Lex continues his exploration of the DMG with a discussion of creating maps for your campaign and world. He discusses the bottom-up and top-down approaches to mapping, giving some pros and cons of each. He also considers what to do if you don't have any skills with mapping and provides some campaign map resources to help you with your campaign and world.
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Check out Lex's Tales from the Yawning Portal Campaign
Lex's Series on the Dungeon Master's Guide
Episode 151: DMG Introduction - Know Your Players
Episode 152: DMG Chapter 1 - A World of Your Own
Episode 154: DMG Chapter 1 - Gods of Your World
Episode 155: DMG Chapter 1 - Developing Gods & Pantheons for Your World
Lex's Series on the Player's Handbook
Episode 137: PHB Prelude through Chapter 4
Episode 138: PHB Chapter 5 - Equipment
Episode 139: PHB Chapter 6 - Multiclassing & Feats
Episode 140: PHB Chapter 7 - Ability Scores
Episode 142: PHB Chapter 8 - Adventuring part 1
Episode 143: PHB Chapter 8 - Adventuring part 2
Episode 145: PHB Chapter 9 - Combat
Episode 146: PHB Chapter 10 & Appendices - Spellcasting, Conditions & Exhaustion
Recommended Previous Worldbuilding Episodes:
Episode 127: Adventuring in the Wilds of Primordia
Episode 128: Primordia Q&A
Episode 130: Improving Your World Through Revision
Episode 152: A World of Your Own
Episode 154: Gods of Your World
Episode 155: Developing Gods & Pantheons for Your World
Bottom-up versus top-down approaches to worldbuilding and mapping
Avoiding worldbuilder’s disease
Province scale maps
Kingdom scale maps
Continent scale maps
Using the different scales together
What to do if you don’t have the talent or skills for map-making—making a “blob map”
You can learn everything you need to know about cartography at the Cartographers' Guild. The have tons of resources including tutorials and advice on all types of cartography, whether you make your maps by hand or use software.
The province scale map has 1-mile hexes with 6-mile kingdom scale hexes overlaid.
The kingdom scale map has 6-mile hexes with 60-mile continent scale hexes overlaid.
The continent scale map has 60-mile hexes.
You can use the free program, Hexographer, to make crude digital hex maps.
You can use Campaign Cartographer to create more attractive hex maps, but the software isn't free and has a rather steep learning curve.