A downloadable map generator for Windows, macOS, and Linux

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This tool generates playable maps for Dominions 5

I started this project because I wanted to make a robust map generator for Dominions 5 that allowed the user to manually tweak the results. I have written about this project on my blog if you want to learn more about it. If you're interested in viewing the source code or reporting a bug, check out the github page.


  • Manual editing tools that allow the user to modify provinces and connections.
  • Support for 2-30 player layouts.
  • Support for generic starts.
  • Support for disciples mode.
  • Support for maps featuring nations from all ages.
  • World generation algorithm that prioritizes fairly distributing valuable province types and reduces clustering.
  • Advanced settings panel for users that want more control over world generation.
  • Map layouts are stored in XML files and users can create their own custom layouts.
  • Nation data is stored in XML files so users can tweak individual nation settings and create entries for custom nations.
  • Option to cluster water nations together in one large body of water.
  • Map output generates standard map files as well as a PNG preview image with all thrones and player starts labeled.
  • Unique sprites that denote certain province modifiers. For example, wastelands with the 'warmer province' modifier will have cacti.
  • Generated maps wrap seamlessly along the X and Y axis.


  1. Run the program.
  2. You'll see a list of players on the left. Choose a player count and select which nations will be used.
  3. Click the generate button. 
  4. Once the map is generated, you can move the camera around by clicking and dragging.
  5. Right click on a province node or connection node to open the editor panel for that node.
  6. Once you are happy with the map, click the export button. Maps are exported to the data folder.


1.5.5 -- June 19, 2021

  • Fixed issue where OSX build was failing to load data.
  • Art configurations can now control province border colors and the dominion overlay color.
  • Advanced settings panel now has color picker for water border colors.
  • Fixed issue where water borders were not rendering.
  • Adjusted plains, farm and highland province art in Parchment art style.
  • Fixed issue where centerpiece sprites failed to cull sprite placement positions properly.

1.5.4 -- June 13, 2021

  • New art style: Parchment (credit goes to Isitaris for this addition).
  • Exposed several art generation parameters to custom art styles.
  • Slightly reduced province size randomness in default art style.
  • Fixed "place at least one" option for map art behaving incorrectly.
  • Added more shaders for texture-based materials.
  • Rivers now have proper outlining.
  • Cleaned up connection generation logic.
  • Fixed issue where Pendleton art style would produce invalid maps.
  • Fixed rare case where some provinces fail to regenerate properly.

1.5.3 -- Jan 26, 2021

  • Adjusted sea generation algorithm to avoid encroaching on land player caprings.
  • Slightly lowered water allowances for all applicable nations.
  • Updated nation data for some Dominions Enhanced nations.
  • Improved default 10 player layout.
  • Fixed issue where map file output would fail for Linux builds.

1.5.2 -- Jan 21, 2021

  • Added a proper error handling UI element that appears when an error occurs.
  • Added support for the "many sites" terrain flag in the province editor.
  • Added support for custom province names.
  • Added procedural province naming. Frequency of name generation for provinces can be adjusted in the advanced settings panel.
  • Adjusted density of house sprites so there's a bit more in general.
  • Slightly increased random range used for lake generation.
  • Map file output now opens the directory containing the map file when the process is complete.
  • Fixed issue where map file output would fail for OSX builds.

1.5.1 -- Dec 28, 2020

  • Updated road visuals.
  • Adjusted river endpoints.
  • Updated plains and wasteland sprite distributions.
  • Adjusted nation data.

1.5.0 -- Nov 21, 2020

  • Added support for custom art styles.
  • Added new 'Pendleton' art style (credit goes to YankeeFlatline for this addition).
  • Added missing layouts for 23-29 player maps.
  • Improved default 18 player layout.
  • Added nation data for several Dominions Enhanced nations.
  • Fixed issue where some sprites were not rendering.
  • Adjusted UI for users with 720p screens.

1.4.6 -- Sept 4, 2020

  • Added support for 30 player maps.
  • Adjusted min and max zoom levels for the camera controls.
  • Mac build is no longer missing nation and layout files.

1.4.5 -- July 3, 2020

  • Province border colors and dominion overlay colors can now be modified in the advanced settings panel.
  • Reorganized some UI elements.
  • Updated nation data.

1.4.4 -- June 2, 2020

  • Added support for new EA nation.
  • Fixed issue where some provinces would turn purple after manual editing.

