The Paizo blog today was all about the wonderful steampunk world of Zeitgeist from ENWorld and that reminded me that I need to post the rest of the Zeitgeist maps. I created these maps for the Island at the Axis of the World – the first module in the adventure path. You can download the adventure and the maps for free.
As well as the map of the City of Flint (above – or click here to see the map larger) I created an island map and a star fort for the adventure path:
I don’t create top down maps in this style too much anymore. It’s refreshing to lay in some sprawling mountain ranges and hills. In a top down map the location icons tend to be simpler too. This style is well within my comfort zone, but the border and compass design was a new feature. Those took some reference and a bunch of work to get right. This is a land of black powder, canons, and steam, so the decoration needed to evoke steampunk, and steamship adventure.
I particularly like the layout of the star fort. Nothing like a star fort to remind you that you’re in the era of canons. They look so different from classical medieval fortresses, with the outcroppings at the corners providing an uninterrupted line of fire along the walls.
Of course, this star fort exists in a world of magic and wizardry, so it also has a mythic maze guarding the central tower, teleportation circles, and passwall locations. But it wouldn’t be D&D without some high magic.