Old-School D&D Mapping: Creating Symbols

Discover the secrets of OLD SCHOOL D&D mapping!


All the wonderful, old school D&D books and adventures are being released in PDF and I am in mapping heaven!  Remember those magical 'blue' dungeons from your teen-age years? Well, I plan to bring them back with all this retro D&D now available at RPGNow.com
In these tutorials, you will learn how to create your own old school symbol catalog (or any catalog you can imagine) and then how to develop your own styles and automated drawing tools.  And it all starts... RIGHT HERE.

PS. You'll want Campaign Cartographer for this tutorial, but you do not need any other add-on.

 

Create a Symbols Library for your Old School D&D Map

In This Lesson:
You will learn how to create your own old school symbol catalogue (or any catalogue you can imagine) and then how to develop your own styles and automated drawing tools using Campaign Cartographer.

After watching this video, you should be able to set up the tools you need to create an old school DnD map.

 
 

Creating Control Points for your Symbols

In This Lesson:
After watching this video, you should be able to set up the tools you need to create an old school DnD map.

In this tutorial you discover how to add Control Points to your symbols. 

Control Points are like spectral hands that automatically adjust your symbols, rotating, resizing and positioning them on your behalf. 

Try these on your own map:

  • Experiment with Control Points Effect 
  • Tip: when putting a "control point" ALWAYS set it on the layer you want it to interact with in your final map. For example, doors interact with walls, so set your doors control points on the walls layer.

 
 

Setting a Varicolour on your Symbols

In This Lesson:
After watching this video, you should be able to set up the tools you need to create an old school DnD map.

You will learn how to set a "varicolor" for your symbols.

Varicolor allows your symbol to change color when you place it onto your maps, adding a lot of flexibility to your symbol sets.