By - Zatnikotel
Hey folks, I decided to do another One Million square-feet of battlemaps. This time it’s a forest.
All original content using Photoshop and photos I take with my phone.
Each, individual map in One Million: Forests comes in 2 versions; the base version and the adventurer version (somewhere for DMs to plot their encounters and adventurers). There are 98 (30x30inch) maps in total, 49 for the base set and 49 for the adventurer version. All of the maps are interconnected to map a giant (over) 1 million square feet of forest.
Please remember, all of my maps, including these (and the gridded versions) are completely free, it’s a way to give back to a hobby that I have enjoyed so much for over 37 years. All I ask is that you don’t sell them, and you credit me wherever possible (if possible).
Some people have been asking if there is an easier way to download these sets, so I have managed to get myself some extra space on Google Drive, zip the map sets into handy folders and put them out there for you to download as full sets. This has cost me a little, so I hope you understand that if you want the sets, you will have to send me a donation on my Ko-Fi page (any size donation will do), and then have access to links for the giant zip files.
You will have access to around 10 million square feet of maps, including:
One Million: The Original (including expansion sets)
One Million: Island (including night versions and expansion sets)
One Million: Deeper Dungeons
One Million: Dungeon Dimensions (including night versions)
One Million Forest – Base
One Million Forest - Adventurer
Dragon Lair maps
Dwarf Stronghold maps
Here are the links:
[Full Map Sets](https://ko-fi.com/zatnikotel/posts)
If you want the stuff for free, simply go here:
[Individual maps (totally free)](https://www.deviantart.com/zatnikotel)
Came for the maps, stayed for the sweet stargate reference.
If it helps any, there are ~~Stargates~~ Spacedoors in each One Million set that *could* connect to the others. ;)
Creators like you are incredible. Thank you so much. These are amazing.
Honestly, the support here and in other places has been fantastic. I am overwhelmed.
\> another one million square-feet
Where is the other million, I only see the forest maps on your links! I need!
He also did the Dungeon Dimensions (36 50x50 maps) and the One Million Island.
One Million Original, and One Million Deeper Dungeons.
This post is just regarding the Forest set(s), however, if you have supported me there are easy to download files of all the sets (and more), and even if you haven't, the dA link takes you to all the indivudal maps.
Do you offer a single image file of all the maps combined?
I *really* doubt Roll20 could fit an image of that size in its game table. On the other hand, having the full map say, printed on cloth and rolled up and carried along might be interesting...
That's somethign I would love to do (even just see) - this set would be 17.5 x 17.5 feet! Epic!
I do, but it is much lower resolution (and smaller size), intended as a how to put it togather guide. The file size of all maps combined would be far too prohibitive for VTT (the actual working folder for the forest set is over 1/3 of a TB)
Oof I see
I'll be back tomorrow to plunder the depths of this post, so I'm posting here to remember
Can you do a desert pack please?
I actually made a start on one, but it was a little boring, however the same coudl be said for this forest set, hence the reason I made the Adventurer set to go with it - so it may be somethign I could do.
As an aside, I was also thinking of doing The One Million: Desert as a Aprils Fools thing - you can probably image what it woudl lok like in that case ;)
I mean this as a serious request. I run games in a primarily desert setting and it is definitely underserved as far as maps are concerned. I think there is definitely a lot of variety to be found within the confines of a desert, especially if you draw from the wide variety of deserts on our planet.
I saw this yesterday and will be using some of these maps in my game tonight, so enjoy the coffee. I also wouldn't mind a desert map, my party will be heading to Anauroch and the City of Shade after they get done exploring Karse, so I'd be happy to see some great desert (and shadowfel desert) as well.
Desert definitly seems like a thing! I'll taek another look into it, after I have the expansions finished for the forest set.
You are an absolute legend. I thank you for this.
You are a god :o
You are... a very good person. Thank you!
Well... I try ;)
Hey, let's assume my friend knows nothing about how this could be implemented in a game (and also never played before even though they own some material, and have been waiting for the right moment and also scared to try a 1v1 dungeon with the wife and me as dm)
How exactly do all these maps work with the game itself? I'm sorry if that's a really dumb question
They aren’t mandatory, but if you’d like to have a visual aid for a fight they can be a lifesaver. Generally people set up some minis or tokens of some sort to represent the characters & monsters, and push em around the map each turn.
Typically its scaled with a grid of 1 square = 5ft.
