A couple of great posts came up over the weekend.
Lawrence Schick posted "The “Known World” D&D Setting: A Secret History" over at Black Gate. A nice history of how he and Tom Moldvay came up with the Known World for their own games and then ported it over to D&D Basic/Expert. It is a fascinating read if, like me, you are a fan of the Mystara world.
+James Mishler takes this one further and provides the maps for the Moldvay/Schick known world on his blog, Adventures in Gaming. James also provides a bit more information and some Hexographer files for them as well.
It is interesting how there are so many familiar names and even locations in different places. Like looking at a world you know, but through some sort of distorted lens.
But what is most interesting to me are the new lands. Places and names that are entirely new to me.
Certainly gives me some names and places to help fill in some blanks I have for my own Mystoerth world.