Best map making software that isn't online networked?


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I was wondering. If people do PLAY BY POST for example, what map making software they use to represent where the characters and monsters are on a forum and how they go about doing that?

I understand there are a lot of Virtual Tables, but in Play by Post say on a really basic forum (my friend and I are BRAND new to Pathfinder and trying to learn it.) what would people use to show where creatures and players are?

How would make a map that at least LOOKS like where you are in the world? (for example if I put him in a swamp etc etc)

Any software that can let me build a fast map that maybe has grid coordinates on it?

Thanks all


Probably not the "best", but I just take the maps out of the adventure, either extracted from the PDF or scanned in, load a map into GIMP, take images of players and creatures I find online and load as layers, save it as jpg, and throw it up on Picasa web. Then I give the players a link to the album I created for the game. When the players or monsters move, I simply move the layer in GIMP and save again. Picasa auto uploads the changes so I don't have to think about it. Simple and works.

Need a grid? I just overlay a grid pattern over the map.


Sardaukar wrote:

Probably not the "best", but I just take the maps out of the adventure, either extracted from the PDF or scanned in, load a map into GIMP, take images of players and creatures I find online and load as layers, save it as jpg, and throw it up on Picasa web. Then I give the players a link to the album I created for the game. When the players or monsters move, I simply move the layer in GIMP and save again. Picasa auto uploads the changes so I don't have to think about it. Simple and works.

I do something similar for play-by-post games. Use a map extracted from a PDF and then use Paint.NET. I typically have three layers. The map, one for positions and one for a "fog of war". I actually just use colored dots or squares to represent the combatants.

The Picasa method sounds cool. I've been using dropbox.com which has a public folder option that allows one to share a file in the Public folder by just right clicking and choosing public link. I embed that in my message board posts.


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The Picasa method sounds cool. I've been using dropbox.com which has a public folder option that allows one to share a file in the Public folder by just right clicking and choosing public link. I embed that in my message board posts.

Ah ok cool. I am using MapTool right now with a grid overlay of the scanned map loaded up into it with Coordinates

Then I adjust the map and post it. The players tell me what grid they are moving to when they post their move.

So like "so and so moves to I-14 and takes a swing" I move the tokens In Maptool and post a new map after everything for that round is done

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