Warren at I Cast Light said this and got my brain going this weekend:
"Related: I would love to see the OD&D Outdoor Survival map become more a defacto map that everyone iterates on. Outdoor Survival map provides that richer environment. Also easier to provide your own spin on a recipe when the base is worked out like a chocolate chip cookie recipe."
So I sat down and I made this version of the Outdoor Survival map for a Secret Project I am working on:
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I had never made a map in this style and am tentatively pleased with the initial results. Here is how I did it:
1. I started with Chris Taylor's scalable bitmap version of the Middle-earth map (many thanks for this yeoman's work!)
2. I created Photoshop brushes and stamps using the assets
3. I used the original Outdoor Survival map as the base layer in Photoshop and set my drawing layer at a 75% opacity over it
4. I traced over the map with my brushes and stamps
I bundled the asset pack I used into this ZIP file, free to download. If you want to make your own Tolkien style map, you can use these as brushes and stamps to do so.
If you make something using these assets, please show it to me! I'd love to see what you create!