Unfortunately, G+ is gone, and while I knew a few artists to begin with, I barely know any map makers.
So I will be relying on you, the readers of this blog to help me out.
So, if you are a map maker, or know of one that you would want included in this, then drop a comment below and I will update the post with each new map-maker.
In the comment I need;
- A Name (or whatever online handle they use).
- Any websites where they show examples of their work. (The link itself, not the name.)
- An example I can put up on the blog. This can be a map or a fragment of the map. (Because of the way blogs are formatted, rectangular images the shapes of books show up better and can be shown at a bigger size.) NOT INSTAGRAM I CAN'T DOWNLOAD FROM THERE.
I can go through their stuff and grab an image but its a LOT easier in a lot of ways if there is a handy image somewhere I can just use directly without the dicking about with formats, downloading, deciding which is the most representative, deciding whether to cut it down to shape or not etc etc.
- Contact details (IF they want them on this post).
- A brief, VERY brief description of who they are, what they do and why people might be interested in them.
- I would prefer it if the people shown were vaguely somewhat close to the OSR in a general sense, or at least, not this random person who's maps you happened to see at some point online.
- And if they've worked on stuff that's available then links to that would be great.
I will check the comments on Reddit and Facebook when I can, and update when I can, but comments here are much more likely to be seen, will be seen more quickly and are less likely to get lost or forgotten.
Abigail (Alien Sunset)
I'm Abigail, aka @Alien_Sunset on Twitter (and pretty near everywhere else)
I make dungeon maps and pen & ink illustrations.
You can find my maps at https://www.patreon.com/alien_sunset
people can feel free to contact me through Patreon or twitter
a map example can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/p/Btvs20zFwaH
I started playing RPGs with 2e back in '99 and have been drawing for as long as I can remember. I recently became fascinated my the old school/OSR movement and really enjoy making maps and imagining what may be lurking in them. I currently run a LotFP west marches/mega dungeon/open table game on Discord. And am working along side a ton of other super talented OSR folx on a Zini for the Beneath the Canals Kickstarter that just finished (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/michaeltlombardi/beneath-the-canals)
My name is Grant, most of my stuff is on my instagram. I'm a graphic designer/DJ who's loved rpgs since he was a kid.
this is a hand drawn map in biro - https://www.instagram.com/p/BtuEqQYgC15/
Map created in hexographer then modified in photoshop for my current campaign - https://www.instagram.com/p/BnSHGd9AxiY/
Continent scale map of my current campaign world, made in illustrator and photoshop - https://www.instagram.com/p/BpNhAcHAd9y/
Detail of campaign world - https://www.instagram.com/p/BeMiVv3Ff9p/
Example of biro pen drawing - https://www.instagram.com/p/Bpi48jaAMwD/
Example 2 - https://www.instagram.com/p/BrWJG9FgTIr/
Plus I have a heap of maps aping the style of first edition AD&D modules...
Most of my maps are black and white line art and on my website at;
One made it into a kickstarted module, but mostly they are just for fun, to scratch the map making itch.
I'll have to start posting there again since G+ is going away.
Chainmail from '73, D&D from '75.
I'm on gmail as ed.allen1 Twitter @edallen MeWe: mewe.com/i/edallen3
A bunch of my maps are also accessible via my "drop a room number on the map and see it get populated" old school dungeon generator at http://meta-studios.com/dg/dunmap.html
-My website is blueswordgames.com
-I have a map gallery here where you can see everything I make: https://www.blueswordgames.com/map-gallery
-You can contact me on my twitter @caeora or on discord and my username is Caeora.
"-I have a background in game design but I've been working full time as a mapmaker for over a year now, I also make a bunch of useful things for all kinds of tabletop roleplaying games from tokens to assets and I even have a few articles on mapmaking on my website as well.
-My maps are being used for a few things but most recently the kickstarter Humblewood that you can see here!"
"The best way to contact me is through my twitter, above.
I started playing OD&D/AD&D in 1978 and DMing shortly thereafter. I stopped playing when my kids were born, and came back to the hobby about a year ago. I rediscovered my love of RPG maps, and love to share them. Most of my maps are available for personal or commercial reuse, with attribution.
I'm the official mapper for Best Left Buried, an OSR adjacent horror-fantasy RPG, and have done maps for a number of projects that are nearing publication."
Contact: gibletblizzard at gee male dot calm
Example: Keep on the Borderlands Greyhawk Map
This has been the base of operations for my Greyhawk D&D campaign for the last three years. The Gang's been all over this place
"Sydney, Australia based creative working on a variety of award-winning RPG products over the last ten years as a graphic designer, illustrator and cartographer."
"I've been working in OSR and OSR-adjacent stuff for a number of years, drawing for the most part, but also a bit of writing. I did my own maps for my adventure Forgive Us and people took notice of the way I did them; since then I've done maps for DIY RPG Productions, Lamentations of the Flame Princess, and Necrotic Gnome."
I go by eri, or j3w3l
@ausj3w3l on twitter
Website with a map gallery - https://corruptedquill.com/maps/
I've been making maps for a couple years now, mostly focusing on battle maps but also occaisionally doing city, dungeon, and world maps.
