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zero195
02-28-2008, 10:32 PM
Hey, everyone,

i'm new. :) lol

I'm an amateur cartographer. I'm pretty much a fan of maps of all kinds and collect as many as I can whether they are road maps, National Geographic map inserts, DnD maps, whatever. But the maps I draw are pretty exclusive to the world of Role-playing.

I look forward to seeing everyone's work and sharing some of my own. :)

-zero

PrismShard
02-28-2008, 10:58 PM
Welcome to the Guild! I'm a newcomer as well. Just out of curiosity, what methods/programs do you use to make your maps. I use CC3 myself, which is especially useful for those of us who aren't too good at drawing things. Anyway, feel free to post up some of your work here. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done.

Thanks,
Prism Shard

pyrandon
02-29-2008, 12:03 AM
Welcome to the place where you're never treated like nothing--unless of course your name happens to be "zero"...

8)

Seriously welcome to the Guild. Post a lot and contribute a lot. From your short bio you are a perfect fit for this forum, so I hope you find plenty to help you and you find plenty of ways to help us become better mappers and enjoy maps that much more!

Welcome!

ravells
02-29-2008, 05:29 AM
Hi there zero and welcome to the guild! Most of us are amateur mappers here, so you're in good company!

Torq
02-29-2008, 08:02 AM
Welcome zero

To reiterate what Ravs said, most of the people here are amateurs (very keen, and in some cases, hugely talented amateurs, but amateurs nevertheless). Dont let the industry professionals bother you. They have their own room, and can sometimes be seen striding the quads at break time. I'm still waiting for the annual amateurs vs industry pros football match. then we'll show 'em I tell you.;)

Torq

ravells
02-29-2008, 09:03 AM
Lol...yeah, bring it on!

pyrandon
02-29-2008, 11:28 AM
Hahaha, Torq, that's a riot. But couldn't be have that as a badminton game or rocks-paper-scissors match instead?....

The Cartographist
02-29-2008, 01:34 PM
Welcome zero195. You will feel right at home on no time, if you don't already.

zero195
02-29-2008, 08:40 PM
Welcome to the Guild! I'm a newcomer as well. Just out of curiosity, what methods/programs do you use to make your maps. I use CC3 myself, which is especially useful for those of us who aren't too good at drawing things. Anyway, feel free to post up some of your work here. I'm looking forward to seeing what you've done.

Thanks,
Prism Shard


Well, I'm a big fan of graph paper and a #2 pencil... I'll be hooking up the scanner and scanning some of my stuff on here tonight, I hope. But I noticed a lot of folks here really like the editing programs and I myself have no experience with them... That CC3; I have no idea what it is or where to get it, but I'd love to check it out. :)

Since my focus is maps for DnD and other role-playing games I haven't had need in my group of gamers to expand my maps beyond what they are now. A lot of times when I hand out a game supplement and say you are here on the map I feel like they don't fully appreciate exactly what all went into that map with just the graph paper and #2 pencil. So to scan and color and add even further details to the countryside they'll never explore anyways I feel wouldn't be beneficial to them or myself.

Gamerprinter
02-29-2008, 11:28 PM
CC3 is ProFantasy Campaign Cartographer 3.0 at profantasy.com - a CAD based mapping application.

There are CAD apps, vector drawing apps - like Xara Xtreme, Inkscape, CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator; there are raster apps like GIMP or Adobe Photoshop, there are stamp and fill apps like Dundjinni or Dungeoncrafter. There are many software apps used in the creation of maps.

I work with several of these apps, but heavily rely on hand-drawing then scanning into digital applications for post-processing.

pyrandon
03-01-2008, 12:04 PM
I think, as Gameprinter said, there are tons of programs you could use, both specifically created for cartography and otherwise. ut do not let your procilvity to use the pencil stop you from that--especially if you are artistically inclined. I think many--if not most--of my favorite maps are hand-drawn, then colored/touched up in a raster application (like Photoshop or the free GIMP). Take a look around here & you'll see what I mean.

NeonKnight
03-03-2008, 01:10 PM
Welcome to the group.