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    Guild Novice Onkl's Avatar
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    Info Newbie say hello!

    Hi all

    Yesterday I stumbled across a link to your site while reading the GURPS fora and I'm baffeled by the resources I was able to find here.
    I'm new to cartography and unfortunatley not very gifted when it comes to creating maps and graphics. I had to dive into the subject as I GM a post apocalyptic GURPS game (Atomschlag (Nuclear Strike)) and I'm in dire need of some decent mapping. I'll keep on browsing the fora and reading threads but will probably soon begin to bombard you with questions. Please, forgive any ignorance I might show as I have no training and little experience. I've watched about half the tutorials Adobe offers on its site regarding Photoshop and Illustrator and I'm slowly getting to know the applications but I'm still far away from using them to their potential.

    I've found a nifty little application called Google Map Buddy (sadly its Windows only) which I have been using to create large bitmaps I overlaid with player relevant information. This makes sense in my campaign as the PCs grew up in a vault and thus have access to pre-apocalyptic maps of the world.

    Of course, now that I've seen what you are able to create I'm eager to improve on my skills.

    Also, if you have created maps for a Falloutesque scenario, please point me to them as I would be happy to recycle them into my campaign.

    Thanks for reading and have a nice sunday!


    Edit: Here's one of the first maps I created... as I said, I'm neither a gifted artist nor skilled so be gentle Click image for larger version. 

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    Edit2: Also, if you know of a better place to put my maps to show to you, please let me know

    Edit3: Thanks for the inline posting advice!
    Last edited by Onkl; 02-14-2010 at 08:32 AM.

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    Welcome to the Guild.

    Love your little map of 'post-apocalypse' Vegas.

    Yes, there is a way to add attachments inline to the post. Simply using the 'attachment' (paperclip) button in the advanced post feature you can add BMPs, JPEGs, PNGs, Word Documents, Zip Files and PDF files to your post.
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    Hello and welcome.
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    Community Leader Guild Sponsor Korash's Avatar
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    Welcome to the Guild. If you want to learn about making maps, this is THE place to be.

    If you are working on a map, we have a forum area called the WIP (Work In Progress) Threads. It is divided up into the various types of maps that people are working on (regional, city, dungeon ect.) and we (the community) give helpfull pointers and possible techniques to get people past any stumbling blocks that they may have. Trust me, it is much easier than you think, and you will be surprised at how fast you can pick things up. post your work early in the process, and post any progress that you make along the way and pretty soon you will have a map in the Finished Map forum.
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    Hello Onkl, welcome to the Guild! Also check out Revall's "Quickstart Guide to Fantasy Mapping" sticky located at the top of the member introductions sub-forum.



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