Arcane Mapper is a mapping tool designed for Digital or Virtual Tabletops and printing for physical play. Put together high quality maps for D&D, Pathfinder, GURPS, Hero or any other Pencil and Paper RPG system - whether on the table top or virtual.
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Note: This Early Access software is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to use this software in its current state, then you should wait to see if it progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Arcane Mapper is approaching the point when the software will be useful for creating high quality, atmospheric maps for physical and virtual tabletop RPG games. However it is only through interaction and development with the community that this product can achieve the features and ease of use to allow Arcane Mapper to truly fit the needs of the RPG community.

In the future Arcane Mapper will more directly support Digital and Virtual Tabletop play and this will require even more community involvement.”

Approximately how long will this software be in Early Access?

“Arcane Mapper will be in early access until the editing tools are complete - supporting outdoor environments, cities, towns with buildings as well as dungeons and until it supports Virtual/Digital Tabletop features. So I expect the product to stay in early access for approximately 6 months.

However you can start creating maps and making use of the program right away, it already supports export, rendering, Steam Workshop and many other features.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will have a polished, easy to use but powerful map editing functionality with many cool features - lighting, shadows, fog, procedural grime, procedural liquids, seamless indoor to outdoor transitions, jagged cave walls, curved walls and much more.

The full version will also support option Digital/Virtual Tabletop features - play RPG games with your friends with advanced real-time lighting, high quality fog of war and visibility, layered maps so it is easy to go between levels and more.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version features robust encounter level dungeon map creation with the ability to export, print and render out maps for use in Physical or Virtual Tabletop RPG games such as D&D, Gurps and Pathfinder.

Arcane Mapper also supports Steam Workshop on release in addition to built-in web search tools to make finding free assets for your maps as easy as possible. It also supports exporting and importing packages - to make sharing maps and assets easy even outside of Steam.”

Will this software be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will most likely not change when leaving Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“The community will be able to visit the forums and report bugs, make feature requests, talk about how they think the program can be better and, with their feedback, make Arcane Mapper the Map Creation program they always wanted. All constructive feedback is valued and carefully considered.”
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August 17

Delays & Upcoming Release

This is a quick post to let everyone know that there has been some delays getting the next release but that the project is still being developed.

The plan is to get a release out by Monday/Tuesday (depending on timezone and what time of day it can be uploaded) and get development back on track. Thank you for supporting the project!
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June 26

Recent Update

There was an update to Arcane Mapper today - however to avoid confusion, I would like to clarify what is in the build. This version does not include the major changes that have been in progress since the last build, which is still on track as discussed in the last post.

Unfortunately some art assets were included in the previous version that should not have been. This build was released to rectify that issue, though there are a few minor fixes in as well. This will only affect people who purchased Arcane Mapper in the last few weeks, since the previous release. So if you are wondering why certain assets are included when they obviously shouldn't be - the issue has been resolved and won't happen again.

Note that Steam will not overwrite your Library directory, so current owners won't see any change to their Library. However new purchasers will not receive the extra assets that should not be included.

The next feature release build with the previously discussed lighting and performance improvements is still in progress and on track.

I hope this clears up any confusion.
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About This Software

What is it?

Arcane Mapper is a mapping tool designed for Digital or Virtual Tabletops and printing for physical play. Put together high quality maps for D&D, Pathfinder, GURPS, Hero or any other Pencil and Paper RPG system - whether on the table top or virtual. It features a simple to use interface for drawing out rooms, adding objects and adding atmosphere with high quality lighting. Ideal for dungeons and interiors with support for outdoor environments coming before the full release.

What is the idea?

Arcane Mapper is an easy to use tool for creating maps for roleplaying games. The tool can produce top down, forced perspective 3D looking environments that mesh well with simple images for objects - no modeling or 3D experience required. With free assets available for private use on the internet, this software allows you to put together high quality maps for your games with less effort, without constraining you to predefined map pieces, tiles or limited assets. Easily render out high quality images for Virtual Tabletop games or print out maps for a physical tabletop game. Even save out .PSD files that preserve the layers for Photoshop if you are more artistically inclined.

Longer term after the initial release, I am planning on adding Digital Desktop and possibly Virtual Desktop features with high quality real time lighting and fog of war with an easy to use interface for GMs and players.

What editing and mapping features does the software support?

  • Rendering high quality images (such as JPG, PNG, PSD) for use with Virtual Tabletops such as Roll20.
  • Printing high quality images from your maps for Physical Tabletop play.
  • Drag and Drop images directly onto your map, drop folders or selected files to add many images at once to your Library.
  • The ability to import and export libraries where assets are already setup with scaling, lighting and shadow settings.
  • Easy to use interface for adding objects to your maps, scaling, moving, rotating and placing them rapidly. Supports a full set of configurable hot keys.
  • Full undo and redo support.
  • Layers to organize objects and environments with the ability to decide which layers cast shadows and are affected by lighting.
  • Draw arbitrarily shaped rooms and easily connect them together. Each room can have its own settings, textures and look.
  • Draw pits, lowered sections, stairs and raised platforms right into your rooms.
  • Procedural liquids to fill your pits and help you create sewers and water ways.
  • Procedural details such as dirt, mold and spider webs.
  • High quality lighting with soft shadows, any object can be a light and any object can cast shadows.
  • High quality ambient occlusion to ground your objects in the map.
  • Seamless exterior and interior maps with layers to support roofs.
  • Multiple maps in one - see maps below the current map with fading or fogging - to give large buildings and dungeons a sense of depth.

What systems does this support

  • GPU that supports OpenGL 3.0 or newer
  • Windows Vista, 7, 8, 10.
  • Memory requirements based on art and map size, recommended 4GB or more.

What about Mac and Linux?

These depend on the demand and interest in the product. Ultimately supporting another platform is time consuming and so can only be done if there is enough interest.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10
    • Processor: 2 GHz or faster x86-compatible processor
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 3.0
    • Storage: 120 MB available space
    • Sound Card: Not Required
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