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spiderfate
05-23-2009, 11:50 AM
many many years ago i read a series of choose your own adventure novels called Lone wolf. each novel had a map of a province of the continent of Magnamund. these maps wwere some of the best ive ever seen.

guyanonymous
05-23-2009, 12:39 PM
That is a gorgeous and imagination-inspiring map.

http://lonewolf.wikia.com/wiki/File:Magnamund.jpg

Sigurd
05-23-2009, 12:52 PM
I have to say that my favourite maps have all been tied to great stories.

I remember dreaming about Earthsea with Le Guin and wondering at a world made up mostly of islands.

http://scv.bu.edu/~aarondf/earthsea/earthsea.html

I think the biggest map in my head was the Lord of the Rings Map. I read The Hobbit first and I remember being impressed that the whole first book was such a small part of Tolkien's world. His story and world held so much that it seemed very real. The artwork was great too. Both maps were minimalist line art of great sensitivity. They reflected the sense of the stories they were illustrated and felt right.

I wonder sometimes if the lustrous full colour almost photo realistic maps are too much? Then I allow myself to be spoiled and just enjoy :).


Today I have to say my favourite fantasy map is probably...

the Next One....

Each time I find it.


.

PixelFish
05-23-2009, 01:45 PM
How can you choose just one map?

One of the most influential maps in my childhood was the map insert on the inside of David Arkenstone's album, In the Wake of the Wind, which was painted by Kenn Backhaus. Unfortunately there are no pictures of it on the internet that I could find. It's a very illustrative map of a fantasy land with a sort of Mediterranean feel.

I can also claim to have been very influenced by the maps of Elisa Mitchell from the Wheel of Time books, particularly the city maps. (They are the black and white ones at this link (http://www.wotmud.org/directory/maps.php).)

I also really dug the city map of Basilica in Orson Scott Card's Homecoming series.

Steel General
05-23-2009, 02:01 PM
I don't think I really have a favorite - in some ways the novels without maps (like Chronicles of the Black Company) prod me to picture the map in my mind based on the text rather than a graphical representation, but at the same time it would be nice to see what that particular world is supposed look like.

ironmetal250
05-23-2009, 02:19 PM
Map that came with Guild Wars: Nightfall

http://guildwars.incgamers.com/gallery/data/500/nightfallmap.jpg

Gandwarf
05-23-2009, 02:23 PM
I remain unimpressed by most maps in books...
The latest map I fell in love with:

http://marc-the-upstart.deviantart.com/art/Map-of-Chelemby-113271729

I would love to be able to map like that :D

Ascension
05-23-2009, 03:03 PM
Mine isn't really a map per se, but an image...blue marble. I could look at satellite shots of earth all day long (hence my style). The only 2 maps that I have any particular fondness for are the cloth map that came with Ultima 4 (still have my pewter ankh that came with it too) and the Shelley Shapiro maps for the Belgariad (mainly cuz I looked at them a million times).

spiderfate
05-23-2009, 03:04 PM
man some of those maps were pretty sweet. i really liked the nightfall one.

guyanonymous: that one was really good but i was thinking of the smaller regional maps, heres the first and most favorite:

http://draeli.com/fenrirx/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/lastlands.jpg

Midgardsormr
05-23-2009, 03:09 PM
I think the map that has most influenced me is Pete Fenlon's poster map of Middle Earth that came in my MERP boxed set, along with all the regional maps he made for that game. Someday I'm going to get that thing framed and hang it up, even with all the use it's seen.

As for a favorite, I don't think I could really choose. There are so many maps, and they all have a different sort of character. I obviously liked Elisa Mitchell's painting of "Randland" well enough to make an Illustrator rendition of it. Tolkien's original maps are beautiful, and, of course, there are many historical maps to admire. I have a print of one of John Speed's maps hanging in my bedroom that I quite like. I think I posted some snapshots of it here some time ago.

