Forest Graveyard

The December issue of the Annual 2022 is now available for all subscribers. Seeing that we had so much wonderful new artwork by Sue Daniel this year, but which is stretched across multiple styles, we thought an issue on combining these into one map would be a good addition. In the process a huge battle map came to be, showing a crypt and graveyard being overtaken by an encroaching forest.

The Forest Graveyard Annual issue gives you a set of four A3 battle maps, which combine into one huge map of an old graveyard with a crypt and a ruined chapel on which the forest is encroaching. The accompanying 6-page mapping guide explains the process of combining the Forest Trail and Creepy Crypt styles into one map and template for future use.

The Decemberissue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2022 yet, you can do so here.

Whenever you start a new map in CC3+, it is always based on an existing template. But did you know you can easily create your own custom templates, ensuring that it already comes configured with your custom sheets and effects setup, your own fills, and more?

A template in CC3+ is really just a map. When you create a new map, what happens is that CC3+ makes a copy of the template for you as the starting point of your new map. So editing a template is just as simple as editing a map, the only trick with templates is knowing where to find them and where to put them.

Customizing templates is also the first step to creating your own custom style, which have been covered in other articles.

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We are happy to announce that Symbol Set 6 – Isometric Cities is ready to be released into the wild as a public beta version this week. Mike Schley has created another set of amazing city symbols – this time in isometric perspective, giving you an unparalleled panoramic view across the landscape of your cities and towns.

CathedralThe Isometric Cities set features hundreds of high-resolution symbols and textures and all the tools, effects and templates you need to create breath-taking city views of your own. All buildings and objects, be they houses, workshops city walls, tombs and crypts, boats and wagons, or shrubs and trees – come in four cardinal views so you see and display them from all sides.

We will send out a separate product announcement later this week (via email and blog) from which you will be able purchase SS6 , and you will get immediate access to the beta version. It includes all artwork, tools and styles, and the Essentials guide. You can report any problems and issues to ralf@profantasy.com and we will fix them for the finished version, which should not be long in the making.

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After a little (just a little) quieter time in the summer months, the number of posted maps on the forum and FB group is picking up again and it’s getting harder to look through them all. But that means more wonderful maps for us to marvel at!

We start with the Elemental Nations by Ricko Hasche and a wonderful use of the 13th Age overland style.
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Here’s the list of new Live Mapping videos since the last newsletter:

The new set of free monthly symbols let’s you venture into the legendary dragon’s lair, where untold riches are piled on top of each other. Will you dare to face the wrath of the ancient dragon when you disturb her slumber? And even more doubtful: will you be able to bear stand against the unbearable cuteness of her pup?

Note that the example maps included with the free content make use of Symbol Set 4 to showcase the symbols in proper surroundings. If you don’t have SS4 installed, you won’t see these correctly, but you can still use the symbols on other maps. Symbol Set 4 – Dungeons of Schley is available for purchase here.

To download the free content go to your registration page and on the Downloads tab, click the download button for Campaign Cartographer 3 Plus. Mike’s new symbols are the last link in the list. All the content of year two up to and including November 2022 is included in the one download.

You can always check the available monthly content on our dedicated page.


The November issue of the Annual 2022 has been released. It adds another set of symbols and tools to Sue Daniel’s run of dungeon and floorplan symbol styles. This time you can venture out into the woods and forests and fight beneath the shade of trees.

The Forest Trail style gives you lots of new symbols and bitmap fills that work with the Dungeon Designer 3 and Creepy Crypts styles. Build encounter maps in the depths of the forest with easy options to switch between a view of the forest floor and the tree canopy.

The November issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2022 yet, you can do so here.

EucalyptusNow over on the Profantasy community forum posted an excellent little tutorial on creating decorative symbols by tracing graphics from other sources, and we thought it would be great to share this on the blog. So break out your mapping tools and follow along.


This is a tutorial for creating vignettes / decoration symbols out of rounded polygons by tracing existing images.

I’ve more or less stumbled upon this method, after I wanted a spider to decorate a map and could not find one exactly like I wanted, so I drew/ traced it.

Step One: Determine what you want for your map.

Based on the opinion of a certain younger member of our household, I’m going to use a unicorn as an example. It should be suitable as a crest, stamp or as a general map decoration.

Step Two: Find a suitable source image:

This image could be any drawing, picture or even photo. The most important thing is that the general shape of what you want to trace matches what you want.

Please keep copyright in mind if you are planning to use the created symbol for a map you are going to publish. I try to use public domain images whenever possible.

After some searching around, I’ve found this public domain crest on Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Blason_ville_fr_SaintLo_(Manche).svg

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Dear map-makers, welcome to the October newsletter. Let’s see what happened last month in our mapping community.

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