Questions tagged [maps]

For questions about maps used for informational purposes, representing areas like star clusters, worlds, cities, and interior complexes. Not to be confused with the [battle-map] tag, which is about maps designed to be used with miniature-scale combat to represent the battlefield.

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How should I introduce map drawing to my players?

I DMed my first session last week. We are playing the Lost Mine of Phandelver adventure from the D&D 5e Starter Set. My players haven't yet entered the first "dungeon" but will likely do so next ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of DMs showing a map of the city to the players?

I am going to start DMing Tomb of Annihilation soon; my question is mostly about the cities of Baldur's Gate, Nyanzaru, and Omu. I see two options on how I can introduce the city to them: I could ...
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Is Forgotten Realms geo-location data copyrighted, or free to use?

I am in the process of creating a gis map of Toril, starting from the Faerun Continent. (More details are in this question on GIS.SE: Starting a QGIS project for a fantasy world map from raster images....
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Am I understanding this Storm King's Thunder map wrong?

My group will soon be finished with Lost Mine of Phandelver, and I've been told Storm King's Thunder is a great next campaign to run. I am currently building maps in Roll20 and noticed that in one ...
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What official descriptions & maps exist for Neverwinter around 1489DR?

Thanks to the Spellplague and the Second Sundering the city of Neverwinter has gone through massive changes since the previous editions. Thus much of the information about it, that was valid in ...
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Where is Laerakond (“Returned Abeir”) after the Second Sundering?

The Forgotten Realms wiki entry on Laerakond says: Laerakond [...] was a large, horseshoe-shaped landmass, west of the Trackless Sea and north of the Great Sea. (...) Laerakond was located near ...
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Are there any official maps of the Seventon Alliance?

I have checked the AD&D books Netheril: Empire of Magic and Lost Empires of Faerun, and the 3E book Grand History of the Realms. Are there any official maps of the Seventon Alliance and the ...
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Are there any official maps of the Netherese Empire?

I have checked the AD&D books Netheril: Empire of Magic and Lost Empires of Faerun. Are there any official maps of the Netheril empire?
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Where is Madame Freona's Tea Kettle in the Tyranny of Dragons (ToD) Adventurers League stories?

I have this map of Phlan: It does not list Madame Freona's Tea Kettle, however. In Defiance in Phlan, it only describes the Tea Kettle as follows: Madame Freona’s Tea Kettle (and Freona ...
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How can I manage a shared player map?

I'm running a West Marches style game and I'd like for players to have a shared map they can edit. What's a good way to handle this in a way that can be shared with all the potential players between ...
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Do the map scales suggested in the DMG tie into any rules?

The D&D Fifth Edition Dungeon Master's Guide on p14 suggests using three map scales: Province - 1 mile per hex, 5 miles per inch Kingdom - 6 miles per hex, 30 miles per inch Continent - 60 miles ...
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How do I know what terrain is where in the Forgotten Realms?

I am a DM using the Storm King's Thunder adventure book, and the party is currently in the midst of the very open-ended Chapter 3, as they wander around various places interacting with the world of ...
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Why can't WoC make up their minds and publish an Official map of Faerun? [closed]

The few maps they have vary greatly. For example, sometimes the Anauroch is like an ellipse, sometimes it's almost u-shaped, extending past some of the northern mountain ranges. The Dales, Moonsea and ...
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Running Ultimate Campaign kingdom building rules on square rather than hex tiles

Nowadays I primarily play online and I've been finding that Google Docs is probably the best resource for handling mapping needs. It's even robust enough that it can be made visually appealing. The ...
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Miles per hex on Fantasy World Generator maps

I have started using http://5e.d20srd.org/fantasy/world/ to try to make a good D&D world. Problem is it doesn't say how many miles per hex is. Does anyone know the answer?? If you use Earth as a ...
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Scales of War Maps

I'm a DM about to start a campaign of Scales of War with my group. I have all of the stuff ready, except for the maps. I purchased a DDI Subscription through Digital River, but when I download the ...
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How do I give dungeons sensible layouts that are still gameable?

