ANAmap: a free RPG Map Editor

ANA Map will no longer be updated

This version won’t be updated anymore. You can switch to the new RPG Map 2 which gets rid of Flash and implements many features requested by users. The source code of the original ANA Map is available on GitHub.

About the old Flash version

IMPORTANT : you need a Flash Player for this version to work. So far it has been tested on Firefox 59 and Chrome. For Chrome, you may need to click this link for it to work and choose “Allow” when asked to run flash. If nothing shows, there might be an issue with the Flash player: you should check if it’s enabled and not blocked by any third party extension.

For the last 20 years, I’ve been playing tabletop RPGs with friends on a very regular basis. I’ve spent a huge amount of time writing scenarii and missions. I did it with traditional pen & papers at first, and with Google Docs afterwards.

Problem is: it’s ok to write missions with Google Docs, until it comes to drawing the map of, say, a dungeon in Dungeon & Dragons, or a haunted house in Call of Cthulhu. Most of the dedicated tools are either:

  • Old: like with a Win95 interface with almost zero attention to ergonomic
  • Bloated: the tools allows EVERY single thing related to drawing a map, and therefore, is too complicated for my simple needs.
  • Ugly: the tool uses lots of terrible textures where I just want to draw walls and doors.

For some times now, I’ve been using Photoshop to paint my maps. But let’s face it. It’s a great tool, but it has not been designed for that purpose. And it’s not free.

So I’ve decided to work on my own tool, with the sacred KiSS principle in mind (Keep it Short & Simple).

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  1. bk2mummy4u:

    when i save my map some of my walls dissapear.can i fix it.

    October 25, 2014 at 16:12
  2. Mike:

    Thanks, Sebastien. I figured it out shortly after I posted that!

    October 24, 2014 at 22:56
  3. Mike:

    When I use the up arrow keys to move the map around it deletes all the walls! Does anyone else have this problem? I'm using Chrome.

    October 23, 2014 at 09:24
    • Sébastien Bénard:

      The arrow keys are used to move every tiles on the map in one direction. If you want to scroll the view, use the MIDDLE mouse button :)

      October 23, 2014 at 14:30
  4. Mike:

    Thanks for this. It is exactly what I've been looking for!

    You don't have plans to do one with hexagons for outdoor/campaign maps do you?

    Thanks again!

    October 22, 2014 at 20:42
  5. Joshua Biggs:

    This map tool is awesome! I have been able to use it to make all KINDS of maps for my classes. I can't wait for you to update it with more features. One thing that I would like, though, is the ability to drag text around my map. Having to delete and re-position words is annoying.

    I would also love to see more options such as custom colors and scales.

    October 12, 2014 at 03:36
    • Sébastien Bénard:

      Hi,

      Yes I will definitely have to rework a few things in AnaMap :) Thanks for your feedbacks!

      October 14, 2014 at 18:20
  6. Lord Soth:

    Thank you so much for this! I've been looking around for a simple, sleek, good looking map editor for some time now, and this fits the bill perfectly. This little program has made my job as DM a heck of a lot easier, and a lot less time consuming. If i could suggest anything it would just be to add maybe a few more assets to play with, but imagination can really go a long way with just a few rectangles. Keep being amazing.

    September 28, 2014 at 03:04
  7. Gui:

    Nice!

    guess you just got in the 1st place of review response
    kkkk

    and, the games are very nice to!
    :D

    September 25, 2014 at 20:13
  8. Gui:

    Hi there, its me again =x

    i think there is one more thing you could add to it, water..
    so if you want to create a dungeon related to a lake, ocean it would be nice

    keep the nice work :D

    September 25, 2014 at 20:04
    • Sébastien Bénard:

      Thanks! I will try to make a major update as soon as possible :)
      I have a very long list of stuff to add!

      September 25, 2014 at 20:06
  9. Gui:

    OMG LOVE ITTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT :D

    i cant agree more with you!
    this tool is totally awsome, its a GM dream ^_^

    \o.

    September 25, 2014 at 19:52
  10. maobezw:

    this. is. sooo. cool! :D

    September 21, 2014 at 16:50
  11. cdodge89:

    Again, I love how simple this is, but making maps for my adventures I keep wishing I had different sized circles for holes, or pillars, etc. and some way to perhaps change the objects color.

    August 27, 2014 at 18:59
  12. Mac:

    This website has made mapping for my fantasy game so much faster and easuer. Thank you!

    August 1, 2014 at 13:52
  13. cdodge89:

    This is fantastic. Good work!

    July 21, 2014 at 17:34
  14. Jo:

    Man, this is awesome! I wish I found it a long time ago.

    July 18, 2014 at 02:26
  15. Jacob:

    Great tool! Really speeds up map-making for rpgs.

    My only concern is that whenever you move the map with the 'up' and 'right' arrow keys and move the map back, it keeps any objects and text but resets the walls of anything that is off-screen (I haven't found this when moving down/left). I have had this issue with Chrome and Safari (haven't tried other browsers).

    July 12, 2014 at 09:33
  16. Sigma:

    Using Ubuntu 14.04 (64 bit) and Firefox 28, the Export PNG option doesn't work. I can open the menu and change the options, but pressing OK does nothing.

    Otherwise amazing tool, though!

    July 8, 2014 at 05:52
  17. Dave Rodriguez:

    Great job!
    I would just like to see more examples, since the ones provided are so well-designed!
    Maybe a copy-paste selection option?

    July 6, 2014 at 15:57
  18. Bollard:

    Excellent, simple, elegant. Carving a space instead of using preset map tiles allows infinite freedom, and keeping objects generic and using text labels keeps you from getting bogged down.

    The only simple addition I'd love is a 1×1 and 2×2 circle, to represent pillars, raised dais, or what have you.

    Excellent job!

    June 25, 2014 at 04:21
  19. Eli:

    Something to indicate a trap?

    June 3, 2014 at 04:24
  20. Eli:

    Bigger wall eraser option?

    June 2, 2014 at 05:15

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