View Full Version : March Entry: Ran Dum's Deadly Dungeon

03-07-2008, 06:30 AM
Just putting in my entry. I'm not exactly sure how I'm going to go about this just yet, My first couple of ideas were already taken and probably done better than I could have done them myself... I still favor something akin to my early years of gaming, it looks like something (albeit on a smaller scale) that I would have cooked up... but I've little time until the weekend to figure it out....

Good luck to everyone as well. Happy Mapping!


**noticed in the rules header that it needed a jpg file with the first post.. so I put up my little graph paper sketch that I did while storming for an idea...at least its a pic :D

03-08-2008, 08:40 PM
[NOTE: I moved the discussion of the Guild Challenge voting procedures to this post (http://www.cartographersguild.com/showthread.php?t=1634) in order to eliminate the threadjacking of del's entry!]

03-11-2008, 11:38 AM
I've been wracking my brain for an idea... and I'll probably fall short of this goal but I'll try to do the idea justice.

Looking at this dungeon reminds me of the old game called HeroQuest, and another game (Which might be the same one, but a later print under a different name) Warhammer Quest... it came with mini's, random floor tiles that you could link together.... everyone played, there was no real "GM" per se... I'm sure a number of you know what I'm talking about ...(matter of fact, I actually have those games in the closet)

So... I'm going to try and map it out as if we were playing a game of Warhammer Quest. Yet another quest that we probably won't live through... Barbarian, Elf, Dwarf and Wizard... classic. I'm excited about it.. I just hope I know what I'm doing... lol.

But then again.. there's always... Gauntlet style... :D (not new gauntlet... old school gauntlet from the arcade.... "Wizard Needs Food!") lol

03-11-2008, 11:44 AM
Go for it del!

-Rob A>

03-11-2008, 12:05 PM
Are we allowed to edit and change the title of the post? as in renaming the map?

03-11-2008, 02:25 PM
If the software lets you, sure. If not, just start a new thread and kill this one...

-Rob A>

03-12-2008, 11:07 AM
Here is the floor of the dungeon... I guess when I figure out how to get some walls put in... or rather, how I get some cool looking walls put in...

I'm still not sure I'm entirely happy with the floor, so it might get a tweak or two ...

That's half the size of the original

03-14-2008, 02:05 AM
Added some fill and walls... unfortunately, i'm a bit slow at it... this one even has a mistake in it that I just caught, but hey... its a learning process... Still... the map may yet go through radical changes before all is said and done...

03-16-2008, 07:30 PM
Seems I had a problem with my photoshop, and I'm waiting on a new DVD in the mail for the whole suite ... so I may not get this finished this month, if that is the case, I just wanted to let everyone know why... I could finish it out in CC3 but we'll wait and see what happens...

03-18-2008, 01:37 AM
I did a pen and ink and wondered what you all thought of it... just something I threw together last night at work.

03-18-2008, 02:03 AM
What is the pen tip size you are using?

-Rob A>

03-18-2008, 02:11 AM
I used two different pens, KOH-I-NOOR 1 (.5) and 0 (.35)

The Cartographist
03-18-2008, 04:15 AM
I like the look, but the crosshatching would kill me to do by hand. Really nice.

In fact, if able to do it on a blank sheet of paper (perhaps tracing over top of the graph paper), I think that it could be a really good entry. (Of course, I am partial to black-and-white line drawings.)

03-18-2008, 06:07 AM
I too have always been partial to black and white/pen and ink drawings, I don't really know why, but I do like the simplicity that it exudes.

I won't lie to you... it wasn't exactly easy on the hand to do. I'm drawing a new one now that is a little larger (10"x10" roughly) on drawing paper. I wanted it a little bigger so I could add some of the detail that the random map states needs to be present...plus a little flourish as well..

I just hope i can scan it in.. and if I have to scan it in half... that I can piece it back together so it looks right .... that may be the most difficult challenge of all of this.

