GM map making


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Hi, guys. I am preparing to run several scenarios at Gen Con this year, and I have a bit of a problem. I need some advice for printing out the maps in the scenarios. Do you more experienced DMs have advice as to make inexpensive maps of your scenarios? I have used gaming paper in the past, but wanted to hear what other DMs do on a budget. Thank you.

Dark Archive 4/5 5/55/5 *** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Midwest

Last year, I did a combination of things. For flip-maps I had, I used them. For the rest, I printed them out (in color) and mounted them on card stock, cut down so that no section was larger than 8.5"X11" so that everything for a scenarios fit in the storage clipboards I bought for this at Walmart.

I will be doing the same this year, though I'd best get stared given that I have six scenarios to prep!


Jack Brown wrote:

Last year, I did a combination of things. For flip-maps I had, I used them. For the rest, I printed them out (in color) and mounted them on card stock, cut down so that no section was larger than 8.5"X11" so that everything for a scenarios fit in the storage clipboards I bought for this at Walmart.

I will be doing the same this year, though I'd best get stared given that I have six scenarios to prep!

It's the last part I am trying to figure out. I do have access to Gimp 2 to edit the maps, but I have not done this before.

Dark Archive 4/5 5/55/5 *** Regional Venture-Coordinator, Midwest

There is a good tutorial by Dennis Baker around.

But to sum up... (Note, I use a Mac).

Extract the images - most seasons that is just right clicking, and pasting into a paint program. Save the image, and then open up with posterrazr.

Season 6 many you need to use a bit more powerful tool... Don't yet know if the newer ones fixed the layering issue.

Grand Lodge 4/5 5/55/5 ***

Obviously, I recommend buying the FlipMaps whenever possible. The MapPacks are nice too. For those, I just print the relevent pages from the pdf on cardstock and use spray adhesive and foam-core board to make portable/durable map boards ready to assemble at the gaming table.

For custom maps, I have had two approaches depending on how many times I plan to use the maps. The first step is to blow up/format the image to scale as a pdf file. Then I go to Staples and have it professionally printed. Depending on the size of the map, it is relatively inexpensive for color printing, and occasionally laminating.
Alternately, I use PosteRazor to print the full-scale map in sections that I can affix to a foam-core backer like MapPacks. The only issue with this option is if the map is very large, it will "digitize" when you blow it up using the program's zoom-to-scale function. Its best to find someone techy with PhotoShop or equivalent software to blow up the map to scale to prevent loss of image quality

Sovereign Court 4/5 5/5 *** Venture-Lieutenant, Conventions—Gen Con

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Last year any custom maps I had for my scenarios were drawn out on graph chart paper with markers. This year I'll be doing that for the bigger maps while using PosteRazor to print out the smaller ones.

Grand Lodge 4/5 *** Venture-Captain, California—Sacramento

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I tend to use gimp to cut down the map to individual rooms.

I find the Players metagame less if they can't see the whole map.

Grand Lodge 5/5

Yes poster razor is your friend for self printing of maps

Liberty's Edge 4/5 5/5 ** Venture-Captain, Virginia—Richmond

FLite wrote:

I tend to use gimp to cut down the map to individual rooms.

I find the Players metagame less if they can't see the whole map.

I do this in dungeon crawls using graph paper from a easel pad. It takes more time and organization, but it works well for preventing metagaming based on the physical layout of the map.

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