Drawing a fantasy world map. When drawing our custom map we will draw in the worlds biggest rivers. 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. In doing some world building for my dd homebrew world i decided to start some cartography for a world map.
It is meant to get you up and running so that you can draw passable fantasy maps in a short time without having to hunt through the many tutorials and tips on this site. One of the fun aspects of fantasy world building is drawing maps. It is also very helpful for the author and the development of their fictional world. Thousands of cities and points of interest add depth to the world.
This thread is intended for people who have little or no experience in using software to draw maps. 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. This blog provides some ideas to keep in mind and tools to help.
In this one i simply form the outline of the landmasses using a technique i learned from. Heres the steps i take when drawing a castle wall. Even though i treat the map as a product of its fantasy world. But sometimes maps can go beyond that.
Thompson notes that in games and fantasy worlds sometimes the map is treated as the static world. What would a fantasy world be without castles turrets and battlements. When we make a more detailed map of continents or even lands we can add in smaller streams and rivers. 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.