So Brian (of Lone Tree Games) put together a (sped up) video of the him using the Fold-N-Go Castle Kit #1 to build the Watchfire Keep from Kobold Quarterly #18. It’s great to see the castle map coming together into a full 3D castle model! Note that the set is totally modular – so you can build any castle with this, not just the Watchfire Keep:
In other (very cool news) the adventure “Who Watches the Watchfires” has been converted for the Dragon Age game by Josh Jarman and is being given away for free by the guys at Kobold Quarterly. Not only that, but you can now buy the Fold-n-Go Castle Kit over on the Kobold Quarterly store – an excellent way to support your local kobolds!
Zeitgeist is here. This week we heard all the buzz as the ENnie nominees were announced, but ENWorld has long ago ventured forth from just being the busiest D&D community on the net to publishing great content too. I picked up the job of illustrating the world map and several regional maps for the new campaign setting that’s coming out shortly – the world of Zeitgeist:
I’ve run two gallery shows of maps down at the SoHo Gallery for Digital Art. The people who run it are fantastic. John Ordover – the owner – uses the space to put on shows and also runs charity events.
His son is on the autistic spectrum and on July 7th the gallery is hosting a opening evening for an exhibition of art by autistic artists – Artism: The Art of Autism. All proceeds from sales of prints will go to Reach for the Stars Learning Center for Autistic Children in Brooklyn, NY.
Artism: The Art of Autism is based on the book Artism by Debra Hosseini who’s also curating the show at the SGDA. The pieces in the exhibit are by autistic artists from around the world. All the art you see on this post will be on display, and you can check out more samples on the Artism Today Gallery.
If you are in New York, I recommend dropping by the gallery for the free opening reception on Thursday July 7th, 6pm-9pm at 138 Sullivan Street down in SoHo. The show runs until the 28th of July and is free admission. The SGDA is open Tuesday to Saturday 12-6 and opens until 7pm on Thursdays.
I live in Manhattan and I’ve been curating a gallery show of maps of Manhattan. I put together a map myself.
I wanted to explore the idea that maps are deeply personal – a city block means different things to different people. One person identifies it with the corner store, another with a yoga class. This is my version of Greenwich Village in NYC. And yes, it includes a flattened mouse and a micro-pig (true story).
This was for the exhibition Mapping the Big Apple: Visions of New York, at the SoHo Digital Art Gallery.
The guys at Fantasy Mapmaker are having a cartography contest and giving away $175 of Profantasy vouchers as the prizes. I’m one of the judges – along with lots of great cartographers. The deadline is August 18th and you can find all the rules here. Good luck!
Some time ago, when I was starting out at freelance cartography, I was asked to draw one of the oddest worlds I’d heard of. The world existed on a turning cog, and the elemental planes span around it on interlocking wheels. Every day, the world span one notch. The seas cascaded over the edge into the darkness where the great wheels that turned the world clicked eternally on.