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    Just a basic floor plan so far. I'm going to attempt to rationalize the features of the random dungeon. This entry is prepared with Photoshop CS, based on Duvik's tutorial, and utilizes textures from http://www.cgtextures.com/.

    The map I am working with is 5000px square, and each grid square is 5 feet. This gives a scale of 200px = 5ft, suitable for use in a Virtual Table Top. In addition, I have set 200 dpi, which will give a 25in X 25in printed battle mat at 1in = 5ft, suitable for use on a non-Virtual Table Top.

    I don't know what happened to the thumbnail, but the full-size png looks fine.
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    The premise I am working with is that the original cellar was much smaller than the existing dungeon and was simply storage for a small roadhouse. Some nefarious party or individual converted the roadhouse to their own purposes and turned the cellar into a place to house unfortunate victims prior to finding other cruel purposes for them. The rest of the dungeon was expanded over the years to accommodate other activities. I think I'll build it outward chronologically to see if I can make sense of it.

    Here's the original cellar with floor texture and spiderweb. It still needs the rest of the objects described: cage, manacles, and doors. The other items are movable and will therefore not appear on the map. At the rate I am going, I won't finish this map by the time the challenge deadline is up, but at least I am learning quite a bit in the attempt!

    Once again, the thumbnail is bizarre, but the actual png is fine.
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    look cool,
    continue the good work,
    Alu.
    Let my fangs find your neck, during the night, so that I can drink your knowledge ...

    So it could be use here : www.l-hazard.com

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    Thanks, Alu. Here's this morning's update.

    Thanks go to r-kellig, Greytale, Dragonwolf, and Digger of the Dundjinni forums for the bones, cage, chains, and stairs, respectively.

    I think all I have left to do in this first room are the doors, and perhaps some lighting effects. Critiques are welcome, by the way!

    Hmmm... looks like I forgot to turn off the grid. It hasn't been rasterized yet, so it doesn't scale down with the rest of the map.
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    The cellar is finished, doors and all. I have begun work on Room #3, which was the next area to be excavated. Initially, the inhabitants bored through the east wall of the cellar and began hollowing out Room 3 in search of tree roots. More specifically, the fungus that grows on the tree roots, which has magical properties. They used slave labor for the excavation. The slaves were imprisoned, tortured, and brainwashed in the cellar, then thrown into the excavation to burrow looking for roots and fungi.

    The search for roots justifies the U-turn and circular corridors--the "walls" there are actually densely-packed root systems from which the fungus can be harvested.

    This will be the last detail shot of the cellar, unless someone offers a criticism that I feel compelled to use.
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    I've run into a roadblock with the tree roots. Anyone got any idea how I can represent them here? I've tried a few different approaches, but I am having a hard time coming up with something that even approaches looking good.

    A technique that doesn't require a tablet is preferred--I haven't purchased one yet, thanks to some exorbitant car repair charges.
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    That may just be what I needed. How's this look?

    I think I need to be more sparse with it.
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    Judging by your previous description
    the "walls" there are actually densely-packed root systems
    I'd say that captures it well...

    -Rob A>

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    I've finished off the root-mining textures now, and my next step will be to put the finishing details on Room 3. Here's the story of what happened there:

    Among the swine (a term applied jokingly to the slaves, comparing them to truffle-hunting pigs) there were three gnomish brothers with stronger-than-average wills. Their spirits unbroken, they began immediately preparing for their escape. It took them almost a year to gather the supplies they needed, melting down all the metal objects they could coax away from the other slaves, filching a few nails from every crate they were given, and carefully sculpting the stones turned up by the excavation. They constructed a secret tunnel that went deep into the earth and protected it with cunning traps, both mundane and magical.

    Eventually the time came for a mass escape. The swine vanished into the tunnel, leaving just enough clues for their captors to find it. The villains opened the hidden door and were consumed by a blast of flame from a magical stone cannon the gnomes had prepared.
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