I wouldn't pay attention to things like this. If you and the wife are interested in playing D&D and you want to learn it together (and not with a group), pick up the [Essentials Kit](https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Dragons-Essentials-Kit-Boxed/dp/0786966831), the [Starter Set](https://www.amazon.com/Dungeons-Dragons-Starter-Wizards-Team/dp/0786965592), or something that's specifically designed for 1 player and 1 GM. The essentials kit has some rules for the GM controlling some party members so you can have just 1 player. The starter set and essentials kit are both official products, and anything that's specifically designed for just 1 player won't be. [Adventure Lookup](https://adventurelookup.com/adventures?edition=5th%20Edition&minStartingLevel=%E2%89%A51~%E2%89%A41&soloable=1) is a neat tool that can help find solo adventures.
As for actually learning the rules... if one player has read the player's handbook, that's plenty. If both have read it it helps. If you don't want to read the player's handbook, you can skip the race and class chapters, only reading the classes that are relevant (mostly just whatever class the player plays, probably). If you play with the essentials kit, I believe it comes with pregenerated characters too. The starter set definitely does.
Yeah, I got the starter set a while back, but unfortunately the booklets fell apart, so I really only have a few character sheets, the set of dice, and the online resources (which are plenty, but confusing). I downloaded a small homemade booklet for one, and was close but got too nervous, work got in the way, etc.
Since then we've played a few board games and gotten better at just one on one play, so it's getting time to revisit. Playing call to adventure has both of us itching for some real adventuring, but it's such a huge hurdle for me for some reason
Feeling nervous is super normal, but the worst that can happen is the two of you don't like it. If you're worried about doing poorly, and you're afraid you'll fuck it up, remember this:
You will fuck it up. Everyone fucks it up. No one runs a good game the first time they run a game of D&D.
Alright, cool. Now that you know that no one runs a good game, you know that your game will be *normal*, because it will be *bad*, and that's *okay*. My first game was bad. I don't remember the few sessions after that but I'm sure they were bad too.
As for the books falling apart... you can probably get replacements from WotC. I don't know about the starter set in particular, but they've been very good about replacing PHBs.
> it's such a huge hurdle for me for some reason
Welcome to the club. I say that entirely unsarcastically. The way you get over that hurdle is by playing your first game. It's a stupid as fuck thing to say, but that's how it works. The way you get over the next hurdle is by playing the next game.
Damn. This is very nice of you.
I will definitely use these for my upcoming one shot. Thank you so much!
I'm actually yet to use them, but durign testing, I found that they work at 30x30 inch, 25 and 20, fairly well (most of them), if that helps.
Stunning to look at, and tons of detail. Thanks so much <3
This is crazy!
You should know that you made a huge dnd impact on me.
A long time back you released your million square foot map of your underground caverns with the ruined castle on the surface. I fell in love with it. I hadn't played dnd for years and even when I did play it was only a few sessions here and there.
Your map got me so excited that I started planning my own dnd campaign. I wanted to use your underground dungeon to play a resource management/stygian abyss dungeon crawl over several months.
Full disclosure I am still working on that adventure with your map, but it inspired me to start dm'ing and I'm now about 9 months in and have a great group and it has truly been one of my lifelines this year.
You said that you just wanted to give back to the community by making these maps and you definitely have.
Sorry if this post was a little fulsome, but seriously man, good work.
Sincerely, thank you! This is exactly the kind of response to my work that gives me the reason to continue making these things, and it sounds like you are the kind of person that I intended to reach out to. I am so happy to have helped. Good luck with your game.
I'm going to have to second this. Your lost temple of the monkey King guide was the first adventure I ran my party through, it was brilliant and has set the benchmark for adventures I look at to throw at my players.
Every time I need a new map for some crazy idea I have I usually check your stuff first so thank you.
This will be perfect for my Leprechaun Hunt I have planned for March!
Motherfucker's just so good at these massive maps!
So god damn nice of you
I love this... But... As someone who does use maps for both RP (occasionally) and Battle encounters in both roll20 and FoundryVTT in 5e - how do these/such behemoth maps actually play out in a session?
I guess one epic dungeon crawl for sure... But... I guess maybe because I go for/am most happy with verisimilitude in my games, I don't get how to inch by inch have my players characters go through these maps. For example we are on one map, have an encounter and press onwards, I load the next map.... Surely then I have to describe, "you edge your way through the forest and come to the next '3 swimming pool lengths' of forest, the paths continue north and east what do you do?" "We go east/north..." Okay, let's load the next map...
That seems, weird.
(I guess with wandering monster checks and strict 1e style rules that would work - or maybe a 5e chase scene, but those are more theater of the mind right?!?).
Not to say this isn't amazing work - I just... Don't get it.
(For war gaming or a different system, yeah these are absolutely awesome. I am struggling to see how they fit in 5e.).
