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#11626
Dwarven Forge Mapping Software 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Has Dwarven Forge considered releasing some kind of mapping software you could use to generate maps based on the pieces/sets you owned?

Possible features:

- Checklist to mark what sets you own to give you a "toy box" full of pieces you have at your disposal to build with.
- Drag and drop interface.
- Tetris like rotation of pieces for graphic map layout.
- Text insertion for map notes.
- Printing features: in color or printer frindly black and white.

Just an idea, but it sure would be a useful tool...
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#11627
Dwarven Forge Mapping Software 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Hi Samhain,

Welcome aboard!

Interesting handle there.
One of my favorite holidays.

As far as the map maker software idea you mention Samhain, yes, Dwarven Forge has thought of something like that.
Unfortunately, it was one of the biggest fiascos in the ten year history of the company.
It started off as a really cool idea that Jeff and some others had.
They then mentioned it on the DF WEB page, and folks there liked it too.
Then Jeff & friends made a special section on the DF WEB page for when it would come out with an under construction notation saying "coming soon!".
Then the ability to make the software kind of went under because the person going to do it was doing it as a side project from work and they could not anymore.
Then certain gamers on the DF forums went off the deep-end accusing Dwarven Forge of dishonest business practices because they had had the section of the WEB page for it, but never were able to make the software, mind you, free software.
It got really nasty and dirty from there for about three months and then again about four months later and then again about six months or so later.
It got so bad that Dwarven Forge finally tried to apologize and explain the situation, but to really kill the situation, they had to get a whole new WEB page designed and up & running.
It has been a bit of an open wound issue ever since.

Do you know someone who could do the work and just hand it over to Jeff and Stefan?
That would great Samhain, especially since that could avoid the problems that happened from before.

There are some other alternative ideas that folks on the DF forum have come up with on the forums using a variety of different softwares.
Just read around for those.
You might want to pursue those avenues Samhain.

Anyway Samhain, it is a great idea, but with baggage.
Keep coming with the ideas though Samhain; I am positive that not very many of your ideas would come up with so much baggage on them as this one did.
I am sure all of us look forward to hearing from you again in the future.
Read you soon!
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#11628
Dwarven Forge Mapping Software 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
pfworks came up with a set of tiles that allows you to do all of that by adding his tiles to the commercial software Dunjinni

dundjinni compatible tiles
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#11629
Dwarven Forge Mapping Software 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Ska is right about all of that...but there are no hard feelings from us at DF at all, just lack of time and technical expertise with software...
There are some people who have provided some drawings or "maps" of most of our pieces on this site for use in various programs? I'm not sure which one's... Perhaps you can use those?

I personally just use little cardboard cut outs in 1/4" scale. It's really simple and low tech.

If someone were to create such software that worked well, we would be happy to provide it on our site for free, as long as it worked well and as long as the person promised to keep updating it...I can imagine the howling that would erupt if we didn't continuously keep up with it...

O.K. I just broke out into a minor sweat...
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#11630
Dwarven Forge Mapping Software 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
While i have dunjinni i find it just soooooo much freakin easier to use plain old graph paper and pencil to plan out layouts.

depending on the scale you are going for, 1 square can equal one square on a hunck of DF, or 1 square can equal a whole DF 2x2 item.

I find it easer to just draw it free hand, with the Fantasy/Maze Master and the Sci-fi it's easy as can be the same with DoE. The only real odd ball is Caverns, but they aren't even that bad (passages are a bit trickier but even they aren't that hard).
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#11631
Dwarven Forge Mapping Software 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Well,

ReBob and I just design our layout by rolling out a 36" wide piece of 1" x 1" graph paper, as long as we want the setup. If we need a wider setup, we roll twice, up to 8' long.
After that, we just start setting up pieces. When we have what we want, we start putting them away, one piece at a time, and mark the graph paper with what piece we just put away.
And then, we can duplicate the layout whenever we need to, wherever we need to. Get there, roll out the paper, andset up the pieces on to pofthe paper! Cover the 'hidden' areas with cardboard, foamcore, or just a nice, black dropcloth, and rock 'n' roll! This is how we did it two years running at Shore Leave.
Of course, once I get all the pieces inventoried into Access, it will be even easier. I'll be able to track which boxes I need to take with me to the convention, and what peices come out of each box when I get there and set up. This allows (or will allow) me more time to concentrate on being an INSANE GM!!

And you guys didn't think I could be anal-retentive.

FOOLED YOUUU!

All kidding aside, if you're trying to put a setup together for transport soemwhere else to game, this is the ONLY way to do it.

See ya!

Jim
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#11632
Dwarven Forge Mapping Software 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Yikes.

I had no idea the software thing caused such a crap-storm before. I have precisely zero programming skill, so it looks like I'll be sticking to my current technique which is making a layout and then snapping a digital photo.

So low tech...

Thanks for the feedback.

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#11633
Dwarven Forge Mapping Software 8 Years, 10 Months ago  
Yikes.

I had no idea the software thing caused such a crap-storm before. I have precisely zero programming skill, so it looks like I'll be sticking to my current technique which is making a layout and then snapping a digital photo.

So low tech...

Thanks for the feedback.

Samhain

I think that qualifies as "medium" tech:)
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