Thursday, September 9, 2010

So you want to draw a really large dungeon?

Well you may want some really large graph paper to do it with.

There is this at Locally you may try to find a office supply place that sells drafting supplies. Somewhere they will have a rack that hold their large format papers. You want to look for a smaller shop as the big box office stores do not generally stock this stuff.

If you search around you can go up to 27 by 34.

I also recommend looking at Computation Books they are 9.25 by 11.75. The graph paper versions are generally 4 spi. Each page is numbered and there are blank flyleafs you can write on. (like a table of contents) I have one that still good after 25 years that has the majority of my old dungeons in it. It has a heavy cardstock cover which makes it durable.

This is the brand of the one that I had for 25 years.


Timeshadows said...

This may help:

Scott said...

I have some approximately gigantic graph paper I may start dicking around with. My question is, do you actually use the big map for table purposes.

My thought is that I'd end up scanning or transcribing it into smaller chunks ("one-page dungeon" size?) for keying and table use, in which case I might as well just start that way and cut out the middleman.

If you do actually use the big maps for gaming, how do you do it?

Tom Allman said...

have you checked out
I use it, I love it. It's cheap durable and fun.

Leo Knight said...

This reminds me of my time at a wargames club in the late 70s, early 80s. A fellow showed up with his mega dungeon. I think his maps were 18"x24", 4 or 5 squares. He had worked on this thing while in the Army, and kept all umpteen levels of it rolled up in a plastic mortar tube. We wandered for hours, real time, and were regaled with descriptions of the stonework in the empty passages and empty rooms. We remarked at how, well, empty his dungeon seemed. He explained he had run it for another group elsewhere, who had cleaned out the first two levels, and between now and then, new monsters would not have had time to move in! Thus, the dungeon was almost devoid of life and treasure, except for a few abandoned bags of copper pieces. To this day, we still make sport of the infamous "copper dungeon".