Monday, February 13, 2012

Barrowmaze Maps

I received an email from Guy Fullerton (who makes super cool adventures) this morning asking me about the Barrowmaze maps. So I thought I'd take a moment to talk about them.

When I constructed Barrowmaze I didn't want 1) to be limited to the one-page dungeon format, or 2) be limited to an 8.5x11 sheet of paper.

Don't get me wrong, I think the one-page dungeon format is D&D genius in a box and graph paper will always play a key role in my game regardless of battlemaps or Hirst Arts block or whatever. The flip-side is that I really didn't want big poster maps that are unwieldy at the table either (see Sets, Boxed, from back in the day).

So I started with six 8.5x11 sheets stuck together, and with some basic design aspects in mind, started drawing maps.

For those of you holding out for the print copy (which should be sweet btw, see earlier posts for an update), the map for Barrowmaze spans 3 pages with the idea that DMs can cut and join them together. They will also fold together nicely to be very manageable at the table or behind the DM screen.

I considered doing them in black and white, as I know some folks have trouble with various colours, but I just couldn't resist the allure of old school blue maps.

If folks like, at some point in the future I can do a free download of the map(s) in black and white.

Here's a sneak peak at the small section of the map.


  1. This might be a lot to ask, but I would like a version of the map in B&W, but with a non-solid fill--something like Dyson's cross-hatching.

    Much more printer friendly. :)

  2. Yes, it is a lot to ask.

    I thought you said you wanted a pony instead? Lol :)

  3. I'd like a complete map (i.e. not split in 3), whatever the colour.