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The largest, most comprehensive, most detailed fantasy atlas ever created.

If you're aware of a fantasy atlas that's larger, more detailed, or more comprehensive, please let me know and I'll send you a freebie by way of gratitude.

No, I'm not joking.  If something like this existed, I would have bought it already.  So if there is something out there that's, well, more this, I want to add it to my collection.

Check out the full, 840-page Western Realm Gazetteer which includes descriptions, rules, and much much more on each of the 21 nations in the Western Realm of Aquilae.

Or, check out the FREE 88-page Arvadarre Gazetteer, which covers one of the 21 nations in depth.

What Is This?

This Atlas describes the Western Realm of Aquilae, a fantasy realm that serves as host to all of Infinium Game Studio's adventures and books.

64,000 square miles of intricately-detailed terrain, cities, ruins, and points of interest.

Run a campaign in Aquliae, use this Atlas as a supplement to other IGS adventures.

Or, use this Atlas to augment or inspire your own campaign setting.  The maps and points of interest have been designed to be immediately usable in any fantasy campaign setting.

This Atlas, and the companion books that will further enhance it, represent decades of play and percolation, thousands of hours of drawing and design... and, we feel, the very best of what the Infinium Game Studio approach to indie fantasy RPG content is capable of creating.

Hardcover Coming Soon!

This book was designed and laid out to be IGS' very first premium-color, landscape-oriented hardcover book.  I know many of you are very eager to get a hardcopy, and it's coming as quickly as I can provide it.

Hardcover proof is in revision now.  Final version is anticipated to publish in April 2022.

Anyone who owns this book in PDF format will automatically receive a discount link to order the hardcover at a discounted price.  So there's no reason not to grab the PDF and image files now, even if you're only interested in the beautiful hardcover.

Instantly Usable

If you're already familiar with the mapping approach Infinium Game Studio takes, the following will come as no surprise.  We're players and G/DMs ourselves, across decades and dozens of game systems; we recognize that a map can be gorgeous, but is often only as useful as it is helpful during gameplay.

To that end, this Atlas contains variations on most content designed to make it easy to run a game, and to show to players when needed.

Specifically:

  • Nearly every map is presented in both a GM and a Player-redacted version.
  • Most are also presented with optional grid markers to make navigation a snap.
  • Each regional and mapcell map is presented with a continental framing overlay which quickly places the map visually amongst the continent itself so it's easy to tell where you are.

Ultra Detail, Ultra Inspiration

The Western Realm Atlas is the result of decades of homebrew planning, adventuring, and personal inspiration. 

In thorough development for over three years, this map contains nearly 3,000 points of interest.

Repeating Points of Interest:

  • Over 1,400 map locations, comprised of 66 different types of distinct phenomena, structures, or major effects.
  • Caves, Shrines, Vaults, Templtes, Caches, Ancient Halls, Cursed Ships, Training Centers, Cathedrals, Garrisons, Gravethorpes, Prisons, Spires, and more!
  • Each type of repeating POI is designed to be an adventure opportunity unto itself, and the rich disposition of them ensure that no matter where you are on the enormous continental map, there's always plenty to do and pursue!

Unique Points of Interest:

  • 384 individual locations of significance.
  • Each one has been designed to be a potential adventure unto itself, with multiple sessions worth of adventure opportunity.
  • Sprinkled liberally throughout the continent to ensure that every place in the Realm is a place of interest and adventure.

Settlements:

  • 1,561 cities, strongholds, castles, and ruins
  • Each settlement has a name created using real-world phonetic roots based on the etymological mapping of the nation that settlement is in (for example, the nation of Arvadarre has settlements whose names recall real-world French phonemes and composition)
  • Thousands more villages and hamlets 

What's Included

  • 388-page Atlas PDF, laid out in painstaking detail to descrbie a Eurasian-sized continent of fantasy roleplaying opportunity
  • Over 500 ultra-high-resolution, 300dpi maps
  • 150 Heatmaps depicting thousands of cities, settlements, and other key Points of Interest acrosss the continent.  The approach used to generate these heatmaps was featured in Jan 2022 in an article on ProFantasy's mapping blog
  • Over 275 Mapcell maps, each describing a 330-mile square piece of the continent (each roughly the width of the US state of Pennsylvania).
  • Over 80 Regional and Continental maps, describing each of 21 nations and the continent as a whole
  • Over 600 map "quads" for each region, continent, and individual mapcell, describing Altitude, Climate, Rainfall, and Temperature

What's Not Included (But Coming Soon!)

