11 July, 2013

Walkabout Town Maps

I've been working on ten maps for towns in Walkabout. Each of the maps is specifically based on a small country town in my home state of New South Wales, which makes sense because the game is set in a post apocalyptic version of Australia.

I've literally taken screenshots of maps from Google, twisted them to match the new orientation of the earth in this setting, and have only drawn the parts of town that generally made sense to survive. If a town had a hospital, this part was kept relatively intact, any pubs were maintained, and so were a few key landmarks. If these were spread out over a couple of blocks I sometimes decided to enclose that part of town in some kind of fence or barricade, keeping everything within the bounded blocks, and gradually getting more degraded moving away from town. Typically a third of each town survived, and these are some of the larger settlements in Walkabout. I didn't work on any towns or cities with more than 50,000 people; most of them have been abandoned, or only have smaller communities scattered around them.

Currently the maps are purely pen and ink on A4 pages. I'll be scanning them in, applying textures and aging them digitally soon (as soon as the scanner is working again).

I'm wondering whether to add specific town names (whether current names, or names from the post apocalypse), or leave them unnamed for players to use them wherever they might need them for the purposes of their adventures anywhere around the country.

I'll try to post a couple of pictures of them as soon as possible.
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