Monday, 20 October 2014

Rubble in the Dungeon...

So, my foray into the world of 2.5d dungeons continues ...and this time I thought I'd try something a little different:

As you can see, I've managed to create a nice little rubble pile (that can also be used to represent a collapsed passage) using just paper, cardboard, and a little bit of glue.

And although it looks a little complicated, it's really quite easy to make if you'd like to have a go at making a few of your own, here's how I went about it...


As always, the first thing you'll need to do is download and print out the pdf file that I've created for this piece.
Click HERE to download the file.

Once you've done that, simply glue one of the floor tiles to a piece of thin (single corrugated) cardboard, and cut it to size.

(Note that these 2x2 tiles measure slightly less that 2" per side - to enable them to fit in the 2" wide passages a little easier)


To make the boulders, the first step is to scrunch up a few pieces of scrap paper into vague rock-like shapes as shown below.

(note that I try to keep the bottom reasonably flat - to make gluing them to the floor tile a little easier)

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Then, cut out a piece of the rock texture (supplied in the pdf) large enough to wrap around one of the rocks, and crumple it up - to give it a nice uneven texture.

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Next, apply plenty of glue to the back of the paper, and wrap it around the 'rock' like you would if you were wrapping an oddly shaped parcel (try to do this so that the edges of the paper end up on the bottom of the rock).

Left: an upside down rock with the texture paper being glued in place.
Right: a finished rock (turned the right way up).

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It's also worth noting that if you end up with any little off-cuts (which you most probably will), you can fold/scrunch these up to make little stones.


For the wooden beams, simply cut out a few different size/thickness pieces of cardboard, and enough of the wood texture (provided in the pdf) to wrap around them...

...then cut, fold, and glue the paper in place around each piece.


Once you've got several rocks and beams finished, it's just a matter of deciding where you want to place all your little bits and pieces...

...and glue them all in place.

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And that, as they say, is that! :)

Note that if you've not been keeping up with my recent 2.5D dungeon posts, then here's a few links to some of the other stuff I've been creating (with step by step instructions about how I made the various pieces):

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Tombs in the 2.5D Dungeon

If you've been following me on the blog (or via the various social networks) recently, you'll probably be familiar with the 2.5D dungeon I've been creating (based on DM Scotty's 2.5D method).

If not, I've covered how I made the dungeon tiles HERE ...and then went on to demonstrate how I made a couple of decorative pillars HERE.

So, now that you're up to speed, here's a quick look at how I've been making a few stone sarcophagi to accompany the set...

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Note that if you're going to try this yourself, the first thing you'll need to do is download the (free) pdf file that can be found HERE.

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For each sarcophagus you'll need to cut out two pieces of cardboard (one for the lid, and one for the base).

The piece for the lid will need to be 1" wide by 1¾" long (to match the size of the image provided in the pdf), and the base will need to be a little smaller (in this example I'm using a piece  ¾" wide by 1½" long).

(in this example I'm using double-corrugated cardboard, but foamboard would probably be a better option)

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Next, you'll need to print the pdf file that I've provided (see above), and simply cut out the sarcophagus image and a section of the plain stone texture (note that these should be big enough to overlap the cardboard by half an inch in each direction).

(in this example I've cut out all of the 'tomb' pattern, and a 1¾" x 2 ½" section of the 'stone' pattern)

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Now, to make sure the tomb lid is glued to the cardboard in the correct position, I like to cut out the various 'tabs' before I glue it in place...

...which makes it easier to align the corners of the printout to the corners of the cardboard (as shown below).

(note that dimension 'a' should be no larger than the thickness of the cardboard/foamboard you are using).

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For the base of the tomb there's no need to be so precise (as it's just a plain stone texture), and so you can glue the cardboard to the centre of the printout first, and then cut out the 'tabs' as required.

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Then, simply fold the tabs around the cardboard and glue them in place ...which should leave you with the two completed halves of the sarcophagus...

...which just need to be glued one on top of the other...

...and there you have it :)


Like the pillars, these pieces don't look particularly impressive on their own - but when you combine them with a few of the 2.5D dungeon tiles, they make for a rather nice layout...

...and with halloween fast approaching, what better time is there for sending your players off to investigate a haunted mausoleum or two :)

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Dungeon Monthly (October 2014)

It would seem that another month has come and gone ...and that means that it's time for another dungeon map...

 ...and only two more to go before this year's project comes to an end.

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Note that unlabelled versions for all of these 'dungeon-monthly' maps can be found in the following G+ albums:

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Making Pillars for the Dungeon

If you've been following the blog recently you'll have seen my take on the 2.5D dungeon system (if not, you can find it HERE).

Anyway, since then I've been experimenting with a couple of simple pillar/column pieces (as seen in the image below)...

...and if you'd like to have a go at making a few yourself - here's how I did it...

