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About Thorfinn

Since 2005, the Atlas of Mystara has aimed to provide consistent and comprehensive maps for the world of Mystara. I have poured my heart and soul into this non-commercial fan project over all these years, and my work is still far from finished. Now, thanks to Wizards of the Coasts's Fan Content Policy, I am able to ask for your sponsorship and support.

Since you're here, you probably already know about me and my work on Mystara. But in case you don't: I'm a cartographer specialising in fantasy maps. The distinguishing features of my maps are:

  • Gorgeous hex maps
  • 3D height model-based satellite-style topographic maps
  • Proper use of map projections and georeferencing

You may be familiar with my work from the Atlas of Mystara. You can find my hex maps scattered all over the Internet, and I've also made my mapping tools available. Or perhaps you've seen my recent work on Bruce Heard's Calidar setting, or indeed my other Patreon for creating new Calidar maps. Making maps is what I love doing the most.

My main web site is here: Thorfinn Tait Cartography. That's where I post about projects, such as Lining Up Mystara Revisited and Let's Map Mystara. Finished maps go up at the Atlas site.


This Patreon is about enabling me to make more maps, more tools, and more tutorials for you and others to enjoy and use in RPGs. It is intended to support my cartography and enable me to continue working on all my Mystara projects, slowly working towards completing the Atlas.

It's about creating beautiful maps that are freely available for everyone. 

I make all of my maps, tools, and tutorials freely available on the Internet. But the truth is that they're not free for me to make. My cartography began as a hobby, and I've spent years building up my cartographic workbench, including computer hardware and software. But there are still significant costs.

If you become my patron, your backing will go towards:

  • paying for essential software
  • keeping my websites open and backed up
  • backing up my work
  • saving for new software
  • saving for new hardware

But even more important: you will directly motivate me to continue work on all your favourite maps and projects. The encouragement and support of the community is what keeps me going — it's why I'm still working on the Atlas almost 15 years later!

During the day I work as a high school teacher in Japan. So all of my mapping is done in my spare time. I also have three small children, so my time is quite limited. Nevertheless, mapping is my passion, and I'm highly motivated to push forward on my many projects as often and as much as I can.

That's where I need your help. With your support, I could afford to spend more time on mapping, and invest in software and hardware to assist with my efforts. Most importantly, your backing motivates me to keep going when I hit a brick wall.

In short, with you behind my efforts, I could make more maps.

How does this work?

How much you pledge is up you — every little helps! Check out the tiers at the right for details of rewards. If you don't see what you want there, or if there's something specific you'd like me to work on, feel free to send me a message and we can work it out.

If you're new to Patreon, let me explain.

Patreon is a system for you to support your favourite creators. My campaign is set up on a monthly plan, which means your pledge is collected and sent to me once each month. There are tiers at the top right of this page for you to choose from, or you can simply pay what you want.

Please, only pledge what you can afford. I'd hate to be a drain on your cash flow, so please only pledge from your disposable income. If you can't afford to, know that there are other ways to support my work, such as spreading the word, and sharing my posts on social media. Thank you for your kindness! You are amazing.

Finished maps will be posted to my websites and social media. I'll also keep you informed here from time to time on the progress of my projects, and post previews of maps I haven't yet published.

Thank You

Thanks for considering my Patreon campaign.

Above all, I'd like to thank you all for your amazing support. I feel incredibly lucky to be in the company of such talented and friendly people in our communities, and I can't stress enough how much your encouragement — financial and otherwise! — has helped me over the years.

Legal Note

The Atlas of Mystara is unofficial Fan Content permitted under the Fan Content Policy. Not approved/endorsed by Wizards. Portions of the materials used are property of Wizards of the Coast. ©Wizards of the Coast LLC.
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Monthly Maps

If fifty people pledge to be my patrons, as a way to say thank you I will pledge to post at least one new map every month, in addition to the updates to existing maps and such that I already post.
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