Introduction: How to Make an Ancient Fantasy Map

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Fantasy maps can look awesome, and they're very useful for writing and drawing, so I'm going to teach you how to make a fantasy map with just:

  • Any number of D&D dice
  • A Pencil
  • A Pen
  • A sheet of paper
  • Paint, Markers, Crayons, ect. (Optional)
  • A lighter (Optional)

Let's get to it!

Step 1: Step One: Roll

First things first, get out your sheet of paper and dice. Now just roll the dice on to the sheet of paper. If a couple roll of the paper, no biggie. Just put them back on.

Step 2: Step 2: Draw

Take out your pencil, and draw around the dice, like so. Make sure to add ridges, so it doesn't just look like an actual shape.

Step 3: Step 3: Trace

Next, push the dice off and start tracing the pencil with the pen. This is just to give it that ink that you always see on fantasy maps.

Step 4: Step 4: Land Forms and Cities

This part is entirely up to you. You use a Pencil or a pen to draw landforms and cities for your map. Mine isn't very good, but I did try. A triangle inside a circle represents a city, two triangles attached to each other represents a mountain, and there's a few more things that I don't really want to explain. I drew mountains, 2 cities, a fishing town. a volcano, a few lakes and rivers, and a forest.

Step 5: Step 5: Color (Optional)

Now the time has come to color, if you want. I chose not to, because I don't like coloring.

Step 6: Step 6: BURN

This step is optional, but I think it makes it look absolutely EPIC. Just take your lighter, light the edges of the paper, let it burn for a second then blow it out.

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