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Map Creator V2.1 by A.Nicholas
D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                                                          27/04/2006


                                            Table of Contents
Introduction..................................................................................................................3

Overview .......................................................................................................................4

The Menu......................................................................................................................5

   New Map....................................................................................................................5

   Load Map ...................................................................................................................5

   Save Map ...................................................................................................................5

   Random Map..............................................................................................................5

   Save Map Image ........................................................................................................5

   Exit .............................................................................................................................5

The Mapping area........................................................................................................5

   Moving Around the Mapping Area............................................................................5

   Placing the Boards .....................................................................................................5

   Rotating a board.........................................................................................................6

   Placing Monsters / Objects and Traps .......................................................................6

   Deleting Monsters / Object / Traps and other items ..................................................6

   Blanking Square [Insert key] .....................................................................................6

   Placing Doors.............................................................................................................6

The Information Panel ................................................................................................6

Trimming / Printing your map ...................................................................................7

The Keyboard Shortcuts .............................................................................................9

Thanks to… ..................................................................................................................9

Version History ..........................................................................................................10

Known Issues..............................................................................................................11




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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                  27/04/2006


Introduction
Welcome to Map Creator for the Dungeons and Dragons board game. I bought the
game a little while ago and played through all the adventures that were printed in the
DM’s book, so I decided to create my own.




You have a blank map template in the DM’s book which you can photocopy and draw
the little symbols and map tiles on, but I thought it might be easier using the computer
to drag and drop the symbols onto a map and so here’s my attempt at it.

I’ll still be adding to it to make it better as time goes by, so if you have any
suggestions / bugs / comments, please send an email to andy@madladdesigns.co.uk




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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                 27/04/2006


Overview
When the program loads up, the first thing you’ll see is the mapping area over which
the Keyboard Shortcut Panel will appear (pressing F1 will toggle the keys panel on /
off. I’ve removed the Keyboard Shortcut Panel for this screenshot)




It’s from here you can create / change / delete your entire adventure complete with
boards, monsters, objects and traps. The screen is divided into 3 areas:

   1. The Menu.
   2. The Mapping Area.
   3. Information Panel.




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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                    27/04/2006


The Menu
From the menu (which is always visible) you can select New Map, Load Map, Save
Map, Random Map, Save Map Image and Exit.

New Map
This will completely clear the map of everything in one go, presenting you with an
empty mapping area.

Load Map
This will load a previously saved map and return the map view to the exact same
place as when you saved it.

Save Map
A requester will appear asking you to choose a filename for your map. Map Maker
will automatically add the “.mms” extension when saving.

Random Map
The entire mapping area will be filled with random floor tiles; you can then go and
change what you wish. Not yet available.

Save Map Image
This will save the current mapping area whether it has floor tiles on or not (it will save
the entire 5x5 game board). A file requester will appear asking for the name of your
image you wish to save under. The size of the image is a 10mb bmp file.

Exit
Exit the program. Male sure you save your map first!




The Mapping area
Moving Around the Mapping Area
This achieved by using the arrow / cursor keys to move your view around the
Mapping Area. The area is made up of a 5 boards across by 5 boards down, making a
total of 25 boards square. The view will not move outside the extremities of the edge
boards.

Placing the Boards
In order to place a board, move the mouse pointer over a board section, these are
indicated by the thick black lines separating the boards, and press the left mouse
button. The first board will be placed. If you keep clicking, you will ‘flip’ through the
boards one at a time, when you come to the last board the next click will remove the
board (so it looks like an empty board square) then will flip through the boards again
starting from board 1.




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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                     27/04/2006


Rotating a board
Once you’ve placed a board you can rotate it 90 degrees clockwise by pressing the
Right Shift key once and clicking on the desired board. You can hold the shift key
down if you wish but you may find the board rotates 1 more than you thought (this is
something I’m working on) so it’s best to press it one then click on the board to rotate.
Note: Pressing shift will then rotate the next board clicked on so be careful to click on
the right board. Also if you’ve rotated a board then left click, the board will flip to the
next board and you will have lost the rotate.

Placing Monsters / Objects and Traps
To place your monster, object or trap, place the mouse pointer on the square on the
board you wish them to appear and press the appropriate key on the keyboard (Press
F1 to toggle the keyboard shortcut help panel on / off). You can still flip through the
boards after monsters / objects / traps have been placed upon it.

Deleting Monsters / Object / Traps and other items
Simply move the mouse pointer over what you want to delete and press the right
mouse button.

Blanking Square [Insert key]
Pressing [Insert] will place a blanking square at the mouse pointers position. A
blanking square is used to fill a room to indicate that that room won’t be used in that
particular adventure.

Placing Doors
                      The doors consist of two squares either horizontally or vertically
                      and are either open, or closed with a door, in the centre. When
                      placing horizontal doors, you always place the left square where
                      the mouse is pointing and the door tile will go to the right.
When placing vertical doors, you always pace the top square where the mouse is
pointing and the door tile will go downward.




The Information Panel


This panel shows you how many of each item from the original board game you have
left to place. For example, you get 4 Bugbears with the D&D board game (the first
icon), so the number over the Bugbear icon will start off as 4. Every time you place an
item, the number will go down by 1 and every time you delete an item, it will go up
by 1.

