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I am looking for a program that can be easily used by beginners to create basic layouts for level design. Drag on and drop and point and click is what I want. I have downloaded UDK but that would take me days to go through all of the learning videos. I have also seen what yoyogames has to offer and I was not impressed. What I am looking for is a basic program where I can make basic maps to show my future team what it is I want done. While writing this I thought maybe MS paint. However I do not think that would come off as professional so that idea is out of the question. Gamedev.net, do you have any ideas?

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Many game maker type programs are tailored for one genre of game. So what kind of game are you trying to make preview levels for ?

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So, basically what you're saying is that you want a good way to mock-up level layouts? You're not wanting to actually build a complete level, you just want a good tool for producing visual aids to represent the level design intent?

If that is the case, then I would look into a vector editor or cad type system. Some options below -

CAD -
X11 - 2D/3D
Solid Edge - 2D
Design Workshop Lite - 3D
SketchUp - 3D

General Vector -
Inkscape - 2D

Note that all of these are going to have a learning curve. Any piece of software that delivers results inevitably has a learning curve.

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The genre will be RPG or MMO. The idea itself is still in the beginning stages. The main reason I want simple is because I am finding myself flooded with design documents. Not that you asked, I just thought I would clarify.

Thank you Zer0 for your input.

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I should have specified on the programs being free. It is not that I am cheap, just broke, haha.

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So, basically what you're saying is that you want a good way to mock-up level layouts? You're not wanting to actually build a complete level, you just want a good tool for producing visual aids to represent the level design intent?

If that is the case, then I would look into a vector editor or cad type system. Some options below -

CAD -
X11 - 2D/3D
Solid Edge - 2D
Design Workshop Lite - 3D
SketchUp - 3D

General Vector -
Inkscape - 2D

Note that all of these are going to have a learning curve. Any piece of software that delivers results inevitably has a learning curve.


I've used SolidEdge for an engineering graphics class(along with AutoCad), I think it's pretty easy to learn given you're willing.

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