Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Castle of the Mad Archmage Poster Maps

Given that the next release of the Castle of the Mad Archmage will be happening in the next few days, I thought I would treat you to some of the extraordinary mapping work that the extremely talented Joe "Jaerdaph" Bardales has kindly consented to contribute to the project. He is producing the "classic blue" maps that will now be found in the WG13 pdf modules, but in addition he has created poster-sized maps of levels 2 and 3; amalgamations of the hand-drawn maps that I created and he re-drew electronically.

So here, to whet your appetites for what is about to come, are levels 2 and 3 of the Castle of the Mad Archmage, in poster format. Click on the thumbnail to get the large version.


18 comments:

Zachary The First said...

Absolutely beautiful! I just showed them off at work here. :)

Jeff Rients said...

Those maps are cool but I think I have to adjust my monitor. That blue is boiling away my retinas.

Jeff Rients said...

Whaddyano, it really was the monitor. Someone jacked the brightness way up and I hadn't noticed yet.

Coopdevil said...

Awesome stuff! Looks very useful as a generic "fill your own rooms here" map as well.

James Maliszewski said...

Awesome.

Joseph said...

Geeze, Zachary! Where do you work?

Randall said...

Those are awesome maps. ::tipping my hat to Jaerdaph::

Joseph said...

Yeah, I think you can see why the hand-drawn maps are going to be replaced with these beauties.

I'm still doing the original cartography, of course. But Jaeraph's work is just phenomenal.

Zachary The First said...

ADT. I'm organizing a D&D game for some folks here. :) It was a nice exhibit A. :)

Benoist said...

Very cool!

Matthew Slepin said...

Very keen.

I just today finished doing up a map in my Underland dungeon the same way. It took me a helluva lot longer than I thought it was going to, but there's just something about those blue maps. A siren song to adventure.

What does Jaeraph use to do them? Maybe it's easier than my method.

grodog said...

Very nice! :D

Allan.

Joseph said...

I believe he uses CC3, but I confess I know little about such newfangled things.

Matthew Slepin said...

Joseph said
I believe he uses CC3, but I confess I know little about such newfangled things.

Ah. I'm probably doing it the hard way using Illustrator.

Max said...

That bottom one makes my brain hurt. In a very good way.

Fantastic design, beautifully rendered.

rredmond said...

I know I'm late to this post. But really, really nice.

Mike D. said...

Those maps are fantastic! wow.

MLP said...

OUTstanding! Of course, I'm a sucker for maps. But I have to say I'm pretty impressed with all the work going on here.