Monday, September 18, 2017

Mapping the Distant Lands of DIY

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Modular design is great. You find something you like, find a place for it on the map, cross it over with something else, and eventually you have your own personalized sandbox adventure world.This map was all pieced together in Hexographer under the auspices of Sunday afternoon and is filled with a wide variety of stuff I like. I might use it in the future, I might not, maybe someone else will - regardless, it was a fun way to spend an afternoon.

Also, there are way too many talented people out there. This map features:
  • Vornheim, A Red and Pleasant Land, Maze of the Blue Medusa (Zak S)
  • Corpathium (Logan Knight)
  • Fire on the Velvet Horizon, Deep Carbon Observatory, Veins of the Earth (Scrap Princess and Patrick Stuart)
  • Fever-Dreaming Marlinko, Slumbering Ursine Dunes, and Misty Isles of the Eld (all by Chris Kutalik)
  • Hubris (Mike Evans)
  • Gathox Vertical Slum (David Lewis Johnson)
  • Strange Stars and Mortzengersturm, the Mad Manticore of the Prismatic Peak (Trey Causey)
  • Tales of the Dungeonesque and Grotesque (Jack Shear)
  • Yoon-Suin (David McCrogan)
  • Perdition (Courtney Campbell)
  • Against the Wicked City (Joseph Manola)
  • The Chaos Gods come to Meatlandia (Ahi Kerp and Wind Lotimer)
  • Under the Waterless Sea (Zzarchov Kowolski)
  • Hot Springs Island (Jacob Hurst)
  • The OSR Palace of the Silver Princess (a bunch of people)
  • The Ghoul Market (Vacant Ritual Assembly 1)
  • Death Frost Doom (James Raggi)
  • Anomalous Subsurface Environment (Patrick Wetmore)
  • Goblin Town and Lethlygon (Arnold K)
  • Tomb of the Serpent Kings (Skerples)
  • Halls Untoward (Michael Prescott)
  • Broodmother Skyfortress (Jeff Rients)
  • Blood in the Chocolate (Kiel Chenier)
  • Troika (Daniel Sell)
  • The Guild Dogs (Michael Raston)
  • Carcosa (Geoffery McKinney).
Unknown Kadath and the Plateau of Leng are there because Unknown Kadath and the Plateau of Leng should always be there. More love for the Dreamlands, I say.

This is technically challenge 28 from the #DIY30 challenge.


  1. Now with at least two varieties of horrible, horrible elves.

  2. OSR world
    most exited by a setting since i saw the map in the expert blur book 83

  3. or DIY world of your in the osr is a dumpster fire school

  4. I would've placed Qelong just east of Yoon Suin ^^

  5. Brilliant, thanks for sharing this.

  6. This is so cool. The original map for Chaos Gods come to Meatlandia had something similar, with signs pointing to Yoon Suin, Slumbering Ursine Dunes, Voivodja, DFD, and more but in the end didn't know about the rights. This is much cooler anyway.

  7. As someone just dipping their toes into OSR and related stuff. Can someone be kind enough to indicate which product is associated with which feature on the map?

    1. Most of the entries on the list are on the map under their direct name, except for minor regional locations. Non-indicative ones I can see are the Chocolate Factory (Blood in the Chocolate), Jukai City / Melanic Moors / QuVrst / Phyrric Plains (Fire on the Velvet Horizon, Elatior (Maze of the Blue Medusa), Denethix / Mt. Rendon / Lanthanide Wastes (ASDE), and everything in the southeast corner is from Yoon-Suin

    2. Denethix etc are from Anomalous Subsurface Environment (ASE).

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  9. Would it be possible to get the hexographer file?

    1. Right here. No text on it, though, I added all of that in GIMP.

  10. This is actually almost exactly how I built my current campaign setting. The Slumbering Ursine Dunes are west of the Deep Carbon Observatory, which is north-west of Stonehell, which is south-west of the monastery from 'Horror on the Hill', which is south of the hidden valley from 'Night's Dark Terror', which is south of Deathfrost Mountain, and so on. My most recent session saw the group stumbling into Qelong...

  11. What book is 'The world between' from?

    1. That is from Jack Shear's "Tales of the Grotesque and Dungeonesque"

  12. I love this. I think many OSR GMs have their own version of this sort of thing, although this is particularly comprehensive and well-done.

    I'd love to see a compilation of these...One-Page Settings! It starts with settings that blend three different settings, and works its way up from there. Notes for interactions between settings are bulleted on the map.