When creating dungeons, I like to try to give them a history beyond "old place with traps and monsters and gold", since I like everything to feel real and have a purpose. However, whenever I try to ...
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Where can I find a high-resolution full map of Toril? [closed]

Is there anywhere I can find a full map of Toril? I'd like one with Kara-tur, Faerun, etc in a good resolution, at around the Time of Troubles. Instead I just find low resolution maps like this one, ...
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A question about fantasy map making [closed]

I'm a budding book-writer, YouTuber and game idea person, and I am wanting to make a fantasy map, but alas, I am a broke person. And I am wanting to make a good map for some fantasy/RPG worlds. Is ...
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What do jagged lines crossing a corridor mean on this old D&D map?

Looking at the map for area A and area C of I1 Dwellers of the Forbidden City, there are several markings that are not on the legend for the map. In each case, a corridor is interrupted by a zigzag ...
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Is there an official Forgotten Realms map for D&D 5e?

Is there an official Forgotten Realms map out for D&D 5e yet? Any book or map I can purchase if it is not available online? As of now, I have the Starter Set which comes with the just the Sword ...
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How strictly should I obey the “Updating the Campaign Map” instruction in Dungeon World?

Dungeon World has the following instruction regarding the game world: The campaign map is updated between sessions or whenever the players spend significant downtime in a safe place. Updates are ...
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to share or not to share maps with players [closed]

Being a GM who loves cartography, architecture and drawing, I often have amazing (battle-)maps for my players whereabouts (cities, dungeons, rooms, a lighthouse, a long-forgotten overgrown jungle ...
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How to create A4-sized hex paper with numbered hexes? [closed]

I'd like to draw a setting map on hex paper with numbered hexes for the purposes of hexcrawling. A google search resulted in several sources for hex papers without the numbering. To be more explicit, ...
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Is there an existing buff I can give to my PCs for using a general map of locations item? [closed]

I am currently running the Lost Mine of Phandelver campaign and I am considering the idea of retrieving a general map of locations as a hook to get my players to visit Daran Edermath in Phandalin (he'...
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Travel to Aerenal from Khorvarie (Eberron intercontinental travel)

I can't seem to find a map that gives me distances to and from Aerenal and Khorvarie, nor a set cost. Can anyone help?
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What is the name of the mountains/hills northwest of Secomber?

What is the name of this mountain/hill chain, northwest of Secomber? I can't seem to find any information on them, much less their name. Map excerpt from free map of NW Faerûn published by WotC
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How do you represent sloping topography on a battle mat?

So, the vast majority of combat happens on flat environments, but most real-world environments are topographically variable. They have hills, and trenches, and slopes, and stuff. I have no trouble ...
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What are some good resources for designing maps (regional, provincial, dungeon, etc)? [closed]

Alright, I hope this question is narrow enough in scope that it's alright for RPG.SE. What I am asking for is a list of resources such as essays, books, blog posts, articles, how-to's, etc., that ...
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Where is Toralth in Northeastern Tethyr?

I'm looking to send a party through the Wyrmskull Throne in the Forgotten Realms AD&D 2nd edition. The adventure begins on page 11 talking about: ... a chance to explore the undersea world ...
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Are any of the maps in the Lost Mine of Phandelver for PC eyes?

I know the book says the maps are for DM eyes only. However, the Phandalin town map seems like it was meant for the players to see. Am I missing something revealing on the town map or can I show it to ...
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Where to find industrial/futuristic tilesets and graphics for maptool (for free) [closed]

I need maptool graphic/tileset packs to make my own maps. I've been looking on RPGtools forums and other sites, but most threads are long dead and the links don't work. Furthermore, most of the assets ...
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Where can I find maps of Rifts Earth?

