Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LOTR Fan Videos and the New HeroPress

I happened upon another gem via the Land of Nod blog. I find such good stuff with his links!

Presenting the new HeroPress.

It was through the older version that I was granted the viewing pleasure of these LOTR fan videos.

They're award winning videos for a reason. The scenery and costumes more than make up for the make up.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Cityograher Mapping Software

It is from the previously posted map tutorial KS project that I found another that (thankfully) reached its goal in June 2012. Cityographer mapping software.

This can also be found at http://cityographer.com/ and http://inkwellideas.com/.

Simple and compatible whether you're a Mac man or a PCer, like myself. The video makes it appear ridiculously easy to create highly detailed, editable cities and towns, right down to the name of the blacksmith and what items he has for sale.

He makes mention at 9:52 in the video of a medieval demographic calculator. These are the two that I always use Medieval Demographics Calculator and Medieval Demographics Made Easy.

At sale prices of around $26 each - because Hexographer and Dungeonographer are also available - and add ons for about $20, it all adds up to a well-spent $50.

Once I've saved my pennies and gone through the couch cushions a few times I'll purchase the pack myself and begin sharing/posting the maps I've created. Stay tuned.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Map Tutorials - Kickstarter 3

It should come as no surprised that I'm a map geek. I love them and the worlds they depict, whether real or imaginary, but the latter usually gets much more of my attention. I will spends hours, days, even months pouring over a fantasy world map imagining and concocting everything from weather patterns to monsters and multitudes of inhabitants.

Alas it has been a very long time since I picked up a pencil to sketch...well, anything. Characters come naturally once I have worked out the crunchy bits of who they are and who they may become. But what I long to be able to do is make a really good looking fantasy map. The daunting doubt that confronts me is 'where to begin?' Well, thankfully guys like Michael Tumey have provided an answer.

25 Quick and Dirty Map Tutorials Guide Book Kickstarter

At the time of this post, the project has been over-funded (if there is such a thing) at $23,000+ of a mere $3,750 goal. Way to go backers! I would have thrown in with the rest of them, but I budget myself to <$40 per month and I'd already spent August's monies before I found this.