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    I joined yesterday and have been lurking today. I've been designing maps [world maps, regional, dungeon and city] since the mid-70s when I first got into D&D. Mostly pencil and paper because I find I can really get what I want down.

    I've been using various programs over the past two years, slowly converting my pencil and paper campaign map into a more vivid map. I've also designed one dungeon and a few settlements for my current campaign. I'm sure I'll find a wealth of information here. My biggest bugaboo is getting elevations into my towns/cities as well as outdoor battle maps.

    I'm sure I'll figure this out with all of the tutorials here. For my smaller settlements and towns, I've managed to slowly put them together using Fractal Mapper. I also have a novice's experience with Gimp, using that program to design new roofs. However, as my adventurers move onward, they're looking for larger towns and cities. I could painstakingly put cities together over many maps, but I'm intrigued by some of the maps here done by CD3.

    I suppose my initial question is, should I buy that software? I'd have to get CC3 also, which isn't too much of a problem.

    I also have Dundjinni. Anyone use that or is it too limited?

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    Dundjinni is ideal for encounter scale maps, but it doesn't do so well as the scale goes up. CD3 can do some amazing work, but it does take some time to learn how to use it, as it is based on CAD software. No matter what software you're using, though, mapping a city can be very time consuming. There have been some recent advancements here in automating it, though, if you do not need to maintain a strict level of detail. I don't remember which threads off the top of my head, but I suspect if you look for threads by Ascension and RobA you might find some good stuff. Ascension works primarily in Photoshop and RobA in Gimp.
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    welcome to the guild - been working on my "Breakwater" city for a long time now - still placing houses
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    Welcome from another newbie!

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