I am currently writing a dungeons and dragons campaign which I would like mapped to request. This isn't an add as of yet, more a query as I am unsure of the enterprise and am just looking at it as an option.
From what I can see, some people do do "dungeon maps" as well as traditional cartography maps. By which I mean squared maps for game play purposes. I would be looking for someone to make roughly 30 maps at A4 ((210 × 297 mmin size), with some A3 ones thrown in as well. But they don't all need to be done by the same person.
A few questions I have are, how much can you expect to pay per map on a commission, most of the comissions are negotiated via email so I can't tell much. Secondly, are there people on here who do comissions for RPG maps?
For anyone who I have managed to completely lose: here is an example of the dungeon tiles of which is the type of map I am after.
I would make them myself on the dozens of programs that exist out there, but I am going to need a heavy amount of towns and villages, and have found that these programs often struggle to do game scale rooftop images.
Question - dungeon maps or battlemaps?
There are a few folks here who will do dungeon maps and battle maps. I've done a few:
The one thing I want to caution you on is the objects. There are large libraries of objects available (dunjinni, etc.) that could be used, so you need to clearly specify if you need all original objects populating the maps or if such stock objects are allowed. (Plus if you are looking at selling these, you would need to ensure the person creating the maps respects the license of any such object clip-art they might use if not all created).
The price will be a reflection of this, of course. If you want all custom map objects then this will entail more effort and consequently a higher cost. Other factors include style (photo-realistic, or rendered vs. sketchy) and grid scale (5' per inch is common for battlemaps, 5' per 1/4" is common for dungeon layouts that tend to have few objects). What print resolution do you require?
Also, please provide a timeline of your needs, if possible.
You can take a look at my portfolio (click the cartocopia logo below) and use the "Request a Map" form to get hold of me if you want to discuss details (and are interested in my mapping style, of course).