12/07/2012

New Map Product Finished

New Frugal GM product
I finally got my next gaming product project done.  Tucked away in my closet is a rather large stack of printed dungeon tiles I need to cut and mount out before I can use them.  I've been collecting these tiles for years now and I haven't gotten a lot of use out of them yet.

More recently I started GMing my home group in a new campaign and found I wanted to have a bit more than just the basic battlemat for a particularly small "dungeon" delve.  I had something specific in mind, but was able to alter it slightly when I found a free map that had many of the same elements I was planning on using.

So now I have a map that I can draw out on the battlemat, but if  I want to use the tiles I had one option, alter the map to fit the tiles I have.  When there is only one way of doing something, is it really an option?

It dawned on me that I might be able to find better tiles that fit my needs.  There are some great tile sets out there, but they get pricey fast.  In the end I'd still have to print them off and edit my dungeon to fit the tiles.  What I want is some custom tiles.

I can make the map easy enough, but I'll need to plop down a grid unless I choose to go grid-less  which I do not want to do.  It occurred to me that if I made a more natural looking grid I could just open Photoshop (or GIMP) plop it down over the background of my choosing, put together some walls and BLAMMO!  Custom tile.

This week I made a large number of small tiles, 1" square up to 3" x 2" in size.  They have various levels of transparency so the background color bleeds through, and they can easily be doubled-up to make a darker grid outline (what I actually did in the example above).

I basically made this for my own use, but thought others would get a lot out of it as well.  There is very little chance of me even making back my time investment based on sales of this product, but I'm already good based on the money I'll save not buying more tiles and the time saved in GM prep overall.  Hopefully at under $2 other GM's will be able to put it to good use.