Mapping software

Any suggestions on software to make a world map with? I know we have a bunch of homebrewers here so I was hoping to get some recommendations to check out. Probably should specify it would be for a D&D or Pathfinder campaign.
 

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Yep. Inkarnate is good, and VERY simple to use. Wonderdraft is another that gives similar-ish results, but I think requires a download. Azgaar's Fantasy Map Generator might do the trick as well. Like Inkarnate, it's online, but it's map-style is much different, but you also can generate whole worlds with cultures, etc. that can act as a starting point for world building.
I've used Dungeondraft for making battle maps. It's simple enough to use, so maybe Wonderdraft is where I should start looking. I appreciate the lack of DRM on Dungeondraft so I can put it on a couple computers I use without issues, guessing Wonderdraft is similar in that approach. Thanks for the suggestions with links! I'll definitely check them out.
 

Hand of Evil

Hero
Epic
There are lots, Campaign Cartographer, been around for years, NDOS Fantasy Mapper, Photoshop, the ones mentioned above and some new ones in the works.

Thing to remember is that you are the user and to find the best one for your needs. I have seen too many people get frustrated with mapping software. Check out free versions to find what you are looking for.
 



Xamnam

Loves Your Favorite Game
Azgaar's Fantasy Map Generator might do the trick as well. Like Inkarnate, it's online, but it's map-style is much different, but you also can generate whole worlds with cultures, etc. that can act as a starting point for world building.
This is what I've used and will second. Excellent at generating a basis that you can then tweak as inspired, and has a whole host of downstream attributes like biomes and nation boundaries that populate based on what "makes sense" for that world and the variables you set. Definitely a learning curve, and more than is strictly necessary, but once I got familiar with it, I loved it.
 

gamerprinter

Mapper/Publisher
I've never used "mapping software" in my life, rather I use standard graphics applications, in my case Xara Designer Pro, a vector drawing program like Illustrator. I create websites and PDFs from it as well, but it's what I use to create maps professionally. I make encounter scale, city scale, regional and world maps, star system and galaxy maps all from the same program. I can import any file type for objects or photo repeating textures. I create all my map symbols using the program. I do hand-drawn map, digitally scanned and finished in Xara. I create purely digital, vector based maps as well using the same program. I've created 100 page published adventures with maps, illustrations, tables, exporting to PDF, even PDFX.1a for professional printing of game books - all from Xara. If I didn't also create 3D maps, which require a separate program, I'd create everything I do in Xara...
 


gamerprinter

Mapper/Publisher
I'd love to see some examples of your work. Do you have any links to samples?
I haven't posted to this thread in over a year, but plenty to see and on this forum... Gamerprinter Map Emporeum

Otherwise visit my Artstation, art gallery page - click on the images to open directories. Also my most recent stuff is mostly 3D, so not vector...

I also created the City of Kasi map for the Paizo Publishing Jade Regent Adventure Path, which is one 3 maps that earned the 2013 Ennie Award for Best Map Product. In 2014, I created all the multi-player maps for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Strategy Guide. From 2015 - 2021, I created all the maps for Legendary Games Adventure Paths (over 450 maps). Since 2008, I've got over 2000 maps published. Now I am a small publisher and create all my own maps.
 
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I've used Dungeondraft for making battle maps. It's simple enough to use, so maybe Wonderdraft is where I should start looking. I appreciate the lack of DRM on Dungeondraft so I can put it on a couple computers I use without issues, guessing Wonderdraft is similar in that approach. Thanks for the suggestions with links! I'll definitely check them out.
While I would generally steer people just dipping their toes into map creation to start with Incarnate, for someone already familiar and comfortable with Dungeondraft, Wonderdraft is probably the best bet. It's basically the same program except with features for creating on region map and world map scale.
 


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