I'm no artist, but I've always wanted to make nice-looking maps on the computer. That's why this mapping tutorial for the GIMP is awesome. Using it I've managed to take this:
And turn it into this:
Rheall should recognise it, since it's the land I used for the solo game I ran for her recently. (Actual play first half, second half , and debrief .) It's still a work in progress—the hills need to be added, roads and towns placed, and I need to do something with the moors in the lower right to make them look better. I'm really pleased with it so far, though.
(For my players on Tuesday, this is the map of the area your characters will start in and be exploring. Yeah, I know the names on the drawn map are hard to read. It's a bad photo, not even a bad scan.)