Mike Schley's Strahd Cartography
  • Mike Schley's Strahd Cartography


    Now that Curse of Strahd has been officially released, cartographer Mike Schely has - as always - made his maps for the adventure available from his store. He's done a lot of work for this adventure - over two dozen full-colour maps - and come in digital DM and Player versions. you can buy the whole lot in one bundle for $30. It's a great way to support the artist, and it's great that WotC allows artists to sell the maps directly. Find the full selection here.






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    1. Chimpy's Avatar
      Chimpy -
      Great stuff as always. I'll probably buy a few pieces as I plan to run the game at the some point in the future, and they are useful to print out for use at the table.
    1. jayoungr's Avatar
      jayoungr -
      I notice the Death House maps are included. Does that mean there will be a .JPG version of the players' map instead of the PDF that came with the free download?
    1. Mason4444's Avatar
      Mason4444 -
      Anyone know why the Castle Ravenloft maps are not up there? Did someone else make them? Francois Beauregard and Ben Wootten are also listed as cartographers (Why isn't Perkins listed as one?! He deserves it!) but I can't find what they did. I was hoping all the maps would be in this bundle 'cause it is a great deal after the 20% GMs Day promo.
    1. MonsterEnvy's Avatar
      MonsterEnvy -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mason4444 View Post
      Anyone know why the Castle Ravenloft maps are not up there? Did someone else make them? Francois Beauregard and Ben Wootten are also listed as cartographers (Why isn't Perkins listed as one?! He deserves it!) but I can't find what they did. I was hoping all the maps would be in this bundle 'cause it is a great deal after the 20% GMs Day promo.
      Mike did not make the Castle Raveloft maps.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mason4444 View Post
      Anyone know why the Castle Ravenloft maps are not up there? Did someone else make them? Francois Beauregard and Ben Wootten are also listed as cartographers (Why isn't Perkins listed as one?! He deserves it!) but I can't find what they did. I was hoping all the maps would be in this bundle 'cause it is a great deal after the 20% GMs Day promo.
      Where do you see the GM's Day promo? I don't see anything on Mike Schley's site to mentions this.
    1. MNblockhead's Avatar
      MNblockhead -
      Never mind. I found it. There is a 10% discount for everyone and a 20% discount for prior customers that was e-mailed to them. I happily took the 10% off as a new customer. Great maps.
    1. jayoungr's Avatar
      jayoungr -
      Anyone know if the Castle Ravenloft maps are available in digital form anywhere?
    1. EthanSental's Avatar
      EthanSental -
      I picked up the bundle with Mike's discount. I've bought a few in the past and Mike has always been helpful in the scaling aspect.
    1. GX.Sigma's Avatar
      GX.Sigma -
      Quote Originally Posted by Mason4444 View Post
      Anyone know why the Castle Ravenloft maps are not up there? Did someone else make them? Francois Beauregard and Ben Wootten are also listed as cartographers (Why isn't Perkins listed as one?! He deserves it!) but I can't find what they did.
      I guess they did the photoshopping on the castle map, since the rest of the maps seems to be 100% Schley from cover to cover (which is awesome--we've come a long way since Hoard of the Dragon Queen).

      Edit: Confirmed. The poster map lists those two, as well as David Sutherland III, who made the original map. Looking at Beauregard's other works, it seems he's also responsible for the architectural sketches throughout the book.

      Quote Originally Posted by jayoungr View Post
      Anyone know if the Castle Ravenloft maps are available in digital form anywhere?

      http://www.dmsguild.com/product/1752...enloft-1e?it=1

      Edit: But seriously, the answer you're looking for is no. Maybe email Ben Wootten?
    1. shadowdemon's Avatar
      shadowdemon -
      Although i have not purchased Curse of Strahd yet,some of those maps seem very similar to what was in Expedition to castle ravenloft from 3.5 (still sweet though)
    1. DEFCON 1's Avatar
      DEFCON 1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by shadowdemon View Post
      Although i have not purchased Curse of Strahd yet,some of those maps seem very similar to what was in Expedition to castle ravenloft from 3.5 (still sweet though)
      It says at the very front of the book that some material in CoS was provided or inspired from Expedition, as well as several other sources. If you happen to own the Fair Barovia module from 4E Dungeon, you'll see the map of Vallaki in CoS is almost exactly the same as the one in the article. Chris basically took a look at all the various Barovia sources of information already created previously and combined and adapted them to create the sandbox valley.
    1. Elfcrusher's Avatar
      Elfcrusher -
      This thread should start with a big spoiler alert for anybody planning to play in the Curse of Strahd campaign.
    1. shadowdemon's Avatar
      shadowdemon -
      Very nice. I'll be buying the book wednesday so i'll be able to read it. Ravenloft,you just can't go wrong. Hopefully WOTC releases a barovia campaign book like scag.It would be great to run ravenloft again.
    1. evilbob's Avatar
      evilbob -
      Can anyone who owns the copies you can buy on the website ( @EthanSental ) describe what "players version" and "DM version" means? Does it mean they don't have all the numbered areas and all that? Also, how much different are these maps from the giant pull-out in the back of the book (other than digital and resizable)?
    1. Faenor's Avatar
      Faenor -
      Players don't get the encounters numbers, the trap locations, the secret doors or the grid.
    1. Faenor's Avatar
      Faenor -
      GM version is exactly the same as the printed version. I didn't see any differences anyway.
    1. jayoungr's Avatar
      jayoungr -
      Quote Originally Posted by Faenor View Post
      GM version is exactly the same as the printed version. I didn't see any differences anyway.
      Quote Originally Posted by Faenor View Post
      Players don't get the encounters numbers, the trap locations, the secret doors or the grid.
      The player's version has included the grid on most of Schley's previous maps; are the maps for CoS different?
    1. evilbob's Avatar
      evilbob -
      (double post)
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      evilbob -
      (triple post)
    1. holoKitten's Avatar
      holoKitten -
      Quote Originally Posted by jayoungr View Post
      The player's version has included the grid on most of Schley's previous maps; are the maps for CoS different?
      Yeah, some of the maps have gridless versions. For example, the upper floor/cellar map of the Abbey has 3 versions: a gridded DM version with room numbers, a gridded player version without room numbers and a gridless version.
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