Map Making is the process of creating a map of an area, be it tactical or larger scale. It encompasses everything from creating a world map to the map of a dungeon corridor.

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How do I get around players losing interest during mapping?

For the past couple months, my D&D hack game has been experiencing the same persistent issue. While all my players seem to have fun during the exploring/debating/combat/social parts of the game, ...
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What collaborative mapping software would meet my needs? [on hold]

Background I am the head of plot for a boffer LARP that runs monthly. A given game has anywhere from 10 to 50 players. We have around 5 people that run plot. I need the entire plot team to be able to ...
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DFRPG city creation via telepresence

I'm planning a DFRPG campaign for the first time since my group began gathering via telepresence. How can we best approximate sitting around the table to collaborate, talk, and work on city creation1 ...
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What other villages were affected by the events leading up to Hoard of the Dragon Queen?

Running Hoard of the Dragon Queen, “Episode 3: The Dragon Hatchery” on Roll20 and I'm editing the map of the Sword Coast to show only the Greenfields and the route they marked. I also want to put Xs ...
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Hoard of the Dragon Queen hatchery cave layout

I'm running Hoard of The Dragon Queen for some friends and have hit a bit of a roadblock in map building with the dragon hatchery. The map While I can take a guess as to how I'm supposed to lay ...
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What are some good resources for designing maps (regional, provincial, dungeon, etc)? [closed]

Alright, I hope this question is narrow enough in scope that it's alright for RPG.SE. What I am asking for is a list of resources such as essays, books, blog posts, articles, how-to's, etc., that ...
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Where can I observe a world's creation as it happens?

The Adventurer Conquerer King System has specific and detailed instructions on how to map and detail a setting for use in play, and I'm trying to get the hang of them. Unfortunately, not having a real ...
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As a GM, what minimal geographic knowledge should I have to make realistic maps?

I draw topographic maps for my players all the time, and in real time (it is just easier for me to express myself with a pencil on a sheet of paper than in words). I have two problems with this. ...
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How to keep track of mapnotes?

I want to run an Eberron setting game, and I'd like to use the Eberron map, which I have as a high-resolution png, but be able to add quick notes and such as the game progresses. Something similar to ...
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How do I handle the math of hex maps?

I'm having trouble calculating distances on hex-mapped worlds. The math, even at the regional scale, is difficult. But I'm also interested in distances at the world-scale. I'm targeting icosahedral ...
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Software for On-the-fly-mapping [closed]

While mapping has been extensively covered but always from either the Virtual Tabletop perspective, not the on-the-fly-mapping idea. Basically what software could you use to map a grid-based dungeon ...
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How to copy maps from adventure books [duplicate]

I recently bought a DnD 5e starter set and with it came the adventure book of the Lost Mine of Phandelver. It had a few maps with it. Now the problem is, I'm not sure how I should get those maps on a ...
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How much detail should I include in medieval maps for players?

I am running a campaign in the Eberron (DnD) setting, but really, this question could apply to anyone running a game in a medieval setting. I wanted to know what level of detail/accuracy to include ...
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How do I balance detailed encounter maps with not wanting to give away my dungeon layout?

I'm in the process of designing a Megadungeon, and it seems like people run large dungeons like this using the theater of the mind to avoid giving the layout away and allow players to explore, get ...
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How to design and clearly represent a 3-D location?

I would like to design a dungeon-like location, a city surrounding a keep built on a limestone hill littered with caves. Tunnels and caverns would connect certain city locations to keep dungeons but ...
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What software is there for creating custom color hex maps?

I would like to find software to help me create an regional hex map, preferably in color. I already have the region mapped out by hand, but I want to re-create it as a classic hex map with each hex ...
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Where Can I Find Hex Paper Notebooks?

I apologize in advance if this question isn't suited for this thread, but I thought I'd start here. Already in my possession is a graph paper notebook, but what I seek is a HEX grid notebook. Does ...
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How would I quickly put together a believable map of an area?

As part of my "Closed Circle" campaign, I'm looking for ways to quickly put together a believable map of a college campus and surrounding area, complete with believable building placement. "Quickly" ...
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What's the best software for mapmaking? [closed]

I would like to know if Paint.NET and Paint Shop Pro are the best tools for creating fantasy cartography. Does better software exist? If so, what is the software, and what specific features make it ...
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Where to get mapmaking software for Mac?

I've been looking for a program that can create maps on a Mac... Any ideas? I would like it to be a World Map, that the players just relate to, to know where they are and to tie all of the quests into ...
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Coming up with building layouts on the fly

Sometimes in my shadowrun game(s), I have to invent a building interior on the fly for my players. I like to draw a floor plan or something similar for them. My problem is that I find it hard to ...
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What tools are available to create custom dungeon maps?

I want to create my own maps for my campaign, but I'm not good at drawing. Are there any tools that could help me? As I'm not good at drawing pictures myself, I'm looking for a tool that allows you ...
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How much time should travelling through a country take? [closed]

Im creating my world right now, and i have the basic layout What i've been thinking about, is how large it should be, and im not sure how to do it to maximize the fun in the game. At the moment i ...
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Colaborative map-editing tool for Paranoia games [closed]

I am running a multi-group paranoia with a couple of friends. We are usually playing with 3 Gamemasters and 5 people per group at the same time in the same realm. We are looking for a colaborate map-...
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Is there a good tool for drawing the layout of a mansion/manor?

I'm in the planning phase of developing a Maid: the RPG game, and it occurs to me that at some point I'm going to need to design the interior of a mansion. It's a mansion that currently has four ...
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Is there a good way of adapting Megacity One maps from actual maps of New York?

