I think I never realized how many pages I was reviewing through the week. This week I only had time for the briefest triage (“not interested” or “tl;dr — do later”) through the week, and I spend most of my free time this weekend reviewing things in greater detail.
It might be time to write a plugin to help me do this more efficiently.
Topic: Mapping Software
I’ve found articles about a few mapping programs (one online, one not) that might prove useful.
I’ll be honest, most of the time when I do maps I use the GIMP, but I can easily see myself using something easier. Sometimes I just want to know where things are relative to each other, I don’t need a map that is as nice as I’ve seen done with a full graphics package.
A simple online ‘dungeon painter’. Select the map elements you want displayed and just click, drag, and so on to put them on the map. It looks to have a nice range of textures and tiles (for instance, ‘floor squares’), including different tiles within the same ‘floor type’.
I don’t know that I would use this for publishing-quality work, but I’ve only toyed with it for a few minutes. I’d certainly be willing to consider it for quick maps for use in play online. Quick, easy, and presentable.
Online Dungeon Master
OnlineDM has been presented a series of articles on tweaking the use of MapTool. I’ve used MapTool, I like MapTool, but this guy goes way beyond what I’ve ever done with it. I’m impressed.
- Advanced MapTool Macros part 1: Intro to JSON objects (http://onlinedm.wordpress.com/2011/10/26/advanced-maptool-macros-part-1-intro-to-json-objects/)
- Advanced MapTool Macros part 2: Intro to JSON arrays (http://onlinedm.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/advanced-maptool-macros-part-2-intro-to-json-arrays/)
- Advanced MapTool Macros part 3: Library tokens and the MACRO roll option (http://onlinedm.wordpress.com/2011/10/28/advanced-maptool-macros-part-3-library-tokens-and-the-macro-roll-option/)
Tony presents and comments on a half dozen tiling map drawing programs (including Dungeon Painter Online, above).