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arsheesh
10-29-2013, 06:59 PM
My campaign party has decided to take a break from the default campaign dungeon to do a bit of overland exploration. They've heard rumors of an ancient burial ground from a bygone age in the vicinity, and have decided to investigate. Avidiron (or the "Old Barrows" as it is commonly referred to) is the final resting place of the sorcerer oligarchs of an ancient mageocracy. Without delving too deeply into its history it is enough to say that the bodies did not rest long in their barrows; the place has become restless with undead.

At any rate, I have yet to draw an above ground map of the barrows, but here is the main dungeon level

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Humabout
10-29-2013, 08:08 PM
Bloody hell that's a big dungeon for an adventure. I love the old school blue-and-white mapping, and the whispy texture in the upper right looks cool. Is it water or rock or what, though?

arsheesh
10-30-2013, 02:12 PM
Yeah, it's a decent sized dungeon, but a far cry from a mega-dungeon. I figure it is good for at least a few sessions. Oh and yes, the whispy texture is meant to symbolize water.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Humabout
10-30-2013, 03:30 PM
Very awesome stuff, Arsheesh. Did you make this in GIMP?

Bogie
10-30-2013, 06:23 PM
Nice old school map!

arsheesh
10-30-2013, 07:07 PM
Thanks guys! Yup, this was done in GIMP. The old school monochrome is perfect for print out and moreover evokes the classic dungeon-crawl ambiance I try to elicit in my campaign.

Talondor
11-03-2013, 12:49 AM
Am I the only one that prefers these blue old-school dungeon maps over the most of the modern ones?

Mark Oliva
11-03-2013, 03:49 AM
Am I the only one that prefers these blue old-school dungeon maps over the most of the modern ones?

Probably not.

Sapiento
11-03-2013, 06:38 AM
Great map!

arsheesh
11-05-2013, 03:30 PM
Hey guys, thanks for the feedback. The classic blue maps are definitely growing on me as well. Here's the next level up. All of the octagon shapes are the interiors of the barrows themselves. The final map will be an exterior view of the barrows.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

Veldehar
11-05-2013, 06:15 PM
Seriously old school, I love it!

arsheesh
11-06-2013, 08:05 PM
Thanks Veldehar! OK, final image. Here's the surface level. Obviously it is not entirely to scale, but the barrow exteriors should more or less line up with the barrow interiors of the first level. On a side note, I now have an Intuos 5 and this is the first chance I've been able to put it to use in a map. Hopefully it will see more action in the months ahead.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

jtougas
11-13-2013, 04:53 PM
I love these... If I look at it long enough I can smell the copier we used to use to make duplicates of maps back in the day. I can remember how excited I would get knowing it was getting close to game night. I can taste the stale chips and the flat cola and see the faces of my first players and oldest friends. Thank you arsheesh such a simple map but such a powerful thing..... :)

arsheesh
11-13-2013, 09:18 PM
I love these... If I look at it long enough I can smell the copier we used to use to make duplicates of maps back in the day. I can remember how excited I would get knowing it was getting close to game night. I can taste the stale chips and the flat cola and see the faces of my first players and oldest friends. Thank you arsheesh such a simple map but such a powerful thing..... :)

That is exactly what I am hoping to recapture in my campaign. Thanks for the encouragement.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh

mthomas768
12-28-2013, 09:23 PM
That surface map is great!

Redrobes
12-29-2013, 10:43 AM
The style and colour of the surface map brought back to mind those Basic and Expert edition modules. If that was the aim then you nailed it !

arsheesh
12-29-2013, 11:12 PM
That surface map is great!

Thanks, glad you liked it!


The style and colour of the surface map brought back to mind those Basic and Expert edition modules. If that was the aim then you nailed it !

I was aiming for the old TSR style maps. I am only vaguely aware of the differences between the Holmes, the B/X and the BECMI editions however, so I wasn't shooting for anything as fine grained as the style of maps of "X" edition. Still, it's nice to know that I am more or less on target.

Cheers,
-Arsheesh