One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
City Map is a graphically simple program that generates an overview of a town / city that you define. through a series of tabs you define size, number of buildings, streets, side streets, walls, trees etc, and the program randomly generates a wirefram layout of the town. IF you don't like result, just regenerate (the perimeters you define are save) till you get the view you want. Once you have the view you like you can define the resolution and colors of the elements (road, buildings, trees etc) for export. It has the ability during export to put on a single sheet for hand out or across multiple sheet to make a battle mat.
The down sides> it only exports in BMP, but that is not so bad for those saving CP because you can then open file to paint and further customize it. Its unit of measure is also (for US users) in metric.
DC III is a simple Dungeon / Building interior creator, while not random, it is VERY quick and easy to learn and use.... simply grab tile you want for floor from selections and click mouse on blank grid and whahla done.... click click click.. and you have the floor and walls layed out in minutes..... you can aslo place objects (beds, chests, etc) in the rooms once this is complete. Once your lay out is to your satisfaction, you can save or print it out (PNG or JPG format).
Down Side is I got this years ago from ShardGames, and it seems there site is either down or nolonger active at the time of this thread posting. The link above directs you to a site that still has an active link without any malware issues. NOTE though, on the 3k site, there are MULTIPLE down load here tags that will take you elsewher to try to get you to buy or try other things...... be sure to select the lin Dungeon Crafter Silver edition 3.1xxxxxx in the middle of the page.
Also if Shard is no longer supporting this, to add new tiles you have to get a bit creative. In DC III Tools Options Tab, it shows the paths for each stored location for each tile type ( Floor, Object, Wall). To add new ones you can modify an existing and save as (check path) or if you are even more creative, you can create a new one using other sources ( ie Internet pictures, one u take or create) and cropping them to 72x72 pixels. I save mine in PNG format for zoom resolutions... but I think it will take JPG as well.
All in all, these will not produce the results of programs like CCC, photoshop and Bryce (prefered by anna and Rob), but for those on a budget or are artistically challenged unlike Mort, Icarus and others (meaning artists). These are pretty good for basic programs.
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Through a PM it has come to my attention that this redition of DC III will only allow the user to print or export the created map, NOT Save as the old version I have... which is a further disapointment. This would certainly hamstring making a larger layout, but it may still be good for building interiors and such... will search to see if there is a workaround.
Well its been a while since I put on my frugal DMs hat... So, while reviewing the many varied trails of support supplements for our gaming, here is a tidbit or two you might find helpful and still save you a couple bucks...
For those that like building your own terrains, I think you'll find Mel funny, entertaining and well just damn crafty..... without breaking the bank, check out my friend over here...
And Lastly, just as a reminder to those new to us The Demi-Goddess of Greyhawk Cartography...... Here she is doing her latest.. Midgard for Kobold Press.. I'd buy it blindfolded just because of her involvement.... (my 2cp)
and if you really like them.. support them like I do...
Time for another round of Frugal-goodness for those Copper Piece Guarding DMs...
Wow its been awhile... I guess old age is setting in.. I'm going to need to improve my timing of visits.... anyway.....
I've been supporting the efforts of those at Kobold Press, And Troll Lord and a few others and there are lots of neat things on the horizon.
First for some GH goodness and as is the theme "budget friendly".
The Latest Oreth Journal is out and even available in hard copy for those that need the touchy feely of old school (like me). Kristoph (aka Icarus) and Crew Have done a great job I encourage all to check it out.
Next, While not specific to GHers' but certainly worth the look for the price (Free), Long time friend and supporter of EGG and D&D, Steve Chenault of Troll Lord Games, has a free offering for those in lockdown due to the virus upheaval. One can certainly see the roots of shared genealogy C&C has with D&D even down to old 2e options like Beauty / Comeliness. Their PHB & monster manual also has a great approach to dividing up racial types. !/2 elves can now lean more toward a human or elven ancestry and various sub fae racial types give a good glance as to how they relate to each other as branches on the fae tree. I hope you'll give Troll Lord Games a look... Gygax did and they ended up publishing for him till his passing.
Lastly, I have been working with Anna of GHMaps fame on her build of a GH Atlas... and its going to be GREAT! I wisely leave the drawing aspects to her... and have undertaken creating the list of all towns on the continent so they can be cross indexed to the grid.... wow what was I thinking.... hehe but any that have spoke with Anna know how charming and persuasive she can be.. hehe. So I'm certain to need the help of the community to proof my work as we get toward completion.
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