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Review of Planet Generators

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Drawing maps for your games can be fun, but sometimes it's convenient to use generators to speed up the process. I have recently tried out some of the planet map generators that's available, both free and commercial, to see what they have to offer for RPGs.

Planet Map Generator

The Planet Map Generator is a simple web-based generator. To get the actual land forms, you rely completely on the random generator to come up with something good, ie. landforms cannot be edited. The only way to alter land outlines is to change the waterline level. It’s still one of my favourites among the free generators, however, mainly because it produces some of the best looking continents.

Images of the map can be exported in several different projections and color schemes. With a bit of work in Photoshop or Gimp the end result can turn out very good. I often find the options Bump map on land only, Non-linear altitude scaling and Make more wrinkly maps add a nice touch to the maps.

http://topps.diku.dk/torbenm/maps.msp

Read the rest of the review on FrostByte's blog: http://www.frostbytebooks.com/#propaganda

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