I recently saw an email on a Yahoo Group for a call for artwork or maps for a game called X-Plorers, or X-P as some loving fans call it. I had heard of the game years before and literally had joined the group on a whim, then totally forgot about it. I had spoken to the publisher weeks before when I realized he had moved to my hometown (this weird little world we live in), so I figured what the heck. I thought about it for about ten, maybe twelve minutes and decided I wanted to do a map in the style of a blueprint, something a space-faring adventurer might find in a space station or on an engineer’s desk.
John, the guy behind Brave Halfling Publishing, loved the early versions of the map I sent him and so I quickly completed the map, probably in record time even for me. All in all, over the course of two days, I made the map above in about 8 hours. Just yesterday, John contacted me to let me know that the map will be featured in the official X-P books! As you might imagine, with this being my first ‘commissioned’ piece going into a published work, I am a little excited to say the least.
I have been given permission form John to release this first map in it’s full color here for everyone to see. Posted here is a greatly reduced image, click it for a larger version. As big as this one is, the original version is over 3 times the size of this image, done at 300 dpi so it is exceptionally high quality, but wow is it a big file. When we get closer to X-Plorers being released I will upload the original monstrosity for everyone to download and enjoy.
The map is the first in a series I will be doing for him and releasing as a sort of unofficial count down to the release of the boxed set. Yeah, you did not misread that! A Boxed Set! So if you are looking for some Old School Science Fiction fun, check out the map and keep an eye out for the official opening of sales for the boxed set of X-Plorers!