|Flagstones™ is a TrueType font for
gamers - a graphic-design aid that can be used in conjunction with
any paint or illustration program (Paint Shop Pro, Photoshop, Illustrator,
and more) as the basis for creative RPG art projects. Just add colors and
textures; the artwork is already done!
You can also use Flagstones in a word processing program as simple as WordPad to create sheets of game-ready combat maps. Print sheets of neatly-gridded dungeon floors and cut them to any desired shape. Lay them out on your gaming table to create endless, easily visible floorplans. Best of all, Flagstones works with your roleplaying game system: With the help of "half-tile" characters, both hexagonal and orthogonal grids are supported!
Flagstones comes complete with a tutorial file to explain how to use each of the characters in the font to create a variety of creative graphics projects for your dungeons. Registered owners of Flagstones are entitled to free updates for as long as they can receive files via email or ftp. Flagstones is a Windows TrueType font. Here's what it contains:
Floor Style One: Flagstone
Letters A through E are five different "flagstone" tiles, useful for representing well-built, organized strongholds. To create hexagonal staggers, flagstone half-tiles can be created with the "1" key. An alternate flagged half-tile can be created by hitting the "1" key while holding down SHIFT.
Floor Style Two: Open Stone
Letters F through J are five different "open stone" tiles, which are ideal for clear visibility for low-light gaming (only a few cracks around the edges to indicate age). Suitable, in particular, for courtyard tiling or the floors of a villain's monster coliseum. To create hexagonal staggers, open stone half-tiles can be created with the "2" key. An alternate open half-tile can be created by hitting the "2" key while holding down SHIFT.
Floor Style Three: Cobbles and Black Earth
Letters K through O are five different "broken cobbles" tiles, with shattered, random stones and fragments against a dark background of the earth beneath. Great for abandoned mines, seaside caves, and other places untouched by man or ruined by neglect. To create hexagonal staggers, broken cobble half-tiles can be created with the "3" key. An alternate cobble half-tile can be created by hitting the "3" key while holding down SHIFT.
Others: Trapdoor, Stairs, and Heavy Lines
Flagstones includes eight stairway characters (two styles, rotated in each cardinal direction). Spiral stairways are mapped to the numbers 4,5,6 and 7. Straight stairways are mapped to the same numbers, but hold down the SHIFT key. Number 8 contains a "trapdoor/hatchway" symbol scaled to match the standard grid. The "underline" key produces a thick, hand-drawn line in "rough-hewn" style that can be applied easily in a paint program to define the texture of walls, or to create barriers within a room.
How to Order Flagstones
Flagstones is temporarily unavailable while I move the Cumberland library over to DriveThruRPG! It'll be available again in a few weeks at most; I've got all the PDF titles already moved, and only the fonts (Flagstones, HexPaper, and the Sparks line) remain in transition. Watch this space for changes! Thanks for your interest.
Cumberland Games publishes a number of electronic toys that play well together! Use Flagstones and HexPaper in tandem as a more elaborate mapping tool. Use the output with Sparks paper miniatures for even groovier groovitude (made of groove)!