My group is starting a Traveller Judge Dredd RPG adventure set in Megacity One (New York area). We'd like to make, or appropriate, a street-level map of a specific few Sectors of the city, to serve as ...
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Map making for the artistically deficient

I am woefully terrible at drawing, sketching, or even tracing. As to be expected, then, my map-making skills are underwhelming, to say the least. I have a specific overworld map idea in mind, but lack ...
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Is there an efficient way to make an interactive map?

I'm looking for a way to map a world as was done in the Forgotten Realms Interactive Atlas. I want the ability to be able to zoom into areas while maintaining scale, and to get down to battle maps. ...
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How large should the Large Sheet of Paper be?

I always get one that's too big. We play with 3-5 people and don't want to spend more than two and a half hours straight drawing landscape at the absolute longest. What size paper would be best?
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RPG Tools (Virtual Board w/ LAN support) (Automatic or Decent Map Generator) [duplicate]

I am in search of a free virtual board with LAN connectivity. All it needs to be able to do is allow different users connected via LAN to be able to move pieces in real time. A specific user-lock for ...
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Good mapping tools for odd topologies

I'm looking to host a game that takes place in an asteroid terrarium traveling through interstellar space. Does anyone know of mapping software for 1) the inside of the asteroid, which resembles the ...
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Where can I find an authentic mine layout for use in a historical campaign?

Abandoned Mines have become a staple of Dungeon-crawling over the years, but despite how many times I’ve cleared out monsters from them, I know very little about mining myself. Now I’m in the GM seat,...
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Earth height-maps, with adjustable sea/fog level

I like the Eleven Pillars idea, hinted at the linked post, and I would like to adapt it to out Earth. In order to do that, I'd need something like a heightmap, with adjustable sea level, to simulate ...
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Where can I find resources to create a realistic castle dungeon?

Shortly, I will send my PCs into a castle ruin, and I plan on them spending some time there, possibly to refurbish the castle and claim it as their own. I want to make this castle a realistic place, ...
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What software tools or websites are available for running RPG, grid-based combat? [duplicate]

Are there any software tools (or websites) that support creating tactical combat maps as well as actively running them for combat? I'm looking to do away with paper and battle-mats. Here are my ...
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Where can I find cartography icons for game maps?

I am looking for icons to represent cities, villages and other places, something like the ones that come with AutoREALM, but which can be used in my mapping tool of choice (GIMP in this case). Is ...
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What happened to Irony Games' tools?

About five years ago, there used to be a site called Irony Games that hosted a variety of useful map generator tools (Non-functional list of tools shown here). Have these tools ever been re-hosted ...
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How can you use isometric maps (or other tricks for addressing 3 dimensions) for miniatures?

I remember in the 90s isometric projection, 3/4-view 3D-on-2D maps became briefly popular in published game books, then all but disappeared. Watching "The Desolation of Smaug" I became aware that I ...
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Tile mapping to share a map online - how do I do it? [closed]

I'd like to share this very complex continent/dungeon map I've created online, and the way I'd ideally like to do it is through tiling and Leaflet. I love the "see only broad details, then see greater ...
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Looking for a battle map designer with ice-themed objects

I am looking for an online map designer I can use to make a battle map for Pathfinder. The theme is supposed to be icy and harsh. I already tried Dungeon Painter Online, and I found in terms of ...
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Avoid writer's blocks at the beginning of a TQY session

I have recently bought The Quiet Year. I really enjoy the concept, bit I find it hard to bootstrap a session. At the beginning, players are faced with an almost blank white page, and they have to ...
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Creating a free online dungeon map maker - advice on where I can find tiles to offer the users? [closed]

I have been looking around on various dungeon map making tools and I have not yet found one I am comfortable with. So I am thinking of creating my own online HTML5 dungeon map tool and share it with ...
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Tips for creating engaging modern setting battle maps?

I'm playing a modern horror campaign, basically "Exorcist cops vs Japanese Folklore creatures". The combats take place in the city, and this, I think, it causing my battles to be dull, like a Final ...
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Moldvay Basic D&D - Mapping using Charater Movement Rates

I'm dusting off the Moldvay Red Basic Rulebook (1981) and taking a stab at figuring out some of the rules that I, frankly, didn't fully understand when I was a kid. On B19, under the MOVEMENT section,...
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Is there any mapping software that can print large battlemaps?

Years ago, I used Dundjinni to create battlemaps for the game I ran. However, each individual map was restricted in size such that it corresponded to the size of a piece of normal 8.5" x 11", and this ...
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Do I have to map out villages or outside areas?

Do I have to make a map of areas outside of my dungeons? For instance, a village or forest? Does the context of the Dungeon have to be mapped?
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Making fantasy city [non-tactical] maps with GIMP

Does anyone know of good city specific (although I would be interested in others as well) plug-ins for fantasy RPG map making using GIMP? Edit: I am more looking at macro-scale (so whole city and a ...
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How to create shadows in RPTools maptool?

I'm testing out RPTool's MapTool. So far it's pretty OK, but there are a few things I'm missing. One of the most important is how to create drop shadows underneath platforms (elevated pieces of floor)...
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Any tips for drawing dungeon maps using Inkscape or similar software? [closed]

As stated. I tried a few specialized mapping tools, but I feel like I'll be happiest just using Inkscape (an open source vector drawing tool). I'm still working on getting an efficient system down ...
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Do your players make maps while exploring the unknown of your game's world?

If so, how do they do approach map making without slowing down the game. If not, and if you wish they did, what are ways to encourage players to do so? Also, what are good ways to make maps without ...