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Publius
07-27-2007, 11:05 AM
This forum was looking a bit forlorn, so here is a little something I whipped up for a game last week. I didn't spend much time on it since it was entirely for "personal consumption" and meant to be sent to the PCs for their perusal via email.

A general map of a dead colony world and a specific map showing the site the players were headed for in the game. Both are done for black and white (or nearly so) in my minimalist style.

Background (unnecessary I guess for these forums, but none the less...)

My group is presently playing Serenity (based on the Firefly universe). The game takes place after the movie, so the revelations of the movie have occurred (including that all but a tiny portion of the Miranda colony perished when the 'Pax' was released into the air by the government to keep a lid on the aggression of those that lived there down -- most died the others.... oi). A new government in Parliament, in order to stifle criticism and balm the dissenters in the Rim Worlds, sent a massive fleet to Miranda where the Reavers were located only to find it abandoned (apparently).

Now that the Reavers have been "chased out" (only they haven't shhh) of that area of space by the full weight of the Alliance military, salvage operations have opened up, creating a boom economy for the nearby settlement Lao Ma (which I have posted elsewhere) where many of the salvage dogs congregate. It is kind of Deadwood in space.

In their latest Adventure, the PCs stumbled on a slave ring that had taken one of their NPC dependents when the PCs were off mucking about. The PCs traced the slavers to a salvage site on Miranda and the following maps were done (fast in one case) and provided to the PCs...

RPMiller
07-27-2007, 12:51 PM
"You must spread rep around..."

Very nice! I'm currently in a Firefly game on Hero Central. I really like the setting a lot and may just have to pick up the "official" book at some point. Although we are using the Hero system for our game and it is different in some ways from canon it still has the same feel to it.

Your background info and the maps give that same sort of feel.

ravells
07-27-2007, 02:49 PM
I really like them, especially the frames. They just look so modern and cool.

Ravs

Duvik
07-28-2007, 01:21 AM
Very nice looking maps that certainly fit the flavor of Serenity. I played in a short lived but very fun while it lasted play by post for SerenityRPG and had a great time. I've still got the sourcebook and now I'm gonna go pick it up and lay down for some refreshing methinks.

Meanwhile, here's a link to an image I created for said play by post. It was a prototype ship another girl dreamed up. I was going to skin it and make it look more finished but... the dream died and... skinning is tough stuff to get right on a 3d image.

http://www.thetangledweb.net/forums/album_pic.php?pic_id=41

Publius
07-29-2007, 11:56 AM
Thanks folks!

Yeah, the Serenity rules are far from perfect, but they have a good cinematic feel and the flow of the game is important tin this style of campaign. I am of course (as you may know from seeing me over at the Hero Boards RP) a huge fan of HERO, but a few of the players are not :(

The map actually started for a project for HERO that was rejected in the early stages. I needed an urban setting for my game though and so pressed it into use here.

Thanks for noticing the frames, I'm not a huge frame-oriented person, I use them rarely, but given the spare nature of the maps I needed something to pick them up a bit, make it more visually interesting. While changing the map, adding more details (which I had intended to do before the project got scrapped) would have made sense, it would have also taken extra time. So I built a Frame. After drawing the other map I cut the frame up so that I could re-size the edges. Had I more time I might have made some sort of pattern for the gaps between frame sections.

Publius
07-29-2007, 11:57 AM
Very nice looking maps that certainly fit the flavor of Serenity. I played in a short lived but very fun while it lasted play by post for SerenityRPG and had a great time. I've still got the sourcebook and now I'm gonna go pick it up and lay down for some refreshing methinks.

Meanwhile, here's a link to an image I created for said play by post. It was a prototype ship another girl dreamed up. I was going to skin it and make it look more finished but... the dream died and... skinning is tough stuff to get right on a 3d image.

http://www.thetangledweb.net/forums/album_pic.php?pic_id=41
Looks like a great start to me! I have never been able to figure out 3d, but I have never tried hard enough either (something bright and shiny always seems to distract me).