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Dungeon Scrawl is an easy mapping tool for your online RPGs

An image of a tabletop RPG dungeon map made with Dungeon Scrawl.
(Image credit: Probabletrain)

Here's a neat little tool for all of you playing tabletop RPGs online: Dungeon Scrawl, a piece of free mapping software that's pretty simple to learn and has a bunch of presets that make maps look great in a variety of styles. It's not much harder to use than, say, MS Paint or the like, but gives results well beyond most other free programs I've encountered. Presets generate your modern-classic dungeon maps, complete with crosshatching at the edges, or a retro-TSR blueprint look, or maybe a sci-fi orange and black.

I'm a big fan of the variety of brushes and tools in the program as well. Being able to easily copy-paste and paint in new areas is nice. Want a cave that's 50 feet across, but has jagged edges? Easily done. You can also do things that are a pain in other programs, like rotate rooms while ensuring that corridors line up, very easily. You can also import maps from popular random dungeon widgets like Donjon or Random Dungeon Generator to get a simple start on your maps. What really seals it for me is that the tool has both standard and isometric edit modes. Isometric maps made easy! Your infinity engine RPG fantasies can come true!

An image of a tabletop RPG dungeon map made with Dungeon Scrawl.

(Image credit: Probabletrain)

You can find Dungeon Scrawl on itch.io, or support its developer Keir on Patreon. If you've got a favorite tool for playing RPGs online, sound off in the comments. I'm always looking for more.

Jon Bolding is a games writer and critic with an extensive background in strategy games. When he's not on his PC, he can be found playing every tabletop game under the sun.