Since my last post, I’ve finished up the Spells tab (except for adding hyperlinks, which I’ll do just before I release… in case I think of new things to add) and switched focus to the Maps tab. If you didn’t catch it in the last post, my goal with this is to provide a set of stock elements that DMs can use to build maps on the fly in OneNote; monster tokens, NPC tokens, stock backgrounds, building elements, terrain elements, etc.
Pretty simple goal, I think, but the implementation has been a bit finicky. Most of the complication comes from OneNote itself. It’s image importation settings are a bit… mysterious, so it took me a bit to get all the images to import to a standardized sizing. Aside from that and my struggles to figure out how to make stock elements in Gimp, it’s gone pretty smoothly. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s possible with what I’ve built so far.
The image above was assembled in a few minutes’ time from stock elements in OneNote. I made all the building elements in Gimp from scratch (using Gimp’s built in patterns), as well as the grass. The dragon, human, and vegetation are from DMs Guild creator resources provided by WotC, which I resized and made transparent in Gimp. There are a lot of creatures to be made into tokens from those resources. I’ve done a fair amount, but that’s definitely going to be a bit of a slog once I really finalize the system.
As for the building elements – well, so far I’ve only started on two building sets: wood and stone. Here’s a look at the wall pieces on their own.
These took a fair amount of work. The floors, not so much, since I was able to use Gimp’s patterns for most of them (except the grass, which I had to generate myself).
I also imported a few furniture elements that I made for the Riot arena maps, such as the ladders seen in the first image. I’m not sure how much furniture I want to make for the free release of this – they’re quite a bit more work than simple walls, so I might leave it at what I already have and release a pack of furniture elements as a separate paid product. I definitely want to have more vegetation and terrain elements available, though, as I only really have a few boulders and bushes as of now. Trees, at least, are a must before release.
Once I have those, all that I’ll do before releasing the update is to import as many tokens from the DMs Guild creator resources packs as possible. I think it’s time for an update, so I’m hoping to get this done as soon as possible.
That’s all for today, I think! Until next time!