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Group to discuss boardgame Map Making. Where amateur and published map makers can discuss and assist each other with techniques and methods used in creating boardgame maps. (not a group for arguments about what map style or software app is best)

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Comment by Robert Brown on January 12, 2015 at 5:14pm

Anyone have a suggestion to overlay on offset square grid over something like a GoodEarth image?

Thanks,

Robert

Comment by Christian A. Strasser on October 31, 2014 at 3:49pm

I've started the process of designing the scenarios for my game.  It seemed to me that they represent the intersection of the counters and the map.  To make it easier, I put together a program that allows me to add elements representing the counters to a map facsimile on a form and tag them with the map, date and time.

When complete, I'll be able to "playback" the counter positions dynamically and use this information to define the starting positions at any given point in the battle (along with unit strengths, formation and disruption).

I had hoped to use an existing program like Vassal or Cyberboard, but they were way too complex for me.

What does everyone else do?  Do you print out maps and counters and set them up physically?

Comment by Joseph Youst on October 30, 2014 at 7:29pm

Yeah. Fire in the lake pieces. Green and Red. Gee, a good % of the male pop is red-green colorblind. The NLF could very easily have been black.

Comment by David Wessman on October 30, 2014 at 7:14pm

Just stumbled across this article about Cindy Brewer and some of the innovative things she's doing in map design: http://www.wired.com/2014/10/cindy-brewer-map-design/

Comment by Joseph Youst on July 21, 2014 at 1:26pm

Quiet here lately.

Comment by Sandy White on November 11, 2013 at 11:14pm

Made some ASL maps for Finland (winter...) let me know your thoughts! 

On my blog site:  

Also let me know if this is the proper format to give the 411 to everyone.

Thanks!

Finnish Maps for ASL

Comment by Dirty Harry on May 3, 2012 at 5:37pm
Comment by Grofaz on March 10, 2012 at 11:08am
Comment by Jim Werbaneth on March 10, 2012 at 10:21am

Rusted Dice,

I was actually ahead of you by a few years, and made up blank mapsheets as pdf files.  Most adhere to the old West End Games patter, and one is compatible with Advanced Squad Leader, MBT/IDF and Firepower.  You can buy them here:

http://www.wargamedownloads.com/cat.php?cat=27&pics=

Comment by Rick Barber on March 10, 2012 at 9:43am

I may be able to download a template from VPG for some of the mapwork I'll be doing there, but need to learn how to do it myself as well. Seems like a good basic skill to have, and I'll need all the practice learning the ins & outs of Ill/PS ovet the next months!  Just finally got all of my studio under one roof (back at Mom's to take care of her) and I need to get things up and running ASAP once the dust settles.

 

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