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    Creating a board game - need a software

    I'm trying to create a physical board game so I'm trying to find a fairly easy to use program to create it. Gimp doesn't seem to be doing it for me, I need something that I can use a full grid overlay to line everything up as well as make/copy and paste different size boxes (that will include text and graphics) around the page.

    I had one a few years ago but lost it when I had to nuke my system and for the life of me I can't remember what it was called. Any help is appreciated.

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    Re: Creating a board game - need a software

    You could try something like inkscape or if possibly krita . These programs are more aimed at composition than Gimp (which is oriented towards image processing). That said a Gimp expert could probably do what you want. Either way there will be a learning curve with any of these programs

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    Re: Creating a board game - need a software

    You could try Libre Office Draw, it is similar to Microsoft Publisher.
    According to the web-site, http://www.libreoffice.org/features/draw/
    "Draw lets you produce anything from a quick sketch to a complex plan, and gives you the means to communicate with graphics and diagrams. With a maximum page size of 300cm by 300cm, Draw is a an excellent package for producing technical drawings, general posters, and much else."

    Switch on the grid with View>Grid and View>Grid>Snap to Grid
    Change grid size in Tools>Options then Draw>Grid
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    Re: Creating a board game - need a software

    You can turn on the grid in Gimp also. http://docs.gimp.org/en/gimp-view-show-grid.html

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    Re: Creating a board game - need a software

    I assume you would like to have sharp edges no matter at which size. It's possible you will decide later that the game is too small or too big. The beauty in vector programs is that the quality of the lines doesn't change with resizing. Since the Inkscape is the best free vector tool I would definitely choose Inskcape.
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    Re: Creating a board game - need a software

    I've always had trouble doing vector images with Adobe but after I installed Inkscape and played around with it I was pleasantly surprised how much more intuitive the interface seems to be. And GreatDanton makes the great point of the benifits of vector images. I think I'll start doing some of my own with Inkscape now.

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    Re: Creating a board game - need a software

    Try Pioneers is an open source clone of The Settlers of Catan board game, the game includes a server, a client, a computer player.

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    Re: Creating a board game - need a software

    Quote Originally Posted by dongnt69 View Post
    Try Pioneers is an open source clone of The Settlers of Catan board game, the game includes a server, a client, a computer player.
    I think the OP was looking to develop a game of their own invention. My vote would be for Scribus.
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    Re: Creating a board game - need a software

    Quote Originally Posted by dongnt69 View Post
    Try Pioneers is an open source clone of The Settlers of Catan board game, the game includes a server, a client, a computer player.
    Quote Originally Posted by Buntu Bunny View Post
    I think the OP was looking to develop a game of their own invention. My vote would be for Scribus.
    Yep, this section of the thread title kinda says it all:
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