Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Sample Dungeon Using Proposed Generic One-Page Format

Time to put my money where my mouth is.

Here's a sample dungeon using the one-page format I proposed in my earlier post:

Again, the idea here is to present a "keyless" OSR dungeon that is usable, generic/system-neutral, content-rich, and requires the DM to refer to no other scenario materials.  It also assumes the existence of DM Text backround that the DM read and customized pre-adventure; the map above is for in-game usage.

Thoughts, criticisms, and comments welcome as always.

(Really irritated here at my inking, by the way, the smudges and other marring is really annoying.  Need to find a way to cover up those errors.  Used my usual H pencil overwritten with 1 mm, .5 mm, and .1 mm sepia pens.  Also, I need a shading technique to better offset the rooms and halls from the white background.)


  1. Nice experimenting! I like the systemless - keyless approach, and the random elements worked in. Keep on going :-)

    BTW a bit of GIMP (free)/ PhotoShop (expensive)/ Pixelmator (cheap but excellent for Mac) can do wonders to less succesful inking, I've noticed :-)

  2. This is awesome.

    My only worry is that the format might discourage some types of puzzles of interactive elements that are hard to do with little text (for example, a rack of 20 potions, all with different effects, like one can find in Pod-Caverns of the Sinister Shroom).

    Perhaps good for 80-90% of content, with supplementary pages being used for the occasional "special" feature.

  3. Thanks, guys. I am trying to find something that is functional and adaptable.

    I'll check out the GIMP package, Jaap ... I am a freehand guy and very unfamiliar with image manipulation.

    I agree Brendan that more complicated elements require a key; something as simple as an asterisk or "see page X" would be sufficient to direct the DM to a supplemental page.

  4. Have you tried putting a scrap of tracing paper under your inking hand? That way you can see around your hand. Just be careful not to drag it and you shouldn't smear the pencil.

  5. Looking forward to more of this. I like both style and content. :)

  6. Yeah, James, the smudging happened when my 1 mm sepia pen left ink on my straightedge ... when I drug it off, smudge city ... ack!

    Tsoj and Will, thanks both for dropping by and for your comments.

  7. Very cool, I like the keyless method, how it makes it all an all encompassing single document. Great job.