Map Making on Roll20 (Part 2)

Welcome back! In my last post about Roll20, I talked in-depth about how to get around on the site, but not really how to use its finer features. No worries, I’ll cover it all here!

Let’s get started.

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So here’s my 10 x 10 map where 1  sq. is equal to about five feet. I’m going to go ahead and throw some things onto the “Token Layer” to play around with and show you what this site is capable of doing!

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Alright, so now that I’ve added some rocks (and a little table, not in this pic) on the next layer up, we’re going to do some fun things like move them around, add text that only the DM can see, as well as break the grid pattern by not having the item snap.

First off, if you’ve forgotten how to change the layer of something, right click it, scroll down to “Layer” and select whichever one you’d like to have the object on! The second tab on the left hand side of your screen is for switching between layers to move things around, much like Photoshop.

Without further ado, the way to basically break the rule of “snapping to the grid” is very simple, and can make your maps appear cleaner! I use it a lot due to bad preplanning of space (poor math skills!), but  you can use this for whichever reasons you see fit.

Clicking on the table, select “advanced” and then “Is Drawing”, which will allow you to transform the object however you wish, and not have it conform to the grid layout!

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Here, you can see that the table is clearly no longer “snapped to the grid”. This is quite useful for many things, but I mainly use it for aesthetic purposes.

Moving on, the next cool thing you can do with this website is add things to what’s called the “DM Layer” (neat, almost my blog’s title!) so that your Players are unable to see certain information, tokens, and even enemies.

Here’s how one goes about doing that; just like every other time (if adding a token or enemy, since they take up grid space), right-click and select “DM Layer” from the list of “Layers”.

Adding text can be a little difficult, but tokens give you the option of editing information about them in a sort of biography section! Check it out.

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You can access this menu by double-clicking on the token when on the “Token Layer” of the map. The section listed as GM notes are great for putting little notes to yourself about the encounters or what the object signifies! There’s no rules as to what you can write in there.

These are the most common things you’ll probably use on this site, translating objects, the DMs Layer, and maybe even Fog, however that’s not too hard to figure out how to use on your own!

And if there’s something you don’t understand, or I haven’t covered it, Roll20 has their own Wiki pages where you can watch videos and step-by-step tutorials on other functions of the platform!

Catch Ya’ Later, Wanderer.

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