Tuesday, March 13, 2007

I feel like crap, but here have a map!

So I've been home sick today. So sick it wasn't even until this afternoon that I considered getting online. Too sick for the internet is pretty sick, at least for me. I spent couple hours this morning watching the second greatest movie in the history of cinema. There are parts of that flick that choke me up a little on a good day, but at a low ebb like today I just started crying my eyes out near the end.

On a totally unrelated note, here's the first draft of a map of the Five Seas region, the central area of my new campaign.

(Click to see a larger version.)

The scale is 1 hex equals 30 miles or so, I think. The settlements in the southeast corner mark the westernmost extension of Vinland. Any Vikings found west of those regions will be fellow adventurers, renegades, hardy traders, or explorers. The town on the map edge is Osvar, the largest Norse settlement this far west. The ruler there is the son of the founder of the settlement. He's a nasty little fellow whose favorite sport is troll-baiting. The tower is the domain of Randolf the Red, the greatest wizard in Vinland. He is rumored to possess both manrunes and godrunes, whatever that might mean. He's also known in wizard circles to be a bit of a perv for his fetishistic insistence on wearing pants, as opposed to the mumus, robes, and skirts so popular with normal, well-adjusted arcane masters. The village just east of the town and across the sea from the wizard's tower is called Ingvoll. It's little more than a trading post with a lawless Wild West vibe. The keep at the western terminus of the sea sits firmly on the border of Vestland, past that it's mostly unknown territory. Some sort of monster-infested cave system is rumored to be located near that keep. The village on the other side of the forest is inhabited and controlled by locals of some sort. I'm still working out the details.

I made the map with HexMapper, a little doodad you can download from here.


  1. Anonymous3:01 PM

    This looks sooo much like a game I want to be a in...
    Be healthy quick, theRPGsite is down!

  2. Anonymous3:02 PM

    It´s up again!

  3. Anonymous8:15 PM

    That map looks strangely familiar... :)

    (It looks like I used to live in "the Keep". )

  4. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Jeff? What about the spot looking strange like where about half of Indiana should go? Do something special there for your online Hoosier pals (Rotwang and I, at the least).

  5. Ummmm, so just what is *the* greatest movie of all time?

    I'm a big fan of "Siegfried's Funeral March" from Wagner's Gotterdammerung almost certainly from it's constant use in this movie.

  6. Anonymous6:47 AM

    Put the many crystal mines in your DM version of the map, and you are ready to fly!


  7. Anonymous8:28 AM

    Very awesome. Get well soon!

  8. Zachary: I was kind of leaning towards Indiana being the home of nomadic dino-riding lizardy people. That's not meant in any way to reflect my opinion of Hoosiers.

    Ummmm, so just what is *the* greatest movie of all time?

    Conan the Barbarian, of course! I like movies with swords and big, bombastic scores. Also, spaceships and big, bombastic scores.

  9. Anonymous12:26 PM

    Jeff: That sounds glorious. I was worried it was going to be "Land of the Corn Mutants" or somesuch.

  10. Seriously - thanks for those links. The programs on that Arr-Kelaan site are exactly the sort of things I've been wanting for a long time but been too computer-illiterate to do anything about.

  11. Anonymous3:40 AM

    Looks like a very interesting setting! :-)

    I really want to know more about it.

  12. "You have broken that which could not be broken!....hope is broken."

    I luvs me some Excalibur...

    Do you have the Excalibur DVD? The John Boorman commentary is pretty good...

  13. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Hi Jeff,

    Hope you feel better...

    Thanks for your blog.

    Really enjoy the gaming theme and the classic art bits...