Thursday, July 12, 2012

Make Your Own Dungeon

I just stumbled upon a nifty little dungeon creation tool. It's called Ye Olde Map Maker, and you can definitely use it to make some simple dungeon layouts.

The map making tool has sections for Walls, Doors, Windows, and 2 Object Menus. The Walls Menu has the most options, with 26 different wall sections, each of which can be rotated by 45 degree increments. The Doors Menu only has a couple of door types, but you could also use the Windows menu for doors if you chose to. The Object Menus have a few generic object types, but this tool would be greatly enhanced if the Object Menus were expanded.

The map maker has a nice parchment look to it, perfect for displaying your dungeon creations. Here's a design that I created in a few minutes with the map maker:

Ye Olde Map Maker Dungeon

As you can see, I was able to populate my mini dungeon with pillars, beds, chairs, stairs and more. The diagonal wall sections can be a little tricky to use at first, but you'll quickly learn how everything fits together. I would think that this tool would be perfect for designing levels of a small tower, for instance. There are some outdoor objects in the second Object Menu, so it's not out of the question that you could also create an outdoor map with this tool.

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