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I'm working on an historical strategy game set in the UK and I'm having trouble finding suitable maps... especially digital ones that i can add game-related features to and then print out. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Thanks,
GameMonkey

Nazhuret
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Maps for Board Games

well... let me see.... just a quicky google search...

Genmaps is all about old maps of england wales and scotland ... i think it's mostly by county but it's dern tasty browsing yup... it's a good place to start and they have some links to like minded pages...

actually the more i start clicking these links the more this is looking REALLY good. definately check this out.

here's some that might not have as much "flavor" as some but are perhaps more informative depending on what the subject matter and time period are...
http://www.georgetown.edu/faculty/ballc/oe/oe-map.html
http://coral.lili.uni-bielefeld.de/Classes/Winter96/Dialects/dialects/no...

oh wow! now here's a GREAT page of maps.... http://www.britannia.com/history/histmaps.html

this one is very interesting... from 900 AD!! http://www.henry-davis.com/MAPS/EMwebpages/210.html

anyway that's a start. hope it helps.

Anonymous
Re: Maps for Board Games

GameMonkey wrote:
I'm working on an historical strategy game set in the UK and I'm having trouble finding suitable maps... especially digital ones that i can add game-related features to and then print out. Does anyone have any suggestions?

Another place is http://www.earlybritishkingdoms.com/maps/index.html .

Torben

Anonymous
Maps for Board Games

Gday Gamemonkey,

You already know of my historical epic game so I'll get to the the point. I found a map that showed the colonial empires of the colonial powers in the year 1700, when my game starts, which has been very useful. I got it off this site which has hundreds of maps, Im sure you'll find one which suits your needs :D

http://www.maps.com/reference/history/whistory/

Cheers,

Tim

Anonymous
Maps for Board Games

Wow, you guys are amazing! Thanks for all the help! I checked out all these links, there are some really great maps here. At this point i need a very simple map that i can remove all but the major cities from (London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Nottingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow etc) Then i want to draw resources and roads on it... this is just for playtesting, i'll likely get an artist to draw up the map that would be used when i print it. The problem is that i tend to find a map that is either just an outline - so i have to try to put the cities in myself, or it is so crammed with stuff that i can't use it (ie it has all the counties and a million little place names)

I think i might just go with the blank map and just eyeball the location of these cities and go from there, what do you guys think?

Thanks again, this forum rocks!

Verseboy
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Maps for Board Games

Certainly for a prototype, I'd say just take a blank map and put the cities in by hand. When you've ironed out the kinks, then you can look for the right map or commission a college art student to make one.

I don't own it, but I believe it is Ticket to Ride that lists Duluth where Minneapolis is and put Chicago in Indiana. So it's possible to have a successful game without an accurate map.

Steve

Anonymous
Maps for Board Games

That's hilarious! Screwing up Minneapolis and Chicago! Well, i shouldn't mock until i've got mine inspected by the Her Majesty's Royal League of Cartographer's (or compare it to an atlas!)

Well, i think that's what i'll do then... i found a really great outline map of GB from Ordnance Survey

Thanks again for all your help!

Anonymous
Historical Atlas Scans

I've made scans from a historical atlas then super-imposed a grid using MSPowerPoint.

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