I really like the new map of Theah. I also like the idea of having the map made for Queen Elaine and how it is subtly different than the color map. I see it as a map to give out to the players if they do something in-game to acquire a map of Theah.
As a GM, I am pretty free flowing with things, however, there are things that I like to have accurate. So I have measured out all of the roads and sea routes on the color map and added annotation for each showing how many miles each segment is.
I am a CAD tech at an engineering and architecture firm, so over several lunch hours, I converted the .pdf to a .tiff image, inserted it into AutoCAD, scaled it up and traced all of the roads and sea routes. In AutoCAD you can list a polyline (many lines joined to make a segmented line) and get it's entire length, so I wrote a program for AutoCAD (LISP routine) to click on the polyline and place text with the length. After doing all of that, I just pdf'd the AutoCAD drawing so that I can pull it up on my laptop while running my game. My players are currently travelling from Charouse to Ussura. They just got to Muguet on the north coast of Montaigne, so they have a ways to go.
I have also made a Google Sheet for calculating travel times. You enter in how many miles you are traveling and it tells you how many days it will take. After doing some research, I have put into the Sheet the maximum miles one can travel per day and the average speed per mode of travel.
I have entries for:
- Maximum 35 miles per day (plus 5 miles if they take a several hour rest half way through).
- Maximum 20 miles per day (plus 5 miles if they take a several hour rest half way through).
- Horseback/Walking combined (I give them an extra 5 miles at the end of the day if they want to walk the horses)
- Maximum 40 miles per day (plus 5 miles if they take a several hour rest half way through).
- No maximum, ships keep on going provided the crew is large enough to have shifts throughout the day/night.
If anyone would like my Travel Times Google Sheet and could tell me how to make it public and share it, I will post a link to it.
As for the map, I will share that as well, as long as I hear from John Wick Publications that it is alright to do so. I love 7th Sea and do not want to step on any toes whatsoever. I am hoping that someone with JWP can comment on here or send me a personal message letting me know if it is alright. I am going to GenCon next week, so if I don't hear from JWP before then, I will talk to them about it there.