I haven't yet gotten around to going in, but there's an antique maps shop about two miles from my apartment that I've been looking forward to dropping in on. If I ever get a reprieve from homework, I'm walking down there to check it out, in the hopes of finding a new favorite cartographer. Unfortunately, I won't be able to afford to spend any money in there.

StillCypher
05-23-2009, 03:43 PM
Picking one is much to hard to do! I have a huge folder of maps I've collected -- some for reference purposes, some because they're just beautiful...

How about these two from deviantART?

http://jocarra.deviantart.com/art/The-Lost-World-Paruda-Map-114497940

http://fragless.deviantart.com/art/Map-of-Eltar-28208522

PixelFish
05-23-2009, 03:45 PM
Shelly Shapiro's mountains were probably an early influence on my mountains, as were her fen markers. (The little tufty plant things.) I went over to the bookshelf and grabbed my Belgariad omnibus, and sure enough, they're much like I remember.

Gandwarf
05-23-2009, 03:46 PM
Very good pick StillCypher!

spiderfate
05-23-2009, 05:00 PM
those were really cool stillcypher

Turgenev
05-23-2009, 05:59 PM
I'm not sure if I can pick a favourite but the black & white maps of Middle Earth (from the books) and the Harn maps certainly had a huge impact on my own style.

Ryan K
05-24-2009, 05:58 AM
I love this city-map from Perdido Street Station - China Mieville

It's one of those instances where just by looking at the map, you are introduced to the character that is the city itself - as sprawling and as complex in psyche as it's streets and suburbs.

ravells
05-24-2009, 06:21 AM
The Perdido street station map is one of my faves as well.

isomage
05-24-2009, 07:32 AM
The map from The Hobbit. Probably the first fantasy map I ever saw, introducing me to the very concept of a map of someplace imagined, and still among the most enthralling I've ever seen. Deciphering the runes for myself was a big part of it, but the style was beautiful -- particularly Erebor itself, and the flourishes like the spider web -- and the way it was bigger than the area it actually depicted, with references like "the Withered Heath, whence came the Great Worms", just made it a truly awesome map and a place from which the mind could begin to wander.

"Stand by the grey stone when the thrush knocks..."

PixelFish
05-24-2009, 03:24 PM
The Perdido Street Station map is pretty sweet. (Good book too, for people who haven't read it.)

ravells
05-24-2009, 05:33 PM
But yeah, the map from the hobbit was the one which seared mapping into my soul...closely followed by the LOTR map. My brother had the hardbacks with the big fold out onionskin paper maps at the back, they were gorgeous.

waldronate
05-24-2009, 06:15 PM
Hey look! It's starfish isle from the Wilbur tutorials there on that hobbit map! (well, that's what the original concept was).

Greason Wolfe
05-24-2009, 11:12 PM
Hrm, tough question there. I suppose if I had to pick just one map, it would probably be Middle Earth (in various incarnations). But, on a whole, several maps have pushed me into my own map making;

The Land (Thomas Covenant Series by Stephan Donaldson)
Pliocene Earth (Pliocene Exile series by Julian May)
Mithgar Maps (Denis McKiernan)
Early Shanara Maps (Terry Brooks)

And lest I forget . . .

My favorite city map of all time . . .

Sanctuary - Thieves Guild Books (edited by Robert Aspin)

Man, there are just so many of them that I can still picture in my head but can't remember where they came from. Even World of Greyhawk and Faerun maps have had their influence.

Like I said . . . Tough Question to answer.

GW

Krome
05-24-2009, 11:31 PM
My all time favorite published map appeared in the very last issue of Dungeon magazine. The world view of the Lands of Mystery, by Christopher West. That map was a work of art!

Ramah
05-26-2009, 01:50 PM
many many years ago i read a series of choose your own adventure novels called Lone wolf. each novel had a map of a province of the continent of Magnamund. these maps wwere some of the best ive ever seen.

Wow... this just took me right back. I read those books too (might even still have them in my parents' loft) and the Fighting Fantasy books.

