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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Where is the isle of Axard located?

Fizban's Treasury of Dragons puts the lair of Raulothim, an ancient Emerald Dragon, in the Pits of Stars: Raulothim is an ancient emerald dragon who dwells in an extinct volcano known as the Pit of ...
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Is the pure lake part of Darklake the same as Evermoors lake?

In the "Out of the Abyss" adventure module, there's a map with the Darklake in the Underdark, and in the middle of the "lake" there's what appears to be a lake. It looks to be the ...
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Where are the maps in the Dungeon Master's Guide from?

There are several maps in the Dungeon Master's Guide: a hex map of Daggerford and surroundings on page 14 a map of the elemental planes on page 57 a sample dungeon map on page 103 a beautiful town ...
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What tabletop setting (if any) is this 1980s map from?

My dad found a photo from his college D&D game, and we're wondering what setting this map on the wall might be from. The photo was taken in 1986, and my dad doesn't recall any specific setting ...
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is there a tool for making graph paper style maps? [closed]

Historically I have scanned my graph-paper maps into Photoshop Elements and cut them into pieces to include them in my campaign notes docs. This works fine, no problem. Recently I have started using ...
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How large is Al Amarja?

What are the physical dimensions of the island of Al Amarja, and its population? Any other specific information, such as other towns on the island, would be welcome.
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What was the first published map for an adventure?

What is the first officially published dungeon map from D&D? I believe there was no dungeon map in the first published book, but I'd like to know what the first map was that was published.
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Is there a complete map of Faerûn? [duplicate]

Is there a complete map of all known places in Faerûn? Many of the top-level maps don't have all locations (Helm's hold next to Neverwinter), Phandalin, and generally all of the locations that are ...
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Does properly exploring a hex help with navigation in the Tomb of Annihilation adventure?

I'm currently running Tomb of Annihilation for the first time and have a bit of an odd ask. I'm mainly asking this because one of my players is running a character who's really into maps and wanting ...
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Can Candlekeep be accessed by ship?

Candlekeep (a city on the Sword Coast in Forgotten Realms) is described as a fortress / library / castle on high cliffs. Does it have some form of a dock? If not, what is the nearest port for a ship ...
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Where is Zymorven Hall located?

I've found two maps of the Dessarin Vale, as shown below. The left one I'm almost sure of is an official map, although I do not know where it was published. The right one is an often found map, but I'...
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Calculating distance on a map [closed]

I'm running a campaign in the Sword Coast, and like to provide consistent travel distance and time to my players. As far as I could find, there are no distance charts. And even if there were, they are ...
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How can you tell the distances by road between the settlements of Ten-Towns in Icewind Dale?

I've read through Chapter 1 of Icewind Dale: Rime of the Frostmaiden and have not found any guidance on how to judge distances between the settlements of Ten-Towns. Other than a good old fashion ruler ...
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How can I identify the different terrains on the Chult map in Tomb of Annihilation?

At the back of the Tomb of Annihilation book, in Appendix B, there is a random encounters table for Wilderness Encounters on pp. 194-195. The different terrains listed in that table are as follows: ...
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How do I manage combat situations without a physical map? [duplicate]

I am about to start running a new DnD campaign and for the first time in a long time I am running it at a table with pencil and paper, in recent years players have had there own laptops at the table, ...
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Where in the Sargauth Level are the paths into Skullport?

In Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage and its Maps and Miscellany, there is a map of the Sargauth level and a map of the levels of Skullport. Skullport's maps show the five paths in and out: Shadow ...
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Is there a canon map/layout for the House of Inspired Hands?

The Gondar temple The House of Inspired Hands is in Waterdeep and appears in Waterdeep: Dragon Heist. This only contains a brief description of its exterior and interior, is there any more detailed ...
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Is there any more information about the mines seen on the map of Chult in Tomb of Annihilation?

In Tomb of Annihilation, in chapter 2, there is a map of Chult on p. 39, the "DM's version" with all of the hexes filled in and all of the locations named and displayed. However, although many of ...
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What is the name of the three small islands west of The Cloakwood (and Baldur's Gate)?

These islands just west of the Cloakwood and Baldur's Gate appear in every map I can find depicting the Sea of Swords, but are never tagged. Before you google, the islands just southwest of The ...
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Is there a 3.5e book detailing Baldur's Gate circa 1380?

I am playing in a game set in Baldur's Gate in year 1380 and I'm trying to understand the geography of the city and its districts at that time (1372 is also good). Which books have a map or a ...
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How can Forgotten Realms maps be used in DMsGuild adventures?

JVC Parry's recent intriguing DMsGuild adventure Call from the Deep includes a hex map of an area of the Sword Coast from Forgotten Realms. As JVC Parry is a third-party author outside of WotC, this ...
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How do you measure distance on a battlemap/grid? [closed]

In the 5e master manual it says that, at a certain scale on a regional map, hexagons represent a certain amount of miles. Does it refer to sides or distance from the center of a hex to another?
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How can I determine the distance between cities for "Glorious Reikland" map?

I started the creation of a campaign for WFRP4e settled in the Reikland, the main country of the core rulebook. I used the map in order to create a path for caravans, but I need to know distances ...
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Is there a detailed map of Castle Waterdeep?

I am DMing a one-could-say difficult party. The campaign setting itself makes it very difficult as I have decided to provide the characters with a full sandbox experience. They decided to visit ...
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Faerûn: Why is there a gap in the Trade Way?

In Sword Coast Adventurer's Guide, Mike Schley's map shows a series of gaps in the Trade Way/Coast Way between Waterdeep, Baldur's Gate, Sconubel, and points east. The version available for free on ...
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What is the standard dungeon scale at the table?

I’m reading the Caverns of Thracia and I see the maps have a scale of 1” to 40’ for the most part - that seems to be about 4 squares. My understanding is that in AD&D if you have a movement rate ...
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How can I effectively map a multi-level dungeon?

My players are getting awfully close to entering a multi-story pagoda dungeon that exists in my game. I think it'll be a fun adventure, but I find that I am worried about trying to map it all out for ...
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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 ...
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Is there a map of Silverymoon with every street named?

Is there a street map of Silverymoon, one with every street and alley named?
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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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Where are the unmarked maps for Scales of War?

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 downloaded the ...
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How do I give dungeons sensible layouts that are still gameable? [duplicate]

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 both ...
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