My work on the Southlands are in an intense period, with textures, city map and the foundation for the whole continent taking shape in parallel. There will be a more in depth progress report soon, and even more for the backers of Southlands. It is a lot of work, but it is coming along nicely with more and more details added each day.
I’ve also taken a bit time off to create a PDF of my hexed Flanaess map. it is available from my Map Repository or direct download from my Dropbox. The PDF is layered and weighs in at 283MB.
Other World Mapper Kickstarter is on its last day. Its been a highly successful run blasting through all the initial stretch goals and then some! So there are only a few hours left to jump onboard early on this promising map maker tool.
In the background my plans for next year are taking shape, and its gearing up for a major year with several interesting projects spanning different worlds and topics. A couple of the themes for next year are “Classic Vistas” and “Back to the Flanaess”, a new website will also be launched to host this and other things. More on this in December when the Southlands are done and its time for the next year outlook.
Time for me to promote a Kickstarter again, this time its not one I’m participating in . I’m just backing it. This time its a Fantasy Map creator – Other World Mapper by the small indie developer Three Minds Software.
Those of you familiar with computer graphics are familiar with the bitmap vector divide, there are paint programs and their are CAD programs. Other World Mapper is one of the few attempts I’ve seen to make good use of the strengths as well as usability of both in one package.
Many of you have asked me what program to use to make your own maps and customize already made ones like mine. I use professional tools like Photoshop and Illustrator which are costly and takes hours to learn and even longer to master. GIMP and Inkscape are open source programs that can do a good job filling in for expensive professional tools, but they still have the learning curve. They also have lots and lots of functions that you will probably never need in order to make or adjust maps for your gaming needs.
There are dedicated fantasy mapping tools on the market already, and I have used several of them with varying degree of satisfaction. Just like professional digital graphics tools they seem to fall into the categories of bitmap or vector. Dundjinni was, or maybe is it still available I’m not sure, but it is firmly in the bitmaps camp. CC3 is based on a CAD software, which means its precise and fast. but most people find CAD software unintuitive for artistic creative work like map making an I can understand that feeling.
The creators of Other World Mapper seems to have taken this into account when they started to develop their map maker. The list of features and their video presentations caught my interest, and I couldn’t resist backing this project, please consider doing the same!
You can find there Kickstarter project here: