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Sukerkin
11-20-2007, 02:18 PM
After a little nudge of a gentle reminder in response to my blundering, muddy boots and all, straight in to a thread in the Software Discussion forum, I thought it prudent to post up a more formal "Hello!" in the more appropriate place for first posts :o.

I'm in my forties and the most common cause of me creating or reading a map (other than real world travel) is, as with many, RPG's:D.

Having had the hand-drawn fruits of a fifteen year campaign be lost has prompted me into the ways of the software mapping program so that I will have both 'hard' and 'electronic' versions of my future creations. It's a daunting task and there is no way that I shall be able to rebuild my old 'world' (the thousands of invented place names alone would prevent that) but I'm hoping that a fire will be kindled by a quest for new creations.

NeonKnight
11-20-2007, 03:21 PM
Welcome!

Your tale of Woe is what is behind my current desire to convert many of my old Pen-n-Paper maps to electronic format. Nothing like losing a cool map to the ages!

RobA
11-20-2007, 03:24 PM
Welcome aboard Sukerkin!

Sounds like the heart of a poet coming through there! Hope you rebuild your collection to better than it was before.

-Rob A>

pyrandon
11-20-2007, 05:07 PM
Welcome, Sukerkin! I hope you find lots of help and inspiration here in our pocket universe--and I hope you contribute back both of the same! :)

Sukerkin
11-21-2007, 01:45 PM
Thanks for the welcome, gentlemen :bows:.

I shall no doubt be pestering everyone daft shortly with idiot questions of the "How do I ... ?" ilk :lol:.

What happened to my old world maps was that I gave them to an artist friend of mine to redraw - the gulf between my drawing talents and his was vast :D. He spent quite a while on this task (i.e. years) whilst my campaign was dormant due to too much in the way of workload. He was just about done when, as best as I can fathom, during a sudden and fractious domestic split, the drawings (both beautiful 'new' and scraggity 'old') disappeared :eek: and :(.

At the moment, I can't decide whether to go ahead and re-draught the general world shape, apply the politcal and geographical regions (shoe-horning in the details I can remember) and accept that it's 'not the same as it was'.

Or do I do a cleansweep, starting from scratch with a new world, new gaming system, new NPC's, new history ... ?

Laying it out like that, I think the 're-imagining' option is certainly a vastly preferable task. Re-populating the NPC's and writing new histories for new countries would take me ... well ... erm ... about fifteen years :lol:.

NeonKnight
11-21-2007, 02:11 PM
You could do a mixture of the two.

Take for example, Profantasy's Wonderful program: Fractal Terrains. With it you can create a world in the click of a button.

Now the two worlds below took me less than 1 minute make each, and already I can see ideas for them (espcially moreso because 4th Edition D&D is coming).

Could I shoe horn parts of my current campaign world onto it? Sure. EVen if I lost every document of my old worlds, I have a lot of it in my head. Would I lose place names, NPCs etc? Yep, but to me that is not important. I like to build and so I would start building, naming, etc.

Sukerkin
11-21-2007, 03:38 PM
An interesting idea, NeonKnight (Sabbath fan by any chance?).

As I have Fractal World Explorer with Fractal Mapper, it's certainly an avenue I could venture down, the former being able to export it's creations into the latter.

EDIT: Slaps self on forehead for not realising before hitting Post that here, of all places, people would already know that :lol:.

RobA
11-21-2007, 04:44 PM
EDIT: Slaps self on forehead for not realising before hitting Post that here, of all places, people would already know that :lol:.

Don't be so sure! I have no experience with either program, so hearing what they can do (even what might be considered the most obvious or basic task) is good to let me assess if I might want to use them.

-Rob A>

NeonKnight
11-21-2007, 05:11 PM
An interesting idea, NeonKnight (Sabbath fan by any chance?).

As I have Fractal World Explorer with Fractal Mapper, it's certainly an avenue I could venture down, the former being able to export it's creations into the latter.

EDIT: Slaps self on forehead for not realising before hitting Post that here, of all places, people would already know that :lol:.

I must confer that the neonKnight moniker while being of Black Sabbath, is a song I have never heard :( (even though I do enjoy Black Sabbath...Huh!)

Not knowing about Fractal Mapper, Profantasy's Fratal Terrains can be linked into CC2/CC3, so glad to hear the idea has sparked somethign with you.

Sukerkin
07-11-2011, 08:37 PM
Like a zombie re-animating after a long time spent dormant, I awaken once more to the project of re-mapping my campaign world :D.

I confess that I pressed on with Fractal Mapper for a while and made some progress, though it was very hard work due to my trying to get the programme to do what it was not really designed to do (and my not knowing how to go about it :o). But work pressure squeezed the life out of the project. Plus other friends took up the mantle of running games and that reduced the impetous off me to get mine up and running once more :).

Now it is time to try again {even tho I am surpised that there is no new version of Fractal Mapper by now} ...

Steel General
07-12-2011, 02:12 PM
Welcome Aboard!

Sukerkin
07-12-2011, 07:09 PM
Thank you most kindly.

One thing I have already discovered through these august pages is that is a decent tutorial available for FM8 now - I shall cling to that like a drowning man I suspect as what little I had learned about how to use the programme I have forgotten again :o

I cannot believe that it was 2007 when I last looked at it :eek:.