Monday, April 4, 2016

Done with the City-State of the Invincible Overlord Map

After Scourge of the Demon Wolf my product release fell to nil. It isn't that I lost interest but I took on some mapping projects. Since I do this all out of my hobby time something had to give and that was the release of my own stuff. But I think you will see it was time well spent because one of the maps I was working on was the City-State of The Invincible Overlord itself!

For those who backed the Judges Guild City State kickstarter. I uploaded the first draft of the CSIO map. I am asking people there to proof it and upload their comments to a shared Google Drive folder.

It took a better part of a year working in my spare time to complete this. Bob Senior packed a lot of detail into the map.

The differences from the original are.

  • It is in color!
  • I added footpath and other detail made possible by having a color map.
  • Kept to the original otherwise.
  • Because of the scale and shape (24" by 36") I added some details to the north edge of the map. I took it from the five mile hex from the back of Wilderlands of High Fantasy. This led to the discovery of some minor details that could be added to the original the most important of which are some streams that run into the Conqueror's River.
  • Unlike when I proofed the Necromancer version, I had access to the No-Name City Blueprint during this. So I was able to resolve some confusing details from the original particularly in where various doors goes. No-name is not 100% the same there some obvious changes on the 1977 version over the No-name print.

For those of you without access to the kickstarter here are two preview images. One within the City and one outside showing the detail at full scale.



Chris C. said...

That's a really beautiful map, Rob!

Rob Conley said...

Appreciate the complement Chris. Wait until you see what I have in store for my own Majestic Wilderlands.

PeelSeel2 said...

UG! I wish I had been part of the kickstarter!

Geoffrey McKinney said...

Rob, you've managed to take the best RPG city map and improve it. Well done! A couple of questions:

1. When will this map become available on the open market?

2. Are there any plans to re-release the text of the City-State of the Invincible Overlord? The old Judges Guild product is unpleasant to read because of the small font size, the lack of crispness of the text, and the lack of columns. I'd love to see the old book published with attractive, readable text.

Rob Conley said...

The plan is to create and print a new single CSIO book and map based off of the original. That is projected to be fulfilled in its final form to backers by August. I assume opened to sales to the general public soon after.

This is part of the resolution to fix the cash flow issues caused by incorporating miniatures into Judges Guild City State Kickstarter.

Geoffrey McKinney said...

I hope that sucker has completely new typesetting. :)

Theodric Ælfwinesson said...

Yeah, now I'm sorry I didn't back it, too. Great looking work.

Unknown said...

I agree; it's a great looking map. Sorry for the late post. I just learned about this project. Is the map available for purchase?

Unknown said...

I second the above post. I unfortunately missed out on the Kickstarter, but I got my hands on a physical copy of Glory Hole Dwarven Mine and it starts in the city. I'd love to use this map to help run that an future adventures in the setting.

Robert Trifts said...

How ironic that anybody says they are unhappy they missed this Kickstarter.

You want mine? You can have my Kickstarter participation in this for waht I paid for it. Hell - at this point, I'd take HALF of what I paid and call it a win.

This is the worst RPG Kickstarter I have ever been involved in. Total clusterfuck.