I’ve posted a lot about dungeon design and I’ve even posted some of my own first megadungeon maps. I realised today, though, that I’ve never shared my favourite dungeon map.
I’m sure you recognise the map below; it’s Xak Tsaroth from Dragonlance DL1 Dragons of Despair, the first instalment in the epic Dragonlance series of adventures for 1st Edition.
I love this map or so many reasons. The adventure came out (I think) when I was about 12 years old–I actually remember discussing it on the phone with a friend–and I think this was the first dungeon map I’d seen that wasn’t “flat”. I love the way the levels interlink with each other and the different feel for each of the areas that map manages to convey. The map even manages to convey some of the history of the dungeon–that’s no mean feat for a dungeon map!
I wish I could map like this. With my ongoing design and development of the megadungeon Gloamhold, the dungeon maps are beginning to cause me worries. I know what I want the dungeon to look like in my mind’s eye, but translating that to the page is a “challenge”. My maps often look like a drunk spider has staggered across a page before dying. Still, at least with my level of skill I can’t do anything but improve!
What’s Your Favourite Map?
Have you got a favourite dungeon map? If you have, let me know what it is in the comments below!
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