This Atlas is designed to be immediately and immensely useful to any D/GM looking for inspiration or instantly-usable overland maps of a fantasy continent rich in detail and adventurous opportunity.

However, it's worth underscoring that this Atlas is just that: an Atlas.  It's a book of pictures.  It's a book of insanely detailed pictures, plus several hundred crazily-detailed image files comprising over 5 GB of content, but at the end of the day, this product is images, and images only.

The upcoming Western Realm Gazetteer and other companion books will add even more to the utility of this Atlas, and will contain such content as:

  • Nation Content: The rich lore and history and background of each of 21 nations
  • Descriptions of each and every map cell
  • Point of Interest detail: Detailed descriptions, heatmaps, quest seeds, and more for each and every repeating and unique POI
  • Rumors and lore for each major region and the continent as a whole
  • Adventures: Dynamic adventure seeds, quests, outlines, and plots to make conducting spur-of-the-moment one-shots, detailed multi-session delves, or entire campaigns as easy as rolling dice with zero preparation
  • Settlement Detail: Listing, profiles/stats, population composition, and zoomed-in regional images for each of over 1,500 cities, strongholds, castles, and ruins
  • Solo Adventuring detail for those wishing to explore Aquilae on their own
  • Exploration Kit making it easy and possible to create your own version of Aquilae, populating it dynamically with adventure content and POI either playing solo or with a traditional group
  • Thousands more maps
  • Much more!

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J. E May 02, 2022 6:07 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi all--Updated PDFs are now available. The update is purely cosmetic; it updates the header fonts to match those used in the Western Realm Gazetteer. They're more deliciously old-school-y. Onward!
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Christopher C April 29, 2022 8:10 pm UTC
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Wow! I can't wait for a print version of this & the Gazetteer. It makes me want to dust off my copy of CC3+. Amazing work.
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Christopher C April 29, 2022 8:29 pm UTC
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P.S. Here is a link to Jason's blog on Profantasy Software. You may have to create an account.

https://rpgmaps.profantasy.com/tag/jason-payne/
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J. E May 02, 2022 6:07 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks! I'm super psyched, too... stay tuned :)
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Dan H April 24, 2022 3:37 am UTC
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This is a marvelous product, but I could really use a legend or key to tell me what the colors and some of the strange shapes mean. A lot of it is intuitive, but I do keep coming across bits that I don't understand. Is it possible to get a map legend?
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Mark V March 22, 2022 7:23 pm UTC
Hi. Can I ask what software you used to produce the maps? They look great.
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J. E March 23, 2022 1:40 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
It's Campaign Cartographer 3+, by ProFantasy. A nearly-vertical learning curve, but there's plenty of YouTube tutorials, and you get out of the tool what you invest into it by way of picking things up and trial and error.

I'm an enormous fan of their software and can't say enough good things about it. I have zero natural artistic ability, but using their tools makes me feel like an artist.

Fun fact: I wrote a how-to blog article for ProFantasy describing the "heatmaps" mapping approach I used for this Atlas.

And thanks for the kind words! (A rating or review would help, too. :)
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Christopher C April 29, 2022 8:14 pm UTC
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Check Humble Bundle, CC3+ was on there last year for a steal. I reiterate J's statement that the "learning wall" is tough. There are a lot of additional modules & annuals to increase your cartography including 2 by Mike Schley of D&D fame.
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Christopher C April 29, 2022 10:31 pm UTC
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Hi Jason,

Did you use the Tome of Ultimate Mapping, or just YT & other tutorials?

Thx,

Chris
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J. E May 02, 2022 6:09 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
ToUM is *not* optional, in my view. :) The YouTube tutorials that are available online are essential viewing as well.

Other than that, it really just comes down to practice, practice, practice. And time. And patience.

