Steal This Map

I ran a short steampunk campaign a while back and whipped this up. The background is from an earlier hand drawn map to which I added the Campaign Cartographer symbols (Oh Photoshop you make my life so much easier). I usually prefer to draw my maps, but I needed something quickly (even though it still took two weeks to make... I'm a perfectionist). It turned out pretty good, but alas that campaign has come and gone, and now this map needs a new home, so please...

Steal this map.

Enjoy the map, and let me know if you use it in your game.

Several people have inquired whether they could my maps in their commercial (for profit) projects. The answer is: No, you cannot use these maps for any commercial project. Read the creative commons copyright below.

But, if you are a DIY RPG person, with little to no money, and really want to use one of the maps for something that you're working on, that might earn you a bit of money, let me know. We can talk, and if I like your thing, I will most likely let you use my maps for free.

Creative Commons License
This work by John Williams is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License.


  1. Beautiful! I love blank maps, and they aren't so easy to find as usually everything is named and ready for use by the map creator in question. In this case this map is like a lovely blank slate waiting to be used for any situation.

    Hmm, in fact, I think it'd work marvelously for my current Pathfinder campaign.... Downloading now!

    And it would save me from the trouble of laboring over one of my fugly maps. :D

  2. I hope the map works out for your campaign, have fun.

  3. Ah Photoshop, if only I could afford you...

    I use GIMP to create the maps I want, with several custom "brushes" to create the terrain. It's free, and can use photoshop brushes. :D

    And two weeks! I think I'd be starting over by that point, asking myself "Do I really need that much detail?"

  4. I also use gimp, but I work as a graphic designer so I have photoshop. I use plenty of custom brushes and often build my own, this map was mainly to experiment with CC2 symbols. The two weeks is just because I'm obsessive.

  5. CDGallant_KingFebruary 09, 2011

    Good god, man, you make impressive maps. Mine generally look like "You start here (draw X). You go here (draw another X). There's some trees in between (draw squiggly lines). You are jumped by bad guys here (draw yet another X)." Drawing, both by hand and digitally, is one of those things that I understand on a theoretical level but cannot make my brain and hand work together to output what I picture in my head.

    I salute you!

  6. Thanks. Maps are awesome, not as awesome as boobs, but still pretty awesome.

  7. rulescyclopediarulesFebruary 16, 2011

    Holy smokes did you ever save me some time. Agree that it's not as awesome as BOOBS, John Williams, but it is awesome.

  8. Wow, that is awesome! I'm totally gonna try to make a version of my campaign map in this style now! Thanks :)

  9. Thanks for this! Been working with it recently:

  10. Hi, just found your map and it's awesome.  I'm working on this for a campaign.  I haven't finished with it yet, but when I do, I'll post it to my blog:

  11. Terry GwazdoskyFebruary 14, 2012

    Fantastic map.  It's just what I've been looking for to use in my new campaign. 

    What would you say the scale is per hex?


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