"That's the GM's Regional Map from my AOWG. And it's a damned good regional map. It's not a good map for a Simple Homebrew Campaign. It does some s$&% wrong. I just want you to see what it looks like. Also, ignore the fact that it's got no labels. Pretend I labeled things.
"A GM's Regional Map is precise. A GM can — within three miles — plot the exact position of any f$&%ing thing anywhere in the world. A GM's Regional Map is mechanical. The world's broken down into chunks. Spaces. Six-mile hexes in this case. Thus a GM can easily plot movement and resolve actions without doing a lot of measuring and math. And that's important because the GM's Regional Map — along with a few supplemental notes — is used for running games. For adjudicating travel actions. It's for running games. At the table. Not for looking at."
I'm not going to rant.
Dear Reader, please take your time and look at the above's construction. Consider each sentence individually. Evaluate what it says. Decide if it says anything.
Informed Ability is a TV trope wherein a writer stresses the ability of a character or a thing excessively in an effort to make the viewer believe that by repeating these things the overall idea will be accepted as true. For example, if every cast member in at least half the TNG episodes tells us that Riker is "amazing," certainly that must be the case, otherwise why would all the characters believe it so thoroughly. Of course, there's no evidence from any episode that Riker's capable of doing more than the most ordinary Starfleet officer, but that's not what matters. What matters is how many times we tell you Riker's a darned good Starfleet officer. Because he is. I just said so.
Captain Obvious is a TV trope wherein the writer strives to engage the reader with interesting sounding exposition which, unfortunately, consists of information the audience already knows. For example, the way that a map works and what it's for. And that a fantasy map promoted by an RPG game blog is used for running games. On a table.
This map is precise. You can see, within three miles, the exact position of any fucking thing in Calgary. The map is mechanical. Calgary is broken down into chunks. Spaces. Six-mile hexes in this case. Thus you can easily plot movement in Calgary without doing a lot of measuring and math. And that's important, because THIS map of Calgary is used for running games. For adjudicating travel actions. It's not for looking at.
So everyone can see where I live, I put a dot in the hex which contains my house. This isn't to say the dot represents my actual house location. Only that the hex with the dot contains my house.
Given the precision of this map, you shouldn't have any trouble finding my front door.
AOWG stands for "Angry Open-World Game." And here I thought it mean Angry Old White Guy.