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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 Christian A. Strasser on February 10, 2015 at 3:44pm

The picture marked "Corinth" is from the GBACW Corinth game.  The one with "The Devil's Own Fun" is my "GBACW" Seven Pines game.

Comment by Christian A. Strasser on February 10, 2015 at 3:43pm

Thanks Herman.  I should have mentioned that I'm using John's SPI textures for the woods.  The filled-in stuff looks great and I'm pretty satisfied with the colors.

What I'm looking for is the treatment of the edges.  I'm using the GIMP "clone" tool to paint a pattern (which is the woods), but the edges are very smooth looking.

Comment by Hernan Ruiz Camauer on February 10, 2015 at 3:38pm

Christian, Go to this web page: http://www.jrcooper.com/gaming.htm#terrain_tiles
Scroll to near the bottom, and download the scanned woods textures. Then use one of those textures as a fill pattern for shapes you draw in GIMP.

Comment by Christian A. Strasser on February 10, 2015 at 3:27pm

I'm looking for techniques to create rough-edged woods on the maps for my ACW game.  I'd like to avoid having to do it all by hand, since there are 13 maps total with a lot of woods.

I'm using GIMP if that makes a difference.

Comment by Steve Altra on January 12, 2015 at 8:01pm

Maybe I can help.  Forgot to include my email with my PM to you.  Contact me via my CSW mail, I'll see what I can do.

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.

 

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