After an afternoon of yard work, then making dinner, I surfed the net while eating, and then decided to work on learning how to use Paint.NET . I wasn't really in a map making mood so I played around with it, and then decided to see if it could be used to design a collectible card game. Yeah, I know, many gamers despise CCGs, but I don't. ( I actually sold my Magic the Gathering cards ages ago. ) Anyway, I thought it would be a good way to learn the program, instead of just messing around. Here's what I did:
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Now, this was about an hours worth of work, but now that I know what I am doing it will go quicker. Also, I'm not at my best drawing with a mouse, and plan on doing most of the work with pen and ink, and scanning it. The game mechanics are just made up on the fly, but I do want this to be a simple, fun, and quick game. The working title is, the Monsters of Mayhem, but I will probably change it.
I learned quite a bit from working on this one card. One, that 2.5" x 3.5" is NOT a lot of room to work with. I learned layers are your friends, and that there are no worries when you make a mistake. Undo is a miracle!
Now, I could probably do so much more with one of the more expensive graphic programs out there, but it's just not in the budget right now, and Paint.NET does what I need it to do, and at the right price! FREE!