Monday, March 28, 2011

Tactile Maps

I love stuff like this.  Inuit tactile maps. A comment on Metafilter lead me to this site which says:
These could be employed at night in conjunction with the stars, feeling your way along the coastline, navigating at an intimate scale.
Imagine a treasure item, non-magical, that encodes guard patterns for a thief, or locked-door-open-door maps for assassins, or even turn-left-turn-right dungeon maps that dwarves use in pitch blackness.

Update: Get over to Aeons & Auguries for a cool example and interesting comments, like using these for map and key. 


  1. fantastic. I've never seen one of those before, thank you.

  2. There is at least one old school rpg precedent, similar items, called high cartography readers, are used as maps on Tekumel. Also, in RQ, the written language of the light hating trolls was entirely tactile. Troll "scrolls" consist of braille like bumps on lead tablets.

  3. Thanks, all. And the Drune, I'd never heard of that. supe cool. Thanks for sharing.