Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dungeon Planning Graphics

One part of building the BigDungeon has been wrestling with the whole thing (or at least large chunks of it). Keeping track of one level at a time conceals interactions and just how big a dungeon can be. I worked up a few illustrations to experiment with different ways to work on the BigDungeon.
I worked up a set of colored levels in Adobe illustrator, here they are one over the other in 2-D:

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Here's the same place in a 3D-ish view:

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I'm very visual and prone to do "studies" on a subject to see if I'm taking the right approach. The overall advantage of the two maps as presented is pretty minor but it did show me sticking to the same representation for the entire development of a large and complex space like the BigDungeon is not the way to go. Having more then one way to see the place is key.

15 comments:

  1. I'd actually call illustrations like these groundbreaking, with no hyperbole intended.

    Today's technology begs for whole new ways to look at the dungeon concept as a whole, new manifestations, new ways to manipulate the old tropes, which is just what you're doing here.

    Very cool!

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  2. Plus, those graphics'd make a great t-shirt... :)

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  3. I spend a lot of time just enjoying the act of dungeon drawing.

    oooh, T-shirts are a cool idea I haven't looked into...

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  4. rad. I just yoinked the 3d view to use in my Mutant Future game. I always need more floor plans.

    Thanks!

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  5. Very nice maps--like Kesher said--these are literally ground-breaking! The 3-D view of the levels so that one can track the interconnections is absolutely wonderful.

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  6. The 3D aspect of mapping dungeons is the toughest part for me. I think "up and down" mobility are very important for a megadungeon, but its very hard to IMO to incorporate into megadungeon design given the size and scope of such a project. I've felt for some time that the 3D aspect of a megadungeon is the most difficult part of designing one, at least prior to keying the dungeon with encounters after its drawn.

    Your statement that, "Keeping track of one level at a time conceals interactions and just how big a dungeon can be," is very apt.

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