I run my game using a projector shining onto a table, and for prepared encounters I always draw up a custom map beforehand. The problem comes when the players go off the rails and do something unexpected and I am left drawing maps with dry erase markers like a sucker.
This is a problem for several reasons:
- I can't draw maps by hand.
- It's pretty obvious that this wasn't an encounter I planned all along.
- Player: "Is that a... portal? Or a some sort of diabolical trap? Or... a fire?" Me: "It's a tree." Player: "Is the tree on fire?" Me: "No."
- I like drawing maps for real.
"Legendary Teeth, that sounds horrible! How can I help?" you might ask.
"It is not, drawing maps is fun! Shut up! I hate you!" I would say.
"No no, the other stuff. About how you don't have enough maps... I'm sure it's lots of fun..."
"Ah... Right. Umm... sorry about that. Bit touchy, you understand. Maybe... you could give me some ideas for maps to draw?"
I want to build up a stock of pre-made maps so I can just whip them out like a pro when an unexpected fight comes up. If you suggest something and I like it, I'll draw it up and post it back here when I'm done. Natrually, you are free to use that map in their own campaign if you like.
The maps I create are 1024x768 since that's the resolution of my projector, and 28x21 squares since that works out to each square being about 1 inch with my setup. If you suggest the map, and want a different resolution (either for a better projector, or to go and print yourself) let me know and I can hook you up. I can't really do different numbers of squares though.
You can see some examples of the sort of things I've been doing on my blog, Undercover Yeti, but let me show you something I haven't put up there yet:
I envision this as some sort of pit someone will get dumped/found in, or something a monster might be living at the bottom of for some reason. But I haven't used it yet, so who knows!
Maybe you do. I'm mostly looking for ideas for the maps themselves, but if you have thoughts on a cool encounter to go with it, I'm all ears. My party is heroic tier right now, so please no demi-gods. Unless they really suck.
Let's map it up!