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    Guild Applicant
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    May 2009
    Stockholm, Sweden

    Post Hello

    So, after a bit of a hiatus I finally got my return to fantasy roleplaying, currently with D&D, and for the first time in over a decade getting back in the DM seat.

    And as I'm fleshing out the campaign and game world, naturally that means I need maps! So looking around for info on how to make nice looking maps on the computer (I can use a pencil, but only barely =P) I found this place, and being able to get great quality stuff in Photoshop (which I use regularly anyway) is far nicer than trying to learn a new set of mechanical mapping software (I tried my hand at CC3, but it felt a bit too clunky for me).

    I've been reading up on a few tutorials since registering last night, most notably the rather lovely Using GIMP to Create an Artistic Regional RPG Map although I'm having some troubles translating the early stuff from GIMP to Photoshop, so in the meantime I'm reading other tutorials as well.

    Beyond the technical aspects, I also feel I need to read up on the geographical aspects - as in, the patterns to geographical features, dos and don'ts, and all that. I've already read up on the pitfalls of rivers, but since the current starting area involves a semi-isolated area with a swamp and a port on a peninsula bordered off by mountains, I'm trying to figure out if there are any huge problems with that concept before I get too far with the details.

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    Community Leader NeonKnight's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Surrey, Canada, EH!


    Welcome to the Guild!

    Nope nothing at wrong with your idea. Swamps can easily be bordered by mountians. Check this link and read up on Indonesia:
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    Community Leader Facebook Connected Steel General's Avatar
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    Jun 2008
    Ft. Wayne, IN


    Welcome Aboard!

    If the GIMP to Photoshop conversion of RobA's tutorial is giving you trouble there are some Photoshop-specific tutorials in there as well.

    Looking forward to seeing some of your work, don't be afraid to post something up in the WIP forum.
    My Finished Maps | My Challenge Maps | Ghoraja Juun, my largely stagnated campaign setting.

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    Guild Apprentice
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    May 2008
    Johannesburg, South Africa


    Hey there, and welcome to the forums!

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