I've been using CC3+ for seven years for battlemaps, but the overland stuff took a little bit of tweaking to feel comfortable.
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J. E May 02, 2022 6:09 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I made this mainly as a self-reference, but for those completely new to overland in CC3+, it might be useful:

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/347353/Realm-of-Aquilae-Mapping-Guide-unisystem
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Richard F March 10, 2022 5:48 pm UTC
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J. E March 09, 2022 4:39 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Just published a revision to the map file content.
--Removed the bloated PNG versions.
--Replaced with efficient JPG versions (much smaller, much easier to download!).
--Added additional mapfile content.
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J. E February 02, 2022 1:22 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Talking About Games reviews the Western Realm Atlas… check it out!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnxiexWo2G0
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Jimmy F January 28, 2022 5:05 pm UTC
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Hi! Your product is featured in my latest YouTube video. Feel free to use quotes from it or even the timestamp link as the video on your catalog page if you want. Also please signal boost (share) the video if you can (and haven't already). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oFjJNWHglw
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J. E January 28, 2022 5:33 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yay! Always psyched to be included in a Splinterverse roundup.

For those interested, here's the timestamped link:
https://youtu.be/7oFjJNWHglw?t=4595
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Aldrich W January 24, 2022 1:14 am UTC
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I just purchased this; I expect it will take me a few weeks just to go through it. Very impressive!
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J. E January 24, 2022 12:08 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Please note, as of 6:30pm EST on 23-Jan-2022, I've removed the nearly-a-gigabyte master PDF from the listing.

The smaller, "mobile friendly" version is still available for download, as are all of the ZIP files containing the image files.

I am working with OBS/DTRPG technical support to optimize and streamline the master Atlas PDF so that customers can actually download it.

My apologies for the frustration; I know there's a lot of you who have logged tickets with DTRPG advising that you're unable to download this massive file. Stay tuned and rest assured that I will have this resolved ASAP.
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J. E January 25, 2022 5:51 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Resolved and approved by OBS/DTRPG! Should be good to go now with a MUCH smaller filesize.

Please let me know as to any issues downloading your files. Thank you!
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DANIEL S January 21, 2022 10:54 pm UTC
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I'm not able to download it either.
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Julien G January 21, 2022 10:53 pm UTC
This looks really impressive! What's the ETA on the Gazetteer?
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J. E January 23, 2022 1:13 am UTC
PUBLISHER
Hi Julien--Thanks! I'd estimate March, fingers crossed.
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J. E January 21, 2022 7:49 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
I've generated and added a "mobile friendly" version of the Atlas PDF which should be a LOT easier to download and view. It's 160 MB versus the 800+ MB of the original.

My continued apologies for those who have tried to download everything and have had it time out.

Onward!
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Mark D January 21, 2022 7:23 pm UTC
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Having trouble downloading the PDF. Keeps failing, both from here and using the DTRPG app.
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J. E January 21, 2022 7:26 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Ugh, I'm so sorry! The PDF is nearly a full GB on its own; I've definitely heard reports of large DTRPG downloads failing. If the problem keeps happening, you might want to contact customer support; there's little I can do myself unfortunately :(
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Mark D January 21, 2022 7:49 pm UTC
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Roger that. I just posted a trouble ticket with them. Fingers crossed.
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J. E January 21, 2022 7:52 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Thanks! I imagine there's dozens of ppl trying to grab all of the files right now so maybe it's a temporary phenomenon.

Try the lower-size, lower-dpi Mobile Friendly version of the PDF in the meantime; hopefully that downloads more cleanly as it's like 1/5 the size.
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Mark D January 21, 2022 8:10 pm UTC
PURCHASER
Got that one, thanks for putting it up!
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Russell L February 14, 2022 1:57 pm UTC
PURCHASER
You could break the PDF up into smaller chunks. For example, put the player friendly maps in a separate PDF. Also, break them up by grid/no grid, and things like the heat maps could be separate.
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J. E February 14, 2022 2:36 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Yep. But then it wouldn't be an Atlas. :)

The separate ultra-high-res map files are indeed organized as you describe in separate ZIP files, FWIW.
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