Random Dungeon 18

Man, life has been hectic these past few months. I finished this map back in August, and it was originally slotted as Random Dungeon 20. The two maps that I wanted to post prior to this one are in a style much closer to Random Map 17, but technical difficulties with the pen work and type of paper have made them almost unpresentable. Since I don’t want the blog to linger for too long without posting, I edited this one to move it up in the queue.

Random Dungeon 18

Random Dungeon 18

I like how this one turned out. I used only a Sharpie fine-point pen for all line work. I doubled the wall lines and think it makes a nice contrast to the cross-hatching. I also like that it looks more hand-drawn–I kinda like it sloppy and not over-produced. When I scanned it, I was able to adjust the midtone to retain the underlying grid (almost as if I was scanning with a threshold). A quick sweep with the eraser in GIMP cleaned it up a bit.

The grid is actually one of the problems I have with the previous two maps I have nearly completed. Nothing I could do would clean it up. The original Map 18 was drawn on yellow paper with a brown grid. Both of these maps are similar to #17, almost to the point of being able to line them up as one REALLY big mega dungeon level, but with one subtle difference. Because I had such a problem drawing the bridge in the map I have posted, I figured I would just have the rivers accessible via cliff faces. But drawing those in has proved problematic. I connected the levels across the rivers with wooden plank bridges which I think turned out ok, but these f—ing cliffs are a bugger. I really don’t like how the dungeons are drawn in a top down manner, while the cliffs are more isometric. They just don’t look right.

Anyway, enjoy this map for your personal game.

Random Dungeon 17

Random Dungeon Map 17

Random Dungeon Map 17

This is the dungeon I had mentioned in a previous post that I had been stuck on drawing in the bridge. I just said the hell with it and drew a few lines. I love this map anyway.

Update: Cousin Piranha River/Random Dungeon 19 has been posted. This is the first of two more that are in a similar style to this one.

Update #2: Cousin Eating fish at the Y/Random Dungeon 20 has also been posted. This is the second of two in a similar style to this one.

I just deleted two paragraphs of words loosely connect by the word F-ck and its myriad of variations. Suffice to say I am displeased with WordPress’s desire to stupify the quick editing of posts and its useless-to-me stat view page. I will never understand website administrators that constantly screw up their websites with retarded changes.

Boing Boing (unless you use the http://boingboing.net/blog hack) and Blastr (nothing saving this retarded design) are the most recently guilty of this that I’ve noticed. Using design guides from the 20th-century? When your website looks like the front page of The New York Times from the era of the sinking of the Fu–ing Titanic, you’ve failed. I’d love to know what stupid c-nt wrote the design manual these f-cks are using. Don’t get me started on FoxNews.com. Not only is the site a pain to scroll through, but the f-ing thing reloads before I get to the bottom and doesn’t remember where I was. So I have to scroll through it again and pray I get back to where I was with enough time to continue reading the blurbs without it, oh you know, reloading again. Are you serious?

Back @Wordpress. Seriously, where is the button to add a link in a post after I click on Edit. Do I really have to go all the way through wp-admin and my post list to edit a post with the same ability I had when I made the post originally? Is this really the New Improved Posting Experience? Idiots.

Shit, I better stop before I go off the rails again.

Another Advanced Fighting Fantasy Drop Random Dungeon

So here is another dice drop dungeon using the idea from the Advanced Fighting Fantasy RPG. I adjusted the guidelines a bit by designating different dice for different features. The two cavern rooms were where two d8s fell, the entrance room was a d4 with the number equaling the connections, and rest were d6s that were drawn roughly square and aligned with the sides of those d6s. Since my most recent dungeons have had streams and water, I just drew one in for giggles. I still regret not putting a small cavern connected just to the stream in about the middle of the page.

While looking at this, I noticed that it was incredibly linear (which I don’t find terrible), and it could almost use Johnn Four’s 5-room dungeon scheme twice to stock. I don’t know how it would really work.

Advanced Fighting Fantasy Drop Dungeon

Advanced Fighting Fantasy Drop Dungeon Parchment

For those of you who would like just a straight black-and white, here you go.

Advanced Fighting Fantasy Drop Dungeon

Advanced Fighting Fantasy Drop Dungeon

LBB Traveller Personal Data Sheet

It’s been a while since I last posted; real life has been very busy with the kids and holiday.

Over at Bundle of Holding right now (and for the next four days or so) they are selling a bundle of the original three Little Black Books and a ton of supplements for Classic Traveller. This link will take you to their page: LBB Traveller Bundle of Holding. The Bundle sale has ended.

Luckily I had some time to whip up this little recreation. I hope if you are interested in Classic Traveller, this two-page sheet finds use for you. Unfortunately, I don’t foresee making it a form-fillable pdf, but that may change if it seems there is enough interest. Anyway, download and enjoy.

For some reason the typeface looks like garbage in my browser viewer, but it shows that the font Univers is embedded. If you download it and it doesn’t look like the picture, let me know and I will see what’s going on.

