Basic Select Techniques in CC3+ (Part 1)

Dave the Minion Says "Whaaaaat?"

My oldest boy is a geek like his dad – he’s getting into Tabletop Roleplaying Games, I have to stay on my toes to beat him at Dominion or Netrunner, he’s into robots, and does some programming.  He’s competing this year in FIRST Lego League with 7 other boys from his school.  His team placed in their regional competition and are going to the state competition on February 7th.  I’m the Assistant Coach.  The team has been practicing about 12 hours a week for the past month.

Why am I telling you this? Because when I want to do something as basic as select a symbol or other entity on a map, I don’t have a lot of time to mess around.  My guess is that you don’t either and if the simple things aren’t simple, you’ll get frustrated and give up on Campaign Cartographer and miss out on the beautiful maps you could produce with it.

This past Sunday I intended to start making some maps; instead of making maps, I learned an awful lot about how to select objects on a map…and I’m going to share what I learned with you.

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Learn to Master CC3+

I’m on a mission.

I don’t just want to learn Campaign Cartographer.  I want to master it- become an expert in it.  Compose beautiful maps (like, Michael Schley and Pär Lindström beautiful) and eventually see my maps make their way onto your dining room table amid your bags of funny-shaped dice.

I want to create something that you cannot not use – a regional map, battlemap, city, dungeon, inn, anything! I want to create something that inspires you.  Something that allows you to focus on the story you are trying to tell about the heroes within it and not on the resources needed to support it. I want my work to save you time.

You get on The Road expecting you know where you are going; along the way, you learn differently
“The Road goes ever on and on, down from the door where it began…”

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

~ Bilbo Baggins to Frodo
J.R.R. Tolkien

Time.  There’s the rub. Between obligations to both family and clients, the amount of free time I have to learn is somewhat limited.

I have to admit that, while I have a hope, I’m not entirely sure where I’ll actually end up on this journey.  I also don’t know how long it is actually going to take.

That’s okay.  At least I have a map that will help me find my way.

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Install Campaign Cartographer 3

Updated 2 February 2015 – Added instructions for fixing the following issues:

  • DD3 install: ‘Runtime error in setup script: Source File DD3 Line Number: 473 ” is not a valid integer value’
  • CD3 install: ‘Runtime error in setup script: Source File cd3 Line Number: 401 ” is not a valid integer value’

ProFantasy makes install of Campaign Cartographer 3 (CC3) really easy…but even though it is easy, doesn’t mean things can’t go wrong.  I’ve done this before and even I ran into a few issues that had me searching the forums.  Despite this, I was done in about 60 minutes (including the time it took me to download everything I purchased from ProFantasy’s site).

If you landed here, you, like me, ran into some problem during your install and went looking for help.

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