Friday, April 1, 2011
Cool new mapping resource (and free!)
Fellow old-school blogger Yul has kindly posted an online version of his "Overlord" mapping utility, which lets you generate your own Judges Guild "Wilderlands of High Fantasy"-style maps. It includes all the original fonts and terrain fills like Hills, Mountains, Forest, Swamp, and so on. It also makes the cool, blocky little town and village indicators.
As an added bonus, there's even a "Name Generator" you can click on which will randomly generate names like "Jigle" and "Foxelfglove" and so on, which I think is pretty cool.
You can generate the maps in either the original 17" x 22" format, or in 4 normal sized sheets that can be joined together to make the whole thing. "Black and White" color setting is easiest on your printer, but "Vintage" setting not only generates the entire map in that warm sepia/brown hue so recognizable to the original maps, but distributes the ink in such as way that it very nicely recreates the "dappled" or "goosebumped" feel of the originals.
There's also a "Full Color" option, which is eye-poppingly amazing, its almost too much!
Anyway, Yul will only have this available for free until the Beta testing is over, so be sure and grab it right away here as soon as you can!