03-18-2008, 02:59 PM
Ok ... here is the updated 10" pen and ink... gotta jet to work so I can't get into too much detail... but there's a dung pile with a baby otyugh, a forge made out of a giant skull... a beholder carving... (can't see it because it's on the side of the map that's cut off) ....

Any feedback at all??

03-18-2008, 05:09 PM
Very Nice!

-Rob A>

03-19-2008, 06:53 AM
Ok.. here's the full image, had to scan both sides and splice them together using PSP ... actually did a great job of it I think.. you can hardly tell where the splice is...

I'll do a little further explaining when I get a key up to identify some of the symbols I used... I was thinking another map with some labels to help identify some of the things (that way I don't have to write on my pretty map.. :D

I guess feedback is hard to comeby in the challenge thread... oh well... I'll keep pluggin' away.

03-19-2008, 04:56 PM
I guess feedback is hard to come by in the challenge thread... oh well... I'll keep plugging' away.

I don't think it's the challenge thread the problem.
It has more to do with the fact that so many of us are participating, which left us less time to chat around.
Also for my own part and fault :?:, I'm getting tired of telling everyone of how great their works or their ideas are: I feel like a cheap praiser. I now try to only tell about specific creativity idea (like rob multi levels idea).

But for 1 more time : I like the old young gamer feel of your map. Like the ones I was doing back then.:P

Take care and continue you good work,

03-19-2008, 04:57 PM
I forgot:
Unless I miss it, i little story of the map o of the thread idea would be great.

03-21-2008, 05:58 AM
Ran Dum's Deadly Dungeon and Legend...

The foul wizard Ran Dum is the adventurer's bane. For centuries he has created and placed seemingly chaotic and illogical dungeons filled with all manner of traps, beasts and denizens. Here, he strikes again:

Room 1 features Himool the elf warrior and his quarters. complete with an altar, weapons rack, training dummy, desk, sleeping mat and rug.

Room 2 lairs a nasty krenshar, previous meals left lying in the corner along with some gear. A giant stone table of Dwarven make and a large bas relief of a beholder are the other major dominant characteristics.

Room 3 contains boxes and some spices as well as a particular large heap of dung that currently houses a baby otyugh. A small altar and water basin line the eastern wall and an ancient and faded summoning glyph dominates the central floor. (Perhaps even Ran's summoning circle?)

Room 4 is complete with a few spiders that have nested in the north-eastern corner of the room. An empty coffin sits to make adventurers sweat a little... a large table with a complete set of nasty devices such as a saw, knife, cleaver, hook, shears and oddly enough; a tray with a dining set of utensils. A cage sits in the SW corner with manacles fixed to the wall and a foreboding message is scrawled on the floor.

Room 5 is where the formian blacksmiths pound away at the forge. A Giant's skull dominates the room and has been converted into a full blown forge with a large pillar in the center that acts as a chimney. A coal bin in the back to feed the forge and raw ore nearby to the west of the forge keep the formians busy, busy, busy.

And that pretty much covers this month's challenge entry for me. Unless someone points out something I may have forgotten or has a suggestion. The map was completely done by hand with pen and ink (koh-i-noor 6x0, 00, 0, 1) on a 10"x10" piece of sketch pad. And yes, my hands hated me for that thatch work but I love to do it, so I told my hands to just deal and keep moving :D

Happy Mapping!!

P.S. The third thumbnail is a png if you don't mind the file size to view it.

03-22-2008, 01:53 PM
I really don't play D&D (or the like) ::duck!:: but this is a neat little map. It's one of the best hand-drawn ones I've seen, and I really like the details you've put in. Very nice work!

03-22-2008, 09:44 PM
Playing D&D is not required to appreciate a map made for D&D. Thank you for the high regard, I'll try and make a not so random map by hand in the near future. But making a random map like this was fun. :) I'm glad the effort I put forth is admired so highly :D