Sunday, August 10, 2014

Evolve Your Game: Houses of the Blooded Provinces

One of the features we love about John Wick's Houses of the Blooded game is the creation, maintenance and growth of one's Province.  Part Civilization, Part SimCity, this feature in the game allows us to feel a great sense of gratification as we see our lands and provinces grow.

One of the ways I made it even more fun for my group was to provide "blank" sheets suggesting the layout of each Province.  No, there is no actual system effect to these maps, nor do they affect the game in any balance-shifting way, but there is an even greater sense of achievement seeing how the land looks in one glance, and being able to further declare stuff like how one's Forest is close to another's region.  We don't always be sticklers to accuracy, but we love being able to state stuff that further the game's mood and feel by simply glancing at the map and being able to say stuff like "Having visited your Ruin in the last Althua, which is at this part of the map, I have seen your Farms.  I would love to see the rest of your Province."

Anyway, here are seven of the other maps I've made for you guys to check out and enjoy.   I realize now that maybe I can create these kind of maps to represent the Clan Provinces in the Blood & Honor games too!

Feel free to print them out and use them for your own games if you want!

All made using Adobe Illustrator. 

Added here the beautiful rendition that one of my players, Erich, did of his Province using the map layout I gave him for the game.  He mentioned he made use of brushes and brushes/stamps by Josephe Vandel, who is a cool guy that does RPG cartography professionally.

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