I hope that you are all well and staying safe in these difficult times. Being a nerdy recluse even in normal times is an asset in times like this, and thank to my fantastic patreon members I have the privilege to keep working on my maps, and with less hiking and other things available I'm working on Greyhawk related projects even more than usual, thank you all again so much!
My main project right now is the 576 CY Atlas, that is starting to take shape. My patreon members are advising me on how the layout and pages should look like and here are an example:
This edition will be for a 11x17 inch landscape layout and the page count will probably be around 80 all in all including legend, various overview maps and about 65 map pages covering the Flanaess.
Each page will be published as it's being done, with the first ones coming in a week or so, and they will trickle out as quickly as I can make them and when I have the workflow up and running I can probably create one in a day or so.
During the grip of pandemics I have decided to make all my content public right away, so those who cannot afford to send me money don't have to miss out on things. I need the income from patron more than ever, but these are tough times and I want to do what little I can to help out. When this is over it is time to restructure my my Patreon, now I'm so glad for whatever you can help out with, and I'll post everything in publicly available on my patreon: https://www.patreon.com/annabmeyer and here as well.
Now onto my project to move my Greyhawk mapping over to the world of GIS, and one of the first steps of that is to create a base elevation map of the Flanaess. This is not something that will have much direct use, but it is a necessary step in order to create more detailed maps.
I have to point out that this is not a finished map by any means, and even when the base elevation is done, it is only a real use will be as a base for more detailed mapping that can then be used for some really cool stuff!
Below is the same area s above but with the Flanaess map texture fully applied.
The resolution for these base maps will be 1 pixel per mile, and the elevation will go from sea level to 33 000 feet (10 km). This way I can create the slowly rising terrain that makes up the continental base, with slopes that cover hundreds of miles. The idea is to usea part of this map at a time, increase the resolution and use it as a base for more detailed terrain and texture work, creating all the small hills valleys, rivers, lakes terraces and more that makes up the terrain of Greyhawk.
Here is a more close up look at the Rift Canyon.
And White Plume Mountain and The Great Effluvial Swamp.
Again stis is very much a work in progress, so there are still river valleys to create and adjust, and the areas in the background of this image I haven't even started on yet. This work will be useful for both detailed area maps and planetary maps, and Oerth continental layout is the next project to take a first peak at!
I've been sketching out what the continents of Oerth can look like for a long time. I'm not alone in this endeavour, many very esteemed Greyhawk fans have done this before me and it is a topic that requires extra care that I'm very well aware of. Above is a first rough continental outline that I created from the idea of trying to be "inclusive" and create a "best of" version of all the previous maps I've seen including elements from most of them.
It has a large Oerik continent that has the "cow hide" shape from the earlier maps, but I've tried to break it up add details to it. Fireland, a southern continent is here as well as a continent in the middle of the Solnor ocean that could be Frank Mentzers Empyrea, based on some of the earlier maps I've seen.
Below is what that continental layout looks like on a globe seen from a space above central Flanaess. The orange areas are major mountain ranges.
It gives good view of the Flanaess surroundings that we haven't seen before on earlier maps, especially around the polar region in the north.
Below is a look at Oerth from the north pole.
and a look at the south centered of the great southern continent.
Again this is just a first sketch that will need to be discussed and refined, but hopefully something that a majority of Greyhawk gamers can find useful can come out of this. My goal is only to create a terrain model, the rest like political situation, place names etc I don't want to include. The data is too vague and contentious to deal with to make that a useful pursuit, so my ultimate goal is to provide a "canvas" for anyone to fill with whatever they want to do. The areas we are talking about are enormous, so there will be room enough for almost everything, with room to spare!
This is what I'm working on at the moment, and please stay safe and happy gaming to you all!