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BlackMojo
07-19-2009, 08:09 PM
Hey Everybody,
I have a DnD Campaign coming up, and I drew up this map on the region that the Players will be in. Its just a personal reference, so its not too pretty, but I thought some of you might be interested. Sorry about the quality... I had to use my digital camera.

Ascension
07-19-2009, 08:20 PM
You could turn that into something really pretty if you wanted to. Leave things mostly alone just add some "antique-ing", border, compass, and scale. Good stuff, man.

BlackMojo
07-19-2009, 08:23 PM
Hmm... do you mean by hand, or add those in with the computer?

Im planning on giving the players a copy thats all crumpled up with "bloodstains" on it during the session. I think it will fit well seeing how that middle section is controlled by warring clans.

Ascension
07-19-2009, 08:27 PM
Either way. By hand would involve either the old tea staining method or the old coffee grounds staining method plus wrinkling, ripping, folding, and burn spots. On the computer things are harder to do.

BlackMojo
07-19-2009, 08:28 PM
tell me about this "tea staining method"...

Ascension
07-19-2009, 08:46 PM
Make some tea. Wrinkle up the map and make it fit into the container with tea in it. Let sit for a while, 30 minutes maybe, results vary. Take out and let dry, some like to iron the map with a clothes iron. There are some links on the web on the precise methods and since my Google-Fu is rather crappy I'll let you look for them :)

BlackMojo
07-25-2009, 12:43 AM
Hey Ascension,
I took it up a notch from dousing it with herbal beverages to spending about 7 hours total figuring out gimp tutorials and doing it on the computer! This file will be invaluable to my campaign.

BTW: HUGE shoutout to Blamenck, Karro, and RobA cuz they can put up with me taking 3 or 4 pages of forum asking them questions. Good news: now i can do it by myself.

Gandwarf
07-25-2009, 07:11 AM
And for posting some maps, you get rep from me :D

Anyway, does this region contain natives or something?

BlackMojo
07-25-2009, 12:51 PM
Kinda... See, it was a large kingdom, but then the king left no will saying which of his sons gets the throne. So, in typical fantasy fashion, they had a huge war over it that basically destroyed society there. Now, criminals and merceneries live there to escape the law. There are some natives up towards the north.

I just realized I didnt label the rivers or ocean...

Edit: btw, iv seen lots of people with a little "river police" badge. How might I get one? i need to feed the ego.

Gandwarf
07-25-2009, 02:49 PM
Edit: btw, iv seen lots of people with a little "river police" badge. How might I get one? i need to feed the ego.

You need to get deputized by RobA, the head of the river police :)
The best way to get deputized is to help other people get their rivers in the right places, by commenting on their maps.

Ascension
07-25-2009, 04:52 PM
And demonstrate that you get yours right as well :)

BlackMojo
07-25-2009, 11:01 PM
Are there any mistakes in this one??? I figured out the rule about rivers not splitting downstream.

Ascension
07-26-2009, 01:30 AM
Nope, these look good. I meant getting them right on a consistent basis over a long time, not meaning that this had something wrong.

BlackMojo
07-26-2009, 03:54 PM
cool. Also, If anyone knows how to do swamp/marsh in Gimp, I would love to know!

Karro
07-28-2009, 12:10 PM
Glad to see you were able to get the GIMP figured out.

I'll eventually be adding some regions of swamp/marsh to my own map, but so far don't have a process worked out. Unfortunately, by the time I do, I suspect it will be too late to help you out with it.

RobA
07-28-2009, 02:27 PM
Try a yellow colour with small horizontal stippling for a swamp?

-Rob A>

LamilLerran
07-28-2009, 11:45 PM
cool. Also, If anyone knows how to do swamp/marsh in Gimp, I would love to know!

I've been trying to do the same thing, and I also was more or less following RobA's tutorial. What I'm currently trying is to continue to use the texture of a forest while changing the coloring from shades of green to a dark desaturated green -> dark desaturated brown gradient. I'm not thrilled with the results, but they're not atrocious. I've attached a sample from my map, and also the two colors I used.