The Area Surrounding the Town of Blackmoor - Rendered with Game Stamps
Most of us are map freaks; and not just about game maps either. Show us an old city map, or National Geographic country map, and we can spend a lot of time tracing our fingers across it and thinking about faraway lands; it's part of being a gamer.
And of course, when it comes to making our own maps -- We Make Them!
Whether we use high quality pens and papers, or just scribble on the nearest scrap of paper, map making is one of the many hobbies within a hobby, that are part of being a gamer.
Additionally, when it comes to maps for fantasy games, there is an artistic quality to home made one of a kind maps, that cannot be equaled. Those of you who still have some of your old maps that have been played on for years and years will surely know what I'm talking about.
Not long ago we came across a website for some map making tools that caught our eye. We're really into everything, and anything, that can best be described as Old School when it comes to RPG's and these Game Stamps really do have that hand made look and feel.
Another thing we really love, is small companies that produce unique products for gamers. Back in the day, that was the basis of the indy game design revolution that made that era feel special. These new little companies still have that exact same energy. They are companies that are accessible to their fans. Their driving motivation is their passion for gaming and game product design.
A sample map taken from the Game Stamps website
Seeing the examples on the web site got us pretty excited already. We're also not shy about pestering people, so we contacted the creator of Game Stamps, Brendan Day, and had a long email exchange about his Game Stamps and what his plans are for the future. Like all gamers, we also had some of our own ideas about future stamps we'd like to see. We really want a 3 hex Sea Monster stamp!
Here is the Secret Sauce on Game Stamps.
Game Stamps is going to be launching a Kick Starter to fund their line of wilderness hex ink stamps before too long. We felt it was worth giving you a preview peek at these new map tools as well.
As of now, Game Stamps has developed a Basic Set of 8 Landscape Hex Stamps:
Desert, or Shore
Examples of the actual stamps with hex shaped bases
The Landscape Set can also be augmented with a Landmark Set:
Castle or City
Ruin, or Dungeon
There are also a variety of other stamps just waiting to be added to this product line as well. You can find that extensive list on the website: gamestamps.com/artwork/
Examples of the actual stamps with square shaped bases
Since we do not have our own set of Game Stamps, we decided to do a test of sorts.
We asked if Brendan could make us a map of Blackmoor with his stamps, just to show us how these stamps could be used in a real game. We sent him two different maps of Blackmoor and he made us a sample of his interpretation of the area around Blackmoor town. (see the top image on this post)
The result of the test reveals a very versatile tool that lends an old printing press look to the maps. Clearly, we're a bit taken by these stamps and can't wait to get some of our own -- they just hazez the right look and feel!
We look forward to seeing Brendan's Game Stamps have great success via the coming Kick Starter. If you think these are a cool addition to your own map making tool kit, you can sign up to get notified when the Kick Starter launches on his website:
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