A Few of My Resources for RPG Maps

I’ve been looking around to see if there are any good places to source maps for D&D.  In my search, I’ve come across several good resources for fantasy maps of all types.  Typically I stick with free maps, as most people do.

For maps of dungeons and towns, I’d suggest taking a look at the Google+ group for Gaming Maps where you can find all sorts of map assortments from all over the internet.  This is probably going to be a real go-to spot for me to find new maps, particularly for dungeons.  Another great spot is the blog of Dyson Logos, who hand-draws maps with his own particular flair.  Personally, I’m a big fan of his style.  They look old-school, but really clean and well done.

If you’re into creating your own maps, I’d check out the Cartographers’ Guild.  It’s a fantastic place to find advice, feedback, and tutorials on how to create maps of all types.  In particular, CG is great for creating larger-scale maps, like regions, continents, or entire worlds.  But, there’s a ton of great info there to help with creating even localized maps for dungeons or wilderness regions.  Here’s an example tutorial I’ve already run through in order to create a simple battle map of a ruined structure atop a hill.

River Ruins

Lastly, if you’re interested in getting high-quality maps for digital or print use, take a look at the work of Mike Schley.  He’s done maps on commission for names like Wizards of the Coast and Scholastic, including the maps for the D&D Starter Set’s Lost Mine of Phandelver.  His maps are reasonably priced and excellent quality to print out for tabletop use, if you want.  I ended up picking up the entire LMoP set of maps to accompany the Starter Set, and he even includes player maps with names and icons removed, so they won’t know what’s coming in the dungeon.

Overall, those are my go-to spots for maps right now.  If you have your own favorite spots to get fantasy maps, feel free to share them in the comments.

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