Mystara’s first world map appeared in the DM’s guide of the Master Rules Set (1985). The continent of Brun, along with a small part of Davania, had appeared the previous year in the Companion Rules Set (1984) and CM1 Test of the Warlords (1984).
The inspiration for this map is prehistorical maps of ancient Earth — Jurassic Earth, to be precise, around 150 million years ago. The map which this map was probably inspired from was featured in Continents in Collision (1983), a Time Life book in the Planet Earth series. Many fans spotted the similarities back in the 80s, though the map was not posted online until it was unearthed once again in February 2018. For the full story, see this article on thorfmaps.com.
Replica Map (5th February 2018)
- Dungeons & Dragons Master Rules Set (1985) (PDF at DriveThruRPG)
- The Known World, non-hex map on the inside cover of the Master DM’s Book
- Dragon Magazine Issue 153 (January 1990)
- The Known World: Wrong, Wrong, Wrong!, non-hex map on page 69
About Replica Maps
Unlike Updated maps, Replica maps are exact (or sometimes colourised) replicas of primary source maps. These source maps form the main source material of the Atlas of Mystara, from which all of the updated maps are made. Put simply:
- Replica maps present the world of Mystara as the original source materials depict it, warts and all. No attempt has been made to fix errors of any kind — even typos. Replica maps are always marked as such on this site.
- Updated maps present the Atlas of Mystara‘s consistent view of the world, with all errors, alignment issues, and so on fixed. Anything not marked as a replica map is an updated map.