The Gamemaster's Web
Gaming Resources: Tools
Die rollers, character builders, combat trackers, map makers... there
are a number of tools online designed specifically for gamemasters.
Collections of Gamers' Tolls
EPOSIC RPG is a site
that has a number of different RPG tools online, including a combat
manager, a die roller, weather forecasters, and random generators for
events, magical effects, NPCs, etc.
Tools for Mapping
General Purpose Drawing/Illustration Tools
- Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop
Canvas (Windows, Mac)
- CorelDraw and Bryce (3D terrain
generator) (Windows, Mac)
Freehand (Windows, Mac), with an intriguing support site, Freehand for
- OpenOffice.org (Linux/Unix,
Windows, MacOS X) includes a draw program.
- The Gimp (Linux/Unix,
- Kontour, a drawing program.
- Sketch, a drawing
- Blender, a 3d
modelling/rendering/animation program (Linux/Unix, Windows)
J. Stock's World Builder Page is a repository and summary of free
software tools for landscape creation and visualization.
- World Builder 3.0 is
software that generates and animates 3D landscapes. (For Windows? It's
not obviously stated, so presumably that is what one assumes.)
Mapping/drawing tools Made for Gamers
"Real" Mapping Tools
Character Creation Aids
- The PBEM Emporium supports
mainly PBEM wargames, but the same tools may be of use for battles or
other "map-board" actions in RPGs.
- JV_Map is a Java
PBEM aid that lets you move counters around on a map.
- V_Map is a Windows
PBEM aid (with which JV_Map is compatable).