Post by ProfGremlin on Oct 29, 2017 20:42:04 GMT -5
Hey, folks! Since it seems as if this sub-board needs a little love I thought I'd kick things off with the introduction of a resource I found a few years ago, Gozzy's Random Map Creators. Gozzy's has map creators for dungeon complexes, cavern complexes and even wilderness areas. There's even a gallery of ready made maps with extra added little details from other creators.
Here's an old-school classic map for you I just created from Gozzy's Random Dungeon Creator:
Just the thing to kick-off a pick-up Beer-and-Pretzels session!
I'll have the deep-fried battered pixie with balrog dipping sauce and a Hobgoblin ale.
Very nice! The script ghosted in the background is a nice touch. Also looks very suitable for miniatures or for roll20.
Here's a couple map generators I like, One from chaoticshiny.com/mapgen.php - Chaotic Shiny has a whole heap on generators. This particular one does schematics of populated wilderness, see attached picture. One nice thing is it looks like something out of a 1978 fanzine.
Another site with a lot of generators is Donjon, donjon.bin.sh/fantasy/dungeon/ is a dungeon generator that will build and populate a truly massive dungeon. Attached picture part of a populated dungeon I dug with it. It has some cool features such as cross-hatch and isometric. It will do full stats for ToG and d20 with a similar generator, this link is for the "generic fantasy dungeon".
Of course, there's nothing quite like a pencil, some graph paper and a few minutes to spare - perhaps the best tunnels have been done the old-fashioned way - but these tools can provide terrific inspiration. I'm interested to hear some of your experiences with them.
I can recall my friend and I, in about '82, using the random dungeon generator in the 1st ed DMG to build GM-less dungeon for us to explore, rolling one room at a time.
One morning I slayed a troll in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.
You can customize the frequency of encounters, traps, treasure quality, etc. You can make a single dungeon or a multi level dungeon delve.
I'd add that what I like best about Donjon's maps are the descriptions of what the wandering monsters are up to. I just generated one with 5 were rats are "wandering senselessly" and 3 small monstrous scorpion "bloodied and fleeing a more powerful enemy." That's a nice tool if you can't think of something interesting for your wandering monsters to be up to.