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10th-Nov-2005 11:28 pm
I was wondering if anyone here had ever worked with either Dundjinni or ProFantasy software (campaign Cartographer and so on)?

If so what are the good and bad points of these programs?
11th-Nov-2005 04:43 am (UTC)
Campaign Cartographer 2 Pro (CC2) is a great program. At first, many find it rather intimidating and/or difficult to use, but it's actually not that hard. Plus there is a very helpful community set up around it.
I highly, highly recommend CC2. You can get some awesome maps done with nice little details. ProFantasy also offers the Tome of Ultimate Mapping, a great book to help you out with it all... if you are willing to spend the money.

As far as features CC2, along with the City and Dungeon building add-ons, has quite a few like various versions of fractal mapping, random building generation for streets during city/town creation, a good selection of icons and nearly every feature being tweekable by you once you get the hang of it.

Also, have you ever looked into AutoREALM? It's like a freeware version of CC2. Not as good, but it does the job :)

I've never tried Dundjinni so I have no opinion on it.

Hope all that helps :D
11th-Nov-2005 02:21 pm (UTC)
cool. I will check out autorealm.
11th-Nov-2005 06:37 am (UTC)
I have Campaign Cartographer, with the dungeon and city add ons.

They are very powerful and capable of creating some truly breathtaking maps.

They are also moderately difficult to learn and time consuming to use. It's also not very easy to just dash of a quick sketchy map either.

I created the map on the front page of my campaign site (http://www.dragonsept.com/tellith) with CC, and added the texture look with photoshop.
11th-Nov-2005 07:03 am (UTC)
Very nice map there :)
11th-Nov-2005 07:22 am (UTC)
Thanks :)
11th-Nov-2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
nice work. Thanks for the link.
11th-Nov-2005 09:21 am (UTC)
I've messed around with Dundjinni briefly but I found it to have a rather steep learning curve and a lack of basic tutorials
i.e. I couldn't actually make it produce anything as pretty as the example maps.

The limited tileset is also a bit of an issue, you have to rely on scouring the forums for a usable artset or if you're lucky you'll be able to buy one from the site (the prices seems a bit steep on the new artpacks though)
11th-Nov-2005 02:22 pm (UTC)
yeah that was one thing I am worried about. I don't want to pay for this stuff and then find out it's really limited.
11th-Nov-2005 01:40 pm (UTC)
I'm also a big fan of Campaign Cartographer.

One of the maps I've made with it is here.
11th-Nov-2005 02:20 pm (UTC)
wow...great map.
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