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Ego Archive
07-09-2009, 08:23 PM
I thought since my first post wasn't in here, I had better stop back and put something up here!

I'm pretty much incompetent when it comes to maps, I've been making them for many, many years, but I have never really gotten any better at it. :D

In a former life I did game design, but I never could get the knack for the art end of the field.

I've mostly created dungeons first using graph paper, then Dundjinni and another-Freeware-one-that-I-cant-think-of-the-name-of, now I have mostly been using (tilesets in) Maptools, as I run the client for many games.

For "world maps" I have generally used Gimp and Paint.

However browsing around here has been inspiring to say the least, now if I could just turn my finger paints into renoirs', I would be set. ;)

Immolate
07-09-2009, 08:33 PM
I think it's safe to say that most of us don't have much in the way of artistic talent in the traditional sense (although quite a few do). I don't think that that is a serious impediment though when it comes to cartography. I think imagination is probably a more valuable tool, not to mention patience and research.

This forum does open new worlds though, doesn't it :)

Ascension
07-09-2009, 10:46 PM
Welcome. Most of the time artistic talent gets in the way, we tend to pretty things up or overdo things. The main function of a map is to provide information about the world but we always get carried away with ourselves. Simpler is better but for me I never seem to remember that part ;)

Steel General
07-10-2009, 08:47 AM
Welcome Aboard!