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Goodly Lawful
2013-03-10, 10:08 AM
Hi everyone,

Long-time GM, but I've often relied on premade worlds and maps in my past campaign. I've decided to try my hand at creating a fully homebrewed campaign setting, but I am a terrible artist and I am really struggling to produce maps that I am proud of. A google search shows me a lot of map-making programs, and I wondered if this forum had any suggestions?

Thanks!

Grinner
2013-03-10, 10:59 AM
Terragen Classic (http://planetside.co.uk/products/terragen-classic)?

It won't give you a boatload of control over the final result like Photoshop or GIMP, but it's free and fairly easy. Just find a good tutorial.

Amaril
2013-03-10, 12:29 PM
If you care more about intuitiveness and the program being free than about precision and detail, try Hexographer (http://www.hexographer.com/). I use it when I'm not in the mood to draw maps by hand.

Frathe
2013-03-10, 02:40 PM
I've been linked to Fractal Mapper (http://www.nbos.com/products/mapper/mapper.htm). Unfortunately, it costs money for anything except the feature-stripped trial version (and I haven't actually tried it myself).

nxwtypx
2013-03-11, 12:27 PM
I've been linked to Fractal Mapper (http://www.nbos.com/products/mapper/mapper.htm). Unfortunately, it costs money for anything except the feature-stripped trial version (and I haven't actually tried it myself).

A good alternative to Fractal Mapper is availiable at donjon.bin.sh (http://donjon.bin.sh/world/). That site's got all kinds of other good procedurally generated things, like dungeons, treasure, and even entire solar systems.

C.J.Geringer
2013-03-12, 01:59 PM
Have you tried Autorealms?

Buddha's_Cookie
2013-03-14, 08:13 AM
I like to use Maptools from RPtools.net, if you are ok with running a digital system. This program is better for encounter maps not large maps or world maps. Maptools lets you draw a map, add a grid, throw down some tokens, and track basic stats. If you care to use it, you can also draw in vision blocking and lighting. Only problem is that the tutorial videos and guides are kind of out of date, and taking the time to find other texture packs online is a bit of a pain.

Edenbeast
2013-03-14, 01:12 PM
I can make you a map if you give me some instructions. I don't use alot of tools. I either draw them by hand, then scan them and add some details in photoshop. Or draw it in gimp, then add the details in photoshop.

Melayl
2013-03-14, 08:58 PM
Check with the folks at the Cartographer's Guild. A forum devoted entirely to map making. They can not only give you program suggestions, but tell you how to do it.

Octopusapult
2013-03-16, 06:22 PM
AutoREALM (http://sourceforge.net/projects/autorealm/) has been my all time favorite, it's pretty easy to use and comes with a relatively large library of icons to use at the start.

It's also free, and really small. (the original file was designed to go on floppy discs.)