All of these maps were originally hand drawn, mostly in black and white (like the image on the right), and have been scanned and colourised (using the GIMP, a Photoshop-like tool) before uploading here. To colourise them, I just added several semi-transparent layers, such as water, mountains, plains, swamps and forests.
I originally experimented with Flash. However, having been burned by web standards (or their lack) I wanted a way to present these maps in a way that they could be viewed in any browser without any special plugins or single-browser features. Originally I used a table-based layout, but I changed to cascading stylesheets, which I'm much more pleased with. Have a look at the code if you're interested in such stuff. The map stylesheet is called map.css
200 kilometres (125 miles)
This version allows the text to be written next to the map easily, without being obscured by table code.