Archive for October 11th, 2009


Announcing the Adventure Cartography Society

Yesterday I visited Grant’s Tomb and Riverside Church in hopes of not getting shot when I came back that evening to flash a laser rangefinder over their property, write things down, and gesture excitedly to my male associates. Before approaching their building & security staff to prepare them for that particular encounter, I realized I needed a better explanation for my motivation other than “my friends and I are Dungeons & Dragons fans, and we want to see for ourselves what it’s like to map and fool around in a 300-foot-high mausoleum and a faux-medieval cathedral!”

Thus, like all great D&D schemes, the Adventure Cartography Society was born of the adventurer’s desire to flim-flam one’s way deeper into the dungeon. Joining is easy! Here are the precepts of the ACS:

Goal: We of the Adventure Cartography Society seek to improve our understanding of time, space, and the range of human and animal performance by measuring and mapping familiar spaces and using them to test our assumptions about what’s possible.

Methodology: In the spirit of international cooperation, all publications of the Adventure Cartography Society should provide measurements in both the metric and Imperial systems. Members are also encouraged to provide data in all other measurement systems that were used in the creation of the map or are useful to its interpretation.

Ethics: All publications of the Amateur Cartography Society belong to its members. When we publish under the aegis of the Society, we agree that anyone may use and share our data. The ACS strongly supports citation of authorship, and will work to ensure that members are properly credited for their work.

What We Do: Members propose experiments and share results!

Tavis’s First Experiment: Make a map of the area between your living space and your front door. Graph or hex paper is recommended, with each square/hex being approximately one or two of your body-lengths. Experiment with what you and other people and animals can do in this space over the durations of one second, six seconds, one minute, and ten minutes.

Results of my own D&D-inspired results from this experiment coming soon!

This post is a publication of the Adventure Cartography Society, and should be credited to Tavis Allison using the URL:

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