1.4.3 -- Mar 20, 2020

  • All nation data is now stored in XML files in the data folder.
  • Adjusted water allowances for coastal nations.
  • Slightly reduced random lake placement frequency.

1.4.2 -- Mar 17, 2020

  • Fixed issue where map files had incorrect province borders in some cases.
  • Fixed issue where some winter sprites don't render.
  • Fixed issue where map preview image displayed some sprites incorrectly.

1.4.1 -- Mar 14, 2020

  • Added burst compilation in Windows builds, massively increasing map generation speed (credit goes to Klockan for this addition).
  • Several general optimizations which improve map generation speed (credit goes to Klockan for this addition).
  • Fixed memory leaks (credit goes to Klockan for this addition).
  • Added support for new LA nation.
  • Fixed issue where water nations had incorrect terrain data if nation themed starts option was disabled.
  • UI is now hidden during map generation.

1.4.0 -- Jan 25, 2020

  • Map generation now happens in real-time (credit goes to Klockan for this addition).
  • Improved general performance (credit goes to Klockan for this addition).
  • Camera controls are now smoother (credit goes to Klockan for this addition).
  • Reduced water province allowance for coastal nations.
  • Coastal nations are now ignored by the clustered underwater nation option.
  • Removed generic coastal start option since Dominions does not handle it properly.
  • Adjusted the starting terrain type for some nations.

1.3.9 -- Nov 30, 2019

  • Fixed issue where provinces would not regenerate correctly in some cases.
  • Updated nation data. All nations with terrain-specific recruitment now have the terrain they require in their capring.

1.3.8 -- Nov 27, 2019

  • Added support for 2 new nations.
  • Slightly increased road connection frequency.
  • Updated nation terrain data for several nations.
  • Added support for generic island nation starts.
  • Mountain terrain flag placement is now based on mountain and mountain pass connections. The old mountain terrain logic can be enabled via advanced settings if you preferred the old system.

1.3.7 -- Nov 11, 2019

  • Updated to Unity 2019.2.11.
  • Updated nation data.
  • Reduced sea province count for underwater nations and some coastal nations by 10%.
  • Underwater provinces are no longer generated with the farmland flag. 
  • Kelp forest frequency has been tweaked down slightly.
  • Terrain type frequencies that are nonzero but less than 1 are now rounded up to 1. This means you'll see a bit more terrain variety on smaller maps.

1.3.6 -- Sept 27, 2019

  • Adjusted incorrect player spawn on the default 11 player map layout.
  • Added compact layouts for 10, 11, 13 and 14 player maps (thanks to Lucid and Whatts for your help).

1.3.5 -- Aug 17, 2019

  • Reduced sea province count for underwater nations by 10%.

1.3.4 -- May 27, 2019

  • Lake generation now avoids creating lakes connected to large bodies of water.
  • Updated nation data.

1.3.3 -- April 10, 2019

  • Fixed UI display issue on smaller resolutions.
  • Updated default world generation parameters.

1.3.2 -- April 5, 2019

  • Added layouts for 21 and 22 player maps.
  • Updated 13 and 14 player layouts.
  • Updated nation data.
  • Swamps and wastelands are no longer randomly placed in cap rings.
  • Updated cave and mountain sprites.

1.3.1 -- April 1, 2019

  • Added option to change province border opacity.
  • Fixed issue where roads would sometimes be invisible.
  • Updated river shaders.
  • Updated farm province shader.

1.3.0 -- Mar 31, 2019

  • Massively improved framerate and general performance.
  • Improved sprite placement for mountain connections and large provinces.
  • Updated house and coral reef sprites.
  • Updated nation data.
  • Updated default world generation parameters.
  • World generation algorithm now produces less mountain connection clusters.

1.2.4 -- Mar 29, 2019

  • Map layouts are now stored in XML files and users can add their own custom layouts.
  • Added a new 4 player map layout.

1.2.3 -- Mar 27, 2019

  • Optimized province polygons to have less triangles.
  • Optimized sprite rendering and improved framerate.
  • Updated plains and wasteland province shaders.
  • Updated nation data.
  • Updated default world generation parameters.

1.2.2 -- Mar 22, 2019

  • Added anti-clustering logic for province size modifiers.
  • Updated default world generation parameters.
  • Added missing labels to advanced settings menu.
  • Fixed issue where disciples dropdown menus were incorrect size.

