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Best Fantasy Map Generators 2023

As a fantasy author, building maps for my fantasy worlds is both fun and integral to my writing process. Maps allow me to visualise the terrain, the structures, the people, the landscapes, etc. A great map is for me, an integral part of a fantasy author’s worldbuilding tools. So it was only natural for me to go out there and find the best fantasy map generators and map makers on the market for my use case. I will reveal which fantasy world map generator I went with and why, below. So, if you are looking to make some maps for your fantasy art, RPG, your latest book or just for fun, then hopefully you will find this fantasy map making list invaluable.

For each map making software option, I will look at:

Price/Paid Addons

Is the advertised price the actual price or do you need to buy addons? This was a big factor for me.

Copyright

I need to publish my maps in my books and on my website and social media channels, hence needing clear information that I control the copyright of the maps I create is key.

Features

I was rather naïve about map making and cartography before looking for software. There are a lot of features and a few I needed that certain software just did not facilitate, like importing an image, reducing the opacity and allowing me to trace over it. I had previously hand drawn my maps!

PC/MAC/Browser.

Is the software browser based, or locked to a particular operating system?

Image Export Options

Does it have the facility to export the maps you create in the format you require?

Map Examples.

Finally, I will give an example of the maps created from the map generators community archives.

Fantasy Map Generators and Map Software.

1: WonderDraft

https://www.wonderdraft.net/

Start with the best. Yes, I went with Wonderdraft to build my maps. This was due to a combination of price, i.e. a one time purchase! Features, It has everything I needed, including that ability to trace images. Features, even though they do sell addons or additional art packs, the included resources have been ample for me to create everything I need. It is a simple fantasy map generator with enough bells and whistles to make anything you want. Finally, the copyright, as the creator of my map I hold the rights, including commercial rights and can reproduce it for print or sell it as a poster, etc. All in all, it was the best options for me, but one of the other options may be best for you.

What Wonderaft says:

WONDERDRAFT is an intuitive yet powerful fantasy map creation tool for 64-bit Windows 10, Linux, and MacOSX.
 

WonderDraft Price Paid Addons

$29.99 for the software download. They have two additional art packs. Pirates for $4.99 and Fantasy buildings for $9.99.

Wonderdraft Copyright

Copyright is owned by the map creator.

Wonderdraft Features

Unlimited maps, landmasses, coastlines, cities, labels, large map dimensions, digital pen support.

PC/MAC/Browser.

Runs on windows, Linux and MacOS

Image Export Options

JPP, PNG, WebP at large resolutions.

Wonderdraft Map Examples.

Check out the whole fantasy map for The Silence In The Song here.( Click through and then scroll to the Bottom Of The Page)

2: Inkarnate

https://inkarnate.com/

One of the biggest and slickest looking map generators online. Great with marketing and SEO as they often come up first in search results. A large thriving community.

What Inkarnate says:

Maps start with Inkarnate. Turn your ideas into incredible fantasy maps with Inkarnate’s easy-to-use online map-making platform. Ideal for Game Masters, Fantasy Authors and Map Enthusiasts.

Inkarnate Price, Paid Addons

These guys have two main pricing options: Free and Pro and the Pro option can either be paid for monthly or yearly.

The features you have access to depends on the option you sign up for.

Free is Free and Pro yearly is $25 or monthly for $5 per month.

Inkarnate Copyright

Commercial use is only available with a current subscription. Inkarnate grant themselves full access to do anything with your maps at any time. I think that is what is allowed; I am not sure. If you’re a lawyer, you can read the legal documents at. It went over my head. This was one of the reasons I never chose them.

https://inkarnate.s3.amazonaws.com/inkarnate-terms-of-use-june-2020.pdf

Inkarnate Features

Feature rich in both the Free and Pro versions, with the pro version featuring 19200+ HD assets, 8K exports, the ability to upload custom assets, commercial use and the ability to export up to 1000 maps.

PC/MAC/Browser.

This is browser based and you can log in from anywhere on any device, but it is recommended to log in on a laptop or desktop with a decent sized screen.

Image Export Options.

Image Export Options.

Export options include all the key formats, but even with the pro version, you are limited to 1000 maps per year.

Examples.

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3: DungenFog or DGN Fog

https://www.dungeonfog.com/

This is the map making software promoted by World Anvil. World Anvil has a unique interactive map feature more below, but you first need maps. The DungenFog generated maps are compatible. DGN maps are firmly in the RPG, gamers world. Still extremely useful for fantasy authors. Let’s take a look.

What Dungeon Fog Says.

CREATE BREATHTAKING MAPS FOR YOUR ADVENTURES. WE LOVE MAKING MAPS AND PLAYING THEM.
We are a group of dedicated gamers who are committed to bring the best experience to players and game masters alike. That is why we have created DungeonFog – to allow everybody to create mesmerizing battle maps with ease.
 
Our greatest goal is to help you immerse your players in your story. Being game masters ourselves, we want to provide all tools necessary to keep the preparation time for a gaming session minimal with the biggest impact possible.
 

