3d8All of these are rolled at once. The 2d4 roll can be dropped, as will be explained.
The eight-sided dice indicate the compass direction towards one, two, or three large bodies of water. The compass directions start with North and are read clockwise:
The ten-sided die indicates the basic climate. The number rolled, times ten, is the approximate latitude equivalent. See this table:
|3-5||Temperate||Medium||500 to 5k feet|
|0-1||Tropical||Sea-Level||100 feet or less|
Note that this table does double duty, since you can also use it to roll Elevation/Altitude, either with a d10 (as we will do in the step) or with a d6. For climate, the d10 tells us whether the area is hot or cold, with the extremes being hot/cold all year round.
The six-sided die is used for the basic elevation for the starting region. We use a d6 instead of a d10 because we usually don't want to start in high-altitude environments above the treeline. This tells us whether we're creating a high plateau, hill country, or lowlands.
The four-sided dice tell us how varied the terrain and other features will be. Basically, it's the number of feature rolls we're going to make in Step Two. If you don't want to roll for an average of five features of the landscape, you can drop the 2d4 roll and just assume there's only two features on the map.