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Old 04-03-2017, 12:09 PM   #1
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Anybody know where I can get software to help build an arena ?
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Old 04-03-2017, 01:14 PM   #2
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By "build an arena", do you mean:

1) Draw one - Photoshop (expensive, from Adobe, though there used to be a free online version - not sure if it still exists), GIMP (free, search on Google), lots of other drawing packages

2) Plan one out in 3D - Google 3D Sketchup. You might even be able to use a 3D room planner, of the sort used to plan kitchen refits.

3) Actually build one - I'm assuming at reduced scale... A decent 3D package and a 3D printer.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:13 PM   #3
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If closer to Pacey's #1 option, Adobe Illustrator would be good too (or any vector based program), because you can resize the arena without suffering from an pixelation or image quality lose.

You might be able to download a trial version of Clip Studio Paint, which can do both rastor and vector.

But other wise, Sketchup is really good (and free), and you can print your 3D model in 2D images.
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Old 04-03-2017, 04:43 PM   #4
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I use a desktop publishing program (think InDesign rather than Illustrator) for my arenas and counters, but the idea is the same: create vector-based layouts rather than bitmap ones so you can scale them as needed.
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Old 04-03-2017, 06:52 PM   #5
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InkScape is my standby for 2D, and Sketchup for 3D.
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Old 04-03-2017, 07:47 PM   #6
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Open Office Draw. Not the greatest. But it's free, and works reasonably well.

I'm drawing a 6-lane Interstate map that will cove a 30 x 60 table.
It will have photo textures that I pulled from royalty free stock art sites.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:12 AM   #7
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Anybody know where I can get software to help build an arena ?
Are you wanting a digital arena? Or something on paper?

Back in the day, I would just buy the arena paper from SJG - and I also picked up some drafting graph paper from a local store. Either way just take it and draw. :-)
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:27 PM   #8
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Yes! Thumbs up to drawing it by hand!
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Old 04-04-2017, 10:31 PM   #9
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I created my Dumbarton Slalom using a combination of software.
The original file was drawn using MS Publisher - microsoft drawing shapes and lines are all vector art. using lines and adjusting points you can make any shapes you desire.
the large scale of the double arena had to be printed to adobe PDF in 2 stages, because adobe wouldn't print a 17x4 foot pdf. These got stitched together in photoshop elements and reduced to about 200 DPI in order to make one big image in a PNG format.
Uploaded the PNG to a banner printing site and now I have a matchbox arena I can roll up and stand in the corner.

I made all my dropped weapon counter graphics in MS publisher as well. I've posted the PDFs of these at boardgame geek, you can upload them to printandplaygames.com and have your own set made as I did.
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Old 04-05-2017, 02:03 PM   #10
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That link didn't seem to work, is it https://www.printplaygames.com/ ?
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