Modulable Dungeon Project - WIP.
First of all a bit of explanation on my newest project (it was on the back of my head for a while, but kept getting delayed by other projects).
I have done a small number of battlemaps by now, but these have a problem: they are a bit static. The layout can't change from one to the others and that limits their usefulness, re-usefulness...
On the other hand, I really like the idea of the dungeon tiles such as the ones WOC puts out from time to time... These are nice and pretty and can be re-arranged and combined in a number of way. The problem I found when tryting to used them is that they are so damn small. Any scenaries big enough to accomodate a parties takes five good minutes to put in place, slowing the game considerably. I always end up simply drawing the area on a erasable battlemat.
At this point, I wanted to try to combine the two approaches: several big maps, that takes seconds to set down and can host a handful of encounters but in the same style so that they can be re-arranged and re-used by the DM to suit his own dungeon plan (as best as possible, these are still not as modulable than dungeon tiles). Ideally, would-be DM could print the maps and use them to construct their own dungeons...
Here is what I came up so far:
Now; I feel guilty because it's all look so bland, simple and basic. But that's part of the point. If I put dungeon dressing, the rooms will lose their genericity...
Well, to be more exact, I plan to dress at least some of these (using, as usual, the most exellent furnitures from the Dundjinni forums), hopefully to serve different functions but I will always also post the naked version so that interested people can repurpose it for their own dungeons...
You might also noticed from the names of the files the biggest of these are designed as "tombs". It is because my next project will be to redesign the "Tomb of Queen Peregrine" from "Fane of the Drow" (I already rewrote it as a 5th Level Pathfinder adventure). The adventure is nice but I found the last map to be very lackluster (it was probably designed firstly as a location for their mini game and don't really work, I feel, for a RPG).
Now, I am also planning on adding several more rooms. For example, a simple stair that leads to a corridor, without a room in-between. A couple of simple corridors, T and Y intersections and a small circular room. Presumably a room that meet a natural cavern (a bit like the unfinished corridor) but the natural cavern continues on...
As far as bigger rooms are concerned, I'd like to make a fortified entry, with arrow slits on both sides. A small amphiteater/arena and a bridge over a chasm...
Presumably; more ideas will pop-up and I'd like to continue this thread and this project over a long run, slowly adding more maps.
As always; comments and critics are activelly seeked for. Suggestions for rooms are too...
Last edited by Simon33600; 07-13-2013 at 07:48 AM.
Here's a couple wall examples, with the walls at 40 pix wide. Both have the outer walls pushed out to the outer edge of the floor tiles, but:
One version has the inner walls running down the center of the tiles, so the tokens never overlap the walls. However, you loose some space: 44 playable squares
The other version has inner walls running down the center of the grid line (between the tiles), so the tokens overlap the walls. But you get more space: 52 playable squares
If your walls are fairly thin, like these, I personally think the inner walls running down the center of the grid (between the tiles) look better. And the token overlap is minimal. With thicker walls, though, the other option would probably look/work better. In my Maze Map the walls are quite thick, so I have them running down the center of the tiles.
But whatever you decide to do for the inner walls, I prefer the look of the outer walls with no overlap.
But it's all a matter of personal taste and what you want for playability. So, just some options to think about!
Cool; thanks. I will look into that?
How did you do the bevel? I am thinking about selecting my wall; tracing around them on a different layer, then applying a small blurr and removing everything that is not above the wall. That way, they should be a slight gradient on both sides, darker toward the edges...
My main idea for this project is for people that don't have the time or inclination for doing their own map can just print these ones and re-arrange them as needed. Hell, a DM that is confortable enough with the game could improvise encounters as he pull the sections out and build the dungeon as needed... I'd like enough variety in the map that a would be DM could reuse them from one game to the other, or maybe build one of these old school mega-dungeons that take the players a whole campaign to explore...
I did not work on the project too much though; but here is a big natural cave...
I need to make a couple of tiles too connect it to the more "civilized" tiles I already have. And I want to make some mines in the same style...
In Paint Shop Pro 8 (the program I use) the bevel effect can be found in Effects > 3D Effects > Inner Bevel
Or, GIMP also has a bevel function. And if you go here:
How do I apply a bevel effect without the black edges?
...In the second post, Jacktannery posted the link to a much better bevel script, along with installation instructions.
Great minds think alike =P we're in the middle of a similar project.
Another furnished droom: a evil wizard's lab...
Next room in the complex; the "Spider Room", aka, a temple to Lloth.
It is a re-visit on the old Fane of the Drow module.
As usual, most of the furniture was gathered from the Dundjinni forums (except for the Altars that I improvised for the occasion).
The central carving is from here with minor alterations, in particular to elongate the abdomen slightly; so that it would fit the grid a bit better...
As always, an enterprising DM should be able to print the picture to scale and use the print-outs directly as a battlemap...