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What do jagged lines crossing a corridor mean on this old D&D map?

Those are "breaks" indicating that the cave keeps on going generally in the same way for X feet (' being the abbreviation for "feet"). Drawing that all out would make for scale problems on the ...
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How should I introduce map drawing to my players?

I recommend not forcing your players to draw maps From everything I have experienced with players new and old, having players make the maps doesn't work well and I would recommend not doing it at your ...
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What tabletop setting (if any) is this 1980s map from?

That is a map of Middle-Earth showing the south and east along with the traditional map section from the novels. As noted in the listing for this Middle-earth map on Geographicus.com, this map was ...
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How can I effectively map a multi-level dungeon?

Use a Ring Binder and Poly wallets I once ran a similar scenario, but mine was a dungeon that went down a whole lot with plenty of sub-levels. For this, you will need two ring binders, a whole bunch ...
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Do the map scales suggested in the DMG tie into any rules?

They tie in slightly. If you look on PHB page 182 (the section on travel pace) you'll find that 6 mile hexes (the Kingdom-scale hexes outlined on DMG 14) in particular divide neatly into the distance ...
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What do jagged lines crossing a corridor mean on this old D&D map?

That means the passageway is actually longer than the map shows. The distance mark indicates how much longer. Note that the passageways on both sides of the mark have the same basic style and ...
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How do I give dungeons sensible layouts that are still gameable?

Use real-world maps. If you're really interested in verisimilitude, you can look at floor plans from the internet. For example, if I wanted to make a manor, I could do a bit of googling and find a ...
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How can I effectively map a multi-level dungeon?

Draw the map in isometric. Usually isometric maps are just for fun, but where they truly shine is for maps with a lot of verticality. It takes some time getting used to drawing them, but it's not ...
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How can you tell the distances by road between the settlements of Ten-Towns in Icewind Dale?

One dot marking the roads between towns represents 1/4 of a mile. I've verified this using microsoft paint. First, note that 1 mile is 63 px wide: Next, I found the nearest-to-horizontal stretch of ...
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What is the name of the three small islands west of The Cloakwood (and Baldur's Gate)?

Jannath's Tears In the Dragon #362 article Grand History of the Realms: The Moonshaes, published 2008, there is a reference to an event in 1052 DR when Baldur's Gate defended some islands called "...
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Is there an official Forgotten Realms map for D&D 5e?

There's a map online of the northwest corner of Faerun, but I don't believe there's an official map of all of the Forgotten Realms yet. As someone who's new to the game and setting, I find the ...
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Faerûn: Why is there a gap in the Trade Way?

The Trade Way itself isn't broken — WotC’s cartographers have just forgotten it’s there The "broken" Trade Way is a symptom of the maps being drawn and redrawn too many times over the editions, and a ...
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Where are the maps in the Dungeon Master's Guide from?

The page-14 hex map of Daggerford was created specifically for the DMG, by Mike Schley. The page-57 elemental planes map was created specifically for the DMG, by Mike Schley. The page-103 sample ...
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Am I understanding this Storm King's Thunder map wrong?

You are reading the map correctly. The Beorunna's Well map and description appear on p. 76-77 of the adventure book. Here is the DM's version of the map from the adventure on D&D Beyond: The ...
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Is Forgotten Realms geo-location data copyrighted, or free to use?

The short answer is that Forgotten Realms is copyrighted and is not free to use. The longer answer is that a portion of 5th edition D&D known as the System Reference Document, or SRD, is ...
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Where is the isle of Axard located?

Yes, that island to the northeast of Ruathym is almost certainly Axard, although proving it beyond a shadow of a doubt is difficult. The article in Dragon Magazine Perhaps definitive? Quoting from the ...
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How do I give dungeons sensible layouts that are still gameable?

How To Host A Dungeon This game may be the solution you're looking for. It is a solo game for building a dungeon that is supposed to present logical events occurring in the dungeon throughout ...
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How should I introduce map drawing to my players?

It's OK to tell them what is and what is not a dungeon My guess is that the problem comes from the assumption that you don't want to tell them what is and what is not a dungeon in case it breaks the ...
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How large is the city of Elturel?

The perimeter is around 12,000 feet. Using the full size map (available for free at DDB), I based this off of the description of the bridges between the two sections of Elturel: When the characters ...
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Is there an official Forgotten Realms map for D&D 5e?

In addition to the map in chooban's answer, there's a more detailed map of the Savage Frontier (which extends from the Sword Coast to the desert of Anauroch) in Storm King's Thunder on pg. 74-75. As ...
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What is the name of the mountains/hills northwest of Secomber?

Scourge of the Sword Coast includes a detailed (and well labelled) map of the area - which tells us the hills in question are called The Forlorn Hills. (Copies of the map, either digital or poster-...
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How strictly should I obey the "Updating the Campaign Map" instruction in Dungeon World?

Yes. But maybe not the way you think. This section is designed to provide the GM with a tool to enable their overarching responsibilities. Yes, technically, you should follow the rules (and that ...
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to share or not to share maps with players

If you are proud of the maps you made, then integrate them as physical items in the game world. Arrange for the player-characters to obtain a map of the location they are going to explore. When you do,...
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Why can't WotC make up their minds and publish an Official map of Faerun?

Long story short, the maps are different across editions because of mainly two different events: the world changed and editorial decisions (basically, the old map was unfit to the new game phylosophy, ...
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Is there an official Forgotten Realms map for D&D 5e?

Official stuff is always on dnd.wizards.com, especially on their Faerûn page. So there is Faerûn and in it we find the towns: Neverwinter (yes, the Neverwinter from Salvatore's Drizzt Books, ...
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How should I introduce map drawing to my players?

While it doesn't directly address your question, I think the top answer to this question might give you some valuable context to the place of mapping in D&D: What's the point of long, empty ...
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Where is Madame Freona's Tea Kettle in the Tyranny of Dragons (ToD) Adventurers League stories?

According to DDEX1-14 - Escape From Phlan (p.11): Madame Freona's Tea Kettle is located northeast of Scholar Square--near the bazaar in Podol Plaza. Mantor's Library is the largest structure in ...
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What is the standard dungeon scale at the table?

1″ of movement stat is always 10′ of dungeon movement, regardless of map scale Always use the scale in the rules when translating movement statistics to distance in the game world. Maps can be ...
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Can Candlekeep be accessed by ship?

Candlekeep can only be accessed via the front gate. In the Sword Coast Adventurer’s Guide, chapter 2, The Sword Coast and the North, we have a description of Candlekeep: The only gate into Candlekeep ...
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What was the first published map for an adventure?

1974 in The Underworld and Wilderness Adventures While the 1975 Blackmoor supplement had an actual adventure with a keyed map and a story line, the first published dungeon map can be found a year ...
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