A Game of Thrones: Illustrated

The politics and relationships in Game of Thrones are complicated. If you’ve read the books, you will have some familiarity with the characters and the back-story. If you’re following the HBO television series, then keeping a mental map of the locations, who rules them, and how the families tie together can be difficult.
There have been many illustrated maps of Game of Thrones produced. These maps can be invaluable for helping you keep track of what’s going on. Perhaps the most beautiful of these illustrated maps is the one provided by HBO themselves. The map on HBO’s website covers the entire world, and gives an episode by episode guide, highlighting which locations are looked at in each episode, and which characters were involved.
The official map uses dark colors and simple lines. Water is black, rather than blue as it would be in traditional world maps, and trees, mountains and other features are sketched, rather than stamped, creating an old-world feel. Kings Landing, Winterfell and Qarth are drawn particularly carefully, and given a splash of color to make them stand out as major cities on the map.
The best features of this particular illustrated map, however, are not the illustrations. It is the interactivity that makes this map stand out. The world of Game of Thrones is vast, and the key locations are spread over a huge area. Being able to zoom, pan, and jump to key locations without having to hunt for them makes it much easier to find the places you are interested in. The map is well coded too, as these interactions are generally seamless and lag free.
Hopefully, in the future, more map makers will consider offering such features on their digital illustrated maps. It would make live a lot easier for travelers and festival visitors alike.

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