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David Zumwalt
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Hey all,

I am looking for a map that I can print or purchase, or perhaps a photo of a good map from a game that I can buy. I want to use this map in a prototype fantasy RPG style board game.

Ideally, this map would have one large city marked and several types of terrain including fields, hills, mountains, forest, lakes or rivers, ruins, a mage tower, perhaps an island somewhere. If there were deviding territory lines, like counties, that would be great too.

This is just to make a first prototype I would not copy anything from the map into my game.

If you know of a map that might be appropriate can you post a picture or link me to a picture please? Thanks for any help!
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#1, try Google images.

#2, search around on deviantart.com

#3, there are piles of maps and floor plans at the wotc D&D page.

Good luck!
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you could always quickly make one yourself using tilesets from videogames like dragonquest or something.
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There's a free program called Hexmapper, which is here.

However that's designed for maps which are divided into 'hexes' (hexagons).

If you want a map like a Risk board, where the 'spaces' are irregular and might represent counties or even countries, maybe you could use a map from fantasy fiction, for example Middle Earth or Earthsea?
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RPG blog The Labyrinth (http://rpglabyrinth.blogspot.com/search/label/Free%20Maps) comes out with free blank maps (mostly) every Monday that are all hi-res and free for download. With a quick bit of photo editing on any map that has the kinds of geography you want, you could easily add in political divisions, landmarks, or whatever else you'd like. The blog has an impressive back catalog of maps, so you can likely find something you like there. If not, you might try the random map generator Dave's Mapper (http://davesmapper.com/), in which you can set certain basic parameters for map size, tile sets (e.g. dungeon, caverns, etc.), whether the map is bounded, and so on. You can also just waste a lot of time making maps and imagining the kinds of encounters with which you'd fill them.
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If it's a prototype . . . use a marker?

Or pay me and I'll use some markers?
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You could use a real map. Perhaps pick somewhere obscure and/or turn it sideways or upside down, or swap land and sea so that islands become lakes and vice versa.

Apparently the earliest D&D campaigns used world maps of this type.

I also have a random hexmap generator: www.apolitical.info/webgame/map
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Did you look at http://rpgmapshare.com/ ?
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My avatar is a fantasy RPG map. But probably too smallscale for your purpose as you only want one large city...
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David Zumwalt
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I will look into those resources thanks all!
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By the way, you might find that a modular map (ie several small sections that can fit together in lots of different ways) makes for a more varied and interesting game.
 
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How about, get a risk board and draw on it or use the board tiles for settlers of catan. It is a first prototype, so don't spend too much money or time on it until you know the rest of your game works.
 
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David Zumwalt
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I got it figured out. I bought the Small World Realms expansion and pieced together something that will work for starters. I also populated it with monsters from Paizo's Beastiary Box. This is swift progress so far!
 
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