Wizards does maps right!Posted: April 3, 2013 Filed under: adventures, creativity, inspiration, underground 4 Comments
My friend Jon C. just sent me links to these utterly fantastic narrative maps of Tomb of Horrors and White Plume Mountain made by an artist working for Wizards of the Coast. Its been decades since I adventured within these classics, but I was surprised at how much I remembered — White Plume Mountain, in particular, made a big impression… especially that room with the swinging chain platforms over the pit of boiling mud.
I don’t know if this sort of map would be practical for every purpose, but I love the 3d representation and the way you instantly understand the relationship between the different heights/depths on this kind of cut-away map. But I’ve always loved cut-away views of buildings, ships, etc. Witness my maps from Aldeboran that I posted in 2011. Not pretty or precise, but you get a sense of how the levels fit together (edit: I intended to say my maps from Tana Tak were not pretty — I think the Wizards maps below are plenty pretty).
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These are very cool!
They look like awesome One Page Dungeon Contest entries. 🙂
Some examples: Holy Sword, Purple Worm
And they're doing Barrier Peaks soon!
Barrier Peaks can be found at–> http://www.wizards.com/dnd/Article.aspx?x=dnd/toon/BarrierPeaks