Archive for November, 2011

App Review: Dungeon Mapp (iPad)

Dungeon Mapp

So I spent the $9 for Dungeon Mapp (DM) and tested it a bit with my kids.


  • Easy to build Dungeons
  • Lowest Cost between the 3 apps


  • The functionality for tracking hit points and initiative has bugs, but the programmer seems to be willing to fix most of it soon (I Hope)
  • Needs more graphics. The current selection is a bit light.

Rooms are easy to build with DM and can be done quickly if needed. That makes me glad I didn’t pony up for Battle Map (BM). BM is working on a new app from the ground up (which I assume is going to cost at least $30). It’s got to knock my socks off at this point.

As for RPG Cartographer, clearly the maps are nicer, but I, in theory, like that I can manage the group with DM. I say ‘in theory’, because DM doesn’t track more than 100 hit points per character\monster and its initiative roller doesn’t really work with monsters. That’s not going to cut it for a lot of groups. This tells me that whoever tests Dungeon Mapp hasn’t done much to test it. Not good.

That said, I’m going to hope that DM fixes those problems quickly, if not then RPG Cartographer could be the better choice. If I can’t have the tracking of the battle built in the app, then I’ll take the better graphics.

As I said, when I see Battle Map 2, then I’ll re-consider it. To be honest, considering that Battle Map (and maybe Dungeon Mapp to a degree) is hitting the wall a bit on what it can do with the hardware, I’m not sure that the iPad will allow Battle Map 2 to give all the functionality it needs to make it worthy of the $30 (and maybe more) price point.

Anyway, I have a lot of players to get up to speed in 4e. Hopefully I’ll have a report in a few weeks.

Climategate Again?

I guess I could hope that these anti-science folks are running out of ammo at least for climate change. I’m sure they will figure out something new to make up someday…

The Pale Blue Dot (Try 3)

November 24, 2011 1 comment

Hopefully this one stays up. Sorry, the author of the video keeps pulling it to make corrections. Hopefully he will leave it alone now. It’s a good video and worth the wait. 🙂

The Pale Blue Dot (Try 2)

November 23, 2011 2 comments

Everyone wanted Sagan’s voice in the video, so he redid it.

The Pale Blue Dot

November 23, 2011 1 comment

An excellent remake by The Thinking Atheist

For those in the USA, enjoy the holiday.

Don’t Fly Delta

Delta is showing ads from an Anti Vax group. Details (don’t have to watch the whole show just the start.:

Not getting you or your kids vaccinated goes against the health of the person in question and the people around them. See the web page of the CDC if you want more information.

For Delta to take money from people to run these ads that is against the well being of our kids, country, etc. is just evil.

Do the right thing Delta and pull these ads!

D&D IPad Map Creators – Help Anyone?

So where am I in D&D?

First, a friend of mine had PDF files of the core rulebooks for 4e and he gave me a copy. Yes, this is against copyright rules, but don’t worry, if this pans out I will buy the books. My kids are young (elementary school) and I want to see if this is going to work before I plop down $60+ dollars. I could have used the Quick Start Rules since they are free, but my kids will be into it more if we make a character for each of them instead of the pre-made ones.

4e is heavy into using minis and maps. Instead of buying all that I’m looking into iPad apps to fit the bill. I’ve been reading reviews of each and trying to figure this out. Here is where I’m at, if someone has used any of these and stumbled onto this blog, I’d be happy for your input.

RPG Cartographer

Cost: $10.99

It seems to have the most options in terms of graphics. You can play directly off of the app, but it has the least number of ‘bells and whistles’ for that. It also seems to be the hardest to use, but certainly not to the point that it’s not worth buying.

My Thoughts: I’m going to punt this for now and look at other options.

Battle Map

Cost: $29.99

Easiest to use for creating maps. That is clear from the YouTube video and it has line of site options as well:

But $30!

It is also clear that this app has the least amount of graphic options. You can add your own graphics, but it seems that can crash the app if you add too many. Battle Map is a memory hog and the developer is in the process of building a Battle Map 2 from the ground up, likely to fix those issues.

My Thoughts: I want it, but the $30 price gives me pause. I would likely take it over RPG Cartographer because of the ease of use and other live gaming options, but I have one more option.

Dungeon Mapp

Cost: $8.99

This seems to be a middle point between the two and yet, it’s the cheapest. Also it has light version that you can try out for free. It also tracks hit points, etc.

My Thoughts: I have to at least ‘kick the tires’ on Dungeon Mapp and see how it goes.

So I’ll download Dungeon Mapp light. If I like it then I’ll have to figure out if I should go for that or Battle Map. If this works well, then Battle Map 2 is going to have to knock my socks off to get me to shell out another $30+