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Vizier
06-22-2009, 09:57 PM
Hi all!

I am a long time map maker, and I have been to this site on occasion looking for maps to play with in photoshop. I do a lot of copy and paste photoshop work on existing maps mostly but I do create some original material.

I use maptool to run my Dark Sun campaigns and I found an interesting use for Google's free Sketchup modeler. I realized that I could use sketchup to make battle maps of course but also backdrops for non combat scenes in my campaign. Its probably easier to show you so here goes:

Back Drop - http://www.wiijii.com/vizier50/DnD%20files/Maps/City%20of%20Tyr%20back%20drop%202.jpg
Combat map: Low res paste up (trash)http://www.wiijii.com/vizier50/DnD%20files/Maps/City%20of%20Tyr%20battle%20map%20complete.jpg
Combat map high res http://www.wiijii.com/vizier50/DnD%20files/Maps/City%20of%20Tyr%20test%202.jpg

So what do I use the backdrops for you ask? Well I set up tokens in Maptool I call "vendor tokens" that if the players hover over a brief list of what they have for sale appears next to their portrait. Again its probably easier to see what im talking about so here is an example to give you guys ideas:

http://www.wiijii.com/vizier50/DnD%20files/Elven%20Market%20Upload.jpg

jfrazierjr
06-22-2009, 10:02 PM
Glad to see you came over here Vizier!

Vizier
06-22-2009, 10:05 PM
Hi there Joe. :)

Ascension
06-22-2009, 10:36 PM
That's some creative thinking there, nice stuff.

Vizier
06-22-2009, 11:40 PM
EDIT: I just realized that the battle map I linked above was a low rez paste up I did for something else. Heres a link to the real thing (4mb)

http://www.wiijii.com/vizier50/DnD%20files/Maps/City%20of%20Tyr%20test%202.jpg

Vizier
06-23-2009, 12:17 AM
Updated orignal post with a huge map. I can turn off the shadows if anyone wants a version like that just let me know!

Steel General
06-23-2009, 06:15 AM
You have some nice work there...

ravells
06-23-2009, 08:30 AM
Very clever. It never occured to me that maptool could be used in this way.

Vizier
06-24-2009, 04:27 PM
Not sure if anyone will ever use this maps but heres an updated version of the battlemap with a lot more buildings and better shadow angle.

http://www.wiijii.com/vizier50/DnD%20files/Maps/City%20of%20Tyr%20battle%20map%20Finalweb.jpg

its 4 megs so be warned.

Heres another hi res backdrop if anyone wants that too:

http://www.wiijii.com/vizier50/DnD%20files/Maps/Elven%20Market%20v3.jpg

armoredgear7
06-25-2009, 10:19 AM
This is a really interesting technique, especially for the buildings.

I can see this sort of thing being really useful for mapping modern city grids, the effect might be a bit like Google Maps Satellite view.

Vizier
06-25-2009, 11:29 AM
This is a really interesting technique, especially for the buildings.

I can see this sort of thing being really useful for mapping modern city grids, the effect might be a bit like Google Maps Satellite view.

Its the exact same software people use to do google earth stuff =/

I think sketchup is perfect for making maps for gaming because:

1. Its free.
2. Its simple.
3. You can enjoy your maps in 3d as well as 2d!!!!

Sketch map making is a lot like having a miniature train set or lego model set. Your map just keeps getting bigger and bigger and more detailed everytime you work on it.