I actually won a competition that was in the Lone Wolf books. I think it was in book 5 and you had to answer five questions, one from each book (but not in the correct order) and then complete the sentence...

"I like Lone Wolf books because..."

"... You're never alone with a Lone Wolf!" was my answer. :)

Won a ZX Spectrum 48k+

Ah... good times...

As to my favourite map then I'd have to go with the LOTR map. I remember reading the single volume paperback book (black with an image of mount doom on the front) when I was 13 and I'd spend ages studying the maps, flipping backwards and forwards as I was reading to make sure I was visualising it correctly.

EDIT: My word... I've just been to the wiki and seen that there were 28 Lone Wolf books published. :s I only had the first 7.

Oh... and you can download many of those books from here: http://www.projectaon.org/

Another series of "choose your own adventure" books that were awesome were the "Way of the Tiger" books. Man... they were fantastic. Hehe.

Christopher West
04-05-2010, 01:00 PM
My all time favorite published map appeared in the very last issue of Dungeon magazine. The world view of the Lands of Mystery, by Christopher West. That map was a work of art!

Thanks, Krome! I'm honored! :)

That map is up on my website now, by the way. First link in my fantasy map gallery:
http://www.mapsofmastery.com/fantasy.html

Aenigma
04-22-2010, 03:30 AM
For me, it's the map from 'The Wheel Of Time' :P I love its layout.

RecklessEnthusiasm
08-04-2011, 02:16 AM
I'd love to do a little threadomancy to get this going again! I probably have a couple hundred maps saved in my inspiration folder, but a few in particular come to mind:

If I could pick one map and style that I wish I could do it would be something heavily stylized drawn-look like this one (http://jonik9i.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=24#/d1prej0) or a really lush fantasy feel like this (http://firedudewraith.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d23fj35). Obviously, I have cartoony-style envy.

RobA
08-04-2011, 07:15 AM
I'd love to do a little threadomancy to get this going again! I probably have a couple hundred maps saved in my inspiration folder, but a few in particular come to mind:

... or a really lush fantasy feel like this (http://firedudewraith.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d23fj35). Obviously, I have cartoony-style envy.

I'll stick my foot in the fire here...

That's a real nice picture, but I wouldn't call it a map, because it doesn't provide any information. ;) Just one of my little pet peeves.

-Rob A>

jfrazierjr
08-04-2011, 07:27 AM
WOW... that last find is just awesome RE. The guy what did that painterly elven city is just amazing IMHO...
The map is something you can replicate(ie, I have confidence in ya!), it just takes a lot of practice and is much easier with a tablet...

EDIT: I agree with what RobA said though... the elven city is not a map.... just really cool art...

jfrazierjr
08-04-2011, 07:32 AM
BTW.. in his gallery is "map" of some tiles he did for a board game... very nice stuff there....

Ascension
08-04-2011, 03:54 PM
I had both of those as well before I lost my hard drive last week. Thanks for updating and letting me get them back.

RecklessEnthusiasm
09-18-2011, 03:05 PM
BTW.. in his gallery is "map" of some tiles he did for a board game... very nice stuff there....

Yes! He is amazing. I should drop him a line and see if ha has any tips for me/the guild!


I had both of those as well before I lost my hard drive last week. Thanks for updating and letting me get them back.

Yikes, hard drive loss is a hard thing to come back from! Anyway, glad to help!

I would upload a zip of my "inspiration" folder, but not all of the maps have signatures on them, so I wouldn't wanna redistribute art without giving credit. I bet if you pop onto some of the guild members' devientart 'favorites' galleries you can quickly recover the bulk of your missing files!

wally-d-feed
09-26-2011, 04:55 AM
Not exactly my favourite but one of the most influential maps in my life is the map of Aventurien blonging to the quite popular German pen&paper-game Das Schwarze Auge (the black eye).
http://www.wiki-aventurica.de/wiki/Datei:Aventurien2.jpg

Ascension
09-26-2011, 05:42 PM
That's a nice-looking map; I like the sound of Yeti Land...I wanna go there.