Classic Traveller Personal Data Sheet

Classic Traveller Personal Data Sheet

Random Dungeon 16

So it’s been about a month since I last posted, and a much needed break it was. I’ll give you all a little up-to-date. I’ve continued to create maps over the this time although nothing new is finished. To be more specific and in no particular order:

* I’ve put the two finished maps in the queue on hold for awhile. I want to type up a-bit-longer-than-normal posts for them but just can’t quite get out of drafting stage.
* I have one map that is finished except for a fucking stone bridge. I just can’t find a way to draw it that I like. Everything I have tried makes it stand out like a sore thumb.
* I have another ten that just need to be inked. Seriously. Five of them are simple mazes inspired by a map I found online. Three others line up with today’s post and just need to be inked. Two are just random maps that, you guessed it, I have yet to finish inking.
* The big one that took up a lot of time is one that I drew up AND STOCKED. I had hoped to submit it to the One-Page-Dungeon contest. I was inspired by a one-page template that someone in the UK had been selling as pads. I created a little Excel sheet and worked off of that. I also created a small eight-page digest-sized booklet that’s not quite complete. Oh, and I didn’t quite finish inking the map.
* I’ve also been lurking over at the Cartographer’s Guild recently and worked on making some wilderness maps for Lymdonshire. I need a drawing tablet to draw in rivers and other stuff. It sucks tracing with a mouse, and quite frankly I gave up. Maybe I’ll post those unfinished maps at some point, although with a $100 Staples gift card burning a hole in my wallet, I’ve been holding out hope that I would splurge and get a decent drawing tablet.

With playing with the kids and my writing picking back up, I really haven’t devoted much time to these maps. I don’t see that changing much over the next month, but I hope to do a little here and there. The point is, if you follow me via hard link or bookmark, keep checking back. If you follow me through a feed on your blog, Thank You. I appreciate everyone that has put my blog on their public rolls. I suspect that when time frees up a little bit, I’ll get on a roll. If everything map was finished now, I’d have at least three months worth of weekly posting. And I do miss my weekly postings. Anyway, if you are reading this, Thanks.

So here is today’s map. It is partially inspired by last posting’s Moldvay’s Haunted Keep. You’ll notice that for the first time in forever (three-year-old daughter discovered Frozen) I’ve drawn a map that continues on additional sheets. I chose to use my handy-dandy 5.5″ x 8.5″ quad tablets for these because they are much easier for me to complete. It seems as if they just finish faster than standard quad paper or my dreaded five-per-inch paper. [/digression]

I’ve drawn the maps that connect to the north, east, and northeast. The western stairwell that leads from the southern circular staircase leads down to a set of crypts, and I originally drew them in as dotted lines, but that ended up looking like crap so I figured I would just do a standard lower level instead. But I wanted to wait until I had more of this level complete to see how I could put in more to fill the level out.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy this and all my other maps. Cheers.

Moldvay’s Haunted Keep

Moldvay's Haunted Keep

Moldvay’s Haunted Keep

I made this map based on the map and examples of play in Moldvay’s Basic D&D Rulebook. I envisioned it as what a character–in this case Morgan Ironwolf–would have created while adventuring. I was thinking that it could have come into your PC’s possession after they defeated a group of hobgoblins, thereby implying that maybe they got it after defeating Morgan’s party. They were down to just Morgan and the Cleric if I remember correctly.

I followed the old parchment tutorial a little closer this time and think the result is better. I also tried something a little different with the lettering. Normally I would have done a simple gaussian blur on the type, but in this case, I duplicated the layer, darkened the underlying text by half, and then applied a gaussian blur of about 3 pixels. On my screen, it looks like the type is indented rather than floating above the parchment like my notes on the lower left. I have since found another way to make the ink look like it bled from a tutorial on The Cartographer’s Guild, but it is more complicated and I haven’t tested it yet to see if it looks better. I am currently working on a new series of maps using that tutorial, but it is slow going, very slow going.

As for my other maps, I am running out. I have two that are ready to post and another seven or so dungeon maps in production, but I am not sure I will be able to finish them in time to keep up with the Random Map Monday pace. It’s not that I am losing interest, quite the opposite. I am just not sure that keeping to the schedule is helping drive views to the blog on Monday. Since I have been running this Random Map Monday series from January, I have not seen any substantial increase in traffic on Mondays. I had expected that four months in, more would have come. It is not lost on me that maybe my maps just aren’t a good draw to the site. My character sheets are more viewed/downloaded by an order of magnitude.

Back to today’s map, for those that want the printable version of this map, here you go.

Moldvay's Haunted Keep Printable

Moldvay’s Haunted Keep Printable

Advanced Fantasy Random Drop Dungeon-The Barrows

Years ago I came across this blog post, Advanced Fighting Fantasy Random Mapping Technique, and tried it out, and eventually bought the book. I revisited this technique recently and found that as I was drawing, it felt more organic, and once I drew in the doors, the map reminded me of something an adventurer might have come up with after exploring. Heck, you can still see a lot of the sketch lines that I left in.

The Barrows on Parchment Paper

The Barrows on Parchment Paper

Not content to leave this as a black and white map, I used a tutorial that I think I found on The Cartographer’s Guild. The Author, RobA, is an administrator, but I cannot find the original tutorial. I hope I am not screwing up by posting it here. Now I didn’t follow all of the steps (I did for another map soon to come) but I still like how it turned out. Click on the picture below to download the pdf to go to the thread where you can download the pdf.

UPDATE: I finally found the tutorial pdf on the Cartographer’s Guild website so I am linking to that thread instead of hosting the file myself.

For those–like me–that prefer maps in black and white for easy printing, you’re welcome.

The Barrows Printable Version

The Barrows Printable