The Dungeon Beneath the Ruins of the Tower of Zenopus
Since I broke my rules with the Dungeon!
map posting, I figured it really wouldn’t hurt too much to break them here with this map. I labelled this map with a handwriting font that doesn’t look anything like my own handwriting–this is legible.
I delayed posting this map (primary inking was completed back in January) because I was debating whether to add in all of the little bits that are decribed in the five pages or so from the manual. I guess the way I drew this map ended up looking way too cluttered, so I left it with only the bits that were on the main map I was working from.
Between this map and the map from T1: The Village of Hommlet I am starting see how my maps differ. It won’t be too long before I start incorporating those differences into my newer maps. I hope you stick around to see how all this turns out. Until then, enjoy.
Random Dungeon #14
Here is a quick random map to hold you over till next week. This one is one of my favorites because of the three sections that are controlled/secured by single doors. I can envision multiple intelligent groups living in this dungeon.
Not too long ago I said that I wanted to study some different maps and maybe even copy them in my style to compare with each other and my own. I always liked the Dungeon! Boardgame map so I figured I would experiment with it.
This map screwed my idea for making all of the maps in a similar style. Generally when I make my maps, I first draw the walls, scan the map, print out a copy, and add the cross hatching to it. With this map though my eyes started hurting. The crosshatching just didn’t look right at all with the floor lines. I think this might have to do with the balance between white and dark space and may prove beneficial to my studies of these maps.
Dungeon! Boardgame Map Crosshatching Test
Luckily I was working from a copy so I could go back and try something completely different. I experimented with just a solid grey background. I did that on my large scale map of different sections of my Mentzer Dungeon Level 1 (I may eventuall post it for giggles), and I think it turned out ok. So I did it again with this map but added a little Gaussian Blur. Presented here for your pleasure…
Dungeon! Boardgame Map
Truthfully, to me it looks bad on the screen with the white corridors and rooms almost glowing off the page. When printed with my laser printer using either PCL 5e or 6, it looks good, though the darker the background the better it looks. Check it out and let me know what you think.
The Moathouse Ruins Dungeon Level
I have been chomping at the bit to start this round of posts. Here is my version of the dungeon beneath the moathouse ruins in TSR’s T1: The Village of Hommlet. I know some in the blogosphere dislike this dungeon because of how linear it is. I played a version of this dungeon as a youngster and that adventure helped to hook me into the game. That damn ogre wrecked us until we realized that there were people back in town offering their services to a small group of adventurers. The dungeon then had a creepy feel to it as we were overly cautious making our way through.
I really like how this map turned out. This is exactly what I was looking for during this experiment.
P.S. We never found the secret passage to the catacombs.
EDIT: It has come to my attention that I made a boo-boo with my layer editing and erased some portions of the map to transparency. While my printout was good, the map showed up poorly in different viewers. I have uploaded a corrected version of the map. Sorry.
I think I need to watch this movie this weekend. Goodbye Leonard.
Several weeks ago my three-year old daughter said she wanted a set of drums. She might just get them. Or a xylophone/vibraphone. She likes hitting things to make noise.
Random Dungeon #13
Here is a quick little map to take a break from the previous maps. I like the spiral stairwell that I put in.
I really can’t wait for next month.