[messages] [Module Design] Re: Which modules use NATO-style counters without image files?

Thomas Russ tar at isi.edu
Wed Oct 6 11:44:51 MST 2010

On Oct 5, 2010, at 10:43 PM, scs wrote:

> The phrase "without image files" turned out to be misleading. VASSAL
> builds an image file if you use the module editor to create
> a game piece. I should have asked how to make NATO-style game pieces
> without providing externally generated images of them.

The Game Piece Images feature supports this.  It's part of the Vassal  
editor already.

> Because I never could figure out how to make game pieces efficiently,
> I've been exploring how to draw them using a perl script
> that first generates postscript, then runs ghostscript (a linux
> postsript interpretor) to make png files.  If there's interest, I  
> could
> post some code. I works, but has some limitations and does not produce
> beautiful art.

Well, I would script this using ImageMagick instead of going the  
PostScript route.

But also see Joel's comments about SVG.  I think producing that  
directly would be the superior option.

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