1.2.1 -- Mar 20, 2019

  • Updated disciples spawn placement algorithm.
  • Added support for generic starts.
  • Updated user interface.
  • Updated sprites for all province types.
  • Updated mountain connection sprites.
  • Updated default world generation parameters.
  • Anti-clustering algorithm is now applied to all non-plains province types as long as their maximum distribution percentage is less than 30%.

1.2.0 -- Mar 17, 2019

  • Overhauled world generation logic and exposed world generation parameters in the advanced settings menu.
  • Updated default world generation parameters. Mountains, highlands, caves, wastelands and swamps are slightly less common now.
  • Updated kelp sprites.
  • Updated mountain province sprites.
  • Updated mountain pass sprites.
  • Updated bridge sprites.
  • Improved mountain and river placement logic.
  • Improved sea generation logic.
  • Improved mountain and road shaders.
  • Fixed issue with river shaders not displaying properly in winter.
  • Added dirt sprites for roads.
  • Updated nation data.
  • Improved road and river polygon generation algorithm.
  • Fixed rare issue where certain province polygons would fail to render.
  • Fixed issue that occurs with world generation when national starts option is disabled.

1.1.4 -- Mar 11, 2019

  • Added shorelines to water provinces.
  • Added small shorelines to rivers.
  • Updated all province shaders and overhauled water province shaders.
  • Added new bridge sprites.
  • Updated several mountain and cave sprites.

1.1.3 -- Feb 25, 2019

  • Changing a land province to a sea province now reverts all of its connections to normal.
  • Fixed issue with connection generation that would cause map generation to fail.
  • Added more coral reef sprites.
  • Added quit button.
  • Improved dropdown menus.

1.1.2 -- Feb 23, 2019

  • Fixed issue where clustered water starts option wasn't functioning as intended.
  • Fixed river connection generation bug that caused map generation to fail.
  • Fixed case where connection sprites would sometimes be placed incorrectly.
  • Tweaked world generation to produce fewer clusters of high and low value terrains such as wastelands, swamps and farms.
  • Updated sprites for river and mountain connections.
  • Updated sprites for cave and mountain provinces.

1.1.1 -- Feb 22, 2019

  • Revamped river and mountain connection placement logic to be more consistent and slightly reduced the density of these connections.
  • Fixed issue where rivers would sometimes be placed incorrectly.
  • Shallow rivers now have a bridge sprite.
  • Updated some nation data.

1.1.0 -- Feb 19, 2019

  • Updated world generation to have real seamless wrapping.
  • Map output now includes a PNG file with labeled starts, for convenience.
  • Updated several province shaders. 
  • Added more sprites for several province types and improved winter sprites.
  • Added safety check to ensure every province has at least 2 standard connections.
  • Fixed issue where underwater nations weren't properly positioned when 'clustered underwater nation starts' option was enabled.
  • Road connections no longer overlap sprites. 
  • Mountain pass connections now have a different appearance.
  • Updated some nation data.

1.0.4 --- Feb 10, 2019

  • Updated world generation logic and fixed some rare bugs.
  • Added UI option for clustering all water nation starts.
  • Added accessibility check for throne provinces.
  • Updated cap ring generation logic. All nations are now guaranteed to have 5 provinces in their cap ring. Cap rings also will have more variance in their province types with this change.
  • Updated nation data. 
  • Improved mountain pass placement.

1.0.3 --- Feb 8, 2019

  • Fixed issue caused by incorrect nation data for certain underwater nations.
  • Updated world generation logic for sea provinces.
  • Added more sea sprites.

1.0.2 --- Feb 7, 2019

  • Fixed issue caused by editing provinces containing player starts.
  • Fixed issue where deep sea provinces had incorrect terrain flags.
  • Updated kelp forest sprites.
  • Updated sea province shaders and river shaders.

1.0.1 --- Feb 6, 2019

  • Updated image output to use TGA format instead of PNG.
  • Updated map layouts for disciples mode. 

1.0.0 --- Feb 5, 2019

  • Fixed major issue that caused Dominions to improperly identify provinces.
  • Added building sprites for each land province type.
  • Improved farmland sprites.
  • Fixed case where sprites would render behind province border lines on large maps.
  • Tweaked world generation to place more deep seas in water provinces.
  • Fixed issue where post-processing would ruin the winter map output.
  • Added support for 17 and 19 player maps. Still missing support for 21 and 22 player maps.
PlatformsWindows, macOS, Linux
Made withUnity
Tagscartographer, dominions, Generator, map, Open Source, tool
Average sessionA few seconds
InputsKeyboard, Mouse


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It looks like a really nice map generator. Keep improving.