Why not also be a master of painting dungeons?
Nick here to talk about a program I picked up the other day. As you may recall, I really hate making maps. I’ve recommended numerous products to relieve the unending pain of crafting maps, the ceaseless pain in the ass of adjusting images, and the torment of adding the finishing details.
Just after the holiday season, I picked up Dungeon Painter Studio on Steam, thinking I’d give it a shot. It’s actually a pretty easy-to-use program with a lot of flexibility. There are a lot of pre-made options to make it easy to create local maps, dungeons, towns, and even world maps! It is admittedly pretty clunky, but it gets the job done with relative ease and allows one to create some pretty marvelous maps–if you take the time to practice.
Fortunately, the team behind Dungeon Painter Studio have created a variety of video tutorials, explaining everything from basic techniques to more advanced techniques (which I still suck at). While I’m definitely less-than-stellar at creating intricate professional-grade maps, I’ve found that it’s easy and intuitive to create some decent-looking maps with ease.
The region of Dusant, in all its glory! I made this baby with Dungeon Painter Studio
As you can see above, this is a prime example of a world map that you can make with this program. I’m by no means an expert either–there are a lot of beautiful maps created by people who are very well-versed with the program, proving that it’s a powerful tool in the right hands (not mine).
It’s worth noting that Dungeon Painter Studio not an all-encompassing art program like Photoshop, though–oh no, this program was designed for the express purpose of creating tabletop maps. It does have a lot of convenience and interface features that are common in art programs, but all the tools are specifically for map-making.
Another really great feature of this software is that it is made to easily print as well as import to online D&D sites, such as Roll20. This has been great for me, since my campaigns run on there. I’ve made a few maps in the past and they turned out pretty decently. My current party sees the world map above fairly often as they travel through the surrounding regions of Dusant.
Feeling a little curious, but not quite ready to commit? That’s fine, you can try the product online for free! The developers put a free trial version online for people to try before they buy! Even the trial version alone is sufficient to throw some quick maps together so you can see how kick-ass it is!