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capone888    122
Hello Community,

I am not much of a game programmer, but I love interactive fiction and have a tremendous idea for a game. The common tools out there to write IF are too limited. I am going to write my own program and parser in VB.NET.

I would like to add static images to the game. I would like to add maps of towns and dungeons made from tiles to help tell the story. I may also use the static images in the battle sequences to help demonstrate the layout of the room and where each of the players and emenies are located.

I currently have Campaign Cartographer 3 which will help create the overviews of the lands. I am thinking about buying the add-ons for it: City Designer 3 and Dundeon Designer 3. These will help create images of my various towns and dungeons,

These apps come with a learning curve and a price. Are there any programs or tile sets I can use to achieve the same results? Preferrably something free and easy to use (the end game will be freeware).

Could anyone give me some suggestions? I tried the pinned topic in this forum for tile sets and stuff, but the first two I picked went to page can not be founds.

Thanks,
Michael

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Ashaman73    13715
[quote name='capone888' timestamp='1310579264' post='4834921']
Hello Community,

I am not much of a game programmer, but I love interactive fiction and have a tremendous idea for a game. The common tools out there to write IF are too limited. I am going to write my own program and parser in VB.NET.

I would like to add static images to the game. I would like to add maps of towns and dungeons made from tiles to help tell the story. I may also use the static images in the battle sequences to help demonstrate the layout of the room and where each of the players and emenies are located.

I currently have Campaign Cartographer 3 which will help create the overviews of the lands. I am thinking about buying the add-ons for it: City Designer 3 and Dundeon Designer 3. These will help create images of my various towns and dungeons,

These apps come with a learning curve and a price. Are there any programs or tile sets I can use to achieve the same results? Preferrably something free and easy to use (the end game will be freeware).

Could anyone give me some suggestions? I tried the pinned topic in this forum for tile sets and stuff, but the first two I picked went to page can not be founds.

Thanks,
Michael
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Dungeon Designer etc. are niche products . It will be really hard to find an equivalent free tool. I would take a look at a common tile editor and combine it with some of the freely available tiles over [url="http://www.gamedev.net/topic/544073-free-2d3d-art-assets-09/"]here[/url].

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capone888    122
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Dungeon Designer etc. are niche products . It will be really hard to find an equivalent free tool. I would take a look at a common tile editor and combine it with some of the freely available tiles over [url="http://www.gamedev.net/topic/544073-free-2d3d-art-assets-09/"]here[/url].
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Thanks Ashaman!! That first link in that post hit the nail on the head. Going to go build my town maps now with it. I need to keep searching through the list for dungeon type tiles. Thanks again!

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Exorph    105
I'd recommend checking out City of Secrets by Emily Short as I believe it used graphics quite a lot, and that was made in Inform 7.
Just in case you think it's more limited than it really is.

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capone888    122
[quote name='Exorph' timestamp='1310723868' post='4835623']
I'd recommend checking out City of Secrets by Emily Short as I believe it used graphics quite a lot, and that was made in Inform 7.
Just in case you think it's more limited than it really is.
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Thanks Exorph. I did not know that. I will defintely check it out as that was one of my main reasons with skipping over Inform 7. If this is possible, than I think it would be my best solution. Thanks again.

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