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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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 ...
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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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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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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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Software to keep track of mapnotes

Can anyone recommend a good tool for keeping track of maps? 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 ...
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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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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's the best software for mapmaking?

I use paint.net and paint shop pro to create fantasy cartography. Is there any better software, and why?
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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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RPG Tools (Virtual Board w/ LAN support) (Automatic or Decent Map Generator) [duplicate]

Stackexchange.com, I am in search of a free virtual board with lan connect. 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Software for On-the-fly-mapping

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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Are there any freely available documents about the math of hex maps?

Are there any freely available documents for math regarding hex maps? I'm especially searching for hex maps of whole planets. How do such programs as "Traveller Heaven & Earth" calculate the ...
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What collaborative mapping software would meet my needs?

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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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 ...
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Any tips for drawing dungeon maps using Inkscape or similar software?

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 ...