CA198 Dockside Warehouse and Carriage YardWelcome, dear cartographers, to the June issue of the Cartographer’s Annual and to an alternate universe where steam technology goes way beyond what was possible in ours, mad scientists devise strange and powerful artefacts, and most likely zeppelins zip across the sky – in other words, a steampunk world.

Jon C Munson II, who created his first Cartographer’s Annual (Munson’s Mines) in 2017, has returned with another symbol pack compatible with Mike Schley’s Dungeons of Schley of Symbol Set 4. It includes trains, tracks, vehicles and lots of strange machinery.

The June issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page.

If you haven’t subscribed to the Cartographer’s Annual 2023 yet, you can do so here.

Hello Mappers! After a long absence from mapping due to life and some medical issues, which I am still battling, I’ve just decided to push through and try to get back to something that always brought me joy. I’ve enjoyed the heck out of watching the amazing maps some of you are putting out there. Ricko here’s your shout out….I see you and am inspired, as well as so many others new and old in our ProFantasy family in the forums and Facebook posts.

So, we last left off finishing up the 2017 Annual. I’ve worked on the first four maps in the 2016 Annual, Here Be Monsters (Overland), Empire of the Sun (Overland), Temple of Bones (Perspectives), and 1800s Floorplan (Floorplans). Okay, so I’ll be honest, it’s been a looooooong while since I’ve been inspired in my own right to create anything, so it was super slow going getting back in the swing of things.

Here Be Monsters
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Here Be Monsters … not my typical style preference, but I must say, after working with it, I grew to adore it. My only adjustment was the water hue, as I wanted it to be a slightly more greenish blue shade. This was easily remedied by adjusting the Hue and the Lightness on the Sea Sheet, which was also showing as my Rivers Sheet. For the Rivers, I deleted that sheet and just placed them directly on the Land Sheet, added a Color Key, this way my Rivers and Sea were the same shade of greenish blue I was going for.

I based the map off of a story I wrote back in college for my Creative Writing course. The story was a bit rudimentary, but seeing the idea of it in the form of a map, especially Pär Lindström’s whimsical style, was a pretty satisfying way to get back in my favorite hobby.😊

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.

We are very happy that with Jimmy Medina (aka DM Geezer Jim) we have a new contributor to the Cartographer’s Annual for the second month in a row. We loved the multi-structure floorplans extending over several levels that he shared with the community, and asked him to create a floorplan of a whole city block.

The resulting map pack “City Block” makes up the May Annual issue and shows eight different buildings interconnecting via their cellars, ground levels, upper stories and roof tops using the Dungeons of Schley style. It also contains a 10-page mapping guide, including descriptions and adventure ideas for the buildings.

The May issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page.

If you haven’t subscribed to the Cartographer’s Annual 2023 yet, you can do so here.

Prybylski WatercolourWe are happy and proud to present a new artist for the April issue of the Cartographer’s Annual. E. Prybylski has been contributing beautiful CC3+ maps to the community for a while, but they are also a great artist with ink and watercolour brushes, and we wanted to leverage that for the Annual. So symbols and Textures were drawn by hand and then converted into digital assets.

The result is the E Prybylski Watercolour style you see here. More than two hundred hand-drawn symbols combine with a dozen textures to produce unique and beautiful overland maps with a decidedly hand-drawn flavour.

The April issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page.

If you haven’t subscribed to the Cartographer’s Annual 2023 yet, you can do so here.

For the March issue of the Cartographer’s Annual 2023 Sue Daniel is back with a glorious new battle map style for those wintry excursions. See how her forest paths of 2022 turns into new winter trails, frozen rivers and lakes, and snow-covered woods.

Compatible with Sue’s Forest Trail style form last year’s Annual, Winter Trails contains everything you need to draw snow-covered outdoor maps for those encounters in the woods.

The March issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page.

If you haven’t subscribed to the Cartographer’s Annual 2023 yet, you can do so here.

The February issue of the Cartographer’s Annual 2023 is now available for download. We have a new, beautiful town style by Pär Lindström for you, venturing out into the heat of the desert this time. The “Desert Oasis” style contains hand-drawn buildings, ruins, palm trees and gigantic monuments, alongside bitmap textures to build an oasis settlement, an ancient ruin, or similar locations in a desert setting.

The February issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page.

Annual 22Last year’s Cartographer’s Annual – Volume 16 – is now available as a complete setup, all monthly issues collected into one single package. Subscribers who downloaded all the monthly issues don’t need to do anything, but if you skipped some issues or are a fresh owner of Volume 16, you can install everything in one go now. The setup is available from the registration page as usual. If you didn’t subscribe, waiting for it to become available as one single package, you can now purchase it from the Annual’s page or the store as usual.

Last year saw a bit of focus on battle maps and floorplans, but also ranged to electronic system maps and overland styles. The stars of the show (for me at least) were the battle map styles Creepy Crypts and Forest Trail by Sue Daniel – both so resource and work intensive we had to split them into two parts. But her Winter Village set was also extremely beautiful. It was also great to see Pär Lindström back with the wonderfully illustrative Book of Maps style.

Personally, I was happy to let some of my travel inspirations flow into the Island Chains issue and revisit Jon Roberts‘ awesome overland style. But the Tactical Maps style I developed from a commission for Pelgrane Press was also great fun to create.

For the coming year we are looking to include more new talent again and are actively looking for artists who are interested in creating an Annual issue style for us. See Simon’s call here.

The current Annual 2023 subscription has now started and the January issue is available. So if this retrospective on 2022 did wet your appetite, check it out here.

The January issue of the Cartographer’s Annual 2023. We start the year with a refurbished and expanded version of the 13th Age Overland Style by Lee Moyer. Inspired by his Dragon Empire map for the 13th Age role-playing game by Pelgrane Press, it is superbly suited to large scale campaign maps.

It’s symbol and bitmap selection has been expanded and the whole style has been brought up to speed to CC3+s latest effects and tools. The mapping guide has been updated and rewritten to take all of these changes into account.

The January issue is now available for all subscribers from their registration page. If you haven’t subscribed to the Annual 2023 yet, you can still do so here at the early subscriber discount (until January 10th).

The Cartographer’s Annual subscription for 2023 is now available, and you can subscribe at a reduced cost. If you are a current subscriber, be sure to check your email, as you should have received your re-subscription offer that way. Otherwise, visit the Annual web page for the early subscription discount.

We have the first three issues lined up, starting with an revisit and expansion of the 13th Age style by Lee Moyer. It will be redone with all the latest effects and tools of CC3+, and significantly expanded with new symbols and textures.

Next in line is a new style by Pär Lindström, a beautiful set of artwork for drawing small towns and villages in a desert oasis style. Check out the ProFantasy Facebook community to see more previews of his work. And then in March (or possibly April) Sue Daniel provides a beautiful new take on her outdoor battle maps, this time in a Winter theme.

As always, subscribing to the Annual will give you access to all twelve monthly issues as they are released, plus a bonus issue at the end of the year. If you want to see an example of all the great content you will receive, check out the Annual 2022.

Subscribe to the Cartographer’s Annual 2023 now.

Every 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 Tactical Maps style from April, created by Ralf Schemmann based on historical maps from the Library of Congress. 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 Forest Trail style with new textures, symbols and tools that let you add water falls, cliffs and mystical standing stones to your woodland maps.

CA184 Camp FortniteThe Bonus 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.

You can subscribe to the Cartographer’s Annual 2023 now at a 15% early subscriber discount.

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