Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lovecraft Country

Sweet fancy Moses, this is fantastic. "BlueCollarLove" brings us this map of Arkham, Massachusetts in the style of a USGS topographic plot.  He mentions in his writeup that it's part of a larger project.  I can't wait to see what it is.


Alex Kaeda said...

Thats amazing.

Simply amazing.

Raven said...

Well, *I'm* in love. I've studied the real-world Essex County maps, old and new, and I appreciate how hard it is to fit fictional places into the real landscape.

BlueCollarLove has done so without copying from prior efforts; has connected Arkham to its neighbors by road, railway, river, and terrain (Chaosium's city maps stop at the city edge; its "Lovecraft Country" takes advantage of scale to omit roads altogether); and has done so in the sort of topographic detail only the HPLHS has previously used in its Dunwich map (with The Dunwich Horror CD "radio play").

It's a bit of a pity the river shape, railway route, and city layout aren't compatible with the Chaosium city map for use in a Call of Cthulhu game, but as that wasn't the goal, why complain that wasn't the outcome? The piece is a thing of beauty in and of itself. The project it's part of? I'm breathless to see.

josefk said...

Super cool! Somehow it seems so much more real now.

Boris Lariushin said...

Totally awesome! Can't wait to see Innsmouth, Dunwich, Kingsport and other Lovecraft's reality places, as well as withce's log village. That is great!! Keep up good work!

BlueCollarLove said...

This has been quite the fanfare! All of your kind words make me blush.

Heres to many more updates!!