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Nina
05-14-2012, 06:36 AM
My name is Nina, and I've just recently (two days ago) discovered the wondrous world cartography.

About 6 month ago I started playing some d&d and am now facing my first trials as a DM. My first thought was that authentic looking maps would add a whole new element to the game, and thus I started playing around with Inkscape and making my first map. It is coming along better than I expected, but there is still lot of room for improvement.

I am mostly interested in 'old looking' maps (I do not know the real term for these, but you know what I mean; those yellowish, kind of wrinkled ones). I do plan to try out some more realistic mapping in the future to depict smaller areas.

Anyway, nice to meet you all.

arsheesh
05-14-2012, 06:52 AM
Hi there Nina, welcome to the Guild! Well you have certainly come to the right place. I don't know of any Inkscape tutorials on antique looking maps, but there are several such tutorials here for GIMP (another freeware program). Gidde has written a particularly nice one. I'd reccomend spending some time in the Tutorials section and see if you can find a tutorial that matches the style you are going for. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Gidde
05-14-2012, 09:16 AM
Welcome to the Guild!


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Korash
05-15-2012, 01:27 PM
Howdy Nina :) welcome to the Guild, the Mappiest Place on the Web :D

Just to add to what arsheesh said, Inkscape is a great line art tool, but you should also know that you can take the finished line art and bring it into Gimp to add textures...like those crinkled paper type stuff ;). There are quite a few tutorials on those hiding in all sorts of nooks and crannies around this place...(check the tutorial section to find them)

Have fun :)