As tiled maps, you could combine two or three of these to customize a scene that fits any number of forest encounters.
I customize most of my scenes in Foundry VTT and would love more tiled sets like this to make whatever I want. Big set piece encounter maps are awesome, but I don't subscribe to the SlyFlourish theory that *every* encounter needs to be in a fantastic location. Sometimes, I just want a goblin ambush on the road, and these maps make that look cool.
Oh yeah I could see that...
My players would actually be pretty surprised /pleased when the buggers decide to try and run off the map as they are want to do, and I just whip in the connecting tile! 😈
LOL! Mine do this too.
Yes! I do this too (or even individual maps for simple encounters) - The magic of *some* fo these Foprest maps (not an intended design) was that when testing in Roll20, I found that I could change the size too, so it's possible with soem of them to fit in at 25 inch or even 20 inch, and they still work.
I used his island one for a one shot - overlayed a hex map over the "overall" image, and plotted out where different things could happen.
It was then up to the explorers to pick the route across the island they were taking, in order to achieve their task.... i would then switch to the larger sector maps when they triggered encounters.
This would seem like a great map to use for an infiltration sequence.... Maybe their is a cult gathering int he middle of the woods - try8ing to perform some sort of ritual... and you need to get to them - but there are patrols in the forest....
I did something similar with one of my own run-throughs of the island - a much more sand-box feel. It worked well, but I think next time I'll tone down the number of encounters - at one point it was feeling like Diablo Island.
I have faced *excatly* that dilemma myself! Especially with the Isalnd set (which is similar in concept to the Forest set).
I could go into vast detail of how I came up with the 'One Million' concept in the first place, but I pretty sure you don't need to hear it (if you do, I'm more than happy to rablle on - just contact me).
So, the original idea was to create a series of similar maps, but as the project went on, I linked them into one mega-map - doing it this way appeals to a certain type of DM and player, and the concept works very well. There si also the idea that the individual maps can and should be used as 'stand-alone' versions as and when needed and not linked, e.g., you have a spider lair, use the section for spiders in the One Million.
However, a different type of DM/Player (I think such as yourself - and me!) doesn't want to use the mega-set concept as is and would need more (did you know that a PC could dash across one of the Forest maps in less than 2 rounds? Not good when all the PC do it and you quickly load the next map). I have more mundane maps that I use as padding, e.g., very boring forest/campsite/path, etc. and even one called 'Shoulda brought a Ranger' in whcih there is no clear path out to simulate beign lost. I use the padding for travel to expand the sets and give more impression of distance.
The third way I know people have been using these things (and the inspiration for the Forest Adventurer set) is 'West Marches' style campaigns, where each site is an actual encounter map.
I hope this answers you question without beign too boring.
Awesome work and awesome philosophy. Making things accessible to people is something I try to do with my map projects (those that are free to the public and commissions). Supported you on Ko-fi!
Thank you. It has always been my intention to allow people access to these things - I do remember a time when I couldn't afford (even the cheap) RPG stuff and it's important to me to give back where I can.
Doing your part to make 2021 a better place than 2020. This is awesome. Thank you so much, from the bottom of my DM-heart.
Honestly, the Christmas lockdown helped to create these and likewise creating these helped with Christmas lockdown.
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Jokes aside, good job the maps are very well built =)
Thank you :)
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What a generous and skilled artist you are! Much appreciated
23 acres FYI!
I can never envisage acres. I did mark out the actual area (printed size) in a car park, before i created my first One Million set. I also did a Photoshop mock up of Dimensions (printed version) over the face of Big Ben, just to see :)
You are a God among men. 🙏🙏🙏🙇♀️🙇♀️🙇♀️
Well... I'm a nerd with sore eyes, but thanks ;)
What's the par on this course?
This is awesome! I may have to contrive a way to temporarily take my desert-based campaign into some forests just for an excuse to use a few of these.
By the way, I wanted to say thanks for all of your hard work on all these free maps you put out. I've used so many of them, my game wouldn't be the same without them - some of them have even inspired major plot points and fully realized one-shot games. Thanks for that, and I look forward to more. You're a total bro.
My pleasure :)
The response to this set has been great, so expect more int he future.
If I could be biased, I'd love a desert themed one. Good desert maps are very hard to find for free.
I think 5th person to mention that, it may be somethign I could look into more than an April fools joke,
Dude you rock!
I love you, and your work. My \*Only\* problem is purely personal, and that's the fact that I feel an indescribable need to bite off more than I can chew by adding all of these to Foundry, and hand-tracing all the walls so my players can enjoy them XD
Thank you 😊