Anyone know any map making tools?

I am not looking for anything fancy, just a simple to use and easily learnt map making tool, anything that can create maps that look marginally better than those drawn in Paint.

If anyone has any ideas, they would be greatly appreciated. :grin:

I made the maps in my game using Inkarnate! I’ve also used Roll for Fantasy in the past!

Inkarnate maps look great, but you will not be able to use them in a product that makes money unless you pay a hefty licensing fee. However, it’s free for personal use, such as references!

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I heard good things about Wonderdraft, but personally I haven’t used it yet.

These are for world maps, though. I have yet to find one for city maps.

also found this:

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If you want to go hardcore, you can use GIMP or other image editor and draw a map yourself. These vids are also a great inspiration should you choose this path of pain.


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Check this site: https://donjon.bin.sh/fantasy/world/
It has many generators like: worlds, planets, names, inn menus, dungeons, calendars, demographics calculator, traps, magic articles, npcs, weather… It’s amazing!

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Cartographer.

https://www.profantasy.com/products/cc3.asp
I do realize you asked for simple tools, but this is still a great one.

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So I’m writing a few games, with a main one, and I want to write a map of an area. I have a rough sketch in my head, but don’t think that I could do it well. I don’t have money to commission someone to make it. While I could make the map, it would be of Sub-par quality.

What do you guys think I should do? Thanks.

If you can’t afford to commission someone, I’d recommend having a look at some of the other threads about this where there are a lot of free resources for maps:

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If you want a beautiful map, the suggestions in this thread are great.

But if you want a free, SUPER easy way to make a map fast (e.g. for you as you write the game) then I recommend Draw.io

Sorry for “bumping up” this convo, but it seemed like the latest one on maps, and I would love to discuss maps with any authors who are interested :slight_smile:

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(I made this a while back, maybe someone finds it useful. I have absolutely 0 drawing skill, so this worked great for me.)
Jackpot1776’s Guide to Map Making

  1. Use Perilous Shores by watabou to generate a map that you like. Play with the settings; you can do a whole host of different things (Mostly for fantasy settings, but you can remove all labels/markers/symbols if you want something else).
    1a. It doesn’t have to be perfect! Just a rough configuration is needed, mostly just for size and shape. Don’t worry about symbols.
  2. Save as a .png (Look for a button when you right click your map).
  3. Go to Photo Editor : Pixlr X - free image editing online (free image editing , can be done through browser with no download, sign up, anything else)
  4. Upload the rough draft map you made from the first link.
  5. Do literally whatever you want with it. You can cut/copy elements you like and paste them elsewhere, add labels/legends, add your own symbols (just upload another image on top of your map), and much more. You can change the color, font, size, draw your own whatever, the works.
  6. Save as a .jpg
  7. Put into your game! The code to put it in is fairly simple

Enjoy! I hope this is useful. It is a bit time consuming, but it is free, and you can make beautiful maps.

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I didn’t want to create a new thread about maps so I figured I’d just piggyback on this one.

I see there are a lot of cool tools available for map-making, and I’m tempted to do my own map for my new project, Talon City, but I really need to devote my ‘free’ time to writing.

That being said, is anyone around here an experienced map maker who would want to explore working with me on this? To to be clear, it would be a paid project, I’m not asking for a volunteer, but details would have to be ironed out.

Summary: Talon City is a city of birds out in a forest setting, so I think a lot of ‘generic’ fantasy village maps might provide a good starting point. But I’d need precise placement of the 9 city wards, plus landmarks like streams, hills, and various plot-important locations. I’d actually probably want different versions of the base map (with each ‘newer’ map containing newer starred locations and such) so that in certain parts of the story, I’d write a command to trigger a new map to appear to replace the old one, so that the starting map wouldn’t have any spoilers.

If anyone is interested, you can either respond here or PM me. I’d prefer to work with someone who has created high quality maps before and could show me a few samples.

Thanks!

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