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Mapping For Beginners

In Maps on March 21, 2010 at 8:00 am

A couple of weeks ago I asked for help with maps and these are the answers I got. All programs run in Windows. They may or may not have other versions.

GIMP A powerful, freeware alternative to Photo Shop, GIMP is considered one of the best graphics programs available. There are a lot of tutorials out there for it as well. GIMP has been around long enough that there are many resources available for it now such as this tutorial on creating space scenes.

Maptools A freeware mapping program that allows you to import pictures and then use them as guides for things like floor plans and outdoor maps. In additions to being able to use objects from CC3 and Fractal Mapper (and others), it has several video tutorials and forums. Even better, once you use it to create maps, you can the use it to run games both in person and online.

Paint.net Similar to GIMP, but not quite as powerful and also free. It’s like MS Paint on steroids. I haven’t tried it but it looks like a good option for newbies. (Pinta is an Ubuntu Paint.net clone.)

Cartographer’s Guild Forums A good place to get feedback and see other maps as well as ask for help.

For more ideas, see this post at the Core Mechanic.

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Map: Gas Station Parking Lot

In Maps on March 5, 2010 at 9:00 am

This map is of a gas station parking lot. The dimensions are 31 feet x 22 feet and its to scale with 1 square = 1 foot.

It was made using Google Earth to find a local gas station. I screened the image and ported it into Paint. It looked awful but all I needed was the scale (50 pixels to 1 foot) for a template. I then ported that image into MapTools and went to town.

This is a jpg version but you can download the PNG here. The zip includes both a labeled and unlabeled copy.

I want to thank everyone who responded to my cry for help. Maptools and Google Earth will likely do everything I need for this. I recommend them to anyone who’s a beginner at image editing. The Maptools tutorials make this dead simple.

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I Need Help With Maps

In General on March 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

I had the coolest idea: hook my laptop up to the HDTV and use it for a battlemap.

Online gaming programs do this. You have a rocking map and everyone moves tokens around. Often the online programs have a “fog of war” element so the GM can see things the players can’t. I won’t have that since everyone will be using my laptop. That’s ok, I’ll still save money on ink and paper.

The Problem: Making maps. I want cool looking modern maps.

Solution: Learn to use the programs on my computer that can create these maps.

2nd Problem: I have no idea where to start. I am a truly clueless newb in the realm of computer graphics.

Solution: Ask you guys for help! Please, link me up in comments to places I can use to learn the software.

I use Windows 7 (thanks @datainadequate for pointing out you might want to know that DUH).

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