Getting to grips with CyberboardPosted: August 15, 2013
Professor Sabin actually devoted a whole appendix in his book to the uses of Cyberboard, and further stated that he used the program to create all the maps used in his latest book as well as those that are featured in his earlier book, LOST BATTLES: RECONSTRUCTING THE GREAT CASHES OF THE ANCIENT WORLD. Having seen these maps – and having been quite impressed by them – I decided to download Cyberboard and to give it a try.
I visited the Cyberboard website and downloaded both programs – the Game Designer and Game Player programs – and, after a few minor hiccups that were due to me not reading Professor Sabin’s notes before I started (nothing new there then!), I soon got to grips with the Game Designer software and produced a very, very basic campaign map based on Eric Knowles’s Madasahatta map.
Whilst it is by no means perfect for my needs (it would need far more detail), it enabled me to practice using the software, and I now hope to use it to produce my campaign map.
(Cyberboard was – and continues to be – developed by Dale Larson. He began work on the software in 1994(!) and the current version in 3.10. The package has its own Yahoo Group (link) and the website has links to all sorts of useful stuff. The software is free … but there is a PayPal button for donations.)