I’m never going to use that style!

I’ve subscribed to the Profantasy Annuals since the beginning and I must say that it has been a great investment. I’ve learned a lot from the included PDF’s that comes with the monthly style and most of the styles are really great. But then sometimes there is a month when you think “when will I ever use that style!”.  But you should never say never, suddenly you might have use for a style you thought you’d never touch.

This happened to me when it comes to the 2010 Annual May edition, Abstract maps. When I received it I first thought it was a real waste of space on my hard drive. When would I ever use that, but that was before I went to London with my son.

When my son was eight I took him on a trip to London. They had just started to learn English in school and I thought that going to England would be a great way to motivate him to learn the language. Of course we could also have a great time visiting museums and interesting landmarks like Big Ben and the London eye.

As it turned out he got really hooked on the Underground. We don’t have one where we live and for a child it is fascinating to go on a train far below the surface. We ended up doing a lot of travelling with the underground and we even bought a London underground game that we’ve played while coming home again.

After returning to Sweden my son thought it was fun to play that he was travelling with the underground, pretending that different rooms in the house where stations. I suddenly remembered that I had a style for CC3 where you could make underground maps. Quickly I started the program and made a map for him where all rooms where stations and different lines went to different parts of the house. I even added some lines that continued out in the garden.

So you should never rule out a style, who knows in the end you might have a use for them all.

Down in the dungeons we go

I decided to make some dungeon tiles to use for my gaming nights with the family. It is always more fun to play if you can visualize the adventures a bit. It also makes it a bit easier for the five year old to play when she can look at maps. The adventure we were going to play was a standard find the hidden crypt and retrieve the treasure, in this case a white stone that will be used as a key to the dwarves old mine in the future.

I didn’t have too much time to complete the tiles, and I also wanted to be able to reuse them in future adventures. So they had to be quite general in style and maybe a room or two could be unique for the actual gaming night.

So to complete the tiles as quickly as possible I decided to do them in Dungeon Designer 3 from Profantasy. When I started to look at the different styles available I discovered that the Annual Issue 36B – Tool Pack “Battle Tiles” kind of offered exactly what I was looking for. The style pack is originally meant to be used to quickly and easily create geomorphic Battles Tiles, but I removed the grid in my tiles. I was more after the visual effect here, and it looks better without a grid.

The good news is also that the tiles are free to download for anyone to use (what are you waiting for, go here and get them now), which is a real treat. The tiles are really easy and quick to make and the printed result looks great.

As you can see in the map below, which is made by connecting four different tiles, they connect really well. Do I need to say that the end result was a great success and I guess I have to do some more tiles until the next time we play 🙂