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So, I was looking for some actual play podcasts for the World of Darkness the other day in order to hear how some of the game mechanics are played. I’ve played a few times and enjoyed it, but I wanted to listen to other people playing and see how they handled things.
I came across Flaming Sofa Productions in my search and decided to try them out. I listened to the entire Changeling the Lost podcast and it was great. I really enjoyed the characters and players and felt like I was sitting right at the table with them. They were a lot of fun and I learned a lot about the setting as well.
I have just started listening to the A Shadow In the Soul, but it is already proving to be just as good. If you looking for a good World of Darkness actual play podcast, I cannot recommend this podcast enough.
1. I need this map for my Rise of the Runelords game (this is the main reason)
2. I wanted something that was not too big in scope so that it would be fairly quick to map.
I am actually quite pleased the results. Using CC3, and mainly the Dungeon Designer 3 add-on (which is a must-have add-on in my opinion, it is a worthwhile investment), I was able to make the following map in about 15 minutes during my lunch break today. This even includes making a new tool for the wall I ended up using. Let me know what you think! I’m happy with my results.
My Rise of the Runelords, Pathfinder game is tomorrow night, and we are on Session 5. Last week the party had to move to a new inn since the one they were staying in burned down. So they took up lodging at The Rusty Dragon, which just happened to be next door to their old inn.
I found a really nice map online to use that was made specifically for this inn, but it is a large file and it would not load for at least one of my players. That prompted me to go ahead and make a new map using CC3. I based the foundation of the inn on the map that was provided with Rise of the Runelords, so the inn size should be pretty accurate. I only did one floor however, even though I am sure there are at least two floors.
The owner is also a bard that plays for her patrons each night. So what I decided to do was make a round stage in the center of the room, that had a stone bar that goes all the way around it. My idea here is that the owner would serve drinks at the bar, then when she decides to play, she can just hop up on the stage behind her and play for the crowd. The rest of the main hall is full of tables. Then you have the kitchen to the back and the lodging rooms to the left side of the inn. The rooms range from a cheap common sleeping area to a couple of nice private rooms in the back.
Let me know what you think!
I received some good feedback on the inn, so I made a few additional changes. Let me know what you think of this new version:
Since I bought CC3 I have spent a lot of time playing around with its features, watching tutorials, and trying to figure out what all I need for the different games I am playing. One thing that kept coming up, I even mentioned it in my previous post, was my need for several maps of cities. Mainly because my Pathfinder campaign was fighting off a goblin raids throughout many different places in the city. So I decided to go ahead and dive right into the Profantasy software and bought City Designer 3 as well.
I am glad I did, it has a lot of good stuff in it and it has definitely made mapping cities a lot easier. I made this map very quickly and easily with the software. It is for a play by email game I am playing with one of my buddies. I enjoyed making it and feel like it is a pretty good map, especially considering it is my first city map using CD3. The software was definitely worth the investment. Let me know what you think.
I started playing with a new online group again this year and have enjoyed the first three sessions so far. GMing for a new group, using a game like Pathfinder, has really made me remember the importance of maps. I’ve been playing with a group that doesn’t really utilize battle maps with games where they don’t really matter for so long, that I am out of practice.
It excites me though because I always used to love making maps. I always sucked at it, but I still enjoyed it. After a few days of me trying to make maps on my own in MyPaint, I realized that yep, I’m still no artist. So I decided to use some Christmas money and buy a mapping program.
The first program I decided to go buy was Dundjinni. I had always liked the program and had considered buying a few a years ago, but never did. After looking at the maps that it could produce, I once again decided to give it a try and downloaded the demo and played with it for a bit. Once again I liked it and went to buy it and then I found out something unpleasant. It was no longer for sale! It seems the owner went MIA a year or so ago and no can buy it anymore. Made me sad to have the money in hand ready to give it to someone and not be able to.
Then I went over to Profantasy and started looking at Campaign Cartographer 3. I had also liked this program before but didn’t consider it at first because it is (edited for clarification) more expensive and, I felt, more of a professional’s piece of software, and I am far from a professional. However, after talking with the community and looking through some of the items, I decided to buy it. I also picked up Dungeon Designer 3 as well and then I started watching the tutorials. And boy, and I glad I did!
It has nice user made tutorials by the way, you should check them out if you are interested. However, I did run into a problem when I couldn’t get it to work properly on my Windows 7 64 laptop. I could install it and run it, but if I tried to create a new file, it dumped me out every time. I tried everything they had listed in the forums as fixes, but nothing worked. I have put in a ticket to the support guys but haven’t heard anything yet. (It has only been a day or so, and over the weekend, so I didn’t expect to.) Then I decided to give it a try on my Linux laptop using Wine and guess what, it worked with no problems. I didn’t even have to do anything special. Anyway, I hope to get that sorted out soon as well.
That being said, I am absolutely loving CC3 and DD3. It is a great piece of software that makes sense and is much easier to use that I have been led to believe. Yes it has a higher learning curve, but just after a few video tutorials I was able to make the map you see below. I think anyone could learn to use this software well. Hats off to Profantasy for a good piece of software that is worth the money!
So the first map I decided to make was, naturally, an inn. Because let’s be honest, you can never have too many inns. I mean, your PC’s are always itching to go to an inn and decide what to do next. I decided to name it The Stag Inn, since it is close to the name of one of the inns in the city the players are currently in, and I think I can just transplant them to it. Please take a look and tell me what you think. I used Dungeon Designer 3 to make the entire thing. I’m happy, but still need to figure out how to do a few things, like make the road look more like a road and connect some of the corners of the walls better.
All in all though, not a bad job for my first try. Next up, I’m going to try to make a city. And no, I did not buy City Designer as well…I’m just going to see if I can make it happen using what I have. I don’t want to spend the extra money right now just to make one city map, although, I might, since chances are good my group may go to more cities in the future. Also, why doesn’t the program come with more symbols and textures? (edited: please see the comment by Ralf below. He is right, I was not looking for the symbols int he right place, it does come with quite a lot of symbols in a wide variety.) I’ll let you know how it goes. (Edit: it is going great so far!)
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(Edit: I updated to the post to clarify how much I am liking CC3 and DD3 and to recommend it to other people)