On the 6th of July 2015 Inkarnate opened its doors, with the release of the open beta. I stumbled upon a post on reddit in 2016 and decided to jump on this opportunity. This was a striking success and my first proper D&D campaign was ready for a good start.
In open beta Inkarnate was only available for free. Which in my opinion is a good price for anything. On 23rd of April 2017 we finally got a commercial license and the possibility to support the makers of this great beginner friendly mapmaking tool. A year later we got the pro version with higher resolution maps and additional assets for the maps.
The price for the pro version with additional assets and commercial license is an affordable 25 US Dollars per year. You can get it for 5 Dollars a month if you prefer that, but the pricing for one year is a really good deal comparatively.
The above map is one of my more recent foreys into Inkarnate mapmaking, when I got fixated on simple easy to read maps. Under here is one of my first maps, which is the opening map to my previous campaign called the Realm of Acinne.
- Easy to use
- Can add your own assets
- Commercial license available
- A good library of assets
- No possibility to make successive maps beside each other
- Saving maps is really slow
- Can’t organize saved maps
- Always 2048 x 1536 or 1024 x 768 resolution
- Almost requires the use of an image-editor for finishing touches.
In conclusion Inkarnate is a great tool to use. It is easy to get into, free to use. There hasn’t been a big update according to their blog for a year and no plan for updates either. However I have noticed a few asset updates with added assets since I bought the pro version.
Get out there and get mapping.