Category Archives: Maps

Puzzle complex | … escape before it floods

Not my usual thing, but I made a puzzle complex (in three colour ways):

If you are interested you can download a higher resolution .pdf from here

Excel Mapper
xls  This free Excel mapper was used to make the map part

Demo video of the mapper


– – –

InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; please check out my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

 

I sense mapping opportunities | Crayola Light Up Tracing Pad

Background  

Came across this. One of the first things that occurred to me was … mapping!

1. Insert gridded (hex or even isometric) paper.
2. Place blank paper over the top.
3. Start mapping.

Demo video of the device:

That’s it.

Variants
If the My Little Pony colour scheme doesn’t appeal, then there is even a Star Wars version:

maxresdefault.jpg

There of course needs to be a D&D version …

– – –

InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

Simple Excel Mapper update | Icons added

Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.Simple dungeon mapper

This is a throwback and an update. This is a simple mapper I made using Excel and its ‘conditional formatting’ option. It’s basic but free.

I’ve updated this mapper to include a few icons. It’s a thing I’ve been meaning to do for a while.

Original Video Demo

This video keeps chugging on YouTube, it consistently gets 10 to 20 hits a day.

Update: Icons added

Basically, any image can be placed on the map, so I incorporated some CC ones, made them small to use as icons:

icons 2      icons 1

These icons allow a greater deal of customisation. Feel free to use your own.

Download:

xls XLS Mapper

Screen Capture:

Mapper 101

– – –

InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

Isometric map template in Excel

Using Excel to make an isometric map template.

Demo Video:
This pretty much says all you need to know:

Screen Capture:

CS Isometric paper in Exel.png

Template:
You can download the xls Excel Template here.

Another kind of 3D looking map in Excel:
In a previous blog post I showed how to makes 3D looking maps like this, and which is powered by a handy macro:

Google Sheets:
I think this should work in Google Sheets, and when I get a moment, I’ll make a template.

– – –

InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

Tuesday Toot!! | Cave System Map Generator in Excel

Tuesday TootG+ is closing closed. When it was alive things happened. Things unexpected. Great things. Whilst my creative output is only modest, I thought I’d hold something up into the living light, something that came about purely because G+ existed … This is a toot to G+.

Background:

One level

Random cave system

I toyed with this idea but never really finished/refined it. This Excel cave system generator basically uses the bones of my random hex wilderness generator engine to make a randomly generated cave system. Like its parent file, there are some global and regional controls to vary the outcome of the cave system. But, overall, as a proof of concept, I simply tweaked a few settings to see if it could be done. I did consider stacking layers of these and interconnecting them to make a wider cave system, but …

I suppose if there is any kind of demand for a finished/refined version of this, I guess I could figure out where I was up to and finish/upgrade it. Let me know?! That said, if all you want is to generate a simple random cave system on a broadly hexagonal-like layout, it does work.

Three depths

Colours indicate depth

I also made a multi-coloured version of the cave generator. The colours are intended to represent different depths, eventually leading down to water.

These cave generators could be used to make an individual cave system, or to make a ‘global’ map for a wider ‘Underdark’ domain, i.e. ‘Veins of the Earth’ style.

If you want to mess around with the ‘work not currently in progress‘ Excel file, it can be downloaded here:  Link

 

Veins of the Earth Cave Generator 101Some ‘Veins of the Earth’ based Excel widgets (actually finished) can also be found here: Blog link

 

– – –

InHotS the cover imageMe on DriveThruDriveThru; at the moment I’m mainly pimping my procedural High Seas ‘Hex Crawl’ – In the Heart of the Sea.

IsoExcel | Isometric mapping in Excel (sort of)

UPDATE – Luna Gin has kindly written a macro that adds the walls in automatically! Macro and non-macro versions are in the Dropbox to play with.

Reality check 

This idea is not going to make you the next Michael Prescott. But, it’s a simple way to generate a pseudo-isometric map using Excel, e.g.:

IsoExcel Map Dusty Door

The above map is based on an adventure written by irrepressible Shane Ward.

Two mapping ideas in as many days! But, to be fair, this one is only a matter of cell resizing and shading in 3 colours (4 if you count the background). The idea came when I saw a Reddit post linking to this page. It’s only a short jog from their ‘The Mephitic Laboratory Of The Pescamancer‘ map to my IsoExcel idea. I also borrowed the colour scheme, which looks like a good one.

I’ve added my usual pop-ups to make it a super compact dungeon.

Template and demo video

You can download the xls Excel Widget here and wizz off maps that look like the above fairly easily.  Here’s a brief video demo:

 

Google Sheets

I think this should work in Google Sheets, and when I get a moment, I’ll make a template.

– – –

1988 Dungeon

 

More of my stuff on DriveThruRPG: https://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/9524/Goblin039s-Henchman