What programs do you use for making maps?

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What programs do you use for making maps?

Post by Lone Star » Wed Aug 08, 2007 6:30 pm

I'm trying to make some custom maps similar to the one in "The Heist", with a grid. What programs could I use to make such a map?
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Post by mancerbear » Wed Aug 08, 2007 7:37 pm

Right now, I use my handy-dandy Photoshop for it :)

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Post by Mindforge » Wed Aug 08, 2007 8:24 pm

I use Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign to make maps and just about everything I do. Graphic Design is my job and home business. I work for the local newspaper designing the layouts and doing the advertising designs so I have an advantage in making maps using the software.

I love using the software to make maps using satellite images. I can then print large 11x17 battlemaps. I use 1/4 inch markers that represent 5 feet. My maps are 20 feet per inch. I use to get all into the 5' square in D&D and the game started to turn into a tactical game for me. I had to change to suit many needs in my games - first being super hero combat takes place over city blocks in my games sometimes and I have the largest chessex battle mat that they make. There isn't enough room. When we switched to using more of a general idea of placement the feeling of the roleplaying and explaining combat started to return to my games. I still have a grid - it is just 20' per 1" square.

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Post by Lone Star » Thu Aug 09, 2007 10:21 am

Would AutoCad work as well?
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Post by waldiddy » Mon Aug 13, 2007 6:41 pm

Anyone looked at Maptool? You can use it as a virtual battlemat for playing over the net or even for FTF games. The battlemat is infinite size and it's not too difficult to build up a symbol library for things to populate a city street with: billboards, cars, hydrants, etc.

I haven't actually used it yet for a game, but I'm probably going to create a set of maps that represent different sections of a city, then just set the PC heroes loose to go where they will.

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Post by Phantom Archer » Wed Aug 29, 2007 7:33 am

I've used Windows Viseo to make indoor maps. It works pretty good and was free with the Microsoft Office suite at work.

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Post by Lone Star » Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:42 pm

waldiddy wrote:Anyone looked at Maptool? You can use it as a virtual battlemat for playing over the net or even for FTF games. The battlemat is infinite size and it's not too difficult to build up a symbol library for things to populate a city street with: billboards, cars, hydrants, etc.

I haven't actually used it yet for a game, but I'm probably going to create a set of maps that represent different sections of a city, then just set the PC heroes loose to go where they will.
Wow, this is pretty awesome. Thanks a lot!
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