A map of a dungeon that never was, but may someday be…

Because project Get The Garage Organized was such a success, I was inspired to spend a little time on a related project, called Get My Office Organized.

In the process of cleaning up, going through stacks of papers and a considerable number of boxes, I found the dungeon map I drew for the title sequence of Tabletop. You only see it for a moment, and even then it’s just a small part of it, but I still drew a whole map like I would have in 1982. I’m confident that I don’t have to explain why.

I hereby release this into the world under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License for anyone who wants to use it (I suggest the original D&D red box rules), on the additional condition that you share with me how you populated it.


Some say that an ancient river runs through these tunnels, leading to parts unknown.
This image is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.

Tabletop returns with all new episodes in January!

27 thoughts on “A map of a dungeon that never was, but may someday be…”

  1. Can you give us a little description of each room? That way, I could brag about how you created a dungeon for my group (since they’re not awesome enough to follow you) and make ’em suffer the way it was designed to :)

  2. i may actually yoink this for this weekend, i need to run a one shot for some friends, i already have the maze ready but i wanted to put some sort of base in the levels below, this looks like it would be perfect for that!

  3. Trying it out tomorrow. Going to be where the group finds the Lost Dragon’s Bane Orb of Karrass. There will be dragons and plenty of minions along the way. Probably some acid pits as well. And if the group is smart enough, they just may be able to run away with a dragon egg or two!

  4. I have only four letters to type (after these, anyway): ZORK

    OK, here’s some more letters being formed into words: this looks looks a lot like the ones that had to be hand-drawn by players before Infocom put out hint books/maps, or if you bought a copy of one of their games without one. Now, of course, all our wonderful video games come with maps built in (to some degree or another) or you plunk down serious money on game guides.

    Unfortunately, I skipped on all the paper-based D&D gaming, which I sometimes wish I hadn’t. As much as I love my Skyrim, Dragon Age or Baldur’s Gate, it really would be cool to do stuff out of my head again. Ah, brain laziness! 😀

  5. Long time reader, first time commenter.

    Yep, I’ve already started to use this for my next game. It just so happened that my players are headed into a very dungeon-y environment, and just when I thought I’d have to gin up a dungeon, this appeared! So it’ll be a neat challenge to see how it works out and what I can do with the available spaces.

    I’ll post a write-up of the session and the map I end up making from this when it’s finished. It’s for a Pokemon Tabletop game, though, so I’ll have to translate it into DnDese, methinks.

  6. TABLETOP IS BACK IN JANUARY! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!

    That is fitting of its own post, and you tried to nonchalantly just put it down there at the end. That is GREAT news, Have you already picked the games? Are they already in the can, or are you still shooting. More Indie games? Anything that you can reveal to a rabid fan boy? This is so AWESOME.

    Now if there was a Festivus Radio Free Burrito my year would be complete! (wink, wink, nudge,nudge A nod’s as good as a wink to a blind bat, eh? )

  7. Totally used it and it was awesome. Almost had a tpk but they weren’t thinking about what they were doing.

  8. I still do my dungeons like that!
    Although, my Bro is a programmer so we are making an interactive grid which I will project to a wall.
    Should be pretty sweet, add pictures for creatures and colour changes for terrain. Simple, yet.. Awesome!

  9. Great, old map, sir. It shall become the setting for “Sarpashana Station”, a short Stars Without Number adventure I’m writing, and which should be finished by 19 January 2013.

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