Maps and RPGs go together like bacon and breakfast. You don't have to have bacon to have breakfast, but breakfast is definitely better with bacon.
Whenever I'm coming up with a new setting or adventure idea, I usually start with a map. I've got a very visual imagination so getting the physical space in order first just makes sense to me. I can't really draw very well, but that's fine for a couple of reasons:
A) Maps are abstractions; so long as a map conveys its meaning, it's a worthwhile map.
B) I've learned how to use GIMP and some other graphics programs. With a liberal dose of ctrl-z, I can take a map from bad-looking to mediocre in just hours!
"The Clodbreaker Burrow" -The Clodbreaker Wyrm's been slain, but strange lights can still be seen emanating from deep within its packed dirt lair. "Come to think of it, nobody's seen the Shire Reeve since the day afore yester'."
there. But don't worry, people that can actually draw share as well. If you're looking for a ready to use map or some inspiration, it's a good place to start.
|You don't have to be able to draw to make a worthwhile map...|
Anyway, the point is I like maps.