There is no limit to the number of a certain item you can place, the numbers are only
there as a guideline to how many of the item comes with the original board game.
This will go some way to prevent you from getting carried away placing umpteen
items only to find you don’t have enough of them when playing the board game.



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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                  27/04/2006



You can, of course, reuse items (this is why there is no limit), for example, you may
wish to reuse a Bugbear that has been killed earlier in the game, therefore effectively
having ‘5’ Bugbears.

Once a number reaches 0 (zero), it will turn red to indicate that you’re now ‘reusing’
that item, also, every time you place an item that has turned red, you will hear an
audio sound to remind you.



Trimming / Printing your map
Map Maker only saves a full image of the mapping area; it cannot save “just your
map” but it does remove all the unused tiles making the rest of the map white. Also
Map Maker doesn’t have the facility for printing but I’m going to give you a step-by-
step guide on how to trim down your map and print it using an extremely simple to
use and free image viewing program called Irfanview (you can get it here:
http://www.irfanview.com) .

   1. Once you have Irfanview up and running, you need to load in your map: File >
      Open.
   2. Once the map is loaded, maximize the program to full screen so you can see as
      much of the map as possible. You may have to zoom out until you see the
      entire map you’ve created and you have all 5 (or less) boards you have placed.




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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                  27/04/2006


   3. Click with the left mouse button, hold the button down and drag a ‘bounding
      box’ around the boards you’ve placed, this will be the section you want to
      keep, and all the rest outside this box will eventually be cut away.




   4. You can then leave go of the button and move the mouse pointer over the
      edges of the bounding box to resize it so it’s flush with the edges of your map

      Note: I’ve highlighted the area to be kept, in light blue for the purpose of this
      guide, when you drag the bounding box for your map, you will just get an
      outline

   5. Now from the Edit menu, choose “Crop selection” and you should be left with
      only the map left, without the extra mapping area around the edges. You may
      be left with blank squares in your map if you’ve placed boards in certain
      configurations.

   6. Now it’s just a matter of going to File > Print and printing your map!




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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                27/04/2006


The Keyboard Shortcuts
     INFORMATION                     MONSTERS                      OBJECTS

Left Click: Place Board
(this will cycle through the        Carrion Crawler (‘A’)        Chest (‘C’)
boards).
                                    BugBear (‘B’)                Special Item (‘I’)
Press Right Shift once then
                                    Goblin (‘G’)                 Pillar (‘P’)
left click over board to
rotate it 90%.                      Wight (‘H’)                  Tree (‘T’)
Mouse pointer over where            Lich (‘L’)                      TRAPS
to place object / monster /
trap and press the                  Gnoll (‘N’)
corresponding key (see                                           Trap #1 (‘1’)
right).                             Ogre (‘O’)
                                                                 Trap #2 (‘2’)
                                    Troll (‘R’)
Mouse pointer over object /
monster / trap and press                                         Trap #3 (‘3’)
                                    Skeleton (‘S’)
right mouse button to
delete.                             Wraith (‘W’)            Press F1 to toggle this
                                                            panel on / off.
Cursor Keys: Move map               Ooze / Slime (‘Z’)
area.
7 = Horizontal door open       9 = Vertical door open       F4: Toggle full screen
8 = Horizontal door closed     0 = Vertical door closed     Insert: Blanking Square



Thanks to…
There are a number of people I’d like to thank in helping me create this put together
this program. Without their help and encouragement I’d never would have created this
program in the first place!

Richard Nijholt, Torigara, Martijn Hoppenbrouwer




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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                             27/04/2006


Version History
V2.1
   •   You can now clear / start a new map.
   •   You can now bring up the Keyboard Shortcut Panel after loading a map.
   •   There is now an info panel showing you how many of each item you have left.
   •   Audio sound when you have none of an item left.
   •   You can now choose a filename when saving your map.
   •   You can now choose a filename when saving an image of your map.
   •   Can now have closed doors as well as open.
   •   Door graphics more in line with the simplistic look of the maps.
   •   Some keyboard shortcuts changed.
   •   The Mapping Area is now white when saved as an image as to be more printer
       friendly and trimmed down a bit.
   •   You can now place ‘blanking squares’ to indicate rooms that are not used in
       that particular adventure.




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D&D Board Game Map Creator                                                  27/04/2006


Known Issues
I’m working towards fixing the following issues:
   • When loading a saved map, the Keyboard Shortcut Panel cannot be displayed
      again. Fixed in V2.1
   • A saved image is a 10mb bmp file; I’m working to save it as a jpg, gif or png.
   • You can only place open doors. Fixed in V2.1
   • You can only have one saved map at a time. Fixed in V2.1
   • You can only have one saved map image at a time (unless you move the map
      image to another folder). Fixed in V2.1
   • Holding the right shift for rotating will rotate the board an extra turn even if
      you leave go.
   • When you load a map, the Save Map button is highlighted.
   • The program doesn’t take into consideration whether you’re displaying both
      sides of the same board or if you place a board more than once.
   • It also doesn’t take into consideration how many monsters / objects / traps
      you’ve placed. Fixed in V2.1

If there are anymore bugs / suggestions you’d like to make, please don’t hesitate to
ask and I’ll see what I can do! You can email me at andy@madladdesigns.co.uk




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