Drawing a fantasy world map. Thousands of cities and points of interest add depth to the world. But sometimes maps can go beyond that. Even though i treat the map as a product of its fantasy world. See every continent island sea forest desert and nation.
Thompson notes that in games and fantasy worlds sometimes the map is treated as the static world. A map meant to fit in a hardcover book and subsequently a paperback cant be as detailed as a real world map and still be legible. When we make a more detailed map of continents or even lands we can add in smaller streams and rivers. Sneaking over the walls in the dark holding the crenellations from a horde of orcs or landing on a turret on griffon back the castle wall is a staple of fantasy gaming.
But sometimes maps can go beyond that. It is also very helpful for the author and the development of their fictional world. An ongoing trend for fiction and fantasy novels is having a map for the reader to follow along with just after the title page in the book. In this one i simply form the outline of the landmasses using a technique i learned from.
Comparable to the mississippi river or the amazon river. This blog provides some ideas to keep in mind and tools to help. In doing some world building for my dd homebrew world i decided to start some cartography for a world map. Some of this is kind of obvious but worth mentioning anyway.
What would a fantasy world be without castles turrets and battlements. Worldspinner makes it easy to create an entire fantasy world in just a few minutes. You can explore them along with your players or add or change any that you wish. This thread is intended for people who have little or no experience in using software to draw maps.