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Overland Map Editor?
« on: May 12, 2009, 09:06:57 AM »
Is there a program that helps you design overland maps for UA? I think I saw something somewhere that at least helped with placing things on a grid, but I can't remember where it was.

Though I will not design a completely new map for "The Sect",  I have some ideas for the game that will come after it. ;)
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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2009, 01:42:31 PM »
I know you can edit overland maps with programs like dpaint.  It's really just a picture.

There are templates on rosedragon (dont' ask me where) that have cities and things you can use to modify the existing overland maps.

You might also find a repository of overland maps ready for use there too.

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2009, 12:56:08 PM »
Found some zips at rosedragon that contain map stamps for "neopaint" and dpaint. They will probably be useful.

I remember that there was an example map somewhere that had a grid on it (for better placement of the important spots on the map). Must be somewhere in that huge archive, too.
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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2009, 01:51:17 PM »
Probably.  Like you, though, I'm not completely familiar with what all is in there.  Hopefully, if someone knows where it is, they can point you in the right direction.
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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2009, 07:09:16 AM »
I found a free map editor , especially for fantasy maps, called AutoRealm ( http://autorealm.sourceforge.net/show.php ).

The resulting maps look a bit schematic, see a screenshot below.

With all the "map stamps" available at rosedragon, I could probably get a nicer looking map.

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2009, 08:05:45 AM »
Nice find!

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2009, 09:45:12 PM »
I find that it helps me to make a grid of 8x8 squares around the outside of a 304x120 image when I am designing a map. I like to place cities in such a way that they are centered within the 8x8 square on the overland map.

I hope this grid helps. I usually start with a base image and do a lot of the artwork by hand.
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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #7 on: September 24, 2009, 12:57:41 PM »
I find that it helps me to make a grid of 8x8 squares around the outside of a 304x120 image when I am designing a map. I like to place cities in such a way that they are centered within the 8x8 square on the overland map.

I hope this grid helps. I usually start with a base image and do a lot of the artwork by hand.

Awesome.

This is how I handle overland map construction as well.  It lets you see exactly what the player will see when they are moving around, and you can tell immediately where to delineate barriers.  Nice job Nol.

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #8 on: September 24, 2009, 02:42:48 PM »
That's great, and very similar to the extremely useful map grid I was looking for in my second posting of this thread (and which I recently rediscovered inside a zip on rosedragon, see it below).

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #9 on: September 24, 2009, 11:52:52 PM »
The reason I prefer my own grid, which has the squares located "outside" the 304x120 drawing area is that, as soon as you paste an image into the template, the squares "inside" the drawing area will no longer be visible.
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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #10 on: September 26, 2009, 01:11:21 PM »
The reason I prefer my own grid, which has the squares located "outside" the 304x120 drawing area is that, as soon as you paste an image into the template, the squares "inside" the drawing area will no longer be visible.

That's right, but the grid can be used as an overlay in photoshop or other programs. So, here's the best of both worlds:   :)

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #11 on: September 26, 2009, 04:16:45 PM »
I've been holding off on mentioning layers and such because I happen to like Nol's template. :)

But another thing to use is the grid feature in your paint program. In Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop and the GIMP, the size of grid is definable by the user, so 8x8 over your canvas of 304x120 works great, then you resize the image or cut and paste into a template when you're done. :D

But, I still like Nol's template. ;)

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #12 on: January 15, 2010, 07:25:41 PM »
Here is a freeware Relief Map Generator from Greenfish

I've played with it a bit, and it looks promising if you like the style.

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2010, 09:24:05 PM »
What a relief!

srsly, nice find!

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Re: Overland Map Editor?
« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2010, 01:04:40 PM »
The old download link for the relief map generator doesn't work anymore. Now it can be found http://www.welshpiper.com/greenfish-relief-map-generator/.
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