Welcome to the MapForge site

MapForge is relatively new mapping software from Battlegrounds Games, which was funded by a record-breaking Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign in 2017. This low-cost and easy-to-use map-making software originally focused on creating gorgeous hi-resolution tactical-scale battlemaps, but was eventually expanded to also support the creation of hex-tile maps and isometric maps.

The program’s primary use is the creation of top-down tactical-scale battlemaps for use in RPGs, whether the maps will be printed for use in face-to-face game sessions, or will be used in any of a number of virtual tabletop programs (such as Roll20, Fantasy Grounds, etc).

Secondary uses of the software include the ability to create hex-tile maps, isometric maps, to customize Donjon-generated maps, or to use the Build Tools to create  such maps from scratch without requiring a Donjon TSV file at all.

  • MapForge is not a web app or online service. It is a downloadable application that you install on your computer.
  • It is cross-platform, supporting both Windows OS and macOS.
  • A free Demo is available so you can try out the software and evaluate its capabilities prior to purchase.
  • The software offers a free level of use (only low-resolution output), but to get the most out of it, you’ll want a license, which is currently available for a modest one-time fee of $38 dollars.
  • MapForge is ad-free, and the intent is to keep it that way (with the possible exception of gaming and content-related ads in the free Demo version).
  • An extensive library of free and commercial Add-Ons for MapForge are available to further enrich your maps. Over a hundred and seventy (yes, 170!) content Add-Ons have been produced, and all of them are already available from the new MapForge Store. Over 45 of them are absolutely free!
  • The software will be incrementally honed and improved over time, the featureset will be gradually expanded, and the users will be well supported.

Please consider subscribing to the MapForge Newsletter so we can keep you apprised of important developments, such as the release of updates to the software, or the announcement of new content Add-Ons.

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This site is a work-in-progress

This website, which made it’s debut in April 2018, is designed to be mobile-friendly, so you can browse comfortably from your tablet or smartphone, but an actual computer with any modern browser still provides the best browsing experience. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the layout. Navigation is via both the top bar menu and the Sidebar menu. If you find any broken links or other problems, please let us know by emailing admin@mapforge-software.com. Thanks!