Tlactoztlan: Towards A Map

Tlactoztlan Map I love RPG maps as a concept, but I have a tendency to shy away from them for settings I produce. I like the vagueness that comes with the lack of a map. But at the same time, damn if the old “Known World” maps and such just set my mind to racing.

So, with a little help from map tools by the inimitable Dan Proctor and the incomparable harmyn, I decided to knock together this thing over here on the right side of the screen. Yep, it’s an honest-to-goodness attempt to map out Tlactoztlan based on the bits and pieces that have been revealed in the various writeups I’ve done on that setting.

This is probably not final, and it certainly shouldn’t be taken as any kind of canon. Or rather, I utterly and completely reserve the right to blow this up and replace it with something else entirely. Or at least refine it if I ever get on the stick and produce anything for distribution beyond the confines of the blog.

So let me know what you think of what you see. I’m no cartographer and I’m definitely open to suggestion. That said, I’m not overly concerned with realism here. So if you find yourself getting hung up on the intricacies of my terrain placement, please feel free to share. Just don’t get too distraught if I don’t immediately freak out with you 🙂

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0 thoughts on “Tlactoztlan: Towards A Map

  1. G-Man

    This takes me back to the wonderful campaign map from the Isle of Dread. Is that white mountain icon next to the city of Xotepeclan a non-active volcano?

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      You caught me on both counts, amigo 🙂 Isle of Dread was definitely sitting on my shoulder while I was working on this map and absolutely that’s a dormant volcano. It’ll wind up with a name before we’re done, too!

  2. GoblinkiN

    Looking great mate! Soooo… When are you going to publish this badboy? I’ll be your first buyer. If I can push gman out of the way that is…
    Looking great

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Groovy. Glad you dig, amigo. I’ve found myself with a lot more free time lately and I think I may just drive forward with putting enough work into this to make it something I really could publish. Maybe more of a chapbook/’zine than a full-sized supplement, but something that could be done up right all the same.

      And with discerning readers like you and G-Man signing up to lay a couple of bucks down, the motivation is there more than I thought it would be. So I’ll keep working on it if you fine fellows will keep pushing me gently towards producing something more substantial than a handful of blog posts 🙂

  3. GoblinkiN

    Most goodly.
    Sing out if you ever want any help. Anything at all.
    I’m moving city and changing job and that means, at least for six months, I’ll be on my own- and looking for something to keep me occupied.
    Even I just need a qualified copy editor, etc
    Hmm, trying to swap my wife for a game… That’s a new one..

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Whoah, hey, that’s some big news there, Gobbo. Where ya headed? I hope the switcheroo is all good stuff for you. Best of luck in the whole endeavor, too!

      If I really do manage to proceed on this route I’ll be sure to take you up on your kind offer of assistance, amigo.

  4. GoblinkiN

    The offer of help wil stand, don’t you worry.
    I’m off to Sydney, which is where I’m from orginally. Really great job and I’m really excited.
    Sadly my wife can’t really uproot her job for like another six months though, so we’ll be doing the long(ish) distance thing for a bit

    1. the venomous pao Post author

      Right on! I mean, bummer about the long distance bit (my wife and I have nearly had to do that on a couple of occasions, but in the end we’ve dodged it), but good on ya regarding the gig and getting to go “home.” I know everything will work out perfectly for y’all in the end. We’ll just have to keep you distracted with mad geekery until things can be sorted out 🙂