Typically draw all my maps on pen and paper first, and then colouring on the computer.
You can also get my work over on patreon - https://www.patreon.com/Erimakesmaps
Hey Patrick, I'm Cze. I make maps with my partner Peku. We like making painterly battlemaps but also large scale campaign maps. Soon we'll be releasing some old school dungeon-types and town/city maps too. We're also world building campaign settings for OSR games, which I cover on the blog linked below.
(both links include map examples)
I can be reached on Twitter (https://twitter.com/longino_billy) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, a lot of my work can be found on my blog MegaDungeon (https://megadungeoncomic.wordpress.com/)
Though I'm mostly writing now, I've drawn maps for a few people, including all of the adventure site maps for The Dark of Hot Springs Island. And I still draw maps for commission and occasionally post them on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/longino.billy/) and on my blog (https://megadungeoncomic.wordpress.com/).
Here's a sample of my dungeon cartography: https://imgur.com/a/MSXMbkD
And a sample of my overland cartography: https://imgur.com/a/GQ4CTep
and another style of overland: https://imgur.com/kGKwLqX
Natalie of NB Maps
I have a wordpress at https://nbmaps.wordpress.com/ which is just a gallery for the stuff I've made.
You can contact me through the wordpress, or email me at email@example.com.
Hey, I'm Natalie and I’ve been making map-style stuff since I was really young just messing around in paint using the fill tool on the countries on the wikipedia world map template. From there, I got into map-making properly through maps for ‘Civcraft’-genre Minecraft servers in about ~2014, and from there have done things for personal worldbuilding projects, tabletop campaigns and collaborative settings.
A specific map example would be my Nationstates project which is one of the things I'm most proud of, here; https://i.imgur.com/HFjhnKo.png, but there's a lot of stuff with a decent variance of styles on the wordpress.
As you can see I generally do large-scale political/regional maps, sometimes with features like topography, rather than dungeon-scale things.
Description: I make maximalist pen & ink maps, mostly for weird cities. I run a campaign in my Hex campaign setting, a sprawling, whimsical metropolis. I run OSR games and 5E with OSR sensibilities.
Pete (of Garblag Games)
"I've been roleplaying for 30 years and most of that has been DM/GMing. I've run a club in my home town for 15/16 years and 2 years ago decided to create an actual play youtube channel. I have create maps, turn them into adventures and then try to play them on the channel.
I am now on cartographic duties for Grim & Perilous Studios who produce ZweihanderRPG and Powered by Zweihander games which can be found at https://grimandperilous.com . My maps feature in the Main Gauche expansion and I'll be working on future projects for them, such as Colonial Gothic and Tetsubo.
I have just started producing a series of open source fantasy adventure locations which are aimed more at darker fantasy and OSR games. I give these to patrons and they are also available here."
You can find my work at https://www.instagram.com/thebottomlesspitt/
I good example to use would be https://www.instagram.com/p/ButrOPsASAi/
Best way to reach me is email, justin [at] thepitt [dot] ca
Only recently started drawing maps but I've been a player and a GM for several years and have gotten heavily invested in the OSR over the last year.
"Toronto writer/illustrator publishes free 2pg adventures, with CC-BY-NC isometric/perspective dungeon maps."
Hello! My name is Karl, but I go by skullfungus mostly.
The easiest way to reach me is to just dm/tweet me.
I think this map is pretty representative of my overland style.
I've worked on a bunch of different projects, some personal and some for other people. Here are a few projects that I am especially proud to have been a part of:
A twitter hexmap. What Ho, Frog Demons. Operation Unfathomable. The Black Hack, 2nd Edition.
Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride.
"- a third-party list of my RPG maps with links to art is here.
"- my best contact email is myfirstname @ mockman dot com"
"Some quick info: I'm an illustrator, storyboarder, and game designer (Mangaka, Cartooner and the upcoming Dreamland) with a background in comics. I've been playing TRPGs since I was 8 years old and I've gradually had the good fortune to get to work more in this space."
I'm Rodger Thorm
Contact: rodger (at) antherwyck dotcom
I do a variety of mapping styles ranging from Dysonesque dungeons to hard-line graphic science-fiction. I'm interested in experimental forms, isometrics, cross-sections, and other odd, non-traditional map-making.
A range of other samples is on the portfolio page. Most recent published works are a couple architectural drawings for "Mother's Love" adventure for Cthulhu Hack.
I've also organised the Exquisite Corpse series of collaborative dungeons, and you could glean another dozen names from there with other map makers.
My Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/paths.peculiar/
My website: https://www.wistedt.net/
Hi, I'm Niklas and I draw fantasy and sci-fi maps mainly meant for old school games. I go by the handle Paths Peculiar. I enjoy doing different styles of maps, top-down, isometric, vertical and overland hex-maps.
Typical dungeon map (sci-fi):
Typical isometric map (fantasy):
Typical overland map (fantasy):
And finally a typical vertical map (sci-fi):