3000px square maps are updated!

RW squares

Updated the small square map to 2015 rev1 and adjusted the size to 3127 pixels and thereby reduced the number of squares to 72. This will make them a bit easier to use.   I’ve also changed the versions a bit. The player version  lacks borders and text. So physical things like settlements, castles, roads etc are visible but no text labels or heraldry. The missing items are things that the GM’s have to add using labels or show the players have to find out through other means. The Reference map has it all including heraldry. Both these versions have hexes to make the placement and finding of things easier.

There are also two terrain only versions, with and without hexes. Please tell me if you are missing a version, like a player map without hexes for example.

You can find the maps here

Flanaess Map 2015 revision 1!

final mapIt took abit longer than promised but here it is, the 2015 Flanaess map update!
More than 50 things have been corrected or added (nothing removed) in this revision. The Places of Mystery in “From the Ashes” as now included as well as some ancient Suel ruins, a ruined Humaniod city in the Lortmils from the before the Hateful Wars.

There are still things I want to go over that didn’t make it into this update. The Pomarj got a couple of typos corrected but I have found some more information about the various humanoid tribes that I didn’t had when I mapped the area back around 2005-2006. So that is up for the next revision that will probably happen in next spring. So if you spot typos, things that are wrong or missing, please don’t hesitate to tell me using the contact form, or via Facebook.

The most time consuming part of an map update is to generate and upload the various PDF’s and JPG’s. The map now comes in a number of formats: full PDF, 6 part PDF and JPG, Online, 3000px squares and the Atlas pages. So far everything is updated except the 3000px squares and the Atlas pages. For those of you who access my map repository, you will find updated files including the updates sourcefiles. I’m sorry for not updating the Altas and 3000pf squares. The atlas pages takes an hour or so per page to create, so its on pause for the moment.

The 3000px squares will be redone soon, and will have an upgrade to 3500px and a few other tweaks that I have found out in my tests. This will make them more useful and bring the number to 72 which will improve use and make it possible for me to export them in go go. The export will still take hours but can be set to run overnight.

I’ve also restructured my master Illustrator map document to make future revisions easier. My goal is to come back to Greyhawk at least once a year for updates to this map, and other Greyhawk work.

Special thanks to Paul Newland and Steven Eugene Tice for having sharp eyes to spot some of my numerous typos, and going through various Greyhawk material to spot things I have missed.

On my agenda at the moment are one big commercial project that I’m sure will interest a lot of you. It will involve work at a level not seen yet so stay in touch for future announcements! Two smaller possible commercial projects are also in the pipeline this fall, from two publishers that I haven’t worked with before.

My custom map service is going to use the same technique as the commercial project under way, the target for a launch are the Christmas season this year. Hopefully Lonewolf Development will have the Realm Works content market up and running by then so it can be used to by my maps as well. I will create a couple of sample maps that can be downloaded here that you can examine in detail and study before committing to commissioning your own.

Thanks again for all your help and support!

Time for a first look at my new mapping process!


It’s been a long time coming and some significant hurdles to overcome, but now its time to look at what my custom maps will consist of.  This is a first of a series of blog posts looking at my mapping technique and products in depth.

RPG Maps have traditionally been very artistic and often great looking, but an area have only been covered in a single way. My goal is to create a virtual model of a fantasy world, and using that model to create a variety of maps to fill the needs of the most demanding gamer and world builder, and still look great! What are needed to accomplish this?

A set of 5 different maps and then to combine them in various ways to create a virtually unlimited amount of ways to visualize your world. First a disclaimer, all of the images in this post are preview images with many faults and not to be seen as a final result.  At the top of this post is a look at these base maps and a couple of variants.

The first is the color texture of this area that is 2o miles across.


The color map by itself looks flat and doesn’t give any hints to the shape of the landscape. To show terrain elevation a special color elevation map can be a good choice like this.

Elevation map

Another more visually appealing way is to use a shadow map like this.


When you combine the color texture and shadow map you get an areal top down view of the landscape.


Now we have the top down basic map view taken care of, but often simpler maps are needed. This is when masks come in handy, and they can be used for a myriad of things. To create vector shapes of coastlines, roads, borders etc. Here are an example of a coastlines mask.


