Vote Now in the Sellsword Summer Map Contest!

UPDATE: Voting is now closed for Round 1. Stay tuned for Round 2 starting Monday 7/25, and feel free to leave a comment at the bottom about your favorites.

Hello and welcome, at last, to the voting phase of the Sellsword Summer Mapping Contest!

Here’s how it works.

    1. Take a look at the maps. Click on a map to view it in full size.
    2. Vote!  Below the maps you’ll find a link to the ballot to vote for 3 maps you feel should move on to the second (and final) round.

It may help to review the contest rules a bit to judge how each map meets the criteria. You’ll see my original map shape in that post, but please note that cartographers were allowed to take some creative liberties with that shape by adding or subtracting some land, reversing water and land, turning it all in a different direction, or generally using my starting lines in different ways.

1. The Maps

A full slideshow video can be viewed here.

2. Voting (now closed – check back for round 2, Monday 7/25)

Here’s a link to the ballot. Please vote only once, and for no more than 3 maps. Make sure you hit submit at the bottom!

Thanks for taking the time to vote! I’d also love it if you could call out your favorites and what you like about them in the comments below. Let’s talk about what makes a great map!

3. Other Stuff

In case you didn’t know, the winners get some great prizes! Three are available. Check them out!

Round 2 starts next Monday 7/25/16! Stay tuned.



  1. So many cool maps! Great to see them all – good work everybody! I need to now whittle my favourites down to just three…

  2. Wow, A lot of good looking maps. Excited to see how the voting goes!

    • Good looking map Richard #9. Proud of you & your talents.

  3. Ok…problem… after sort by “first look”, Second look and zoom in” and “Personal taste” … i have now 24 favourites left.

      • Absolute.
        I sort now in 3 groups b&w/grey, colored and antique. So maybe i can get down to 3 favorites. But..still 16 left XD

        • I did the same thing 😀 Managed to choose one b&w, one antique and one colored, but damn it was hard!

          • 🙂
            i’m down to 6, the last hours i look every 20 minutes my selection thru:… oooook… like montains on this Map…. and details on this map…. hmm ok the shadows are on the wrong side…*click away* …. and the text is better to read there , and here not… *click*

            just searching for little little mistakes.


  4. This is great Nate!
    Shout outs: 1, 2, 9, 10, 13, 16, 19, 25, 33, 35, 37.
    16 makes me smile and warms my hear, never expected one like this.
    9 & 10 so different, but for me it’s the line quality and the subtle details in these that make them stand out.
    33 a very nice “modern” map, still holding onto the hand drawn feel, yet being so clean and jut plain handsome.

  5. Amazing competition! It’s going to take a while before I can make my selection. Luckily I’ll enjoy going over them again and again 😀
    And indeed 16. Don’t know yet but, you did make me smile 😉

  6. I really like the soft yet very detailed and hand-drawn feel of map 1, I’m going to have to say that’s my favorite. Nothing like an old fashioned map done by hand, but modernized by being colorful. As for the rest, it’s going to be tough to narrow down two more to vote for because there are so many other good ones!

  7. #1 is the clear winner. Look at the artistry and the attention to detail. This map is truly a masterpiece and I hope to use it on my adventures.

  8. im just sad i couldn’t vote for myself…stupid ‘integrity’

  9. Hand down by far the best map is number 16 without question.

    Its not over detailed, yet has enough to keep the eye entertained. All the details are top notch and it is the only map that draws any emotion out of me. A very pleasant emotion and memories of a time gone by.

  10. Lovely selection! I’m just bummed I didn’t get a chance to throw my hat in the ring. We’ve been working hard on our own campaign maps… Still, congratulations to round 1 winners!

  11. I’ve spent so much time with this coastline, now, that I’ve grown attached to it!

  12. I’m trying to make a map of Gloucester but I’m stuck for presentation ideas. Should I hand paint the elevation tints or leave it black and white and shade the hills?

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