City Map is a graphically simple program that generates an overview of a town / city that you define. through a series of tabs you define size, number of buildings, streets, side streets, walls, trees etc, and the program randomly generates a wirefram layout of the town. IF you don't like result, just regenerate (the perimeters you define are save) till you get the view you want. Once you have the view you like you can define the resolution and colors of the elements (road, buildings, trees etc) for export. It has the ability during export to put on a single sheet for hand out or across multiple sheet to make a battle mat.
The down sides> it only exports in BMP, but that is not so bad for those saving CP because you can then open file to paint and further customize it. Its unit of measure is also (for US users) in metric.
DC III is a simple Dungeon / Building interior creator, while not random, it is VERY quick and easy to learn and use.... simply grab tile you want for floor from selections and click mouse on blank grid and whahla done.... click click click.. and you have the floor and walls layed out in minutes..... you can aslo place objects (beds, chests, etc) in the rooms once this is complete. Once your lay out is to your satisfaction, you can save or print it out (PNG or JPG format).
Down Side is I got this years ago from ShardGames, and it seems there site is either down or nolonger active at the time of this thread posting. The link above directs you to a site that still has an active link without any malware issues. NOTE though, on the 3k site, there are MULTIPLE down load here tags that will take you elsewher to try to get you to buy or try other things...... be sure to select the lin Dungeon Crafter Silver edition 3.1xxxxxx in the middle of the page.
Also if Shard is no longer supporting this, to add new tiles you have to get a bit creative. In DC III Tools Options Tab, it shows the paths for each stored location for each tile type ( Floor, Object, Wall). To add new ones you can modify an existing and save as (check path) or if you are even more creative, you can create a new one using other sources ( ie Internet pictures, one u take or create) and cropping them to 72x72 pixels. I save mine in PNG format for zoom resolutions... but I think it will take JPG as well.
All in all, these will not produce the results of programs like CCC, photoshop and Bryce (prefered by anna and Rob), but for those on a budget or are artistically challenged unlike Mort, Icarus and others (meaning artists). These are pretty good for basic programs.
*EDIT* Added sample pictures
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Through a PM it has come to my attention that this redition of DC III will only allow the user to print or export the created map, NOT Save as the old version I have... which is a further disapointment. This would certainly hamstring making a larger layout, but it may still be good for building interiors and such... will search to see if there is a workaround.
Well its been a while since I put on my frugal DMs hat... So, while reviewing the many varied trails of support supplements for our gaming, here is a tidbit or two you might find helpful and still save you a couple bucks...
For those that like building your own terrains, I think you'll find Mel funny, entertaining and well just damn crafty..... without breaking the bank, check out my friend over here...
And Lastly, just as a reminder to those new to us The Demi-Goddess of Greyhawk Cartography...... Here she is doing her latest.. Midgard for Kobold Press.. I'd buy it blindfolded just because of her involvement.... (my 2cp)
and if you really like them.. support them like I do...
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