Wandering Star - Main Map
This is the starting overland map for my soon to be underway 4E D&D campaign.
The map is essentially the completion of what I was attempting to do for the April Map challenge. I just didn't have the time then to finish it.
I put this together using a combination of Adobe Illustrator CS2 and GIMP 2.0. I used GIMP to handle the layout of the map, masking and transparency and the blur effects. I also used GIMP in April to generate the fractal based sea and land backgrounds.
I used CS2 to trace and modify all the text and "icons" on the map. I have a hex version of this map that I put together using Illustrator. Let me tell you, making a bunch of uniform hex's in anything besides a drafting program like AutoCAD is a real hassle.
Most of the "icons" on the map were scavenged from the internet. The animals are from a national geographic coloring book, the pirate ship is from another coloring book, the skeleton is from Mason Studios and the compass rose is from MyraPedia. The little town icons and the forest icons were taken from a de Bry map I found online, but I had to heavily modify both in CS2 to get them to look like the other icons.