Review: Campaign Cartographer 3

Campaign Cartographer is an interesting piece of software which can be used for map illustrations as well as to create illustrated maps. This program was developed by ProFantasy software, and is broken down into several different modules. The core application is designed for creating world maps, which can either be traditional illustrated maps, or the “hex-style” maps used in many strategy games.
Campaign Cartographer 3 is popular with people that enjoy role-playing games. It is often used by game masters to design maps to support the games they are playing, however this is not the only use of this application. Many fantasy authors use the software to create maps for their books, and it’s also useful for creating attractive maps for other purposes such as brochures and leaflets.
The software is primarily designed for gamers, and as such many of the map elements that are included with it are fantastic in nature. Instead of having modern buildings and landmark symbols, it focuses on taverns, castles, dragons, and orcs. Trees, mountains, and other standard symbols using for architectural illustrations are included, however. In addition, you aren’t restricted to just the symbols that come with the software. You can import PNG images to add your own flavour to your illustrated maps, and there are a lot of websites that offer CC3 ready packs for users to import.
Campaign Cartographer 3 is not a demanding piece of software. It will run on almost any machine that is capable of running Windows XP, however, you’ll have a far better user experience if you have a big screen and a good mouse. You don’t need to be a particularly talented graphic artist to use the software, but it can take a while to get used to its quirks. However, if you’re patient, and willing to rely on the stock symbols for most of the art, even a novice can put together some beautiful looking illustrated maps.

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