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MapTool Available on DriveThruRPG

DriveThruRPG ImageWe’re experimenting with a new distribution method by allowing users the ability to download MapTool from DriveThruRPG for free with an optional donation. This is in addition to our traditional Download Page – not a replacement for it. Opening the DriveThruRPG channel does a few things for us.

  1. It takes some of the burdens off the RPTools.net server. Part of the expense of running an open source project is the ISP cost associated with the forums, this website, and the download traffic of the various tools. We’ve been warned a few times we’re approaching our current hosting limit so seeking another download method seems reasonable.
  2. The RPTools staff currently pay all expenses associated with RPTools. While we don’t mind, some community members have asked if they could help. Rather than place a donate button on the website or run an in-fashion Kickstarter or gofundme campaign, we decided to enable a ‘pay what you want’ on DriveThru. It’s an easy way to let you contribute to the project if you so choose.
  3. Downloading from DTRPG will allow us to notify you when new builds are available through the publisher interface.
  4. DTRPG is another way for users to find our community.

We’ve placed the latest development build for MapTool (1.4.1.8) on DTRPG for Linux, Mac, and Windows. We’ll have the latest stable release (1.4.0.5) up within the week. TokenTool will be next. You’ll be able to find all our DTRPG submissions on our Publisher’s Page.

Any DTRPG income will go to RPTools expenses such as server costs, security certificates, website localization, etc. Your friendly, international RPTools staff will always be an all-volunteer force. We hope you understand and support this new channel and hope you use it going forward.

Devin Night’s New Token Packs

Devin Night is a freelance artist/illustrator and a long time friend to RPTools. He kindly donated art packs available for download in MapTool. Outside of MapTool, you’ve likely seen his work in products from Rite Publishing, Grey Matter Games, White Haired Man, and many others. Devin has his own online VTT token store and recently… Continue Reading

Gogots Maps and Mapping Objects

Community member Bhoritz found some great parchment-style maps by Gogots on Deviantart. The artist also provides all the mapping elements to make your own. Gogots gives the authorization to use the maps and elements to post or publish for non-commercial products. There is an associated YouTube channel with explanations on how to use the resources (if you… Continue Reading

Thomas Chapman’s Video Tutorials

One of the strengths of RPTools is the community of users who take the time to make life easier for others. Another strength of MapTool is its incredible flexibility and the vast number of options open to a gamemaster. However, that flexibility comes at the cost of a learning curve that may seem daunting. We… Continue Reading

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.8 Available for Download

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.8 Available for Download

MapTool 1.4.1.8 is available for download from http://www.rptools.net/ by clicking on the Download link in the top toolbar. The commit log is available via the GitHub page but many of the changes were related to the build system and automation; I’ve tried to separate them in the spoiler area, below, but no guarantees. (MapTool 1.4.1.7… Continue Reading

Object Embedded VBL

With the upcoming release of MapTool 1.4.2, GMs will be able to add a layer of Vision Blocking to stamps and tokens. This means Players will be able to see an object but that object will block all light and sight from passing through it. This comes in handy for doors, statues, vehicles, and large… Continue Reading

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.6 Released

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.6 Released

The last (hopefully) Dev/Test version in the 1.4.1 series is now available for download from http://maptool.craigs-stuff.net/test-builds/. The 1.4.1 series saw a large number of major changes which will now be rolled into the forthcoming 1.4.2 production release. We’ll only release a 1.4.1.7 if more testing is required. As with all Dev/Test builds, be sure to backup your… Continue Reading

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.4 Released

MapTool Dev/Test Version 1.4.1.4 Released

The RPTools craftsmen produced a new Dev/Test MapTool version for you to try. Adventurous GMs should consider trying it in one of your games but be very sure to save a backup copy of your campaign first. There will likely be one more Dev/Test release before we increment to 1.4.2.0 so please take some time to try… Continue Reading

MapTool 1.4.0.5 Released

MapTool 1.4.0.5 Released

This release corrects a few small bugs affecting isometric map ‘figure’ stamps along with a fix for Draw Tool images. This is likely the last version of the 1.4.0.x series and represents our latest production release. Please upgrade as soon as practical. Bugfixes Resize free size figure tokens (Jagged) Fixes for Z-Order on free sized… Continue Reading