January 21, 2010

Mapping Tools?

Filed under: General — Tags: , , — bilbo @ 11:44 pm

I have an idea for a project where you would be able to upload your own map, then put annotations and symbols on it. This would work, eventually, in conjunction with a campaign manager where players would be able to interact and say things like “My char is from city X” or “My family rules the outlying barony here!”. In general, the GM could have players getting very involved in the actual creation of the setting.

Am I crazy or does this sound useful?


  1. sounds good to me
    perhaps folks will be doing similar already with campaign cartographer (but that s a friggin hard program to master in my opinion)

    Comment by Alan Hume — January 22, 2010 @ 5:39 am

  2. It’s a neat idea, Bill. Are you thinking SF or Fantasy?


    Comment by clash bowley — January 25, 2010 @ 9:12 am

  3. Actually, I am thinking of an open framework that will allow for any genre. You would make your own maps then upload the images to the CM and annotate them as a group. Also, I am thinking of allowing documents to be uploaded and stored. Assigning characters, writing up descriptions, possibly even something to do with notes on NPCs.

    So, it should be useful across the board.

    Comment by bilbo — January 25, 2010 @ 9:48 am

  4. Excellent! It gets better and better! 😀


    Comment by clash bowley — January 25, 2010 @ 11:12 am

  5. Many years ago I was running several game groups each on a different night. As an experiment, threw them all on a large map – each group had their own storyline. As with any groupings of people, some groups clashed while others joined rank. It was interesting to see the rise of city-states and the politics that ensued. All the groups had a lot of fun. I think it would be a great idea. . . just be prepared for the inevitable conflict.

    Comment by Skull_Mikey — February 10, 2010 @ 9:12 pm

  6. Yeah, it will need to grow and be dynamic in its use. I think we could make a useful tool. I just have entirely too many projects. 🙁

    Comment by bilbo — February 11, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

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