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I am working on designing a historical themed board game but don't know where to get maps that I can print for a rough design of my game. I am not looking for anything in particular here just what are some of the places you guys get maps, either world, maps of Europe, Asia, Japa etc. at different eras for your games? Do you find websites? Do you draw them? Thank you for your time!
 
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I googled 'free maps' and got this as the top hit:

https://mapgeeks.org/

Have you researched that site or done other searches?
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I have done searches but whenever I do them they always have modern country outlines or don't print well, or have the websites name written all over the map since its free. I haven't seen that site before though, thanks.
 
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chartsandmaps.com have an interesting range.
 
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For specific places a/o periods from the past 250yrs or so, vintage atlases.

If looking at a time peeriod that predates the modern idea of what a map is or modern expectations of map accuracy, then find a historical atlas relevant to your subject / place / time period.

If you are looking for current maps, government sources are the way to go.



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A historical atlas from your local library
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For maps that you get from books do you copy them or do you hand draw them? How do you get the map from a book and into a playable board for a game?
 
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Summerun1 wrote:
For maps that you get from books do you copy them or do you hand draw them? How do you get the map from a book and into a playable board for a game?


Use a scanner at the library then edit the map on your home computer.
 
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Summerun1 wrote:
For maps that you get from books do you copy them or do you hand draw them? How do you get the map from a book and into a playable board for a game?

It depends on what you are doing. In the following case I draw them on my own. In follow on maps made after this one, I often used to put the shape of the shore line over the hex-grid and then used the information taken through the historical maps to place the various game relevant features. In other cases you should have ready the hexes showing the relevant ground and you place them as required by the area you want to present.

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And for making maps you may be interested in:
https://boardgamegeek.com/thread/299033/inkscape-extensions-...

and inkscape, which is free.
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If you're looking for historic maps, the New York Public Librarly released thousands of them for free:

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2014/03/28/open-access-maps
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lbleicher wrote:
If you're looking for historic maps, the New York Public Librarly released thousands of them for free:

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2014/03/28/open-access-maps


WOW! Thank you very much for posting this!
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lbleicher wrote:
If you're looking for historic maps, the New York Public Librarly released thousands of them for free:

https://www.nypl.org/blog/2014/03/28/open-access-maps

Interesting. Like this one there is one of an American University, from Texas, if I remember correctly.
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Here's a short list of resources for some free maps

Old Maps Online

https://www.oldmapsonline.org/

Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection

https://legacy.lib.utexas.edu/maps/historical/

The "Old Maps" Flickr group

http://www.flickr.com/groups/24677344@N00/pool/

United States Geological Survey resources

https://www.usgs.gov/news/historical-maps-your-fingertips

The David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

https://www.davidrumsey.com/

The Library of Congress

https://www.loc.gov/maps/collections/

These are really just scratching the surface of available resources on the subject.
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