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    ClericGuy

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    hey playground. im looking for a website, program, or somehting to create a world map for my homebrew campaign im working on. something friendly for the not so artistically inclined would be great!


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    Pixie in the Playground
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    Civilization V has a hex tile map builder. May not be best for placing cities, but topography and key resources is a good starting point. The older Civ games are either square or rhombus based tiles that still work well for geography.

    I've been thinking of buying this to play with but haven't done so yet.

    https://store.inkwellideas.com/colle...ware-icon-sets

    There's also map tiles you can purchase through roll20. Just have to assemble the pieces in their game builder and take screenshots. Unfortunately I hacwnt found a way to export maps made in roll20.

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    ElfPirate

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    Have you considered adapting maps of the real world? There's a great web site that lets you select features you want on your map, then download it in .png format.
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    ClericGuy

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeJ View Post
    Have you considered adapting maps of the real world? There's a great web site that lets you select features you want on your map, then download it in .png format.
    not a bad idea. i never thought of that. i will deffinately check it out and play around with it, thanks!


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    NecromancerGuy

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    Well, if you want to get serious, then Campaign Cartographer 3+ with the Fractal Terrains add-on. https://www.profantasy.com/

    In a day of practice and with the right approach (doing the free tutorials) you will get to a level that is almost professional (80-90%) and be amazed at what you can do.

    But, if you want free, or you want something that you don't actually have to learn to use, and something is good enough. Then their are some free online world generators and numerous map making programs. Some of them are listed here; https://www.fantasygrounds.com/forum...ftware-summary

    EDIT: Oh, and you really need very little artistic talent to generate these maps. I have very little and do wonderful maps (all the examples on this page are done by me; https://www.facebook.com/pg/Ultimate...97513187534479
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    I use Campaign Cartographer and with a little practice and time you can put out some professional looking maps. The only thing is that it's very expensive.
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    ElfRogueGirl

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    If you just want a realistic-looking world map with geography and waterways made, Fractal Terrains is great. It's included with Campaign Cartographer, as the people before me have said, and I believe that there is a demo version of Fractal Terrains that would work well too. I can't search for it right now, though.

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    Pixie in the Playground
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    Nice idea of yours! When my niece had an assignment at school to creat a personalized map, we used Mapchart and the result was awesome, you can try it too

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    Take a look at Hexographer - there's a free version, it requires basically no artistic skills, and it's got quite a bit of material.

    As for tile sets an the like in particular, Battle For Wesnoth has an excellent terrain set (similar to Civ), a map maker, and a creative commons license for all the art in it which makes it easy to use elsewhere (e.g. in Hexographer, though all the specialized code for terrain change borders is lost).
    I would really like to see a game made by Obryn, Kurald Galain, and Knaight from these forums.

    I'm not joking one bit. I would buy the hell out of that.
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    Inkarnate, it is a wonderful software, and if you have the money, buy premium if only for the superior resolution. It requires very little artistic talent, basically just outline the continent then fill it in. Then add the stuff you want to add. I encourage you to at least check it out.
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    Agreed. Every cemetery wants to be a dungeon when it grows up.
    here is a list of my homebrews thus far:
    [PF] WitchHunter

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    "It's impossible to go through life unscathed. Nor should you want to. By the hurts we accumulate, we measure both our follies and our accomplishments."

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordEntrails View Post
    Well, if you want to get serious, then Campaign Cartographer 3+ with the Fractal Terrains add-on. https://www.profantasy.com/
    Seconded. It's a one time purchase. Make an account, buy the software, and own it forever. I have had CC3 since 2012 on a single purchase, and have moved systems many times since then.
    Currently RPG group playing: Iaphela (D&D 5e. Set in the Elder Scrolls universe)

    My campaign settings: Azura; 10,000 CE | The Frozen Seas | Bloodstones (Paleolithic Horror) | AEGIS - The School for Superhero Children |

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    DwarfFighterGuy

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    I use GIMP - it does take some effort to get thru the learning curve - there are tutorials for this. The results are anything you can imagine. Do yourself a favor though, I advise you get a pressure sensitive tablet for input - a pen like device is MUCH preferred to 'painting with a bar of soap' which is what doing art with a mouse is very like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cealocanth View Post
    Seconded. It's a one time purchase. Make an account, buy the software, and own it forever. I have had CC3 since 2012 on a single purchase, and have moved systems many times since then.
    The caveat is that CC3 is not art software. Its a CAD program, and it works like a CAD program. It will not behave like Photoshop or anything similar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beleriphon View Post
    The caveat is that CC3 is not art software. Its a CAD program, and it works like a CAD program. It will not behave like Photoshop or anything similar.
    That's an advantage if, like me, you're absolutely hopeless at art and wouldn't even know where to start with something like photoshop.
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    Yeah, I think the only way it makes sense is if you picture Yeenoghu spreading his taint over every gnoll.

    Go ahead and imagine that.

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