Thursday, February 9, 2012

Create Your Own Poster Sized RPG Maps

I've always wanted to create high quality poster maps of my campaign worlds. When I first started playing RPGs, that meant buying poster board and doing all of the artwork by hand. These days, there are a ton of other options, including digital art. I won't go into how to create excellent RPG maps in a digital medium, as it isn't my specialty and others explain it better (this is a good place to start).

However, what I will say is that when you're finished, sometimes those maps aren't as useful as they should be. Often, they're restricted to your computer screen. If you do print them, you usually end up printing them so small that you can't see the details, or you have to figure out how to get multiple pages of white paper to line up correctly. In other words, the results are either digital-only or a pain to put together.

My solution? Go over to www.zazzle.com. Visit my store while you're there if you like, but make sure you pay close attention to the custom posters. That's where you'll find my solution to the giant RPG map problem. Upload that digital map that you just spent all that time on, and get it printed big enough to hang on the wall in your game room. Now your players can glance at the world map in the middle of play without having to pull up your campaign website.

3 comments:

  1. Cool, I've never really explored that option before. It would work great for creating poster-sized battle maps as well. I normally use a wet erase one, but for big, memorable set piece encounters it would be worth forking out a bit of cash.

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    1. Indeed! I wonder how hard it would be to make sure the grid on the poster comes out in the correct size...

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  2. Very cool. The one time I started a campaign as DM I hand drew the map on one of those large "art" pads, in pencil. I was pretty proud of it, but gotta admit this sounds better.

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