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Alternate Classic Hex Map Icons


Whether you want to use these icons with Worldographer, our older Hexographer, or a general image editor (such as GIMP or Photoshop) or another RPG-related mapping product, these useful icons will enhance the look of your maps.

These icons are almost a one-for-one replacement of the default Hexographer icons. (A few icons are very simple and therefore didn’t need to be replaced… some others were added to Hexographer after these–we may add more and anyone who purchases a set of icons can always get the updated set.) While they are different from the classic mid-80s Gazzetteer maps, we think anyone who loves the style will appreciate these new icons. See the sample map key for the full list.

Like the default Hexographer icons, these are 250×250 pixel transparent PNG images. Therefore, they should look nice scaled to print even as 1″ hexes at 300dpi.

Note: Although you may publish maps with these icons, you may not resell, give away or redistribute the icons except as part of a map (image, pdf, or print.)

To use them in Worldographer, you'll need the Pro version. You can either:

  1. Go to the "Configure" menu and select "Load Configuration" then select the alt-classic.wxx file after this download file is unzipped. This option replaces the default icons with these alternates.
  2. Go to the "Configure" menu and "Add Custom Terrain" and/or "Add Custom Features" to add the icons manually.  You can select many/all of the Feature or Terrain icons at the same time. You can edit the icon settings by going to "Configure" and choosing "Configure Terrain" or "Configure Features" after they have been added.  You can also add them individually in those windows.

To use them in Hexographer, you’ll need the Pro version of Hexographer. Follow these steps:

  1. Unzip the file somewhere on your computer.
  2. Open Hexographer and create or load a new map.
  3. Go to the “Configure Hexes” tab and click the “Import Settings” button near the bottom.
  4. Use the file browser that appears, browse to the place where you unzipped the files and choose for the file.
  5. Back in the “Configure Hexes” tab, near the bottom, click “Apply.” Go back to your map and any terrain type which has a multicolored icon should be changed.



  • The licensee may not use the art in another stock art/clip art product.
  • The licensee may modify the images.
  • The art may not be included in a program that makes maps or games. It can be added to the program by the end-user who purchases it him/herself.
  • The art can appear in advertisements for products which use the image.
  • If distributing a product with the art, the artist and product must be credited in your product as follows: 'Some map icons from [product name] by artist Keith Curtis via Inkwell Ideas.' (Replace product name with the name of the icon set you're using. ; If using multiple, list them separated by commas.)
  • Contact with questions.

Inkwell Ideas makes many useful tabletop RPG accessories, including the following:

Sidequest Decks

Almost every card is a mini adventure.  One side has an outline (background GM info, story hooks, several encounter ideas, & a couple follow-ups) and the other side is the main map:

Sidequest Decks: After the Total Party Kill  Sidequest Decks: Arcane Academy  Sidequest Decks: Coastal Town Quests  Sidequest Decks: Dungeons, Caves, & Ruins Fantasy  Sidequest Decks: Frontier Town Quests  Sidequest Decks: High Seas, Pirates, & Ports  Sidequest Decks: Horror Fantasy  Sidequest Decks: Lovecraftian/Paranormal  Sidequest Decks: Modern Crime, Spies, & Supers  Sidequest Decks: Monster Hunts  Sidequest Decks: Political and Urban Fantasy  Sidequest Decks: Pulp Adventures!  Sidequest Decks: Science Fantasy  Sidequest Decks: Science Fiction  Sidequest Decks: Wilderness & Frontier Fantasy

NPC Portraits Decks

A character on almost every card. The front is a full color portrait, the back has system neutral personality & background information:

NPC Portraits Deck: Adventurers NPC Portraits Deck: Adventurers  NPC Portraits Deck: Animals  NPC Portraits Deck: Coastal Townsfolk  NPC Portraits Deck: Fantasy  NPC Portraits Deck: Fantasy 2  NPC Portraits Deck: Frontier Townsfolk  NPC Portraits Deck: Henchmen & Hirelings  NPC Portraits Deck: Monsters  NPC Portraits Deck: Science Fiction

VTT Tokens

Monster Stand-Ins Virtual Table Top Tokens v1  Monster Stand-Ins VTT Tokens: Adventurer NPCs  Monster Stand-Ins VTT Tokens: Animal Companions/Familiars  Monster Stand-Ins VTT Tokens: Coastal Townsfolk NPCs  Monster Stand-Ins VTT Tokens: Frontier Townsfolk NPCs  Monster Stand-Ins VTT Tokens: Henchmen & Hirelings NPCs

Map Icons for our Worldographer software (PNG images, usable with most image/map editors)

Worldographer is version 2 of our prior Hexographer, Cityographer, & Dungeonographer programs. All have free versions downloadable from each program's website.

There are simply too many to show!  See the full range on the category page.

Index of Inkwell Ideas Map Icons:

Each month we've made 4 mini-sets of icons (battlemat, classic world/kingdom, isometric world/kingdom, & settlement) following a theme such as "Greek" or "Elven" or "Temples".

Each year we've bundled up each monthly mini-set of that style:

(dungeon/building interiors)



(mostly top-down buildings)

The monthly sets are also available, but from 2020 onward each month's icons are only availaible as one combined product. (The "Coasts" set from February 2022 has all the battlemat, classic & isometric world/kingdom, and settlement icons in one product/download.) February/March 2023's icon set is a little different--it has 100's of icons in only a "Ring Lord" world/kingdom map style.

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Tri N December 23, 2020 7:02 pm UTC
Can these be used without fuss in Hex Kit?
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Joe W December 24, 2020 3:55 pm UTC
Sorry, we have no experience with Hex Kit. These were originally for Hexographer and work with our newer Worldographer as well. They are standard PNG images so they should work with any program that loads PNGs, but again we don't know how Hex Kit handles images. If it imports PNGs they should be fine, although the terrain background colors are not built into the icon, a configuration file loads that extra info. I don't know if Hex Kit has a similar way to do that.
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Rick H July 25, 2020 12:58 pm UTC
There is no import feature in Worldographer to import these? They are nice icons. I will use them but this is a huge disappointment. I was ready to start mapping with them
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Joe W July 25, 2020 9:10 pm UTC
Thank you! We've uploaded a new version of the product with the file needed to more easily add the icons to Worldographer and included instructions in the product description here. Let us know if you have further questions.
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Rick H July 27, 2020 9:46 am UTC
Fantastic! I appreciate it. Thank you! I look forward to many mapping hours ahead.
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Kelly J April 10, 2020 5:38 pm UTC
How do i replace the default in Worldographer. The website seems to indicate there should be a "altclassic.wxx" file but i do not see one...
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Joe W July 25, 2020 9:11 pm UTC
I'm sorry I didn't see your question, but another person asked the same thing today. We've updated the download file & added instructions in the product description here.
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Román E September 13, 2019 3:52 am UTC
Does the license allows to publish the final maps created for commercial purposes either in print or electronically?
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Joe W September 13, 2019 4:12 pm UTC
Yes! Just credit it as noted in the license section of the product description.
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