by C D Xbow
I have been exploring
game building software and along the way I have
bumped into quite a few other realms online, for instance,
people who build 3D worlds for art/exploring, VRML
based chat forming 'virtual communities' (sort of Runescape minus the game play, visit some of the
real world simulation of all sorts, the huge world
of wonderful astrophysics software and of course many different game
building communities. All these had in common the
need for building a model of a world. In many cases
the tool sets & methodologies overlap. So the
idea of this page is collect together as many useful
tools, links to sites and information that can help
people build worlds. So to start...
MONTH: Paper based RPG Tool and online spin offs
These tools were
designed for paper based RPG and the early text
based multiplayer computer RPG's. They could be used
for other things and my kids seem to have fun with some
of them. When you visit the sites you will notice
many dead links, I guess because it is a dying game
format. Lots of the tools have not been updated for
a number of years. The following links lead to
online tools for making maps etc that were working
as of July 2006
Map magical terrain editors
Miniworld & more
This is software for Download but not for online use. it is very comprehensive Sci
Fi world, Alien and Empire builder. It was designed to be used by paper based
RPG'ers. I used it to fill in the detail for the
races of the Imperium & Shogunate. The worlds it builds have
thousands of planets and around 50 to 60 aliens
races. The Pascal source code is available at
Next month its going to be
And there is also our
Game Developers Guide
Irony Games' Tools
These are instant map-makers from Irony Games designed for various RPG. Many
possible uses for these maps
Click on the map samples below to create one of your own. The cities is
Create your own terrain, place cities and towns, roads and rivers .This interactive map-maker creates hundreds of hexs
in a matter of minutes and allows you to save them to your hard drive as a Gif.
The MapMagical Terrain Editor lets you
create 3D Worlds.
This Virtual Reality software is presented free by Irony Games as long as you
agree they can have a copy of your map!
Irony Games' Starmap
I love this one. Irony Games' Instant Starmap Maker maps out
hundreds of millions of stars and trading
routes between them. Pretty Neat. You click on a map of the galaxy and you go to
that sector, one pixel equals one sector. They seem to run a game in this
Campaign Calendar Maker
Campaign Calendar Maker
does all the drudge work
of making a custom calendar for you.
to chronicle the passing days of your adventure.
creates an adventure with the push of a few buttons.
Some assembly required. No warantee expressed or implied.
Select the Tower (dungeons and dragons) bit, here you will find where Joseph
DuBois's publishes game tools he creates and shares them on the web, lots of
random stuff generators eg:
Generate an Item
Generate a NPC Description.
Figure out what those gems
Planet Creation Kit
This web page makes a thumbnail sketch of the different kinds of planets that
Alien Planet Designer
Alien Planet Designer is a neat planet designer, however the link has been
dead for a while and I have not been able to find another site. If you can find
it the program gives tons of technical data on the planets it makes.