Three decades of mythical-map-nerd mania went into this one, and it’s still not done yet, but some milestones are significant, right? So because projects beget projects, I’m at it again with the maps. This time, I used found textures—asphalt, paint chips, and other roadside debris—to revitalize “The Game Board,” a decades-long fantasy map project.

You’ve heard of Middle-Earth? Westeros? Hyrule? I’m out to equal or better those legendary locations eventually, but for now, building the base map had to be enough, because it’s an involved process. Go behind the maps with a detailed tour, full of carto-nerd catnip: scale, projection, climate, and more—all beginning circa 1989.