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Temple Tile Designer

Temple Tile Designer

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Date Added: Sunday 14 October, 2007

by Megan Robertson

An RPG Resource Review:

Here is the next in this series of incredibly useful tools that enables you to produce professional-looking floorplans with a minimum of artistic ability! Here, the focus is on temples, a standby of fantasy adventuring whether you need to get on the good side of a deity (perhaps to ask for some healing) or have the urge to obliterate the followers and worship of an evil god... and perhaps even the god himself if he deigns to pop in to see what the ruckus is about!

Technically, this works in a similar manner to previous products in the 'Tile Designer' series. You have a grid into which you can place objects and background fills until you have precisely the layout that you want - and then you print it out. Repeat the process until your entire floorplan has been created. Now go and run your game, wowing the players with the quality of what you place before them.

While capable of producing some fine tiles, there are limitations. The main one is that you cannot save a tile once designed, the only thing you can do if you like it and want to keep it is print it out. (Well, I suppose you could do exotic things with the Print Screen button, but that's outwith the functionality of the product itself.) Some images are a bit limiting - you can only have a strip of carpet that runs completely across the tile, for example, so a carpet running up to a dais or altar is not possible - not even by combining several tiles as the dais or altar has to be centred in the tile. There's one spelling mistake on the control panel - 'bracer' ought to read 'brazier' - but overall it is a very useful tool if you need a temple and want to use a big floorplan, perhaps with miniatures, when you run the adventure.

A useful tool is a 'reference sheet' - both numbered and plain versions are available - which you can print out and sketch the complete temple on, thus making it easier to build individual tiles to your requirements, and to lay them out correctly when you are ready to use them.

To sum up, it's another extremely useful piece of technical wizardry to have available when planning your adventures.

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars! [4 of 5 Stars!]

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