I've been a long time lurker on these forums; many of you folks do great work that aids me in my tabletop gaming.
I have recently discovered a virtual tabletop website that looks really promising, and will allow me to game online with a number of my old friends. (The site is roll20.net.) The site allows you to take maps and directly copy them into the program to use them in the system.
I have an older D&D module called "Eyes of the Lich Queen" for the Eberron setting in D&D 3.5E. I have the original hardcopy, and the PDF. I wanted to copy the maps into the system, but in the book, they're printed in such a matter that they are tilted by about 10-15 degrees. This makes copying them problematic, as it makes a vertical box around the whole thing, catching a lot of excess edging.
What would you folks do? I would really like to use these maps as they are, but I have no mapping experience, and I'm not prepared to dump a lot of money into a mapping program. Are there any alternatives? Has anyone done these maps already? I tried looking, but I wasn't able to find them anywhere.
Hi there Mortavius. I also have this module, and I have used roll20.net.
Do you have a computer programme that can rotate an image by c. 10-15 degrees? Paint or Windows Photoviewer won't do it, you need something a bit more complex, for example Photoshop or the GIMP (the latter is free by the way).
Step 1: zoom in on the image in your pdf copy so it takes up most of your computer screen.
Step 2: take a screenshot (for me I just press PrtScrn button)
Step 3: open your computer programme (eg the GIMP) and PASTE your screenshot.
Step 4: Rotate image by -5.8 degrees.
Step 5: Select a rectangular area around the map and crop the image.
Step 6: Add grid co'ords if required.
Step 7: Save file as JPG at c. 85% quality, and import into roll20.net.
Does that help you?
Last edited by Jacktannery; 07-31-2012 at 12:50 PM.
Thanks so much for the quick reply and directions! They have helped a lot, and if it's okay, I have some follow-ups:
Have you had any success making the grid lines on the map line up with the grid lines in roll20.net?
Also, how do I go about removing the icons on the map so that it is suitable for players to see?