Posted in: Dungeons and Dragons, Role Playing Games

#RPGaDay2021 Day 2: Map

Day 2: Maps

So day two of the #RPGaDAY2021 challenge had four different suggestions for possible subjects. I elected to stick with the primary suggestion of “Map”. We use a ton of maps in different role-playing games. Everything from a dungeon layout on a notebook of graph paper to full color starship deck plans showing every room on the USS Enterprise.

Unfortunately I don’t have any maps ready for public release. I thought about finding some classical maps that could be used for inspirational purposes. However I decided I wanted to display two of my favorite Dungeon and Dragon maps that I spent many days studying back in the early days of the BECMI system.

The Grand Duchy of Karameikos.
The lands surrounding the Grand Duchy of Karamiekos.

Both of these maps came from the BECMI Expert Set Rulebook that was published in 1983. The first map shows the Grand Duchy of Karamiekos (that the players were first introduced to in the “B” and “X” series of adventure modules) and the second map shows the surrounding areas beyond the Grand Duchy’s borders. I loved how the various hexes were set up and filled out (there was a key in the Expert Rulebook) and these maps inspired me to “fill in the blanks” or even just create new maps of my own.

When the Gazetteer series was released a ton of information was dropped in this world. It fleshed out a lot of areas that had just been words on the map. I also loved the fact that they added different rule sets within these Gazetteers such as Dwarven clerics and more. I’m a little surprised that these supplemental rules haven’t been collected into a companion piece to the Rules Cyclopedia.

One additional note about maps. I remember selecting fantasy novels to read from various libraries and book stores. Those fantasy books that had maps in the front of the book were usually placed higher on the reading list. I could follow the adventures by referencing back to the map while reading.

Final Thoughts:

While the maps topic suggestion was an excellent one, the other suggestions were really lacking. Senses, Plan and Voice? I guess I could have posted about how players and game masters tend to over-plan, but that wouldn’t have been very positive. The other two suggestions drew complete blanks when it came to possible RPG subjects. I was happy that I had the opportunity to ignore them.

RPGaDay 2021 chart
The RPGaDay 2021 chart
Posted in: Quotes, Star Trek

Daily Star Trek Quotes: August 2-8

Logically, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.

Here are the Daily Star Trek Quotes that will appear on the @STrekQuotes twitter account for the week of August 2nd through the 8th.

August 2
“That’s what you get for missing staff meetings.” Kirk- Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Stardate: 8210.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTOS #WeAreStarfleet

August 3
“And what better place to find oneself than on the streets of one’s home village.” Picard- Family, Stardate: 44012.3 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet

August 4
“All ready for Attack of the Lobster People?” Chakotay “I am not familiar with that species.” Tuvok- Repression, Stardate: 54090.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekVOY #WeAreStarfleet

August 5
“I grew up with dogs. Can’t remember not having one.” Archer- A Night in Sickbay, Date: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekENT #WeAreStarfleet

August 6
Happy Birthday to Michelle Yeoh. @michelle_yeoh https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Michelle_Yeoh #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

“He is a bully. They crumble like a cookie when they meet a bigger one.” Mirror Georgiou- Scavengers, Stardate: Unknown #StarTrek #StarTrekDiscovery #WeAreStarfleet

Star Trek: Lower Decks premieres on this date in 2020 with the episode Second Chances. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Star_Trek:_Lower_Decks #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #WeAreStarfleet

“Yeah, no, we’re not really elite. We’re more like the cool, scrappy underdogs of the ship. You know, we don’t wash our hands, we’re doing kick flips all the time.” Mariner- Second Chances, Stardate: 57436.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekLowerDecks #WeAreStarfleet

August 7
Happy Birthday to Cirroc Lofton. https://memory-alpha.fandom.com/wiki/Cirroc_Lofton #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

“The entire future of the galaxy may depend on us tracking down Willie Mays…and stopping him.” Jake Sisko- In the Cards, Stardate: 50929.4 #StarTrek #StarTrekDS9 #WeAreStarfleet

August 8
“We will start with the assumption that I am not crazy. If I am, it won’t matter one way or another.” Dr. Crusher- Remember Me, Stardate: 44161.2 #StarTrek #StarTrekTNG #WeAreStarfleet