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Winterhaven Map (revised)
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© 2012 - 2019 dasomerville
My revised map of the town of Winterhaven in the universe of D&D 4E. The town of Winterhaven as presented in the official materials has a grand total of 15 buildings in it.

(you can see the official town map here in my scrapbook, if you're curious: [link])

Fifteen! How are people supposed to have an exciting adventure in the town like that?

In my re-design of Winterhaven, I increased the overall scale of the settlement and added a lot more buildings. I tried to imagine the original town as a jumping-off point, and then built new structures in as though the townspeople themselves had enlarged their community over time, deconstructing the old walls and rebuilding new walls around the old city center. I also made it a LOT less orthogonal. This would make it more difficult to play on if the players were using the grid here, but it's really just a piece of the Overworld map, and battles aren't really meant to spring out on the streets of the overworld.
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3000x2671px 9.26 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
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Canon
Model
Canon PowerShot SX110 IS
Shutter Speed
1/251 second
Aperture
F/2.8
Focal Length
6 mm
ISO Speed
125
Date Taken
Nov 16, 2010, 10:04:27 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
Sensor Size
5mm
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Comments (19)
rikumario's avatar
rikumario|Hobbyist Photographer
I'm going to set it on fire for a campaign.  Thanks for the detailed map!
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Starcave's avatar
Starcave|Student Digital Artist
This is awesome! What texture did you use for the pavement inside the settlement? It really fits well with the whole thing.
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FracYou's avatar
Awesome! This is what I always thought it should look like.  
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sasjhwa|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is nicely produced.  It looks tricky to find one's way around with the Carcassone like buildings though.   I always pictured Winterhaven as a strong fort with a number of small villages around it.  It isn't a city.  During times of peace it would be used for the basics of community (Inn, Temple, Market, Government) and to store siege and winter supplies.  When attacked the villagers would run to the castle for protection.  Of course what works in my campaign and what works in someone else's are totally different things.  :-)  There is enough room for lots of different styles of city.
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JanVize's avatar
This is absolutely beautiful!
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Loni2Shoes's avatar
This is FANTASTIC. One of the clearest, best laid out cities I've seen. Going to use this for my family's D&D game's stronghold!! Thank you so much for sharing.

May I ask what font you used for numbering the points of interest? (The numbers inside the white circles.)
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dasomerville|Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!

i don't remember what font I used inside the white circles, and neither (apparently) does Photoshop. It says I don't have the font installed on my computer anymore but that it was once called "Myriad Demo", which implies that it was a demo font which means that it doesn't come with all the required characters. I went to all the sites I know of where you can download fonts, but I couldn't find it again. If you find it, let me know!
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Alsalamek's avatar
Great work
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masedon's avatar
THis is amazing! How didd you learn to do such great cities?! 
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Meowth79's avatar
That looks like a really fun map to play on!  You could even set time limited goals, like trying to catch the bad guy before spring comes if you're all stuck there in the winter!  and definitely good job expanding it from the original in the link, that one was very ...bleh  lol
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Cambiata|Hobbyist General Artist
Just gota say your my hero of the day. I was thinking i would need to make a more detailed (and larger) map for Winterhaven and then found this fabulous map already finished for me. Great work!
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Sagunt|Hobbyist General Artist
So many paths, I don't know which to take.
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JBabyLeather's avatar
great stuff!
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Mistikfantasy|Hobbyist General Artist
Very interesting concept, I like it! =)
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scrivenerofdoom's avatar
This is infinitely superior to the published version. Well done!

And thanks for sharing your work with the rest of us.
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JInnTaoo's avatar
Its Amazing!!! I Love it !!! Its Perfect for DnD Adventures @_@!!!!! Your an awesome Artist!!
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Jacoooify|Hobbyist Writer
Absolutely love it.
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hero339|Professional Digital Artist
This is much better than the original. Well done. Grid-like town are so boring and it's refreshing to see your curved structures breathing life into this city.
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dasomerville|Hobbyist General Artist
To be fair, in the official history of Winterhaven in the core books, it started its life as a walled fort along the main road, only becoming a small town after the end of the war about 90 years ago. Walled forts usually do have small, boring, right-angled plans, so it made more sense than my version maybe. But it still wasn't any fun to look at. :)
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