Alyssa Faden

Alyssa Faden

is creating Fantasy Cartography: Cities, Towns, Haunted Manors, and More

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patrons

Hi, I'm Alyssa Faden: professional fantasy map cartographer. My passion (and the thing I am best known for) are my incredibly detailed, insane, hand-drawn maps: be they cities and towns, nautical ship deck plans, or the sprawling Tegel Manor drawn at 14'x12': my hallmark is and will always be: incredible detail and personality. 

Maps should tell a story, and I weave into my creations little vignettes and scenes that cause the viewer to see new details and stories, weeks, months, and years later. A balcony overlooking a market square, crates drawn on the piers, a hidden shack on a forest trail: a map is more than just lines drawn on paper; it should show the life of the occupants, a plausible growth over the years, sow the seeds of adventure, and cause you - the onlooker - to take a breath and ponder: "oh, what's going on here?"

And that is what I create: fantasy maps that spellbind anyone looking at them.


I have been a professional cartographer and GenCon panelist since 2012. My clientele includes Monte Cook Games, Kobold Press, Profantasy Software, Gygax Magazine, Golden Goblin Press, and Frog God Games.

My style is unique and self-taught, with influences from the lovely ink work of such greats as Jeff Laubenstein and Jeff Easley.

I am a long time Blue/Red box gamer with a passion for tabletop gaming and game mastering, and these decades of imagination and storytelling come through in my artwork.


This is where I share me, my work, my process, and behind the scenes chat with YOU: my patrons.

I want you to have access to me as I work, to ask about special projects or something you need for your home-brew games, and to be able to share in the spoils. I draw almost daily. I typically have three projects going on at all times: 1-2 commission-based projects for the RPG industry, and one Patron-inspired pet-project just for YOU. 

The Patron-inspired projects come from suggestions and conversations from the Patrons themselves. You tell me what to draw, and we create it together. Join me on Twitch and have direct input into the details and features. Then when the map is complete, you get a hi-res digital copy (and the top pledge level even gets publishing rights to it!)

Secondly, you will get first hand, exclusive involvement and information for all of the other projects I work on: behind-the-scenes deep dives into my approach, techniques, and industry-stories behind maps such as Sea King's Malice and the famous 14'x12' Tegel Manor. 


All of this, PLUS Mapping Guides, How-tos, and Patron-Only video seminars. AND every month I send all patrons 1-3 maps from my "Alyssa: Legacy" collection: some of my creations from years gone by. You'll get to hear the back story, my design process behind each, and my favorite parts of each map and what stories I think lie within. 


You know, I read some articles when I got to this section, referenced what some other Patreons were saying, and decided to explain this in my own words.

Patreon is, in a nutshell, a way for fans of someone's work to support that artist; to say "hey, this is cool stuff, thanks, I want to be a part of it" and to choose a supporting level they are comfortable with. In exchange you get access to the artist, the behind-the-scenes outtakes, conversations, and details, and gain exclusive benefits (such as a patreon-only Discord chat channel or maps before anyone else gets access to them!)

One of the wonderful things about sharing my map-making through Patreon, is that I get to hang out and chat with wonderful people at the same time that I am drawing. It's like having friends over, having a drink, and chilling as Alyssa draws. You get to ask questions, get involved, make suggestions, pick up some tips and tricks along the way, and walk away with a copy of the final map.

I stream live as I map, but Patreon itself is where you can show your appreciation and support through a self-chosen monthly subscription level and gain exclusive benefits not available anywhere else.

You choose how much you want to support me at: It can be a buck or two a month, or you might decide that you want to join at a certain tier to gain some additional rewards. For example, if you support me at $5 a month, you get a digital hi-res black and white map from the latest patreon projects, plus one of my historical maps; and you get this for as long as you are subscribed. $10 a month and everything is also provided in full color. Or the Senate level gets you shared-publishing rights to some of the maps! This was way, way less than commissioning me directly.

I try not to lock down a volume of maps per month, as convention season can play havoc with schedules and it changes the tone of what we are doing together, but let's just say that what I draw: you get. Plus you get 1-2 from the archives. And you get that every month.

