Thursday, September 5, 2013

MAP: Our Moon as a Wilderness - your next campaign?

The geniuses at University College London have made available--for free--a glorious map of the moon, as illustrated by astronomer Walter Goodacre in 1920. Words cannot describe how incredible this map is, so I'll just show you (click to embiggen):

That's a resized version (by me, so I could fit it here, but also messed up the clarity) of one page of his original publication. Go now to the UCL site and feast your eyes on full-size scans of the pages! You can also peek at these on Flickr in a slightly more approachable format.

And that's not all! They've digitally stiched the entire map back together into a clean, line drawn version that you can download--in either 130mb and 300mb versions.

The thought of printing this out and spreading it onto a table to use as a wilderness adventure or a lunar wargaming map is almost geographically obscene. My GM-brain is salivating at the mere notion of a Victorian-age steampunk/dieselpunk campaign, tromping through the wilds of the moon!


  1. This would be perfect for the forthcoming Ubiquity Space 1889! Tempted to run the whole thing as a Green Moon setting for FATE too. Imagine a Big Green Planet, hanging up there in the sky. Most green rimmed craters are filled with lakes, etc. Hmmm, maybe I should do something about this...

  2. Do it! Also, if you find somewhere that will print a huge 70" (give or take) map off that 350mb file, let me know! ;)