Maps & Mapping For Role-Playing Games
This Post used to be part of the How To Be A Game Master / Dungeon Master Thread but brought it here to be its own Topic.
Designated Role-playing Game Threads Have Its Own Map Section
The Map section is activated by the Dungeon Master / GM for their own Role-playing Game, but a more detailed explanation can be read here.
Creating Fancy vs Sketch
There are many commercial map makers for Role-playing Games but they can be pricey for a Dungeon Master / GM that does not want to invest in it to make a map. I am hoping to come up with a good solution for all Dungeon Masters / Game Master's in the Community for FREE. Using a regular graph map and then scanning it or taking a picture of it may be an option for some especially with the new Upload feature here that automatically resizes it.
Sketch Your Player's Position
I created the rough layout below using the Online Sketch (Also in this Thread). It took me about two minutes. This program allows you to create any kind of drawing as well as label it with text and then save it to your computer. GM's with Gmaster status can then Upload this to their game to illustrate the position of Players or what a dungeon might look like.
Directions - How To Sketch: (Flash Plugin Required)
1. Select the grey pencil icon and it will be highlighted.
2. Select a color and then begin drawing in the white area
3. You can save your drawing by clicking on the folder icon
Sketch Your Player's Position - Just A Little More
For illustrative purposes you can see where I tried to show the kinds of weapons being used as well as the distance the characters are in relation to the dragon. Its really up to you how you want to use it for your Role-playing Game .
The above Online Sketch may be too simplistic for what you are looking for so please try these:
* Open Role-playing Game Maker which is a FREE mapping software you can download and use to create more detailed maps. The downside is the graphics look 16 bit.
* Dungeon Maker - This is a FREE environment maker with many options, the graphics are very good as well.
* Tiamat Map Maker - Although, to save a Map you have to buy credits you can essentially build the map for free. The benefit is an extensive range of graphics.
* Donjon Role-playing Game Tools - Free but its random
* Free Version | Hexographer - You have to download and install
* Dungeon maps for Role-playing Game. Create maps online, download as PDF and PNG.
Dungeon Maker Sample
Below is an example of what you can use Dungeon Maker (FREE) to create. This tavern took me around five minutes to put together. The grid style is the default and helps Players estimate distance and position.
The Dungeon Maker one is better than the rest. The only thing I see happening is the whole dungeon will need to be made first and then saved. Then the Dungeon Master will have to crop out the part where the adventurers are so they don't see the whole image.
I'm thinking of creating a page specifically for the current map of an adventure. In other words, the GM of a Thread will have a page to show his main map(S). These can then be changed as he sees fit. This will work well if a GM does not have GM Status.
That will be cool and will make it easier for players to track maps too rather than having to go back to posts to find a map that might be referenced.
Yeah that does sound nice. Will make it easier to keep up with the maps for the characters.