I've never really shared the true Alyssa Faden outside of a convention, and this is the channel where you can change that. Subscribe at a level of your choosing, come hang out; I draw, share maps, tips, techniques, guides, and videos.

Join now, because we're shaping Patron benefits right now, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you would like to get out of this!
Tiers
Auxiliary
$1 or more per month

Follow my work and become part of the conversation and creation process.  At this level you won't receive the final hires digital maps I create, but you will be part of their creation, get to see how I do it,  and will have access to my hints, tips, and training guides.


- Access to the mapping discussions: see the drawing in progress, get hints and tips, and influence the design through Patreon-only discussion and polls!


- Access to the patreon-only video streams; watch me work, talk to me as I do it.


Legionary
$5 or more per month

Everything on the Auxiliary tier, plus:


You will receive a high-res PNG file of the newest town/city map in B&W. Additionally:  you will receive one B&W map from the "Alyssa: Legacy" archives.

These maps will come without text or labels, so you are free to use for your own private gaming experiences!


(Patrons at this level are unable to use maps for commercial purposes)

Optio
$10 or more per month

Everything on the Auxiliary tier, plus: 


You will receive a high-res PNG file of the newest town/city map in both Color and B&W.  Additionally:  you will receive one map from the "Alyssa: Legacy" archives (in both Color and B&W as well).


These maps will come without text or labels, so you are free to use for your own private gaming experiences!


(Patrons at this level are unable to use maps for commercial purposes)

Centurion
$25 or more per month

Everything the Auxiliary, Legionary, and Optio get ... plus:

Become an influencer: You will be able to contribute suggestions and ideas for mapping projects I work on and produce!


While I cannot guarantee I will draw *exactly* what you submit to me, I will endeavor to include individual ideas and themes into my maps. Also: I will reach out for general mapping theme suggestions and ideas for future projects !

Senator
$50 or more per month

As a Senator you gain the privileges of the above Patron ranks, plus you have commercial rights to publish any and all non-Legacy maps produced for Patreon supporters. Complete your adventures and supplements with a unique enriching style!


(Maps received at this level are non-exclusive)



Hi, I'm Alyssa Faden: professional fantasy map cartographer. My passion (and the thing I am best known for) are my incredibly detailed, insane, hand-drawn maps: be they cities and towns, nautical ship deck plans, or the sprawling Tegel Manor drawn at 14'x12': my hallmark is and will always be: incredible detail and personality. 

Maps should tell a story, and I weave into my creations little vignettes and scenes that cause the viewer to see new details and stories, weeks, months, and years later. A balcony overlooking a market square, crates drawn on the piers, a hidden shack on a forest trail: a map is more than just lines drawn on paper; it should show the life of the occupants, a plausible growth over the years, sow the seeds of adventure, and cause you - the onlooker - to take a breath and ponder: "oh, what's going on here?"

And that is what I create: fantasy maps that spellbind anyone looking at them.


I have been a professional cartographer and GenCon panelist since 2012. My clientele includes Monte Cook Games, Kobold Press, Profantasy Software, Gygax Magazine, Golden Goblin Press, and Frog God Games.

My style is unique and self-taught, with influences from the lovely ink work of such greats as Jeff Laubenstein and Jeff Easley.

I am a long time Blue/Red box gamer with a passion for tabletop gaming and game mastering, and these decades of imagination and storytelling come through in my artwork.


This is where I share me, my work, my process, and behind the scenes chat with YOU: my patrons.

I want you to have access to me as I work, to ask about special projects or something you need for your home-brew games, and to be able to share in the spoils. I draw almost daily. I typically have three projects going on at all times: 1-2 commission-based projects for the RPG industry, and one Patron-inspired pet-project just for YOU. 

The Patron-inspired projects come from suggestions and conversations from the Patrons themselves. You tell me what to draw, and we create it together. Join me on Twitch and have direct input into the details and features. Then when the map is complete, you get a hi-res digital copy (and the top pledge level even gets publishing rights to it!)

Secondly, you will get first hand, exclusive involvement and information for all of the other projects I work on: behind-the-scenes deep dives into my approach, techniques, and industry-stories behind maps such as Sea King's Malice and the famous 14'x12' Tegel Manor. 


