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MicroMap Monday

I’m participating more in MicroMap Monday, so thought I’d share the Micromaps from the past week.

Last Monday (Oct 20), the theme was “Plants.”

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“What is this? A map for ANTS?!?” Ink on half index card.

Why is the root bad? Why is tallgrass only on one side of the trunk? Who lives in Enemy Hill, and why do you feel guilty when you think about them?

Then, my friend Peter and I decided to start doing some ATC maps. ATCs are Artist Trading Cards– like baseball cards, but you make art with them and trade them with your friends, use them in swaps, etc. They’re popular in the online swap world, and a nice, small format for expressing your art without embarking in a huge project.

Here’s my first one:

The Infinity Temple
The Infinity Temple

The back of the ATC is usually where you include your contact information or maybe something about the artwork:

Infinity Temple: Back of the card
Infinity Temple: Back of the card

In this case, I included my name, CC-license, blog URL, and some questions about the map:

  •  The Infinity Temple has many secret doors and rooms.
  • Where do the four doors in the ? room lead?
  • Why is there a Guardian Statue to the Lower Pentagram temple?
  • What destroyed the room above the drainage channel?
  • Why are all the priests blind in Infinity Temple, and who among them is only pretending?

I like including questions about my maps. It makes them more fun, I think.

And finally, here’s this week’s Micro-Map Monday (10/27) entry. Unofficial theme was “mountain madness.”

Island of Questions

This island has many secrets and questions for you!

  • The Hills of Madness – What does the old woman on the hill know that no one else does?
  • Coral Bay was once home to what monsters?
  • Why is there always fog over the Dark Mountains?
  • Why are you keeping a secret about the Winsome Woods?


A couple of micro-maps

Sorry if you see this a couple of times today. We’re moving my blog server, so this low-content post is going to test a few things for me.

I drew a couple of tiny maps today, stretching my wings after re-joining the Micro Maps group on Google+.

This is Jarl Gorvik’s Meadhall:

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It’s on an index card, in pencil. If you want to use this map, feel free. Here are some of the questions you should have your adventurers try to answer:

  • What’s upstairs?
  • What does the pentacle in the cellar do? Why is it behind a secret door?
  • Why are there so many tables in the meadhall, and so few people….?
  • Where is the Jarl, and why did no one greet you but his "learned advisor"?

Next up is the Cliff-Climber:

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This micro-map is on a post-it flag, stuck to the pen I used to draw it.

  • There’s a cave in the cliff near the path. What lives there? Why is it there?
  • Why is the bridge above the waterfall? What’s in the churning waters below?
  • Who built the bridge, and what toll do they extract when you cross it?

I hope you enjoy these maps, while I continue testing our server migration!

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