Creative director Matthew Stevenson said that when they were kids, he and his brother were frustrated by the confusing maze that is Metroid. Recently the title’s pun with the DC Metro came to his mind, and with it his childhood frustration.
Back in the day, if you wanted to have a record of where the dungeons and secrets were in a game like The Legend of Zelda, you had to draw your own map. These days you can just 3D print a detailed map, like this amazing replica of the game’s entire overworld.
Willard McFarland bought this unique creation from the Facebook group Trade Sell Collect Retro.
It’s way too hot in Texas to do much of anything outside right now. It’s been 105ºF with the heat index each day this week and the weekend will be even hotter. That means if you want to go out hunting Pokémon, you better do it at night when it’s a cooler 80ºF, but you’ll still enjoy the lovely 98% humidity.
We’ve seen a couple of fan-made wearable Pip-Boy replicas with useful functions. Will Sweatman wanted to make the most advanced Pip-Boy 3000 yet, and he believes he’s succeeded. In exchange for some sizable junk in its trunk, his replica is a Swiss army knife for explorers.
Inside the Pip-Boy 3000 Mk.II’s
After Hyrule and Dinosaur Land, Diablo‘s Tristram gets Neutral Ground and Alex Griendling’s Woodlands map treatment. The unfortunate town is laser-etched on a 18.5″x 14″ maple ply board. If you ask me the best landmark here is anywhere else that’s outside of that map.
You can order the map from Neutral Ground for $150 (USD).
Grand Theft Auto 5 has a couple of useful official apps, but they’re nothing compared to Oisin O’Neill’s interactive and searchable GTA V map. The map has over 2000 locations separated into 50 categories, which you can toggle on or off individually.
Artist Edison Yan mashed up over 50 video games in a massive digital illustration of a gamer-centric world. Edison first showcased his Videogames World Map at the 2015 DICE Awards, but it’s now on sale on iam8bit’s store as a 36″x 24″ print.
The map has over 100 references from games in different eras and systems, including Mappy, Ecco, Half-Life and this year’s Bloodborne.
You can order the full size map from iam8bit for $25 (USD).
Redditor themcv put together a Pip-Boy 3000A replica for a lucky friend. Based on selectnone’s RasPipBoy user interface, themcv’s replica can show your location on Google Maps and do a couple of other things, all in the classic green monochrome graphics of the Fallout item.
The replica’s case is a 3D printed one from Nakamura Shop, the screen is from Adafruit’s 3.5″
Etsy shop Origin Artwork specializes in engraved wooden maps that are layered to depict the contours of the seafloor. The shop usually makes maps based on real locations, but they recently started a limited edition run of maps based on Westeros and Essos.
As you can see, the Map of Thrones is also engraved with the names of the continents and other notable places within them.
The combo that gave us the beautiful Legend of Zelda wooden Hyrule map is back with another map from a classic video game. Neutral Ground and graphic designer Alex Griendling present this 18.5″x 14″ maple ply map of Dinosaur Land, from the SNES hit Super Mario World.
Like the Hyrule map, this one is more than just a replica of Super Mario World‘s overworld map.
Hey Google, here’s a great April Fools’ Day idea for next year. Redditor selvag depicted A Song of Ice and Fire‘s place not to be in the style of Google Maps. Westeros’ and part of Essos’ major regions, roads and other landmarks are clearly indicated on the map.
Redditor Hypnotyks recently shared something more useful than a wooden shield: a complete map of Yharnam, the setting of the PS4 exclusive Bloodborne.
Hypnotyks made several versions of the map, including one that indicates the locations of Lanterns and one with a parchment background.
How’s this for a possible Skyrim mod? Redditor Marcus Hynes aka sylpheed made a map of the region in the style of the London Tube map. There appear to be a few impractical routes – how is the blue-green line supposed to work?
Having a hard time completing your Pokédex in Pokémon Omega Ruby/Alpha Sapphire? Redditor Bobdor is your guy. He’s the same diligent man who gave us the Pokémon X/Y creature map. He’s back with a similar map for the remade Pokémon games.
This map is comprehensive enough that it qualifies as a spoiler.
What would the state of the world be without maps? A good half of the population would be lost or going around in circles without them. Putting maps on clothes won’t exactly help you find your way, but they do make for some eye-popping fashions.
Maps are one of the most helpful accessories for tabletop gamers. They make it easier to imagine your characters’ setting, to remember your progress and to make plans. Here are a couple of map designing software that can help you make custom maps, so you can have more diverse and personalized adventures.