This article is something of a test. I often see large maps online for free, and they’re awesome, but I don’t really want to pay to have them printed out – especially if they’re not flexible enough to be used in many different situations. Paying a bunch of money for one combat map isn’t my thing. But what if the combat map was small enough to be printed out on your home printer? On a single sheet of paper? Yeah, I’d be in for that. So that’s what I’m doing. If it’s well received, I will make more. Read on…
This first one page map, to get my feet wet, is a reimagining of a map I did for an old Living Greyhawk adventure module. The original map was a little too cluttered for me, so I pared back on some of the “stuff” in the room while still leaving enough for visual interest, and hooks for DMs.
Here are a few of the finer points of the map:
- Double doors
- Curtain over the door
- Mess of books in a pile around the bookshelves
- Statue between two pillars
- Suit of armor
- Smashed and messy alchemist’s workbench
- Large Mirror
- Desk with open book
Middle of Room
- Trap door
- Lectern with open book
- Some type of magic circle
And what would a map from me be without some hooks and things to think about?
- Where’s the wizard?
- What’s with the trap door? Does it lead to a dungeon or simply a storage room?
- Why is the workbench smashed, and the books a mess? Was someone searching the room?
- What is (are) the book(s) open to? (The one on the desk and lectern)
- What’s with the statue between the pillars?
- Is the mirror a magic item?
- What is on the tapestry?
- Is the magic circle active? Is something trying to “come through”?
- And a suit of armor? In a wizard’s workshop? Will it animate? Is it special to the wizard somehow?
Got more hooks? Or want to see more of these? Let me know in the comments!