Ye Olde Map Maker Reviewing DnD Custom Maps Makers
In the last couple of weeks I have been looking for a really good map maker for my D&D campaign that I am running, but really struggling to find a good one that I really enjoyed. So I thought why not make my pain and suffering in to something use full for others. Here is my review of Ye Olde Map Maker.
when opening up Ye Olde Map Maker you see that you have 3 different versions, a free PC version and an android and apple IOS version for $1.99 each. I stuck with the free PC version. Ye Olde Map Maker is a top down simple line drawing map maker. There isn’t a ton of bells and whistle with this, there are 3 different size choices; 11×13, 22×13, and 22×26. with the 3 different sizes it does give you dotted lines to show you if printed out on paper where the cuts will be which can be helpful when trying to sneak something up on your players. You can also export as a jpeg or print right from the page, the last none builder option is to create an account where you can save your files and then load them up from any other computer you log in to.
Then we get in to the actual builder it self there is a handful of already made assets to use like beds, tables, chairs, pile of bones, and gems. Past the free art assets there isn’t many redeeming qualities. The tool selection is extremely limited with 4 options; place wall, wall pen, place object, and select object. The only reason I know of the tool titles is because the help option which is hold the Ctrl button and an over lay covers the page and gives you names of each button on the page. So now that we know the names of each tool lets break them down.
This option gives you a list of walls of different angles, directions, and doors to use. While this sounds well in good you need to really know where you are going to place things because all of these wall units can only be places in specific spots. each wall you select auto snaps to the grid in pre approved parts on the grid. for example the 45 degree angle wall will only snap so that middle is on intersecting corners, same with doors.
Thats fine right? we will just use the next tool and draw it out….
The Wall Pen is…. well lacking it a lot of places. for starters it doesnt give you a highlighted area of where the line will be drawn so you will find yourself drawing in the wrong location over and over again even though you swear that isnt where your mouse was. the wall pen all doesnt do any sort of angled lines, straight up and down or left and right. but never intersect those lines because they will not automatically know that you want a X and it will cut through the line and delete it leaving you with a pretty easy to get around wall. This is where you have to go back to your wall place tool to add the proper connections…..
Place Object and Select Object:
these options are the last of the tools and go pretty much hand in hand. Place Object has a decent amount of items to place down beds, fires, and an assortment of other items these items are the only thing that can be placed freely…. why… why…. i have gone through this whole thing thinking it was a technical issue that the makes only was able to make it latch on to the points but then here we are with the place object where i can freely place it anywhere!!! including on top of other objects and walls and it doesn’t delete them like the two wall tools. it also gives you a handy blue outline of where you are going to be placing the items…. I am soooo confused by this. why now do we have these extremely helpful tools…. but don’t worry Ye Olde Map Maker figured out a way to make the items tool make no sense…. they added a car and a truck to its selection of items to drop in the middle of your campaign…. I just don’t even know what to say at this point.
Honestly just from using the PC version I don’t even want to imagine how adding a touch interface would make this any easier. While this is free to use the over all quality and options that Ye Olde Map Maker gives you makes it a pass in my book. if you are just looking for something really simple to get you by this might work for you but might find yourself frustrated with drawing things out the way you want it.