Software for mapping old video games ?
First time poster here, so I hope I'm in the right forum.
I'm drawing lot's of map when playing old RPGs on computers (PC/Amiga) and I'd like to use my computer for that.
I tried a couple of mapping software (CC3 for example) but they are aiming at producing nice looking maps, where I just want a 'functional' map for now.
I'm looking for something in the vein of what Etrian Odissey ( DS RPG) provides: Completely square-based, no size limit, basic tiles / walls / door / and notes.
Right now I'm still using graph paper, but I'd like to be able to play while mapping using a tablet (like a bamboo) at the same time
Does that kind of beast exists ?
Thanks in advance
Would you be able to use something like Visio or Dia (http://dia-installer.de/index.html.en)?
You could also use Illustrator or even Photoshop (or gimp) quite easily - treating the image as a giant whiteboard (very easy if you have a tablet). In Photoshop you can open massive images - 30000x15000 is the largest I usually use because I can still save it out as a bmp for use elsewhere.
There is dungeonforge http://www.dungeonmapping.com/df/public_html/index.php a venerable but capable tile based mapping program.
I think you need to have a (free) account to download the software.
My ViewingDale would be good at this - esp as it can do the notes and link to webpages for the game, but I would also second Robs choice and say a copy of Dungeon Forge would go a long way and is free. There were some web based apps I remember too where you could drag tiles about but I forget the name.
Thanks for the suggestions !
I've tried DungeonForger and it's indeed very simple and fits most of the requirements. But it's also old/dead and buggy.
I also tried ViewingDale, spent a couple of minutes with without being able to draw a single wall, so it doesn't pass my dummy test
Having to click on the small bullet in every menu to make a new menu appear was just painfull.
I also tried Gimp and its grid + snap functionality. Doesn't work as well as DungeonForge, but it's decent it doesn't crash
I will try to see what Dia has to offer
You generally use the keyboard with the mouse then you don't have to use the menus all that much. I got a 1 min vid here putting down a few rooms, a few doors and some notes on a grid. No menus were needed at all. Still, I accept that its not for everyone. I didn't think DungeonForge was that buggy but I haven't used it in anger. Gimp and PS will definitely do what you need but I think its more restrictive once you have made the map mitigated somewhat if you have all the different stuff on multiple layers.
When MUDing, I use graph paper; it's part of the experience. If I want to preserve it, I do a cleaned up version in Dia or Inkscape.