Annual 2021Last year’s Cartographer’s Annual – Volume 15 – has now been consolidated into one single installation, which is available on the registration page for all subscribers. If you ever need to reinstall it, just grab the download from there and you don’t need to go through the 13 individual issue installs. If didn’t you subscribe, waiting for it to become available as one single package, you can now purchase it from the Annual’s page and the store as usual.

From undersea dungeons via fantasy towns and cities to colonies in space, the 2021 Annual contains a wealth of material, with lots of contributions by our favorite artists and map-makers like Sue Daniel, Pär Lindström and David Castedo Gomez. Check out many example maps on the Annual’s gallery page.

A special highlight was Sue Daniel’s two part Marine Dungeon style that let us venture into undersea environments. Her knack for exceptional sheet effects gave us a realistic look into shallow or deeper waters, foaming waves and lots of other goodies.

Pär Lindström’s Fantasy Town style has become a staple among our mappers for clear and beautiful town plans that are easy and quick to draw. I am very much looking forward to his work in 2022.

Morwara mapWe were also happy to see a new contributor’s work in last year’s volume, with David Castedo Gomez (Medio in the forum community) creating the Erdan Worlds overland style based on the older Worlds of Wonder style.

Personally, I was very happy to take another stab at one of my favorite older map styles (Pete Fenlon Revisited) and make a hobby project of mine – paper diorama buildings for a sci-fi Colonial Outpost – into a proper Annual issue. While papercraft and Dioramas 3 is a niche among our users, the Annual provides the platform to make such special styles and collections available.

The current Annual 2022 subscription has now started and the January issue is already available. So if this retrospective on 2021 did wet your appetite, check it out here.

CA181 Terraneo PeninsulaA Happy New Year to all you cartographers out there. We are excited to start into the new year with the 16th year of the Cartographer’s Annual, and a crossover issue on both Campaign Cartographer 3+ and Fractal Terrains 3+.

The style “Fractal Worlds” is an adaptation of the Jerion map that Sue Daniel developed in her One-Day Worldbuilder Annual issue. It makes use of the improved export features in FT3+ to produce an export that you can build on in CC3+. Or you can start fresh in CC3+ and create maps that mimic the look by hand, instead of relying on the automated world creation of FT3+.

The January issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2021 yet, you can do so here.

Please note that the 2022 is still available at the discounted early-subscriber rate until January 10th.

Winter VillageWith Volume 15 of the Cartographer’s Annual now complete including its bonus issue, we are now ready to head into 2022 with Volume 16. The discounted re-subscription offer to current susbcribers has gone out (email us if you didn’t get it) and you can check out a preview of the first three issues, on the Annual 2022 page.

As a pre-release offer you can now subscribe at a 15% discount and get the January issue right when the subscription starts.

CA173 The Four KingdomsEvery year we make one of the Cartographer’s Annual issue available for free to give everyone a taste of the great mapping inside.

This year we decided on the Darklands overland style from may, created by Sue Daniel which gives you a full-blown overland style for your maps. This style is now included in the Free Sampler and can also be downloaded individually from the Annual page.

To make up to all our loyal subscribers, we add a bonus issue to the year’s roster. This year Sue Daniel expands on her Darklands City style with new textures, symbols and tools that let you enhance your city maps with fields and meadows, separating hedges and walls, and reed-overgrown riverbanks.

The Bonus issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2021 yet, you can do so here.

Note: The re-subcription offer for the Annual 2022 will become available later this week.

The Temple at Miral BayAre you still looking for that treasure in the half-sunken temple on the shoreline? Getting bored by always the same seaweed slushing around your legs? Don’t worry, Sue Daniel has more maritime excitement for you with the second part of the Marine Dungeons style.

New ways to enhance your floors with metallic inlays, connecting walls, new flora and fauna for your shore and sea floor … more than 140 symbols, a dozen new textures and many drawing tools are included in the Marine Dungeon 2 style expansion pack.

The December issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2021 yet, you can do so here.

Note: The re-subcription offer for the Annual 2022 will become available in mid-December, when we also make one of this year’s Annual issues available for free and release a bonus issue (Darklands City part 2).

CA179_WesternLandsThe November issue of the Cartographer’s Annual 2021 includes the “Pete Fenlon Revisited” style pack, where we extensively re-worked the 2008 map style based on the iconic maps of ICE’s maps for the Middle-earth roleplaying game.

With the permission of Pete Fenlon, the author and artist of those maps, we produced a vector style pack in the second year of the Cartographer’s Annual. Since then CC3+ has been released and many new features and tools were added to Campaign Cartographer. To make use of these, we re-worked the templates and drawing tools and also took the opportunity to add more bitmap fills and symbols to the style.

More than 50 drawing tools and over 150 symbols now allow you to create overland maps in Pete Fenlon’s wonderful style much more quickly and easily. The 6-page mapping guide has also been re-written to account for all the new stuff.

The November issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2021 yet, you can do so here.

Paper OutpostThe October issue of the Cartographer’s Annual 2021 contains the “Colonial Outpost” map pack, a large collection of pre-drawn buildings for science fiction gaming scenery. It depicts a colonial outpost or settlement with prefabricated houses, a variety of add-ons like a satellite dish, walls, and other little scenery pieces.

The sets are included as pdfs for immediate printing, but you can also modify and adjust the existing CC3+ drawings, as well as create your own designs with the accompanying drawing style. Dioramas 3 is not required to make use of the sets, but will be very useful, if you want to draw your own buildings. Cosmographer 3 can be useful for further flash out the scenery with additional symbols and textures.

The October issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2021 yet, you can do so here.

CA177 Aramalina - Rivers Meet DistrictThe September issue of the Cartographer’s Annual 2021 is now available. Dive into city building with a great new style by Sue Daniel. The style is designed to match her Darklands overland style in tone and colors, and is named Darklands City accordingly.

The grim and gritty style contains many ruins and dilapitated buildings, and with its more than 200 new symbols and many bitmaps fills in Sue’s detailed signature style offers a gorgeous set for city mapping.

The live mapping session on ProFantasy’s YouTube channel on September 2nd 2021 (6pm UTC+2) will demo this city drawing style.

The Septmeber issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2021 yet, you can do so here.

The August issue of the Cartographer’s Annual 2021 is now available for download. Follow a detailed tutorial on using repeating textures in CC3+.

The 10-page tutorial focuses specifically on the repeating patterns that can become very apparent and distracting in large bitmap fills, and how to mitigate and remove them as far as possible.

The live mapping session on ProFantasy’s YouTube channel on August 19th 2021 (6pm GMT+2) will focus on and expand this tutorial.

The August issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2021 yet, you can do so here.

In our weekly live mapping series on YouTube I’ve been revisiting the first styles that I created for the Cartographer’s Annual back in 2007. Sue Daniel took it upon herself to create new maps with these styles as examples and here are the next two beautiful results!

Sarah Wroot Overland

April saw the first style by a freelance artist which we converted into an Annual style. Saraw Wroot had been producing maps for Pelgrane Press’ Dying Earth RPG and her handdrawn style and watercoloury look translated well into the new sheet effect-powered visuals of CC3+.
004 Sarah Wroot - East Runia sm
(Download the FCW file)

Cave and Cavern Maps

The May Annual issue of 2007 saw me delving into natural caves, using noth Dungeon Designer 3’s style and a new modern map look, which I had kind of pioneered in the Source Maps: Temples, Tombs and Catacombs collection. Sue took the DD3 version to produce this great spiral cave layout.
Spiral Cavern
(Download the FCW file)

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