Wednesday, August 24, 2016

[map] Adventurers, adventuring!

I started a few weeks ago working on a few maps to go along with the excellent artwork by Jonny Gray over on Google+, you can see his fantastic piece here (I just realized that he shared his map privately so unless you are in his circles, you will not be able to see his wonderful artwork, my apologies):

This is the first of three maps I plan to draw, each connecting and creating a larger, 'mega-dungeon' to go along with his artwork.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Bullet Journal hacks

A neat little layout I discovered online (originally spotted here Instagram photo), I like the cleanliness but solid design behind the layout. I would likely have to tweak this some as there is not a huge amount of space for tasks but I could easily see this working for a Weekly Overview. I especially like that is clearly displays the day of the week along with the date.

Another great idea she had was the task tracker layout below. It takes mere seconds to whip up the chart for this and it easily allows you to capture a numerical value of your task. She had Water, Steps, and Sleep on her page but I could see you using this for word count in writing as well.

Another system that I came across which I find intriguing but I am not sold on yet is the Time Ladder. Here you write out all your tasks along this ladder drawn on the page. You then map out the ones with certain times (such as appointments, thing you know will happen at particular times) and then as time permits you map out when you accomplish other tasks or plan when you will accomplish them. When the day gets complicated it seems to become a bit too messy for me. I do find it interesting though.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Lord Murdoch's Swindler's Cove

The self-stylized "Lord" Murdoch runs his swindler's market and meeting place here. A small 'resort', if you will, for those who operate on the shadier side of the law. Here one can find a bunk to hide out until the hear blows over. Maybe grab a bite to eat from Helmud's kitchen (try the Gerftord Stew!). Or even sell/swap your latest treasures discovered during your latest excursion.

Murdoch ensures the safety through monetary deals with locals and, it is rumored, some powerful magics. However he does manages, his Cove has not suffered a raid or attack in the sixteen years it has been in operation. High-ranking officials consider the Cove neutral ground and strict penalties will be enforced on those who disregard this rule.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

[map] Temple of Axiod

Master Elizourn stood before the massive hole at the center of the Temple of Axiod. The ledge that ran around the hole had broken and fallen in a few spots. Navigating the men over these openings would be dangerous. He frowned at the thought of losing more men to this damned place.

"My lord," came Gertor's voice from behind him. Gertor was a trusted servant and man-at-arms, in service for a decade. "The men have found something. A crypt."

"Where?" Elizourn asked. "Is it the priest?"

"I forbade the men from opening it. After the last one...I thought it better you were present." He looked away from his master. He spoke of the Temple Ferrin, where half of the men met their doom at the hands of a horror covered in torn rags that emerged from a crypt.

Elizourn placed a hand on Gertor's shoulder. "Good thinking. Let us head to this crypt."

They began to step to the side passage, taking just two steps before a roar shattered the silence of the tomb. It erupted from the massive hole before them and echoed across the massive stone chamber. Dust and small debris fell from their perch above, shaken by the powerful roar.

"Gertor! Gather the men, the crypt will have to wait!" He drew his family's sword, a long, gem-gilded blade, and readied himself...

If you follow me on G+, this was the map I was working on over the weekend where I went for a much more quick and fluid hatching method. Less focus was spent on a more deliberate placement of the hatching. I am not sure I like it better than the other methods.

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