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How can I manage a shared player map?

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I'm running a West Marches style game and I'd like for players to have a shared map they can edit. What's a good way to handle this in a way that can be shared with all the potential players between sessions?

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A friend of mine made a tool after wondering the same question. We now use on a regular basis: Hextml site here and it is free.

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A quick and dirty (though highly effective) way to handle this would be to setup a Roll20 account, create a map and then share the link to the map with your fellow players (make sure they also have accounts!). This enables easy collaboration and the map is persistent so any changes each player makes will show up for every other player too!


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How can I manage a shared player map?

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I'm running a West Marches style game and I'd like for players to have a shared map they can edit. What's a good way to handle this in a way that can be shared with all the potential players between sessions?


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A friend of mine made a tool after wondering the same question. We now use on a regular basis: Hextml site here and it is free.

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@Boulash The question mark by "Saves" at the top of the page links to this 1-question FAQ, which says: "Why does Hextml displays "Save on server: never" in the status bar? You have to connect with your google account and get a premium account. If you can't (or don't want to) you can still use everything normally but you'll have to regulary save your maps on your own computer." I'm guessing that's the issue - the shared link only updates when you save the map online, and you can only save when signed in via Google with a premium Hextml account. - V2Blast Oct 6 at 0:10

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