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Does anybody know an easy method to create maps for games (mainly wargames) on the computer? Is there a freeware programm available?
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Maarten D. de Jong
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You will need five ingredients:

- a vector drawing program: CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator if you want something professional (use older versions as these are more than adequate but usually sell for less than $25 or so) or Inkscape, which is freeware;
- a printer which knows about colour management (which might be at your local printing shop);
- blood;
- sweat; and
- tears.

There is no easy Do What I Mean-program available: the programs I mentioned are just the tools. The inspiration has to come from you (or a scanner or any other map source). When drawing your maps, make extensive use of layering facilities. If you have a good program, you can automate the mind-numbing tasks of precisely positioning hexes and other information with a scripts of sorts (Corel for example uses VBA.) Don't rush the job: a good-looking map is much nicer to play with than a shabby-looking one. Good luck.
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I tend to agree with Maarten. I've created literally dozens of maps over the last ten years, and have done the lion's share of them with less-than-the-latest versions of Corel Draw (with help from PhotoPaint, in the same package).

Some day, I might even get around to uploading some of them to BGG...
 
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DarrellKH wrote:
I tend to agree with Maarten. I've created literally dozens of maps over the last ten years, and have done the lion's share of them with less-than-the-latest versions of Corel Draw (with help from PhotoPaint, in the same package).

Some day, I might even get around to uploading some of them to BGG...


And someday I may actually get around to finishing Indo-Map! I'm so pitiful! shake
 
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Personally I use Illustrator, but there are mapmaking programs out there. For small scale maps Dundjini is pretty good. For larger scale maps I'd recommend Campaign Cartographer. Both have freeware/demo versions available.
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MWChapel wrote:
DarrellKH wrote:
I tend to agree with Maarten. I've created literally dozens of maps over the last ten years, and have done the lion's share of them with less-than-the-latest versions of Corel Draw (with help from PhotoPaint, in the same package).

Some day, I might even get around to uploading some of them to BGG...


And someday I may actually get around to finishing Indo-Map! I'm so pitiful! shake


Mike, I already finished mine three months ago, but I didn't want to steal your thunder, so I've kept it to myself.
 
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DarrellKH wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
DarrellKH wrote:
I tend to agree with Maarten. I've created literally dozens of maps over the last ten years, and have done the lion's share of them with less-than-the-latest versions of Corel Draw (with help from PhotoPaint, in the same package).

Some day, I might even get around to uploading some of them to BGG...


And someday I may actually get around to finishing Indo-Map! I'm so pitiful! shake


Mike, I already finished mine three months ago, but I didn't want to steal your thunder, so I've kept it to myself.


Send me your's. I'd like to see what you did.
 
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The campaign cartographer suite might have tools that would be useful.
 
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MWChapel wrote:

DarrellKH wrote:

MWChapel wrote:

And someday I may actually get around to finishing Indo-Map! I'm so pitiful! shake


Mike, I already finished mine three months ago, but I didn't want to steal your thunder, so I've kept it to myself.


Send me your's. I'd like to see what you did.


I always thought is was along the lines of:
"never get involved in a land war in Asia"
"never rely on a Chapel created map"
kinda thing. ninja

Is it going to be ready for BGG.CON'08?
 
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There is a free online hex generator out there that might be useful.
 
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I draw and develop all my Age of Steam maps in Inkscape: http://inkscape.org/ See the Age of Steam gallery to see examples of the maps I've drawn (Central America, Wales, Japan, Denmark, South-East Australia, Isle of Wight, Launch!, New South Wales, etc).
 
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I use Campaign Cartographer but really like th results one gets with Dundjinni. Dundjinni is especially good for small scale maps of buildings etc.

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A free hex generator is here:

http://incompetech.com/graphpaper/hexagonal/

I like to use it for my prototypes, but be prepared to spend some quality time with scissors!

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leberegel wrote:
Does anybody know an easy method to create maps for games (mainly wargames) on the computer? Is there a freeware programm available?


yes I know a methode,
I use my own writen software,
you may have a look at the output
http://www.vienna-asl-club.at/pageID_4166048.html

so tell me friend , why should I give you the
result of my work to you for free ?
 
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so tell me friend , why should I give you the result of my work to you for free ?

Because you believe in Free Software more religiously than does Richard Stallman...?
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There is a map drawing program for diplomacy variants. I can't remember where to download it but what it does is you create points and the connections between them and it translates this into a map, with areas for each point and adjacency between points which you connected. It will stop you connecting points which are topographically impossible to connect. The result is not very pretty, but for area-movement games its fairly useful.

Is anyone interested? if so I might try to see where I found it.
 
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cymric wrote:
JoBader wrote:
so tell me friend , why should I give you the result of my work to you for free ?

Because you believe in Free Software more religiously than does Richard Stallman...?


ah yes, I am a believer since Richard pointed me the way to the
Patrolstation where I get fuel for nothing.
 
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JoBader wrote:
ah yes, I am a believer since Richard pointed me the way to the Patrolstation where I get fuel for nothing.

Don't shoot the messenger . It seems to work for many people---just as it doesn't work for others. How people want to be 'paid' for their software is of course entirely their own decision.

That said: great-looking output. Would you mind explaining a bit how your program works? Is it for example a scripted tool, where you 'program' the map in a custom programming language? Or is it more of a drawing tool?
 
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Quote:
the way to the
Patrolstation where I get fuel for nothing.


Surely some mistake? They don't have any fuel at the Patrolstation. I suppose if you are lucky you might get arrested for nothing...
 
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cymric wrote:

That said: great-looking output. Would you mind explaining a bit how your program works? Is it for example a scripted tool, where you 'program' the map in a custom programming language? Or is it more of a drawing tool?


It comes with a graphical windows interface .
User may create a new map file by selecting size in Hex.
Terraintypes like streets and hexsides may be added
with variable widht and color.
Terrain can be placed by clicking on the zoom and scrollable map.
They may than be dragged on certain vector points via mouse.
Bigger bitmaps may be moved and sized in the background
while the map is transparent.
The output is not compatible to other apps.

do you have further questions to this ?
 
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No, I was just wondering what sort of approach you had taken, and this satisfies my curiosity. Thanks for answering.
 
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