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Sci-fi minis need sci-fi battlemaps, right? I've seen pre-printed sci-fi battlemaps for sale, but those aren't customizable and might be difficult to work into a particular campaign, and you can only reuse a given map so many times before it gets old and stale. What I have not seen is decent software for creating custom battlemaps with strong support for sci-fi mapping assets. Dundjinni used to be a good option, but it's end-of-life. So what are folks using to create their own sci-fi battlemaps? Photoshop and Gimp? Do they NOT create their own, and stick to using published deckplans, or perhaps modular 3D terrain? Is there a pent-up need/demand for a mapping app that caters to sci-fi gamers? Of possible interest: RPGMapShare.com has some great sci-fi mapping assets posted there. And Heroic Maps has some wonderful sci-fi tilesets on DriveThruRPG.
The MapForge software (which runs on Mac & Windows) was designed to create customized tactical-scale battlemaps for RPGs, and is already supported by an impressive 80+ mapping content Add-Ons (12 of which are free!) covering all major game genres. Maps produced with the software can either be printed for use at the gaming table, or used in virtual tabletop software such as Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds. But despite the wealth of fantasy mapping content already available, GMs have been clamoring for even more. So we've got some great new content lined up, and are raising funds to cover the porting/development costs. Click here or on the image below to check out the latest Kickstarter campaign for MapForge, which just launched two days ago. Note that the software itself is already developed and available (though a new version is due out later this month); this crowdfunding campaign is only to fund the development/porting of the new fantasy-genre mapping content. Fairly quick delivery of rewards is expected (August), and there are no shipping costs involved, since it's all digital downloads. Campaign launched on: May 22, 2019 Campaign ends on: June 17, 2019 Some boardgamers and wargamers were quick to catch on that the software can also be used to produce custom game boards or tiles for games such as Myth, Descent, HeroQuest, Aliens, Skull Tales, and many others.
When it comes to map-making software and mapping assets for pen-and-paper RPGs, the sci-fi genre usually gets short shrift. GMs of sci-fi RPGs like Starfinder, Star Wars RPG, Traveller, Shadowrun, Stars without Number, and other game systems need and deserve a good set of tools and assets to create great looking battlemaps, whether printed for use at the gaming table, or for use in virtual tabletop software like Roll20 or Fantasy Grounds. I'm running a Kickstarter campaign to try to provide a turnkey solution for this under-served market. I hope some of you will check it out. If you've invested in nicely painted minis, you'll want nice battlemaps to place them on. No need to limit yourself to non-customizable pre-printed battlemaps.