Tuesday, 4 February 2020

On a Northumberland Yoon-Suin

I am "doing a thing", tentatively referred to as 'Northumberland Yoon-Suin'. I mentioned it briefly here, but the basic idea is to do Yoon-Suin in reverse. If Yoon-Suin allows you to create a version of Southern Asia which a medieval European might have imagined from stitched-together myths, rumours and fragments of knowledge about the real thing, then this will allow you to create a version of Northumberland which a person from Late Classical India might have imagined from stitched-together myths, rumours and fragments of knowledge about the real thing.

It has the ruins and detritus of a long-lost Empire, storm giant aristocrats, elves which steal people, dwarves who always lie to non-dwarves and always tell the truth to other dwarves, bogles and redcaps and grindylows and shellycoats, and a dungeon made from a gargantuan gorse bush. It is on a much smaller scale than Yoon-Suin and is supposed to be 'droppable' into an existing D&D campaign map. I am reasonably confident it will be completed at some point rather than end up as vapourware.

Here is a preliminary map.


14 comments:

  1. Nice map!

    May I ask what program you used to make it? Thanks!

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    1. Looks like the Hexographer. Try the free version. It's not the best dedicated hex-mapping tool in the market anymore. But it is still quite good (and the free version is a pretty complete tool)

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    2. Yes, Hexographer. The free version works fine although as Klaus points out it's hardly state of the art.

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  2. If it's anywhere near as good as Yoon-Suin, it'll be awesome! Looking forward to seeing more.

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  3. is it just north of the dolmenwood?

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  4. I've said before this is very exciting to me. Funnily enough, you publish on the same day I put up my first "North-Eastern Englishman does weird English DnD setting" post - https://haughtyfantasy.blogspot.com/2020/02/adventure-monastery-of-chuckle-brethren.html.

    How's the World Tree setting going?

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    1. I have been giving that idea a lot of thought but nothing concrete yet. It is something that needs careful thought about visual representation, which isn't my forte.

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  5. Very nice. I can't wait to see the final result. The place names are especially good.

    A bit unrelated, but will you be doing another "State of the Yoonion" post one of these days?

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    1. I might do. Although I have a feeling it would be very similar to the last one - too many ideas, not enough time!

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  6. I - along with others - am looking forward to it.

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