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08-07-2009, 02:14 PM

First time poster, long time admirer and lurker!

The attached map was created by making a rough map by hand, scanning the map and manipulating it with Microsoft Word. I know it's cluttered but once its blown up to 11"x17" its not quite as bad.
Obviously this is no where near the quality of the maps posted by the amazing artists of CG but I thought it might be encouraging to others to see that you can make something servicable on a common application like Word.

The map expands on the Nevtir Vale in the D&D 4e Dungeon Masters guide.

Please be kind, I don't have any map making experience or actual software.


Steel General
08-07-2009, 02:18 PM
Welcome Aboard!

Now that's a first, a scanned hand-drawn map modified with MS-Word...kudos for even attempting it.

It's a nice little map, especially with using Word to manipulate it.

You may want to consider downloading the GIMP (it's free), and can do many of the things Photoshop can do (and some better).

08-07-2009, 02:21 PM
Hmm. I've done simple street-maps in Word, but this is definitely something unique and different. The handdrawn portion looks pretty good, btw, fairly classic in appearance.

08-07-2009, 02:46 PM
Lets give the man some rep then :)

08-07-2009, 03:21 PM
Gotta appreciate it. Its not the tools, but the inspiration and the person that counts!

-Rob A>

08-07-2009, 03:56 PM
I love the symbols on this, especially the towers of Avaellor.

Great work.

08-07-2009, 04:03 PM
Congrats! And Welcome to the Guild!

08-07-2009, 04:53 PM
Thank you all for your kind words!

Steel general, whats the GIMP?

Steel General
08-07-2009, 05:02 PM
Steel general, whats the GIMP?

GIMP is an open source graphics program, much like photoshop or paint shop pro - except that its free (gimp.org (http://www.gimp.org)).

There are many members here who use it.

08-07-2009, 08:13 PM
Full of character! Fantastic map, have some rep!

08-07-2009, 09:48 PM
Great stuff! I love it! Repped!

08-08-2009, 06:14 AM
62 rep with just one posted map... LOL
Seems like you are most welcome here.

08-08-2009, 06:28 AM
Holycarp, I had no idea you could do stuff like that in word :)

08-10-2009, 09:02 AM
Thank you all and thank you again!
I'll be starting on a second map in the series this week some time so we'll see how that goes! Thanks for the gimp tip! I'll check that out as well!

08-10-2009, 12:03 PM
It would totally rock if you could do a tutorial on that style of map making :)

08-10-2009, 02:58 PM
I can try though I've never done a tutorial before so it'll be rough!

08-10-2009, 03:02 PM
Anything would be appreciated :)

08-10-2009, 04:59 PM
Dang! never thought that not having Word on my Mac would be a drawback!
I just get text! :(

Nice names though...

08-12-2009, 09:57 AM
I will be starting the tutorial in the tutorial section of the forum today!

08-12-2009, 11:05 AM
Very nice! :)

08-13-2009, 04:38 PM
Here's the second Word Document map. There's a tutorial on how to make it in the tutorial section for those of you silly enough to try it! ;)

I must stress again this is nowhere near as pretty as the maps the other talented contributors put up here, I AM aware! I only put it up as a means to show everyone what you can do with minimal tools and a little patience. The one one thing I do like about these maps is the "Hobbity" look of them. Sort of simple and picturesque. I find my players like them because I can hand them the map and they feel like they're looking at the map through their characters eyes. After a minute of study, their imaginations are running wild!

Enjoy, and thanks again for all your kind words!

08-26-2009, 10:16 AM
Here's the third installment of the Word document maps, hope you enjoy!

09-03-2009, 02:32 PM
Here's the fourth map of the series. Hope you like! :)

09-03-2009, 02:59 PM
Very consistent style too, are you going to end up putting everything together as an ubermap someday?

That would rock, though it might take some fiddling with page settings and sizes.

09-03-2009, 03:19 PM
Probably not going to do the uber map thing. Old Cleghorn travels and maps in these sections and unless someone collects all his maps and sits down to make a world map, it won't happen for a long time! ;)

09-11-2009, 02:26 PM
I think this will be the eastern edge of the world Cleghorn explored.

09-11-2009, 03:14 PM
great work, altogether.

09-23-2009, 01:46 PM
Hope you're still enjoying the run folks!

09-23-2009, 01:58 PM
Nice stuff, I really like the ease of your coastlines. :)

09-28-2009, 10:55 AM
Here's the furthest southeast corner of the world.

10-01-2009, 04:51 PM
Here's the eighth map of the run :)

10-01-2009, 05:44 PM
Nice. I really love the consistent style, though I am still dazzled by the fact that they are presented using a word processor application.

In the last one a river splits into Liegos River and Red River. Note that in the real world such splits rarely happen and are temporary at best.
The same applies to the Easternempires map. The Gul'gorrant River splits south of the Howling Forest to form the Tiamat River.

Of course it is a fantasy world, and you may have reasons to do it different, but I thought you might want to know.

I guess it is one more map to go?
I made a "world map" out of sheer curiosity and I am looking forward to see it completed.

10-28-2009, 04:58 PM
Tear, ya, my bad...I mean...of course there's a reason the river splits...in two places on the map...thank you for giving me some campaign motivations!

Anyway, here's the last map. I think my next map will be of the under dark. Does anyone know if anyone's ever made a map of the drow world?