With a bit of skill using Photoshop, GIMP or your image editor of choice you can easily create political, religious, climate, trade and all sorts of other maps and overlays. When you use the masks and a bit of filter trickery you can easily create handout maps, parchment maps, stone and wood carved maps and other stylistic variants.

parchment 1

The last of the parts of the puzzle are the greyscale heightmap, presented below.


Not much to look at but an essential tool that describes the topography of the landscape in great detail. With the heightmap and color texture map you can look at you world from any angle and with the help of some computer magic, make it come alive!

Vue 4


Now you and your players can appreciate what your world looks like in breathtaking detail, from any angle you like!

Vue 9


It will be possible to create “landscape photos” of iconic locations of your world, in high resolution for poster maps or why not your computer desktop!

Vue 13


This is a first look at the possibilities and basic building blocks. In next installment I will look into labeling, presentation, formats and how you can order the map of your world!

Back from GenCon!

Had a great time at GenCon 2015, met so many old and new friends. Thank you all for making my time in Indy such a treat!
Several future projects where discussed, and hopefully some of them will see the light of day in the not too distance future. In the mean time Kobold Press published a two part interview with me about how I made the Southlands maps:

Southlands Map interview part 1

Southlands Map interview part 2

During Gen Con I also had the pleasure of being on the panel for the Kobold Press Better worlds seminar, which was recorded by The Tome show. You can listen to it here: The Tome Show GenCon 2015 Better Worlds Seminar

This weeks main task are to get my “Render Computer” up and running. The last part are on its way and will be here tomorrow and then I can start the build and installation. This will give me a dedicated machine to do 3D editing and especially rendering. It will have an 8 core CPU 128GB of RAM and Nvidia Quadro 5000, which will give me enough power to crunch through even the largest of terrains and other tough challenges. The best is that This will free up my main desktop machine so I can continue creating and editing while the new computer can do the rendering in the background. Large renders can sometime take hours, so to have a dedicated machine for it can enhance my productivity a lot.

My Custom Map service is next and an update on it will be ready next week.

Spread & Notation maps

Spread 1000px light grey

Here comes a set of handy Flanaess maps you can use to keep track of things like the spread of Evils sects, party exploration, where Orcs live, or to keep track of that undead infestation. The come in three different sizes: 300, 1000 and 5000 pixels, and three different colors, Light Grey, Dark Grey and Blue

Print and scribble notes on the, slap a layer on top in your image editor to paint a spread. Or use the Fog of World function in Realm Works to easily keep track of something that has a geographic dimension.
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You find the the Spread & Notes maps here.

How I use the Flanaess map in Realm Works

The 3000px square maps are now all available here!
Time to show how I use them in Realm Works. There are many different ways to do things in Realm Works. This example is based on my early test model using slightly bigger maps, but after reading the RW manual I decided to make the final version 3000px to keep things flowing. I used the square overview map to place pins leading to the squares.
Screenshot 2015-07-20 20.39.00

Created a new Topic Category so I could easily sort and find the maps. I’m using two versions of each area one with all the details and text as a GM reference.

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And another with just symbols to use during games. The game map can host map pins leading to all the things the players find during the game.

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This works for me as a way to keep the overview and still keep things within the capabilities of Realm Works. I use my Online Map as a compliment for the really large picture.

3000px with Symbols and hexes added!

The next installment in the 3000px squares map are available, the terrain with Symbols and Hexes. Only two left and they will be done this weekend!
You can find them here.

3000px with Symbols added!

You can get them here: Flanaess 3000 pixel Squares

3000 px hexed added!

Squares w numbers-01

The terrain with hexes version of the 3000px squares map are ready for download. You can get it here.



Flanaess in 3000 pixel squares…

Squares w numbers-01

Just finished my latest project, so today I used the day for some Flaness work I had on my agenda – bite sized squares for use with Realm Works. Each square is 3000 pixels across and will come in several varieties, first out is terrain only.  This set will be followed by squares with hexes, symbols and text. This so you can have unmarked ones for player maps and other with everything. Legend and credits and heraldry are removed to show as much of the map as possible. They are made using my raw high resolution and then compressed into JPG’s for best results. Each square are around 1MB in size, so they should fit into your RW campaign.

You can grab them here in zip format or from my GHSYNC Bittorrent Share. The next set will be ready in a few days.