TTRPG: My top 5 World Map and Dungeon makers

November 20, 2018

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Today I bring you my top five world map-making and dungeon making programs, to aid you in bringing to life your campaign setting, just as you imagined it in your head.


Inkarnate

Inkarnate is a pretty neat map-making program.
  • Web-based
  • Free version and subscriptions that offer extra content
  • Landmasses of different types
  • Several terrain color options
  • Option to draw groups of trees or mountains
  • Tons of buildings options, especially in the Pro version
  • Move, rotate and delete placed objects
  • Customizable filters
  • Customizable labels
  • Option to add notes about the map (useful to add details about the world and its inhabitants)

Wonderdraft

Wonderdraft is another map-making program, more recent than Inkarnate, but with similar features.
  • Downloadable program
  • One-time only purchase
  • Auto-map generator
  • Landmasses of different types
  • Landmarks brushes to do automatic shorelines
  • Few terrain color options, but has the ability to select custom colors
  • Rivers and roads tool
  • Option to draw groups of trees or mountains
  • A few buildings customization options
  • Customizable filters
  • Customizable labels
  • Undo button
  • Import your own assets

Both Inkarnate and Wonderdraft have a significant number of regular updates to add new content, as well as improve the overall quality of the product.

They both allow you to create epic great quality maps for your campaign without the need to use fancy image editing programs, such as Photoshop. Of course, you can still use either Inkarnate or Wondercraft as a base for your maps (to just create the continents outlines) and then finish it up using an image editing program of your choice for the finishing touches.


Dungeon Painter Studio

Dungeon Painter Studio is a crafty program, that allows you to create maps, as well as dungeons.
  • Downloadable program
  • Purchasable on Steam
  • Tilesets for indoor, outdoor and world maps
  • Random dungeon generator
  • Square and hex grids
  • Customizable filters
  • Import of custom art
  • Export to multiple PDF to print
  • Export to Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, Tabletop Simulator or other VTT

DungeonFog

DungeonFog is a neat dungeon-making program.
  • Web-based
  • Free version and subscriptions that offer extra content
  • Tilesets for indoor and outdoor
  • Grid
  • Lighting system
  • Option to add GM notes (useful to have your descriptions at hand when your players get to certain rooms)
  • Printable and exportable
  • Interactive map version

MapForge

MapForge is yet another dungeon-making program, and the one I'm the least familiar with.

  • Downloadable program
  • One-time only purchase
  • Free version and subscriptions that offer extra content
  • Extensive library of assets


What about you? Do you use these programs or any similar ones to create your campaign maps? Let me know in the comments below.

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1 Comments

  1. Slight correction: MapForge does not offer subscriptions, and never has.
    My suggestion for updating that entry would be...

    • Downloadable program
    • One-time only purchase
    • Free version available
    • Square and hex grids
    • Customizable filters
    • Import of custom art
    • Export for printing out, or for use in your virtual tabletop software of choice
    • Vast selection of interior and exterior tilesets covering a variety of game genres

    There's another nifty app called Other World Mapper, which you might want to review in a future article.

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