View Full Version : March 2014 Entry - In the Vault of the Howling Palace

03-14-2014, 09:21 AM
This is my entry for this month (apologies if I'm too early to put up the final image!) Having never really been a tabletop gamer (only a bit of WH40K) I spent a while researching the previous entries to the One Page Dungeon of previous years. I love the idea behind it, especially in its ability to convey a story. So, without further ado, here's my one page dungeon...

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I'm sorry I have no WIP images as I made this really over the course of half a day, so it all just came out in a blur! :?

03-14-2014, 09:49 AM
This is awesome! I like the detailing of the palace exterior and hall, it's just amazing! I'd really love to see some more going on in the map itself, though - just some furniture or quirky details to bring the playing area to life. I know that DnD stuff is mostly about imagination, but it's always nice to help it along a bit :D The other thing I like is the use of space - it might look slightly cluttered but I like the way that there's always something interesting to look at.

03-14-2014, 10:53 AM
I agree with The_Bruce, it is a really awesome map as it is but if you added a bit more detail it would be even cooler. Also just a thought but if you added a sketch of the man beast above it's description I think it would add a lot to the map. I love what you have done with this map, the journal style is also really intriguing and it makes be want to know more about the thief.

03-14-2014, 11:46 AM
Thanks for the comments guys, most appreciated :)

I like the idea of including a sketch of the man-beast in there (I hadn't even considered it!) I am aware that it's quite packed with "stuff", so I had to be careful with what I included. And to your comment, The_Bruce, maybe I'll play around with furniture or some such, but my track record for that sort of thing for these dungeon maps is pretty dire :x Might search out some brushes or something...


- Max -
03-14-2014, 11:53 AM
Though it's nicely done, the digital filters applied on the buildings pics are maybe a bit too obvious to my tastes. Nice job overall.

03-14-2014, 12:11 PM
Man-Beast sketch would be cool! It's always nice to try things that are outside of your comfort zone - otherwise, we will never grow!
Also, I think you've got a typo in your text (right at the top); I think that you might mean 'quarry' as opposed to 'quandry' (please feel free to correct me if I'm wrong, though!).
Still love the map :D

03-14-2014, 12:24 PM
Though it's nicely done, the digital filters applied on the buildings pics are maybe a bit too obvious to my tastes. Nice job overall.

Thanks, Max. How did you know I didn't draw those buildings myself? :D I found a few tutorials online for making images look hand-drawn and I adapted them to my needs. It's tricky in GIMP to achieve the look and I wonder whether Photoshop might have made it easier.

The_Buce - Cheers for pointing out the spelling mistake!

Expect the revised version of this soon :)

03-14-2014, 12:29 PM
My pleasure! I did sort of quite enjoy the thought that someone might be looking for a state of confusion (quandary), though :D

- Max -
03-14-2014, 12:34 PM
Thanks, Max. How did you know I didn't draw those buildings myself? :D I found a few tutorials online for making images look hand-drawn and I adapted them to my needs.

Because actually, like I said, the digital filter is kind of obvious ;)

03-14-2014, 12:45 PM
I don't think Photoshop does it any better. You can certainly change contrast use multiple techniques to get a more hand drawn look but ultimately I don't think its ever not simply recognizable as a filter. Tracing is time consuming but will give you a hand drawn look if you are willing to take the time.

03-14-2014, 12:58 PM
I knew you did not draw the pictures for some reason but they are a nice addition to the dungeon map.

03-14-2014, 02:25 PM
I think it looks great however I would highly recommend lightening the page background a little. As it's for the OPD one of the things to take into consideration is that someone will want print it out - probably in black and white on regular copy paper. So it being clear is important.

03-15-2014, 08:59 AM
I like the concept and design on this one, Cirias!

I fully agree with Larb about the background. Plus, a clearer background will serve more the map, imo.

03-16-2014, 02:55 AM
"My quandary eludes me"... did you mean, "My quarry eludes me?"

03-19-2014, 07:22 AM
Well, I went away and made some edits! Mainly I focused on bringing the dungeon map itself to life with some furniture and some gold/blood texture on the floor. I also added a drawing of the terrifying man-beast :P Lastly, I worked on making the palace illustrations less obvious, so I blurred them a little and also added a solid noise layer mask (same as I have on my text) to age/distress the images a little bit.

Let me know what you think :)

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03-19-2014, 05:34 PM
This is a really cool concept and overall presentation...but I think the map itself needs to "pop" out of the page a bit more...it might be as simple as lightening the base color of the page (as an earlier person suggested) or perhaps committing a bit more to the iso perspective by giving the west and north walls a bit more of an edge.

03-19-2014, 05:37 PM
Awesome man-beast! :)

Cunning Cartographer
03-20-2014, 01:24 PM
I like the general feel, but as with others things just get kind of lost because of the background.

Be careful using other peoples photos, even if manipulated. For your own personal stuff it's not an issue, but unless they have been distributed with a free license to use them then you can come into some issues. Here it's no biggie, but if you did submit them to the official OPD competition then everything has to be your own creation as it will get published under Creative Commons.

03-20-2014, 02:13 PM
I think that the addition of the detail in the rooms really brings it to life! You did a good job with that Man Beast, too :)

03-26-2014, 12:44 AM
Others have already address the concern I have, which is that it is difficult to make out the features of the map. Otherwise it looks really nice.