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The first thing you'll need to do is download and print out THIS pdf file (which contains all of the textures needed to create these pillars).

Next, take an empty toilet roll tube and cut it down the middle (lengthways):

Then, lay the tube on a cutting mat, and cut it to a height of 2" (note that you should be able to get two pieces this size from a regular toilet roll).

The next step will depend on how fat/thin you want you columns to be - but in this example I'm making them around 3/4" in diameter ...and so cutting the above piece in half (making two 2" x 3" pieces) is plenty big enough.

Once that's done, simply bend the curved part of the toilet roll around something circular (to reduce the diameter of the tube) and glue the 'overlap' together.

Note that I'm using the syringe that I use for refilling my printer's ink cartridges in this example - as it's the perfect size. When doing this yourself, try and find something roughly 3/4" in diameter, as we need the pillar to be smaller than the 1" base that we'll be gluing it to.

 (I like to wrap an rubber band around the piece while it dries)

The next step is to cut a length of the 'pillar' pattern from the pdf file provided (in this instance a 3" length should be more than enough)...

...and glue it around tube:

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For the pillar's base, simply cut out a 2" square from the 'stone' pattern provided in the pdf, and a 1" square of thick (double-corrugated) cardboard (though foamboard might be a better option if you have it):

Then glue the cardboard to the back of the paper...

...cut little slits in the paper that will allow you to wrap it around the cardboard...

 ...and glue the tabs in place.

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At this point you should have a square base for your pillar, as well as the pillar itself...

...which just need to be glued together with a hot glue gun:

And that's it!

Note that if you're creating the pillars the same size as those above, then each toilet roll and printout should yield four pillars.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Into the City: Map 4

This one took a little longer to complete than I had planned - but it's finally ready for release, and so I give you...

Like all of the other maps in the 'Into the City' range, this map-pack includes:
  • A pdf booklet containing a labelled map of each level of the building.
  • An unlabelled jpeg image of each level (scaled at 100 pixels per grid square) - suitable for use with VTTs.
  • A miniatures scaled battlemap of each level.
- an example of how one of the 'battlemaps' goes together -

Into the City: Map 4 is available for $1.50 from RPGNow & DriveThruRPG

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

My take on the 2.5D dungeon system...

If you're not familiar with the 2.5D dungeon method, then I'd recommend you take a look at some of the videos on The DM's Craft or TheDMGinfo's youtube channels first.

As you'll see (if you watched any of the aforementioned videos), the idea is to give a bit more depth to regular two-dimensional dungeon tiles by including a slightly raised area around the edge of each tile to represent the walls.

Well, I've been meaning to have a go at something like that for a while now - but instead of painting the cardboard (like the above you-tuber's do), I thought I would make a couple of custom images that I could print out and simply glue to the cardboard (much like AJ does in THIS video ...but have the wall and floor pattern as separate sheets to make things a little easier)

So, here's what I've come up with...

- a selection of  the finished tiles -

- those same tiles arranged into a little dungeon -

They're pretty easy to make all you need to do is print off the wall and floor patterns that I've supplied in THIS pdf file (note that you'll only need to print 1 'wall' pattern for every 4-5 'floor' patterns) and glue them down to a sheet of thick (double-corrugated) cardboard.

Then simply cut the floor pattern into the size/shape you require (remembering to include a half inch gap around the edge to accommodate the walls) and cut the walls into half inch wide strips shown below:

 (note that I've printed these on regular paper and in draft/low quality - as that is sufficient for this project)

The next (and final) step is to trim the wall strips to the length you require, and glue them around the edge of the tile (leaving a gap of 2 squares for any entrances/exits):

(in this example I'm making a small 'passage corner' piece)

And that's pretty much all there is to it :)

However, you'll notice that I've also included a door assembly in the pdf download ...and to make these I've simply glued the front and back image to a thick piece of (double-corrugated) cardboard, and the base to a piece of thinner (single-corrugated) cardboard. The two pieces where then stuck together with the aid of a hot-glue gun.

 (note that I've made these slightly smaller than 2" wide - just to make placing/removing them a little easier).

And there you have it. A nice and easy (and cheap) way of creating your own 2.5D dungeon :)

- a few of the old D&D pre-painted miniatures thrown in for scale -

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TL;DR here's a free pdf file that you can use to create some 2.5D dungeon tiles like those pictured above:

Monday, 8 September 2014

Sewer Entrance Tile

If you saw my blog post from earlier today, there's a chance that you might have noticed that the dungeon tile (that the miniatures where photographed on) doesn't appear in any of the current tile sets.

Well, if you did spot it (or have been following my recent G+ posts) you'll (hopefully) be pleased to know that you can get this new sewer tile by clicking HERE

Note that this new tile might eventually end up in a 'miscellaneous expansion pack' at some point in the future - but since I'm not really working on dungeon tiles at the moment,  I thought I'd share it now :)