Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

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Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby TigerStripedDog » Tue Nov 22, 2016 3:08 pm

Hey All!

Here is the Wiki for my homebrew world: Arcannan

Take a look.

http://arcannan.wiki-site.com/index.php/Main_Page

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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby TigerStripedDog » Fri Dec 02, 2016 3:28 pm

My map is done! Check it out :D

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Josiah (the Cartographer) was great, and comes highly recommended.

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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby Halaster-Blackcloak » Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:41 am

Wow, love that map! Do you have a higher resolution/bigger pic of it? I collect maps I like. Very inspiring!
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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby Halaster-Blackcloak » Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:49 am

Scratch that. Saw it on the wiki page. Awesome work! Where can I find that cartographer?
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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby TigerStripedDog » Sat Dec 03, 2016 8:12 am

I got in touch with Josiah at the Cartographer's Guild. There are a ton of awesome artists there. I mentioned that I could pay money for a map and within a week I had over a dozen people approach me wanting to work together. After sorting through them all, and discussing my vision/ideas, Josiah was the artist that rose to the top.

I couldn't be happier with the way this has worked out. I will post the regional maps here as well.

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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby Halaster-Blackcloak » Sun Dec 04, 2016 3:48 am

How much did a map like that cost, if you don't mind my asking? I love that style of map!
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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby TigerStripedDog » Sun Dec 04, 2016 10:32 am

I won't say exactly, because I think Josiah prefers to negotiate these prices individually - and price can change depending on the size and resolution you want. What I can say is that for this project, because of a few special circumstances, was less than $500, more than $100 - and that this was VERY reasonable compared to the other offers I had entertained.

If you haven't had the chance, check out: https://www.cartographersguild.com/forum.php

Fantastic site full of amazing artists, including Josiah.

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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby Halaster-Blackcloak » Mon Dec 05, 2016 2:04 am

Yikes! I certainly hope a lot closer to $100 than to $500! Hard to afford this sorta hobby stuff. But yeah, the work is incredible!
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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby TigerStripedDog » Mon Dec 05, 2016 11:44 am

Totally understand. $500 isn't cheap. But at the same time, these artists work really hard. They put in quite a few hours. Josiah and I have exchanged at least 50 different emails tweaking this, and making this amazing. His hourly once everything is said and done isn't stellar. And this is 100% a luxury item. No one NEEDS a fancy map of their D&D homebrew world. There are plenty of worlds and world maps you could make your own. Heck - you could literally take MY map and make it whatever you wanted. You'd using material unlicensed, but I don't know how anyone would ever catch you.

Thankfully, almost everything else in this game is pretty inexpensive. For a competent DM, with a new edition, you need 3 books. Even at MSRP you're done for $150 or less. Lets call it a ream of paper and access to a printer for character sheets, pencils, dice... Probably setting you back another $50 at most. $200 and you're set to go for hundreds of hours of entertainment. With those supplies I could easily run a barebones group for 200+ hours. That is $1 an hour for entertainment. That is some inexpensive entertainment. Its why I have returned to D&D from MtG.

I bet you can go even cheaper Halaster - because you don't even need the new edition :D you've got your books already.

I run my sessions weekly, missing around 6 weeks a year. Thats 46 weeks. 4 hours a piece. 2 years for an average campaign. I'll likely play 2-3 campaigns in this world minimum. Call it 2.5 average. Thats 46 x 2 x 4 x 2.5 is... 920 hours of entertainment. Even a $500 map divided over that time is a little over $0.50/hour. Not bad for the additional enjoyment.

I appreciate though that not everyone is in a place where they can afford that kind of up front investment. It can be a tall order. I am blessed and grateful that I can. I definitely think it is worth it over the long haul :)

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Re: Arcannan - A High Fantasy Homebrew

Postby Halaster-Blackcloak » Tue Dec 06, 2016 2:43 am

TigerStripedDog wrote:

Totally understand. $500 isn't cheap. But at the same time, these artists work really hard. They put in quite a few hours. Josiah and I have exchanged at least 50 different emails tweaking this, and making this amazing. His hourly once everything is said and done isn't stellar. And this is 100% a luxury item. No one NEEDS a fancy map of their D&D homebrew world. There are plenty of worlds and world maps you could make your own. Heck - you could literally take MY map and make it whatever you wanted. You'd using material unlicensed, but I don't know how anyone would ever catch you.


True, it is a lot of work, and amazing work at that! And yep, I'm using a similar map I found online, just Photoshopped the names and changed a few things and viola! Instant setting! But I'm definitely going to need a particular and specific map for a special project of mine, a home-brew nostalgia world. So I'll definitely have to cough up the cash!

I bet you can go even cheaper Halaster - because you don't even need the new edition :D you've got your books already.


Absolutely! :thumbs: I have everything I need. No more buying new material. And I have enough inspired ideas to keep me playing until even my bones are dust! 8O

I run my sessions weekly, missing around 6 weeks a year. Thats 46 weeks. 4 hours a piece. 2 years for an average campaign. I'll likely play 2-3 campaigns in this world minimum. Call it 2.5 average. Thats 46 x 2 x 4 x 2.5 is... 920 hours of entertainment. Even a $500 map divided over that time is a little over $0.50/hour. Not bad for the additional enjoyment.


True. Plus there's the additional benefit of having a beautiful map framed and on the wall. That can last decades.

I appreciate though that not everyone is in a place where they can afford that kind of up front investment. It can be a tall order. I am blessed and grateful that I can. I definitely think it is worth it over the long haul :)


Yeah, just gotta wait for the budget to open up. I have so many things going on, it's crazy!
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