Category Archives: Arts & Crafts

Mini Map Monday 10


One of my favorite features of this “temple dungeon” is the “labyrinth room” at the bottom  right.*

I tried darkening the edges of the rooms, and I like how it turned out.

*Many labyrinths set in floors or on the ground are large enough that the path can be walked. They have been used historically both in group ritual and for private meditation.

How I Fit Three Dungeon Command Sets Into One Box

3sets1With the new Dungeon Command set coming out this week, I thought I’d write a short article on how I fit three Dungeon Command sets into one Dungeon Command box. Fair warning, however: some of my suggestions will have the purists among you gnashing your teeth and setting your computers on fire, but for the pragmatists, these techniques will work quite well. Continue reading

Free Professional Papercraft Buildings

wotc_papercraftJust a short one today, to get myself back into the blogging mindset. Long before papercraft became a popular way to generate cool terrain for your game table, Wizards of the Coast put out a whole bunch of papercraft models, for free, on their website.

In fact, the archives of the D&D website is a really cool place to dig around. The maps archive, for example, has tons (literally tons. I weighed them) of great maps that you can use for inspiration, and that are of high enough quality to print out.

Back in 2003, they posted a bunch of papercraft buildings that you could print out and put together.  I tried a few of them myself back then, and it’s probably one of the things that initially gave me the terrain bug. They’re not perfect – there’s no printing on the insides – but if you’re looking for something to set the stage or create atmosphere, you could do worse. And they’re fairly quick to put together.

You can find the Wizards of the Coast “foldup paper models” archive here.

You’re welcome.

Mini Map Monday 1

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here, and it’s unclear when I will be back to posting things on a regular basis. In the meantime, I’d like to introduce a new feature on the blog – Mini Map Monday. I’ve long been a fan of hand-drawn maps like the ones at Dyson’s Dodecahedron (and others), and have lately been playing around with drawing maps of my own. I’ve decided to scan and post these mini maps once a week for anyone who might like to use them. There will be little commentary, if any, and they are free to use for non-commercial purposes. Have fun!


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