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posted Mar 28, 2013 15:35:11 by Chris
I've been looking for map making software to create maps for my upcoming RQ6 campaign. I'm not after anything intense, just something where I can create basic maps and have a 'fog of war' effect, or line of sight that automatically shows what a certain character can see at any given time.

You've probably heard of Rp Tools, it's free, I was wondering if anyone is using it or something else.

Rp Tools here: http://rptools.net
"This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die!"
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Thalaba said Mar 28, 2013 15:53:44
I've used Sketchup, which is free and I find simple to use, but I suspect it would be more time consuming than what most people would want. It can can model 3D environments as well as 2D, so it can model 'fog of war' and 'line of sight' with ease. You can do terrains, buildings, interiors, whatever, but some knowledge of construction, physical geography, and 3D model building really help.

The stills below are from a series of sessions I ran for the RQ campaign linked to in my sig. They are from page 10 of that thread.







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Chris said Mar 28, 2013 16:16:02
They look very good, but I'm a total novice to all of this, and I think that would be beyond me

I'm just looking for a drag n' drop with auto sighting
"This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die!"
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Afon y Bydysawd said Mar 30, 2013 16:09:14
Wow, really nice work Thalaba. Is this something the average Joe could do or is this sort of 3D modeling your day job?
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Thalaba said Mar 31, 2013 17:51:06
Wow, really nice work Thalaba. Is this something the average Joe could do or is this sort of 3D modeling your day job?
Thanks, Afon. I did learn the basics of the program on my day job, but I don't, unfortunately, get to model fantasy settings at work (though I'm more than willing to entertain offers. Anybody?)

I do think the average Joe could learn to use it - it's a free program and it's simple to use. The Google Sketchup library is full of models that people have uploaded after teaching themselves the program. There are also a lot of tutorials freely available. It's not the sort of thing that only someone in the computer graphics field could learn.
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DanTrue said Mar 31, 2013 21:42:33
I use Campaign Cartographer myself. It's pretty easy to learn, but it's CAD so it do require some time investment .. and it costs money. Good community support.

Roll20 has some very basic mapping software I believe.

- Dan
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Heimdallsgothi said Apr 02, 2013 23:41:58
Campaign Cartographer is an awesome map tool, you can make some really incredible maps using it. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but there are many excellent youtube tutorials available that help a lot.

For basic mapping you can consider using RPTools Maptools. Its primarily meant for online gaming, but does have some basic mapping and does have the best line of sight and fog of war tools available.

See the following links (we use maptools at our face to face game with an overhead projector)

Map Making

Fog of war

Legend/Runequest Framework for Maptools

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