Sunday, August 12, 2012

Arneson's Sketch Map of Blackmoor, Annotated

      Over at the Acaeum, sauromation asked about how Arneson's hand-drawn sketch map of Blackmoor (in which the settlements are not labeled) in the First Fantasy Campaign corresponds to the fine fold-out poster hex map that came with the same product. Above I've taken my best stab at annotating the sketch map using the labels from the poster map. The positions of the waterways and the settlements actually exhibit a great deal of similarity between the two, although there are definite geographical differences. It's tempting to call this an "earlier" map of Blackmoor, but I'm not sure if there's any evidence of this (please let me know if there is). It could be earlier but could also be a  sketch that is contemporary with the fine map.

1 comment:

  1. On the page in the FFC where this map is reproduced, Arneson says, the original was "drawn from some old dutch maps." Whereas the two big fold out maps were redrawn later. That's apparently a backhanded way of saying this is the original map from circa 1971/1970.

    Nice work connecting the dots. I suspect some of those places were just unnamed dots when Arneson first made the map. Temple of the Frog is interesting since it didn't exist as we know it until 1975, when Stephen Rocheford came up with the idea of a playing an alien taking over a cult in the swamp, but maybe Arneson had something in mind there earlier.

    You could add Kenville - that spot directly south of Vestfold.