I guess it's pretty obvious I've been looking at fantasy mapping software recently. Why? Because I suck at it free hand, which is the simple truth. I do like mapping and maps. So, I need something relatively idiot proof.
+Zach Glazar , The Lesser Gnome and some might now say, Lesser God (I jest - Demi-God at best), pointed me at the Other World Mapping program. It was Kickstarted back in 2014 (I missed it) and is now offering it's "beta" for sale at $60. Those 60 bucks are basically the same tier and price as in the original Kickstarter (35 bucks would have gotten you the same, but only when the product was finished). So yes, you're paying a premium to kick the tires of a product still in development.
So, how is it?
I deleted 2 maps and created 2 maps - one dungeon, one outdoor, in about an hour or so. That included actually referring to some of the documentation (but like many males, I just bullheaded my way through most of it). I must say, it is a very flexible and complete program. It can certainly use more art sets, and that's in the future so I'm not fretting much.
I didn't go into either map with a theme in mind, just looking to put the software through it's paces. I'm quite pleased with the results. Imagine if I actually spent time and had an idea of what I wanted to accomplish ;)
edit - forgot to mention that the maps produced with Other World Mapper are licensed for commercial use:
DRM Free and Royalty Free
Other World Mapper will be DRM-Free, without any online activation, always online requirements, or severe activation restrictions.
Other World Mapper will be royalty free, for both personal and commercial use. You can do anything you want with the maps you create with Other World Mapper: print them, use them for a book, a video game or board game. The maps you create are yours!