All of this, PLUS Mapping Guides, How-tos, and Patron-Only video seminars. AND every month I send all patrons 1-3 maps from my "Alyssa: Legacy" collection: some of my creations from years gone by. You'll get to hear the back story, my design process behind each, and my favorite parts of each map and what stories I think lie within. 


You know, I read some articles when I got to this section, referenced what some other Patreons were saying, and decided to explain this in my own words.

Patreon is, in a nutshell, a way for fans of someone's work to support that artist; to say "hey, this is cool stuff, thanks, I want to be a part of it" and to choose a supporting level they are comfortable with. In exchange you get access to the artist, the behind-the-scenes outtakes, conversations, and details, and gain exclusive benefits (such as a patreon-only Discord chat channel or maps before anyone else gets access to them!)

One of the wonderful things about sharing my map-making through Patreon, is that I get to hang out and chat with wonderful people at the same time that I am drawing. It's like having friends over, having a drink, and chilling as Alyssa draws. You get to ask questions, get involved, make suggestions, pick up some tips and tricks along the way, and walk away with a copy of the final map.

I stream live as I map, but Patreon itself is where you can show your appreciation and support through a self-chosen monthly subscription level and gain exclusive benefits not available anywhere else.

You choose how much you want to support me at: It can be a buck or two a month, or you might decide that you want to join at a certain tier to gain some additional rewards. For example, if you support me at $5 a month, you get a digital hi-res black and white map from the latest patreon projects, plus one of my historical maps; and you get this for as long as you are subscribed. $10 a month and everything is also provided in full color. Or the Senate level gets you shared-publishing rights to some of the maps! This was way, way less than commissioning me directly.

I try not to lock down a volume of maps per month, as convention season can play havoc with schedules and it changes the tone of what we are doing together, but let's just say that what I draw: you get. Plus you get 1-2 from the archives. And you get that every month.

I've never really shared the true Alyssa Faden outside of a convention, and this is the channel where you can change that. Subscribe at a level of your choosing, come hang out; I draw, share maps, tips, techniques, guides, and videos.

Join now, because we're shaping Patron benefits right now, and I'd love to hear your thoughts on what you would like to get out of this!

Recent posts by Alyssa Faden

Tiers
Auxiliary
$1 or more per month

Follow my work and become part of the conversation and creation process.  At this level you won't receive the final hires digital maps I create, but you will be part of their creation, get to see how I do it,  and will have access to my hints, tips, and training guides.


- Access to the mapping discussions: see the drawing in progress, get hints and tips, and influence the design through Patreon-only discussion and polls!


- Access to the patreon-only video streams; watch me work, talk to me as I do it.


Legionary
$5 or more per month

Everything on the Auxiliary tier, plus:


You will receive a high-res PNG file of the newest town/city map in B&W. Additionally:  you will receive one B&W map from the "Alyssa: Legacy" archives.

These maps will come without text or labels, so you are free to use for your own private gaming experiences!


(Patrons at this level are unable to use maps for commercial purposes)

Optio
$10 or more per month

Everything on the Auxiliary tier, plus: 


You will receive a high-res PNG file of the newest town/city map in both Color and B&W.  Additionally:  you will receive one map from the "Alyssa: Legacy" archives (in both Color and B&W as well).


These maps will come without text or labels, so you are free to use for your own private gaming experiences!


(Patrons at this level are unable to use maps for commercial purposes)

Centurion
$25 or more per month

Everything the Auxiliary, Legionary, and Optio get ... plus:

Become an influencer: You will be able to contribute suggestions and ideas for mapping projects I work on and produce!


While I cannot guarantee I will draw *exactly* what you submit to me, I will endeavor to include individual ideas and themes into my maps. Also: I will reach out for general mapping theme suggestions and ideas for future projects !

Senator
$50 or more per month

As a Senator you gain the privileges of the above Patron ranks, plus you have commercial rights to publish any and all non-Legacy maps produced for Patreon supporters. Complete your adventures and supplements with a unique enriching style!


(Maps received at this level are non-exclusive)