Slow on the update, it only recently occurred to me that people might be accepting map commissions. Sure enough, designers like The Dragons Vault Co do.
As you would expect, custom made maps are not cheap. The large (A3) offer is £120 (~$150) and the small (A5) £35 (~$44). Not cheap, but I think that’s great value.
One review describes The Dragons Vault Co as being patient. I can see how that will help. The Etsy page notes that you can send over (by email) details of what you want on the map such as sketches you may have made yourself or information and lore about the campaign world. You’re encouraged to do so.
Looking at what’s possible for the A3 map I can see that you can have up to 30 cities, or settlements, forts, castles and ports. That feels generous. The map includes city names, region names as well as names for oceans, rivers and mountains. The cartographer will also include rivers, lakes and waterfalls on the map and additional small elements like boats or sea monsters in the water.
The map comes with the continent name/land name, border design and compass.
The maps are drawn by hand but then inked digitally, but “Bilbo Baggins-style” ink straight onto paper alternatives are available for smaller sizes.
Lastly, it’s worth noting that there is no commercial license with the map. You can’t slap it in the book you’re writing, you probably even have it as Facebook header image but you can copied and shared around friends.
You can check out this British store on Etsy to see what’s currently available.
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