Where can I find maps of Rifts Earth, especially political maps that show the borders of North American nations like the CS, the Manistique Imperium, the Federation of Magic, etc. around 110 P.A. ...
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Where can I find a free post apocalyptic map generator online? [closed]

I'm trying to make a map for a post apocalyptic idea I have. The landscape is your typical barren frozen wasteland caused by radiation and a large drop of temperature. I need to make a map based on ...
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Is there a Twiddla-like web based drawing service with selective viewing permissions?

I am running a forum-based RPG and we are using a jpg map, with the hurdle of having to draw on it using Paintbrush and then uploading it to the forum whenever the players want to move characters or ...
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Where to find a good map generator for D&D [closed]

I'm trying to find a good map generator for d&d 5e towns. I did find one good one but it couldn't make a small enough town. It also can't be one that just generates text about the town, I've found ...
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Accurate Population Scale of Forgotten Realms Cities

Do the maps of cities in the 3rd Edition Forgotten Realms Campaign Books accurately reflect the statistics of those cities? I recently decided to use the city of Everlund from the Forgotten Realms ...
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Modern floorplan generator? [closed]

What I'm looking for is a tool to generate for me floorplans and maps for a wide array of situations. Home and office interiors are foremost, towns, streets, cities, and more are desired. There are ...
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I desire a tool with which to map the void

For a potential upcoming Traveller campaign, I would like to make a map. Since Traveller's got quite good support for generating maps already, I figured I might see if I could go one further by ...
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Player maps - draw beforehand or during exploration? [duplicate]

I'm currently creating some maps (dungeon, city) for a new 5e adventure I'm going to DM in a few weeks, and I stumbled upon a slight problem with player maps; Am I supposed to give them a map of the ...
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Is there a map for the feywild equivalent of Faerûn?

It is stated somewhere between the books in D&D 4e that the Feywild is a lot like Toril when its about its geographical shape. Even though, it isn't the same. And I'm looking for those small ...
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Is there a google earth style map for Shadowrun 2050?

I started a campaign in Shadowrun 4e 2050 and would love to be able to send my players to a geography source without having them wade through the books. It occurred to me that a custom Google Earth ...
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Are there any big, pre-made city campaign maps? [closed]

I'm currently looking to create my first pbp campaign, which will be steampunk horror-themed survival as they fight to escape a labyrinthine underground city, but I am stuck on a way to map the place ...
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Earth height-maps, with adjustable sea/fog level

I like the Eleven Pillars idea, hinted at the linked post, and I would like to adapt it to out Earth. In order to do that, I'd need something like a heightmap, with adjustable sea level, to simulate ...
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The Shotgun Diaries - Gameplay on a map (detailed vs. high-level vs. none) [closed]

I was thinking of playing on a real map - perhaps even using Google Maps or Google Street View as we're playing? Since there's no GM preparation necessary, using real locations might help give ...
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Where can I observe a world's creation as it happens?

The Adventurer Conquerer King System has specific and detailed instructions on how to map and detail a setting for use in play, and I'm trying to get the hang of them. Unfortunately, not having a real ...
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Is there a topographical map of Ilmurea that provides height indicators?

I'm DM'ing book 5 of the Serpent's Skull campaign. Although I have the Serpent's Skull Poster Map Folio, its Ilmurea map doesn't help with determining the height of key buildings and the underground ...
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How can you use isometric maps (or other tricks for addressing 3 dimensions) for miniatures?

I remember in the 90s isometric projection, 3/4-view 3D-on-2D maps became briefly popular in published game books, then all but disappeared. Watching "The Desolation of Smaug" I became aware that I ...
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Tile mapping to share a map online - how do I do it? [closed]

I'd like to share this very complex continent/dungeon map I've created online, and the way I'd ideally like to do it is through tiling and Leaflet. I love the "see only broad details, then see greater ...
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How do I create a treasure map for a pirate campaign?

In my pirate campaign, one of my players has a part of a treasure map and the other parts will be discovered; together they will contain a riddle. I'm not good at drawing things and have never made ...