Thursday, July 13, 2017

Map and Story Block 4

Good Morning everyone,

Continuing our series developing a world a 5 mile square block at a time, we present:

Block 4



Scale: 1 square = 1/2 mile

Several miles further south, the Sparkling River flows into the Bergonlir Sea. The Bergonlir Sea is named after the Dwarf Explorer, Gibnir Bergonlir. Right along the banks of the river is the thriving city of Elderhaven.  Several thousand people live here, primarily Dwarves in the spacious upper levels of the city.  Just on the outskirts of town are the citrus orchards owned by Sinead Coldmail.  Sinead has a large family, seven children, all born with agrarian talents.  This has allowed Sinead to lead Elderhaven’s Agrarian Guild.  The guild is responsible for feeding most of Elderhaven and Sinead does his job very responsibly.

Next Block: To the capital.

Text and map (c) 2017 Andrew and Heleen Durston
 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Map and Story Block 3

Happy Holiday weekend everyone,

Continuing our series developing a world a 5 mile square block at a time, we bring you:

Block 3


Scale: 1 square = 1/2 mile

Continuing south along the Sparkling River one reaches the small town of Cartalha. An offshoot of the river becomes Lake Crystal.  Lake Crystal and the Sparkling River are named for goshacyite gems that are layered all along their bottom.  Goshacyite is similar to crystal and reflects the sun causing all sorts of interesting tricks of light.  

Today is a special day for Cartalha and Lake Crystal.  The underwater circus known as Tac’s Troupe is set to perform this evening.  Tac is a Merman and a talented illusionist.  He has begun to make a name for himself by combining sophisticated illusions with a variety of Mermen/Merwomen and interesting underwater creatures.  Most Cartalha residents can’t wait to see what happens!

Next Block: Further down the Sparkling River.

Text and map (c) 2017 Andrew and Heleen Durston

Friday, June 23, 2017

Map and Story Block 2

Good evening everyone,

Continuing our series developing a world a 5 mile square block at a time, we bring you:

Block 2


Scale: 1 square = 1/2 mile

Further south the Sparkling River runs adjacent to a forest known as the Gnutty Forest. It is named for one Alfred Gnutty who used to roam the forest handing out random nuts to travelers along the way. Those who refused to take one of these kindly offered nuts would receive a pelting of said nuts for a good few minutes.  Anyway, back to Gnutty forest, which does have a variety of nut trees in it.  There is also a species of willow tree that runs along the bank of the Sparkling River.  During a recent rain, one of these willow trees now has mostly fallen into the river revealing a crypt that was hidden underneath it.  No one knows how old the crypt is; but I hear that the Mayor of Westshire, along with some other dignitaries, are offering 50 gp for any adventurer brave enough to explore it.

Next Block: Continuing along the Sparkling River.

Text and map (c) 2017 Andrew and Heleen Durston
 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Map and Story Block 1

Good evening everyone,

Heleen (http://on-creating-games.blogspot.com/) and I are beginning a series of posts developing a world a 5 mile square block at a time. Heleen provides the initial inspiration. I draw a map and then Heleen will build a story of the world based on the map. Without further adieu, we bring you:

Block 1

Block-1-crop.jpg

Scale: 1 square = 1/2 mile

The Sparkling River runs through the town of Westshire and provides a variety of goods for its denizens.  Westshire isn’t large by any stretch of the imagination, though they do have their own church to the god of Time.  The area surrounding Westshire is filled with mostly farmers.  Westshire has a couple of docks that provide a place for travelers on river boats to make a pit stop. The docks are also used to bring the extra produce to bigger towns farther down the Sparkling River.

Next Block: Down the Sparkling River.

Text and map (c) 2017 Andrew and Heleen Durston


Monday, May 1, 2017

2017 One Page Dungeon Contest: One Day Journey

Todaty is the deadline for this year's One Page Dungeon Contest (https://www.dungeoncontest.com/ ) and I've finished (well as soon as I sent it off). Ended up calling it a One Day Journey.




Good luck to everyone who completes their entries by Monday (midnight GMT).

Saturday, April 29, 2017

2017 One Page Dungeon Contest - well the picture is done

Yep, tis nearing the deadline for this year's One Page Dungeon Contest (https://www.dungeoncontest.com/ ) and am sorta working towards entering ... At least I have the picture/map done and a tentative title "One Page Journey" (so in a way, am halfway to 2018 as well :) ) Good luck to everyone who completes their entries by Monday (midnight GMT if I recall correctly).

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Collaborative Dungeon 01 on Google+

Any map-makers out there looking for another collaborative project? Here in the - https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/112673495692010443852 - Collaborative Dungeon 01 we're building a dungeon out of 10 sq x 10 sq tiles (5 foot squares, 50 x 50). Join us!
Attached are a couple samples of my work - my first and most recent squares (full sized version before cropping).

The process is simple and fun. Pick a square on the map of completed tiles adjacent to 1 or more completed maps. Check those maps for crossover tunnels (natural or man-made) or  water or other features. Create your map and submit to the Google share.

So far we have 2-3 dozen maps in an area that will hold 70-100 or so.