July 6, 2012

My First One Page Dungeon

After several days of mapping, designing, thinking, and procrastinating, today I finally sat down and realized my very first OPD: The Secret Pits (The Dungeon of Doom Level 1A, click to download from Google Docs). A couple of consideration include:
  • Mapping a 30x30 section is weird if you're not used to;
  • Keeping the room count to 15-20 room is way better than going up to 30-50 (this might be related to my laziness in keying dungeons, BTW);
  • I can't wait to see how the OPD works in actual gaming sessions.
My final design process went as follow: map in pencil, fill the room key (using the DMG) making minor adjustments, ink the map, scan the map, make adjustments in Photoshop and add numbers and letters, do the layout. The thing took two and a half an hour to complete, although I was watching a movie while inking so probably I could spend less time on it. Also, I can't help but need my maps to look fancy, so this probably made the process longer too. I would really like to hear your opinion on this, especially from anyone with more experience than I have with OPDs. If I ever get to map the other sections of this level, I promise to post them on the blog too!

11 comments:

  1. I haven't read it yet but it looks great Ni, although you should put your name on it somewhere.

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  2. so what happens if you "wish too loudly?"
    Pretty cool, I'm definintely going to add it to my collection. Thanks for posting!

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    1. I was thinking of "reverse wish", or something like that. Thanks for your kind words :)

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  3. So is the bad guy "the Butcher" or "The Torturer"? You seem to be split on his name.

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    1. Yeah sorry I was just updating the document. His actual (and final) name is The Butcher :)

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  4. Looks great. I might prefer something like a wandering monster table to a notes area, given the extra space. Love the details like the monster porn and the chance or rescuing an evil character from the spiders.

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    1. Thanks Brendan! I guess I may move the little story box under/over the room key, and report the wandering monsters table with some adjustments. I'll see how that works out in section 1C and possibly modify the previous entries :)

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  5. Since you asked, grammar:

    "If pick-locked broke down the door activates a dart from the walls trap when opened."

    Perhaps rewrite as (if I am understanding your intent correctly) =>

    "If the door is broken down, or the lock is picked, a dart trap from the wall activates when the door is opened."

    (Also, is the dart poisoned?)

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    1. Fixed, thank you! Perhaps I should load the darts with narcoleptic - imagine the terror in the eyes of the players when they wake up ON the butcher's table...

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