So, You want to try your hand at Cartography? It isn't as easy as it looks, but it
can be a lot of fun, and the reward of doing something other gamers can appreciate is worth
the effort. You've got the game registered, and you've played it through once. But
now you want to do some real exploring to find, and document, all the hidden places.
But to make the project a little easier, it pays to plan ahead a little. What is the
lay of the land you're going to map? What are its dimensions, width and height?
Is it flat like the Second Avernum Trilogy, or does it have towns and dungeons, like Exile
and the First Avernum Trilogy? How best to lay out your web pages to present the map
so that it is easy to understand and navigate? For this lesson, let's take a look at
Tools we will use:
I use freeware whenever I can.
- Microsoft Windows
- Microsoft Paint (Part of Windows)
Freeware. This is a tool to create icons.
Sea Monkey Freeware.
This is a browser, Email client w/ address book, HTML composer, and it can publish your
web pages too.
This is a complete web page development kit that features a good designer and it also can
publish your web pages. A really cool feature is that it has a built in CSS editor which
can handle external style sheets as well as internal style sheets and inline styles.
HTML Validator Freeware.
This add-on is useful to error-check your web pages. It also includes HTML Tidy, which is
used to format your HTML code so it is easier to read; this is especially important when
you are downloading pages in order to get ideas. It works with both Firefox and Sea
FileZilla Freeware. This tool is used to FTP my project files to my
Byethost.com Free webserver.
After you've built your web pages, you need some place to publish them. This is
just one of many sites that offers a free service.