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Other World Mapper & Worldspinner Map Design Software: Charted

by Lambert Varias
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Maps are one of the most helpful accessories for tabletop gamers. They make it easier to imagine your characters’ setting, to remember your progress and to make plans. Here are a couple of map designing software that can help you make custom maps, so you can have more diverse and personalized adventures. Both are seeking funds on Kickstarter, but they satisfy nearly opposing needs.

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If you’re the type who loves to micromanage or you already have a specific idea for a map, Three Minds Software’s Other World Mapper is a good fit for you. It’s structured much like an image editing software, but it’s packed with shortcuts and convenient map-making features. Other World Mapper makes it easy to trace roads, bodies of water, regions and more. It’s also easy to populate your map with icons or legends.

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Three Minds Software also promised that you’ll be able to import your own artwork, as well as have a layer mode so you can hide or show certain elements at will.

If on the other hand you’re looking for new and surprising lands for your characters to conquer, Worldspinner is right up your alley. It can even make that alley up, because this subscription-based web app is a fantasy map genius. Just toggle from a variety of options – the types of cultures, monsters or even the world’s climate – and it will generate a world based on your criteria.

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Then it will do you one better and automatically create reams and reams of lore, such as the history of cities and current events.

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Then it will do you two better and make adventure-ready maps for buildings and caverns. Take this cave at the end of the river.

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Here’s what will appear when you click on it:

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I bet your DM just wet himself. Of course, Worldspinner isn’t really the digital equivalent of Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman or J.R.R.Tolkien. Its makers hired and will hire skilled fantasy writers and game designers to create templates that the web app will draw from.

Forget Forgotten Realms. Pledge at least $25 (USD) on Kickstarter to get a DRM-free digital download of Other World Mapper as a reward. Pledging at least $10 on Worldspinner’s Kickstarter on the other hand gets you a 1-year subscription and the ability to print up to 8.5″x11″ maps.

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