RPGaDay 2021 #30: Mention

Today’s RPGaDay 2021 prompt is “Mention”. What a flexible prompt today! I guess the best thing to do is to just make a post mentioning a whole bunch of things!

I’ve recently gotten interested again in mapmaking for RPGs. I’d made a few maps years ago when I ran games, as I just enjoy the physicality of them, but I never was that good at it. So, I’ve been looking around to find some cool map inspiration. A found a YouTuber, JP Coovert, who makes maps that look cool to me. He emphasizes that the drawing skills needed are quite rudimentary, as most of the shapes he makes are quite basic. The challenge lies in the creation of the map itself. Here’s an example of his videos:

His channel is filled with cool videos on hand-drawing maps. I love the look of the world map he makes in this video, and it’s exactly the style I want to be able to make. I can recommend his other videos as well.

Through one of JP Coovert’s videos, I found the artist SkullFungus who makes really cool and intricate dungeon maps. His style is so evocative and interesting. Just have a look at this dungeon map:

What I like about it is that it shows you exactly what the dungeon is like, but it isn’t a full-on gridded map that pretends to some manner of exact measurements. The map is a great tool to evoke a sense of the space. Looking at that picture, I can almost smell the place!

Lastly, I’d like to mention the Trilemma Blog, which started me off on this lovely path of one-page dungeons. I can really recommend browsing through the maps on that blog, because I just love the skill and detail he brings to them.

These types of things are really inspiring, and I’m hoping to find more resources like this.

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