DungenFog Price/Paid Addons

Free, Premium and Commercial options. The features you have access to depends on the option you sign up for.

The dungenfog Fantasy map generator Free is Free and Premium yearly is £52.99 and Commercial is £105.90 annually.

DungenFog Copyright

Only available under the commercial subscription option. This allows you Commercial use and the authorisation to resell your creations and or use them in commercial work.
 

DungenFog Features

https://www.dungeonfog.com/pricing/

Most of the functionality of the premium and commercial are the same, the only difference is the commercial use copyright. Unlimited maps, 4000+ props and textures, templates, high resolution export. upload custom assets and more.

PC/MAC/Browser.

Browser based.

Image Export Options.

High resolution export with subscription. Free export low res with watermark.

Examples.

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4: Azgaar Fantasy Map Generator

https://azgaar.github.io/Fantasy-Map-Generator/

Now this is really cool fantasy map maker. Completely free and with lots of options. You do not have the control you have with some of the premium options, but as map generators go, this is a great place to start.

What Azgaar says

Fantasy map Generator is a free open source tool which procedurally generates fantasy maps. You may use auto generated maps as they are, edit them or even create a new map from scratch.

Azgaar Price/Paid Addons

FREE fantasy map creator.

Azgaar Copyright

Open source and good to use.

Azgaar Features

Multiple layer options, including textures, height map, rivers, religions, states, borders, routes and more. There is a surprising amount of variety in this free map generator. Refreshing.

PC/MAC/Browser.

Browser

Image Export Options.

Export as an image with multiple file extension options. You can also export to JSON.

Azgaar Map Examples.

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5: Campaign Cartographer 3 – Fantasy map creator

https://www.profantasy.com/default.asp

A serious map making package for the PC. Lots of options, large thriving community, details for days.

What Campaign Cartographer 3 says.

Join the authors, games designers and thousands of gamers who have mapped out the worlds of their imagination with this powerful map making software for the PC. We lead the field in fantasy map-making software for gamers. CC3+ and its add-ons enable you to create the worlds of your imagination, with the right tools, the right support and an ever-growing community of cartographers. This is a true worldbuilding map generator.

Campaign Cartographer Price/Paid Addons

The core software is £29.95, however, there are lots of bundles and addons available.

Campaign Cartographer Copyright

I could not find the commercial copyright terms on the website.

Campaign Cartographer Features

Promises to be the most detailed, powerful and comprehensive map making software on the market.

PC/MAC/Browser.

Windows PC.

Image Export Options.

You can export your map, or sections of it, to high resolution JPEG, PNG or BMP bitmap images for use in other applications or the internet. You can also export your map in vector format for use in other CAD programs.

Campaign Cartographer Map Examples.

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Best of the Rest:

AI Map Generator

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Use AI image generator to give you a fairly decent map, instantly. Above images generated with ArtSmart.Ai

Medieval Fantasy City Generator

https://watabou.itch.io/medieval-fantasy-city-generator

This free city map generator that is really cool and a good way to generate ideas, spark inspiration or generate a fun random map to inspire.

Donjon Fantasy World Generator

https://donjon.bin.sh/fantasy/world/

This free world map generator is ace, Donjons website, also has lots of other generators, so worth heading on over. Looking for a Fantasy map generator free, then this is the one. 

Worldspinner – Make A Map.

https://ui2.worldspinner.com/

Worldspinner makes it easy to create an entire fantasy world in just a few minutes. See every continent, island, sea, forest, desert, and nation.

There are thousands of different cities and points of interest that you can explore with your players, or change and add any that you want.

Nortantis

http://jeheydorn.github.io/nortantis/

Nortantis is a fantasy map generator originally created as an academic project. It uses a simple tectonic plate simulation to create islands and continents with trees, rivers, and mountains. You create a color scheme and it creates the world. 

Flow Scape

https://pixelforest.itch.io/flowscape

I use Flow Scape, it’s a powerful 3D world builder and a great way to visualise mountains, rivers, castles and more. And at $10 it is an absolute steel!

World Anvil

https://www.worldanvil.com/

After you’ve made your map, you can take it to the enxt level with World Anvil. They have software for making your maps interactive, plotting journeys and bringing your maps to life, ability to switch regions on and off and more, check out World Anvils software.

Conclusion of Best Fantasy Map Generators

If you’re looking to create maps, be it as a dungeons and dragons fan or like me a fantasy author, then there will be an option for you in the list above. I have listed both paid fantasy map and free fantasy map options. As stated above, for me the perfect solution was WonderDraft. It is perfect for me, single payment, easy to use, great export options. This allows me to create unlimited maps and then export them to a photo manipulation app like Photoshop, Canva or Affinity photo to add additional details and branding.

Check out my other articles, including best fantasy name generators, AI art generators for fantasy authors, my fantasy author interview series and my own fantasy novel The Silence In The Song.

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