Monday, February 7, 2011

Daruna - A Map

Starting a campaign without a map is like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich without peanut butter. This is my first effort at a map for the previously mentioned Daruna campaign. I've created this using the free version of Hexographer, a hex mapping application from Inkwell Ideas. I really do need to buy a copy of this excellent application sometime soon.

Daruna Campaign Map

Click for full-sized version. The scale on this map is 25 miles per hex. I'm pretty pleased with the way this has developed, and I'm considering this close to done. There's a temptation to add more labels, but I think it's getting a bit cluttered, so I will probably resist. Most of the names appearing on the map were created using my own random name generator using the Sanskrit / medium length option.


  1. Lovely! :)

    Nice icon set.
    --Is that the commercial alternate set or one of your devising?

  2. It's actually the standard free set. It works pretty well for my purposes, though I find it gets a bit cluttered for larger maps.

  3. I can understand that.
    --I have a map of the Black Crown which is the north-polar continent (12 million sq. miles), and it loses definition and simply becomes a strange painting unless one is willing to explore sections at a time.

    Yours looks very nicely lain out, and possesses a high degree of verisimilitude.

    Thanks for the clarification.

  4. Thanks! What I'm finding with hex maps is that more than 30x30 or so becomes too busy to make much sense of. I started mapping out the region in this map with a 5 mile per hex map and quickly gave up. I could capture more of the detail I wanted, but the map became unreadable.

    My plan here is to finalize this map, then use a series of 1 mile per hex maps to blow up important locales as play progresses.

  5. M,

    Thanks for the details.
    --I will have to keep that in mind when I scale down the maps. :)


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