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ravells
08-07-2007, 07:33 PM
Here is mine, which was a wedding present from my wife, Felicity. It has many resonances. It is of the East Indies and was drawn in the 1880s by an English Solicitor, John Blair.

This was very apt as I was born in Malaysia and am now an English Solicitor (although not born in the 1800s).

The map is an original, so I shudder to think how much she paid for it - she still won't tell me.

Apologies for the flash on the glass, but it was a spur of the moment thing.



Ravs

RPMiller
08-07-2007, 07:51 PM
What is an English Solicitor? To us Americans that means, salesperson/marketer.

ravells
08-07-2007, 08:35 PM
It's a lawyer...probably even worse!

Ravs

Torq
08-08-2007, 03:19 AM
What a coincidence. I'm a South African Advocate (the English might say "Barrister"), but I'm not above a little soliciting every now and then.

Very nice idea for a thread, but is it limted to maps that you own? Can it be your favourite map from literature etc?

ravells
08-08-2007, 06:19 AM
Heh, and we're both Colonials too!

No limitations at all - whatever your favourite map is, post it here!

Ravs

landorl
08-09-2007, 03:28 PM
If you ever played MERP(Middle Earth Role Playing), you will see my favorite maps. The maps produced for that game were some of my favorites ever. I found that I could just sit there and stare at them and find myself wondering "what's in that valley, or over that hill, or in that ruins...etc." Unfortunately that game system died in the 90s, and no more of those great maps are to be made.

I believe that the artist was Pete Fenlon, and he did a great job!

loydb
08-10-2007, 01:45 PM
This is probably my favorite map that I've done.

http://www.blankenship.com/cadwyn/maps/photoshop/miniplane.png

Torq
08-10-2007, 04:41 PM
I agree landorl. Those Middle Earth maps were my favourite. I had delayed posting in this thread because I couldn't remember the artist's name. Pete Fenlon sounds right. I have several of them, but no scanner. May be a copyright issue too.

Torq

ravells
08-10-2007, 06:26 PM
I loved the MERP maps too. Even used to play it when I was in my teens. They were one of the reasons why I fell in love with Cartography.

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jaerdaph
08-23-2007, 02:15 PM
I think my favorite map of all time would have to be Tolkien's map of Middle Earth:

http://files.meetup.com/238907/middle%20earth%20map%20wallpaper.jpg

It was my first exposure to fantasy maps more years ago now than I wish to count.

Another favorite was the 3D perspective rendering of Castle Ravenloft from the classic I6 AD&D module.

ravells
08-23-2007, 07:30 PM
I think that's true for many of us, jaerdaph. My earliest wow moment with maps was looking at My dad's reader's digest (I think it was) Atlas of the world which had relief maps of land and ocean (very much like Fractal Terrains produces on call) but in the 1970s it was mind blowing. It was a huge Atlas (to a seven year old) and had a cross section of the sea with pictures of fish from the surface to the spooky deep ocean ones (I loved looking at those) like the Angler fish.

Ravs

jaerdaph
09-05-2007, 08:59 PM
I think that's true for many of us, jaerdaph. My earliest wow moment with maps was looking at My dad's reader's digest (I think it was) Atlas of the world which had relief maps of land and ocean (very much like Fractal Terrains produces on call) but in the 1970s it was mind blowing. It was a huge Atlas (to a seven year old) and had a cross section of the sea with pictures of fish from the surface to the spooky deep ocean ones (I loved looking at those) like the Angler fish.

I always loved that sense of wonder and mystery you get every time you pour over a new map, be it of a real place or imagined. I also love historical maps, especially those of urban areas, and try to image what life was like back then - what would people have seen that I can still see today, and what did they see that is no longer standing. I love collecting digital and printed maps of my home, New York City, and seeing the changes over time, and then trying to research how and why these changes came about.

But considering what brings us all to this forum, I'm probably preaching to the choir. :)

Midgardsormr
09-09-2007, 01:14 PM
Here are a couple of images of a replica map I enjoy, original by John Speed in 1610. Forgive the quality of the photos--I was shooting through glass and in a bit of a hurry.

Fister
09-16-2007, 10:02 AM
The historical figures bordering the map are an excellent idea to incorporate into a fantasy map. What better way to introduce ruling figures of a region to lowly PCs. The hand drawn terrain flows so seamlessly it really is amazing to examine.