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These handcrafted wood maps of video game worlds are excellent

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There's nothing like a great fantasy world map. Just gazing at the mountains, rivers, towns, castles, and dotted-line roads can be like taking a little vacation to a distant world, whether it's in the opening pages of a fantasy novel or the map screen of a game.

You can put that experience on your wall, too. The talented folks at Origin Artwork on Etsy (opens in new tab), who I discovered via Reddit (opens in new tab) today, make 3D wooden maps of locations both fantastical and real. That includes maps of Skyrim (opens in new tab), Hyrule (opens in new tab), Westeros (opens in new tab), and Los Santos (opens in new tab), all of which are wonderfully detailed and ready for mounting on your wall or keeping on your desk (some are quite small) so you can stare at them when you need a break from reality. Check out some images of Skyrim below:

There are some really nice maps of real places, too, including Lake Tahoe, the San Diego Bay, and The Great Lakes. They do custom requests as well. The maps come in different sizes: for instance, the Skyrim map (opens in new tab) runs the gamut from 8x10 inches ($130) to 16x20 ($250). 

I think these would make a great gift for any fan of fantasy, games, or even just cool maps, especially if they have a birthday coming up (mine is in less then a month, just to put that out there). Check out Origin Artwork on Etsy (opens in new tab) to see their stock.

Chris started playing PC games in the 1980s, started writing about them in the early 2000s, and (finally) started getting paid to write about them in the late 2000s. Following a few years as a regular freelancer, PC Gamer hired him in 2014, probably so he'd stop emailing them asking for more work. Chris has a love-hate relationship with survival games and an unhealthy fascination with the inner lives of NPCs. He's also a fan of offbeat simulation games, mods, and ignoring storylines in RPGs so he can make up his own.