I was sorting through some things when I came across these original maps from 1979. Drawn by William Church, they debuted in the 2nd edition RQ Rulebook. For years they were tacked up on Greg’s office wall and slowly suffered decay and exposure to the elements. The lettering may look odd because it was done with Letraset dry transfer letters, one letter at a time.
I find the place names on the map noteworthy because Greg rewarded many of his WB&RM play testers with the honor of naming a place on the map. Some were also made up from rather quirky origins. Greg and I chatted about them a few years ago and I thought you might find them of interest:
- Biggle Stone – Clint Bigglestone
- LACA – Los Angeles, California “city of brown air”.
- Cam’s Well – Greg’s wife Cam Stafford.
- Corflu – correction fluid, aka tippex, or white-out.
- Duckpoint – compromise with Brian Crist requesting Duckburg.
- Tourney Altar – Art and Ray Turney (RQ authors)
- Wilm’s Church – William Church (cartographer/artist).
- Nochet – Greg pointed at the unnamed city and said “not yet”.
- Swenstown – Steve Swenston (artist)
- Alda Chur – Allen Dalcher
- Hendrikei – Hendrik Pfeifer
- Jansholm – Ian Pfeiffer (taught Greg to play D&D)
- Tada’s High Tumulus – Tadashi Ehara
- Pimper’s Block – Jeff Pimper (All the Worlds Monsters author)
- Hender’s Ruins – Steve Henderson (author)
- Jonstown – Bill Johnson (WB&RM editor)
- Pairing Stone – Steve Perrin (RQ author)
Greg also made it clear that Prax is NOT a Seuss reference.
Jennell Jaquays – I don’t want to hear anyone complaining about Duck Tower or Quack Keep not being serious enough. In neither will one find a picture of an ejaculating penis or a location named after a former spouse.
Steve Perrin – strictly speaking, Cam was very definitely the current spouse when Cams Well was named.