All the Annuals: Ancient Tombs (June 2019)

Ancient Tombs
(Download the FCW file.)

This was a fun project. Knowing I have an Isometric version of this tomb in an upcoming annual to map out, led me to do a little research on just exactly how or what I was going to map. I wanted to find something simple, as I am not very familiar with the isometric/perspectives maps ProFantasy offers, although I do own them, I just haven’t found myself using them, which makes this project even better! Anyway, I found my way to a fantastic site, https://www.osirisnet.net/3d-tours/e_3d-tours.htm which led me to tomb QV66, otherwise known as the tomb of Queen Nefertari, one of the most beautiful tombs found to date.

I found a great map in French that I inserted in my drawing to use as a guide to map out my rooms. The interior stairs were a bit of a problem as they are not straight in the tomb, they angle downward to the right, are wider than the entrance stairs, and have a flat ramp in the center, apparently for the sarcophagus to slide down (genius, simply genius those Egyptians), which I solved by created a beveled rectangle polygon over the stairs symbol. I also found a few pictures online of a 3d perspective with the entire tomb’s beautiful wall art. This, in particular, got me excited for the Ancient Tombs Isometric Annual and the super cool wall art it offers.

All in all, this was a relatively simple asset to use. You can, besides use the symbols provided with the annual, use some of the DD3 symbols, as well, to fill your tomb. I did not really feel like I wanted too much in there, aside from adding some treasure symbols, as the Funeral Chamber also was noted to be the Treasure Room, as well.

As usual, I tweaked things a bit, toning down the yellow some with a Hue adjustment and adding the Texturize effect to the whole map. That, of course, is my personal preference on most of my maps, and you’ll likely see it on future Mapping the Annual maps.

Enjoy creating your adventure in the desert! I don’t know about you, but I am about to dig out my old AD&D copy of Al-Qadim Arabian Adventures for a little inspiration planning out an adventure in a far away land for my players!

About the author: Lorelei was my very first D&D character I created more years back than i’d like to remember. When I decided to venture into creating maps for my and others rpgs, I thought I owed it to her to name myself Lorelei Cartography, since it was her that led me to the wonderful world of tabletop gaming in the first place. Since then I have been honored to have worked with companies such as WizKids, Pelgrane Press, and ProFantasy. You can view some of my work at www.LoreleiCartography.com

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