[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Hand-Drawn Golf Reference

June 3rd, 2013 by Benj Edwards

Chris Apple IIc hand-drawn Golf Map and Reference - circa 1980sIf there were only 40 degrees in a circle, this is what it would look like.

There is a certain rustic beauty in hand-drawn video game notes that I will never cease to enjoy. Case in point: this map/reference key created by family friend Chris when he was a kid in the 1980s. I’m not quite sure what game it was for (other than “Golf”), but it was likely a game for the Apple IIc, as I found it among related Apple IIc ephemera when I acquired his collection some years ago.

For more hand-drawn video game goodness, check out this VC&G post about my friend’s Deadly Towers maps from 2006.

[ Update: 06/03/2013 – I was just talking to my brother, and he thinks that either he drew this alone or I wrote the letters and he drew the numbers. It was either a reference to a Golf game he programmed in C in 1991, or an old Atari 800 golf game that I haven’t found yet. I still think it’s possible that Chris wrote the letters. ]

[ From Chris’ Apple IIc papers, circa mid-late 1980s ]

Discussion Topic of the Week: Do you ever hand-draw maps for modern video games?

11 Responses to “[ Retro Scan of the Week ] Hand-Drawn Golf Reference”

  1. Eagles409 Says:

    When I was a kid I copied Sid Meier’s Pirates from a friend, but I didn’t have a copy of the map, which was vital for the game. I also didn’t have easy access to a copier, so I hand drew the map from his map so that I could figure out where I was in the game. I remember playing that game for days on end and that map became invaluable.

  2. Multimedia Mike Says:

    I can’t imagine drawing a map for a modern game since most games seem to have auto-cartography features nowadays.

    However, circa 1991, I was extremely proud to have hand drawn these maps of the NES ports of Shadowgate and Uninvited:


  3. Alexander Says:

    I can’t say that I did, but I remember having written notes for games. Like the Bill Nye the Science guy game from ’96, I had to written notes of clues to riddles for that game.

    I’m sure I had a few games with hand-drawn maps or plans, but I can’t think of them off the top of my head.

  4. TNLongFellow Says:

    I never drew the maps but I did write down stuff. Mostly about Myst. I had to write out the diagram of the piano keyboard puzzle and several others to help me get through them. I also remember making notes about Zork

  5. arlandi Says:

    hmm… i don’t think i ever draw a map for modern games. automap feature replace all the need to do that.
    but i do think that drawing maps, writing quest notes etc only add to the fun in playing. it draws you more into the game. involves you more.

  6. Judith Says:

    I still have the map I made while my son and I played Zork 1. It started the whole game thing for us, and you see where that’s gone!

  7. SirFatty Says:

    I have a hand drawn map of all the moongate locations for Ultima 3, recently found in a pile of papers I was sifting through. This was probably 1984 that I did this.

  8. Matt Says:

    My good friend and I drew out the map for Metal Gear on the NES in graph paper when it came out. Eventually Nintendo Power printed a nice map for it. These days, someone has posted a beautiful screen-by-screen screenshot map of the whole thing I downloaded for when I replay it. LOVE that game.

  9. technotreegrass Says:

    I never drew a map but I have written down tips and tricks for old and modern games. For old games, I generally wrote them on the blank pages of the instruction manual, but now I type everything in a TXT file.

    If I need help navigating a difficult dungeon, I generally follow someone’s video walkthrough on YouTube.

  10. Moondog Says:

    I used to make maps of coordinates for the BBS game Trade Wars 2002. Recently I found an old sheet of paper with numbers scribbled all over it, and the words, “Nite Owl BBS” written on the top. There were multiple BBS’s in the area running it at the time.

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