I can share my silly maps.