Hexographer

Hexographer is the thoroughly wonderful program I used to create the map in my header. It comes from the mind of Joe Wetzel at Inkwell Ideas, who also has programs for mapping dungeons (Dungeonographer) and, thanks to one of those successful Kickstarters, entire cities (Cityographer). The programs are Java-based, therefore platform agnostic, free for a basic version, and reasonably priced for an upgrade.

Microtactix

Microtactix was on the leading edge of creating terrain for wargames and RPGs that you could download immediately and print on cardstock. The company has been quiet for some time (viz. the moribund Microtactix website), but a plethora of products remain for sale at RPGNow.

The early buildings, such as Vulture Gulch, are primitive by today’s standards — they’re just line-drawn and you have to color them in yourself(!) Yet, they’re not correspondingly inexpensive…

“Newer” sets such as Twilight Street (added 10 years ago) are fully colored and useful. I have many, many of these sets and retain a fondness for carefully assembling cardstock buildings.

Deep, Dark Africa from Blue Moon

Blue Moon Manufacturing has released a much-anticipated line of 15mm figures (really 18mm these days) for exploring Deepest, Darkest Africa.

The line currently comprises 12 tribes of natives (including pygmies), askaris, porters (with ivory, nicely complementing the Irregular bearers who have crates), witchdoctors, native villagers (in camp and canoes), and even captives being cooked in a giant pot (!), along with the usual Great White Hunters, Men & Women of Adventure. I’ll leave the quintet pictured above to the imagination.