Cubicle 7 has shared a look at Jared Blando's beautiful map of Middle Earth, included in the upcoming The One Ring – The Lord of the Rings Roleplaying Game.
Cubicle 7 is really great about including their maps either as separate files or allowing you to extract a high res version from the book. I'm sure there will be a physical one for sale as well as the files included with the PDF if The One Ring and WArhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4e are anything to go off of.Wow, I wonder if that'll be for sale separately.
I've seen (and like) a fair number of Blando's maps and this one sticks out for me in that it feels visually unbalanced in a way he doesn't typically do. Obviously LOTR maps are tricky because Tolkien left a lot of blank space.
Most of Middle-earth is pretty empty. IRC, there was a flood and plagues before the Hobbit in the past, so there is not much civilization. I know we tend to think of Middle-earth as this lush mostly filled out world, but when you see it on a map, it is kind of post civilization setting.Really odd map. I wonder how it looks in person.
Highly detailed and contrasting regions in a few spots, lightly detail parchment style for most of the rest. Doesn't seem like it can quite decide between colorful, sketching, and cartoon. A lot of details are hard to read from being crammed together. And then these huge character sketches (relatively).
Might look great on a wall but on my screen is just looks... busy. But also empty.
Well, yeah, most of Middle Earth is a wasteland. The Northern Kingdoms fell. Gondor is a shell with raiders running up and down its coastline. But that still leaves an interesting artistic choice to color in the areas where something has been written about in the 3rd Age and leave the rest so visually fallow. Not merely boring or dull colored but in desert colors when contrasted with the detailed regions. I'd love an interview about this map!Most of Middle-earth is pretty empty. IRC, there was a flood and plagues before the Hobbit in the past, so there is not much civilization. I know we tend to think of Middle-earth as this lush mostly filled out world, but when you see it on a map, it is kind of post civilization setting.
I think Gondor looks less green than the Mirkwood or the Shire. Also if you look at the detailed maps you can tell there are different types of Fauna in the different lands., which is very cool as wellI don't think it makes that much sense to make Gondor so much greener than everywhere else.