Useful link: Photoshop brushes for Maps

I’ve recently been working a lot on various maps for my 3Brothers D&D 5E Campaign (you can find a link to a collection of the maps here), one of the things that I have found has made the work go a lot quicker is using pre-made photoshop brushes for things like mountains, forests, etc.

After scouting around the internet for awhile I found the following excellent collection:

http://www.photoshopwebsite.com/photoshop-brushes/200-map-photoshop-brushes-free-download/

If you’re using Photoshop and are looking for a way to make your maps a little more quickly then I highly recommend giving these a look, if you want some tutorials on mapping then I’d advise you to check out Fantastic Maps.


Map image is the 1794 Samuel Dunn Wall Map of the World in Hemispheres labelled for re-use on Google Image Search.

Free Online Image Editor

I recently found myself having to create an overlay for a Tides of Change game that someone was running, however, I was away from home without access to my trusty copy of Photoshop CS 5, I already had the Powerpoint template to make the overlay, but I needed to change the JPG character picture that I had been sent into an interlaced-PNG with a transparent background.

After some searching on the internet I discovered the Free Online Image Editor, this site not only allowed me to do what I wanted but also had some great tools for things such as creating animated GIFs, there’s even options for adding speech bubbles and a rain effect over images.

I’ve added it to my useful links page but you can find it at this web address: http://www.online-image-editor.com/

Peter Thompson’s EotE NPC Generator

I’ve been scouting around the internet and have come across the following excellent random NPC generator created by Peter Thompson; it lets you generate random NPCs that can be exported in an XML format suitable for use with Oggdude’s Character Generator. This will definitely be useful and is something I intend to use in future.

http://thompsonpeters.com/eote/misc/NPCgen/

Different coloured R2 units

One of the players is going to be an R2 unit in my forthcoming Adventures on the Outer Rim one-shot, I’ve always loved how there are lots of different colour schemes for R2s and so I’ve come up with some messing about in Photoshop.

You can find a link to the PNG file (with transparent background) here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByVpAo4rxDGuNTdMcGFUVE5xQ1E/view?usp=sharing

 

Oggdude’s Star Wars Character Generator

For anyone playing FFG’s Star Wars RPGs, the following program (written by Oggdude) is a great time-saver when it comes to creating characters, it also allows you to create sheets in a couple of different formats, add custom information and provides some excellent GM-ing tools.

The link below is to the web installation that auto-updates itself:
http://bitly.com/1kjPjSk

 

AJ Pickett’s D4 System

AJ Pickett has recently posted his minimal D4 system on facebook, the system is essentially based around the random roll of a D4, although the author does provide some suggestions for incorporating skills/talents.

Click here to see the system