There has been a lot of things going on in the background of the podcast lately, but mainly scheduling issues have kept us from getting a show going. What we have decided is that we will start putting out new podcast episodes every other week starring myself and Voiceover Guy Brian where we focus on Dungeons and Dragons and our updated segment: GM 201!
To start this off, I will be attempting to update this blog with the step by step of how I am building a new continent filled with intrigue, wonders, and lots of adventures for a new party to explore. Without further ado, I present the initial post and picture of how things are starting to come together.
New Campaign Map Design Notes and Process
Drew map with basic outlines and continent/island shapes
Decide scale: On a 8 ½ / 11 sheet of paper, decide on 1 inch to x miles. Decided on 1 in to 200 Mile scale to make continents instead of large islands.
1 in to 100 miles makes the SW island roughly the size of Washington State
1 in to 200 miles makes the SW island roughly the size of the Pacific Northwest
The whole map is in an area that is 1800 miles tall by 2200 miles wide which makes the whole map take up roughly the same amount of space as the Continental United States.
I decided to focus on the scale of the map because it will help me decide on relative distances between kingdoms and allows me to include a wider variety of biomes and cultures without feeling cramped.
Need to decide on how the continent is placed in relation to the equator of this particular world. I have decided that the overall world map is to Earth scale, and that this particular continent is going to be south of the Equator, as my previous maps on this planet are North. I have decided after much poking and deliberation, to have the Northernmost land mass be roughly in temperature and climate to the Southern United States and slowly go to temperate climates the further South you go.
Now that we have a better idea of scale and climate, I can start making decisions about plaement of certain geological features.
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