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We are proud to announce a major upgrade for Maps!

Shortly after the amazing chaos that was WA Summer Camp, Dimitris hammered out very quickly a major feature update to a worldbuilding tool for you all! Check out the details for this feature below and be ready to level up your map game!

Themed Pins

Aside from the standard pin set that was around during the first iteration of maps, there’s a plethora of new pins available depending on your guild membership level! Visit the interactive Maps 2.0 pin showcase page created by TJ, our very own lead community manager, to click and learn about each pin.

You can also view details regarding what map manager features are available for each tier on the World Anvil’s Guild Membership page.

Maps 2.0 Pins Showcase

Marker Variations

The following marker types are now available to use aside from pins for various guild member tiers! These markers can be used for various purposes, such as visually indicating territory borders!

  • Map Label [For Master+]
    • You can use text on the map directly which acts like a pin (can link, pop up, etc.). Imagine what you can do with CSS styling for labels!

  • Polygon Marker [For Grandmaster+]

Polygon Marker

  • Circular Marker [For Grandmaster+]

  • Invisible Marker [For Grandmaster+]
    • Users can create small active areas on their maps so viewers cannot see the marker until they hover their mouse over them. Think of secret yet discoverable zones for viewers! 

Marker Customization

Direct Link Pins

Previously, viewers can only see an info bubble when clicking on a pin. Under the Map configuration Marker tab, creators now can directly link to a related map, location, or organization! 

Marker Groups [For Master+]

Introducing the Marker Group tab! After creating a marker group, you would be able to organize sets of pins to be associated with different subscriber groups. This will allow approved viewers to toggle marker groups on the map! This functionality will also tie into the Maps’ new layering system, which will be explained a bit later so keep on reading!

When editing a Marker, you would be able to assign it to a Marker Group of your choice.

Check out the functionality of Marker Groups in action!

Marker groups example

Map Presentation


We are changing the game by enabling users to create different layers for maps! Check out the Maps 2.0 interactive showcase (also created by TJ) to see an example of layers in action (and also play with the different marker groups)!

Grandmasters and above will be able to also assign a marker group to a layer. So, imagine having a set of pins belonging to a marker group assigned to a surface layer, and another set belonging to an underground layer! You can also have a marker that will always be visible no matter what layer is currently selected by associating that marker with the base/default layer. As an example, this kind of maker would indicate the entrance to a cave from either the surface or underground layer.

Maps in BBCode

All guild members have the ability to Inject maps into any article using the BBCode [map:map ID]. You can even have multiple maps in an article if you want to get crazy!

  • Example: [map:ae7a3c29-5398-4cdb-8cc4-4e9f2e3b4275]

Customizable Compass

To give your map an even more stylistic pop, you can upload your own map compass image! Your chosen map compass stays in place while navigating the map as shown in the example below.

In addition, our dedicated user Caeora has generously created various compass images to give to World Anvil users to use for their worlds! These images are free to use for personal or commercial purposes as long as you give credit. Check out Caeora’s Patreon Blue Sword Games to view more of their RPG content creations!

Initial Settings and Zoom Levels

  • Set Initial Zoom Level & Location
    • You can set where your  map will be pointing at when you open up the map. This is especially useful for big maps!
  • Set Max/Min Zoom (take screenshot of fields)
    • You can setup how much viewers can zoom in and out of map, allowing you to control the scale of your map.

Map CSS Styling [Guild Members Only]

Once upon a time, styling maps via css was not possible. But now, users can customize the CSS on maps! Adjust backgrounds, labels, and more to fit the theme of your world!

Don’t forget that you can also assign unique CSS classes to your pins so you can also adjust their styles in your world’s configuration. Check out this interactive map (also created by TJ) showcasing CSS examples for the new maps!

Creator’s Studio: Pin Designer [For Grandmaster+]

The Creator’s studio is the home of all advanced customization in World Anvil. Grandmasters, and above, will be able to create and share Character sheets, Widgets, Custom Map Markers and much more as we grow. You’ll be able to access Creator’s Studio with a new link in the main navigation bar!

Studio Link

This upgrade was certainly a major one for Maps!

We hope this powerful worldbuilding tool brings your World Anvil experience to new heights!

Update 8/21/2018: A Guide to Maps Article is on the Codex for more How-to-do’s for this new feature! Big thanks to TJ for creating this awesome guide!