Category: dungeon design

Cult of the Dungeongod

Castle Meatgrinder is an extension of a Lovecraftian chaos-demon-god, oozing into the mundane world.  It tempts the unwary with promises of riches and power, but hungers for only the bravest and fittest, and so guards its lucre by extruding guardians both foul and vicious.  As heroes plumb its depths,...

A Note on Random Dungeons

Long time internet based D&D dungeon designers know all about Dyson Logos and his brilliant series of dungeon geomorphs.  They also know about Dave Millar’s amazing contribution to our little hobby, Dave’s Mapper, which builds a random dungeon using geomorphs created in Dyson’s style.  The Mapper has geomorphs created by...

D&D, The Teen Paradigm

My now fifteen year old son showed me the notes that he’s drafting for the D&D campaign he is running for his friends.  It’s an interesting glimpse into one creative solution designed by a player who has played the game for years, but has never cracked open a module....

The Brass Canon’s Plunder – A One Page Dungeon Contest Entry

It’s getting to be that time of year again.  Time for the One Page Dungeon Contest. My entry this year was designed for ease of use at the table.  Most of the relevant backstory didn’t make the final cut.  Maybe it wasn’t so relevant after all.  For those who...

Under Construction – One Page Dungeon

Hey everybody, big fan of the One Page Dungeon contest here.  One of my prouder gaming moments came a few years back when Bryce, of tenfootpole.org reviewed my last entry.  He’s a cranky old bastard, and his personality shines in his many take-downs of the failures of most published work, let...

Stock These Caves

Need a natural cavern map?  Here’s one you can use:...

Shameless Ripoff: The Crypt of Laun Phien

It’s no secret that Djekspek is pretty a damn impressive designer.  Check out a few of his one page dungeons over on Devian Tart and you’ll see.  Look at this thing – it’s beautiful.  Or this one – that just begs to be stocked and run.  Even with nothing in...

More 3-D: Just Can’t Help Myself

I feel like Lenny from Mice and Men.  I’ve found something new and shiny and now I just can’t let go of it.  I have to love it and pet it and squeeze it and hold it and design it to death.  The good news is that you get...

Three Dimensional Dungeon Graph Paper

Tsojcanth of Lost Papers of Tsojcanth fame offers up this gem of a post in which he explains how to make awesome 3-D dungeons out of horizontal and vertical dungeon geomorphs.  Here’s a peak at it, but you have to hit up his blog for the full skinny. This...

Carving Out the Dungeons

Remember that sweet map by Dyson I showed you yesterday? Here it is again, marked up and ready for some serious analysis.  It really is an elegant design with all sorts of architectural features that work in favor of treating it as multiple dungeons. First off, notice that big red...