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Geomorphic Halls – Level 3

This is the third level of the Geomorphic Halls, a dungeon designed around my dungeon geomorph design to produce levels that have specific waypoints and landmarks, but also areas that shift and change between visits.

As we continue down into the Geomorphic Halls I get to experiment with different types of configurations. This level uses 4 geomorphs loosely scattered around the level – but in a tight mess of corridors, rooms and other connections. This particular map does something I generally avoid and fills up almost every available nook and cranny of a letter-sized page.

Geomorphic Halls - Level 3Geomorphic Halls – Level 3

As with the other levels of this dungeon, you can use any of the geomorphs from my own Geomorph Mapping Challenge, or the thousands of other compatible designs from sites and blogs all around the net.

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The Tomb of Za’az

Designed after multiple iterations and revisions over weeks of painstaking design by the magus Braincain007 in the land of Reddit, the Tomb of Za’az was then recreated by the drug-addled crafthall halflings of clan Logos.

The Tomb of Za'azThe Tomb of Za’az

A classic “dungeon for the sake of a dungeon”, the Tomb of Za’az has never been home to the mythical Za’az, and only achieves the title of Tomb because of the two adventurers who died here in a previous delve. It is a manifestation of the archetypal “place where the MacGuffin is hidden” and contains prisons, pits, chambers of pillars for no good reason, curtains, a swimming pool, a shrine, and all the other amenities expected of a dungeon that manages to stick to a straight grid design throughout.

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Oubliette of the Forgotten Magus

An abandoned throne room, flanked by cobweb-covered statues, this dungeon was designed and dug out to be something far grander than it is now.

Oubliette of the Forgotten MagusOubliette of the Forgotten Magus

Originally dug out for access to the underground river here, these dungeons are damp and quiet, home to massive cave spiders that hunt blind fish in the river. And of course, the Forgotten Magus. Paranoid and arachnophobic, the long-dead magus hides in one of the two small “closet” spaces in the dungeon, occasionally running from one to the other when his paranoia overtakes him and he can sit in one place no longer.

A desiccated husk of his former self, he still wears his finest robes and wizard hat. He knows the ins and outs of the dungeon and caves and can travel them at remarkable speed (even better if adventurers have killed the cave spiders already, clearing his route).

Oubliette of the Forgotten Magus (no grid)Oubliette of the Forgotten Magus (no grid)

Of course, he knows why adventurers are here… they seek the magic jewel that he taps for his arcane powers! Thus when on the run, he scatters the occasional gem behind him to distract, and isn’t against including the occasional bead from his necklace of fireballs in the mix.

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This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 amazingly generous people have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make these maps free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under this commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

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Return to Dyson’s Delve – Levels 3 & 4

Another pair of maps from my 2019 redraw of my classic Dyson’s Delve mini mega dungeon – levels 3 and 4!

Dyson's Delve 2019 - Level 3Dyson’s Delve 2019 – Level 3

Level 3 of Dyson’s Delve reintegrates the two sections into a single level again, and combines natural-seeming caves with standard dungeon construction.

The entirety of level 3 is dedicated to crypts. This was once the bottom-most level of the Delve when it was first built. These crypts are now the home to a collection of ghouls and other undead and a bunch of flies who search for dead bodies to lay their eggs in.

Dyson's Delve 2019 - Level 4Dyson’s Delve 2019 – Level 4

I like the map of level 4 because of the secret hall and rooms surrounding the southwest side of the map, allowing one group of monsters to prey on another.

This level is also easy to bypass as the stairs to level 5 are in the same room as the stairs to level 3. This is done because the main section of the level is terrorized by a heavy-duty pair of manticores that will be more than a match for a level 2 party should they take them on the wrong way.

The feel of this level is more open than the previous levels, with multiple paths to get to or from any point except the entrance / exit of the level. This helps create the feeling that the residents of this level are living “on the run” from the local menace that prowls the corridors.

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Return to Dyson’s Delve – Levels 1 & 2

More than my Geomorphs (which I’ve been recently revisiting), this blog’s breakthrough into the OSR was with Dyson’s Delve which I released level-by-level from October 2010 through to the last day of the year.

An 11-level “mini mega dungeon”, Dyson’s Delve was designed to give a small megadungeon experience and to advance characters that played it at a rate that would start them at level 1 and culminate the adventure at level 6.

You can see the genesis of my map style in these maps (much like the geomorph maps which came out around the same time).

But times have changed – it’s been nearly a decade and my style has evolved a bit over the intervening years. Here are the first two levels of the classic mini-mega-dungeon at 1200 dpi in my new style as seen in the new D&D hardcover adventure, Ghosts of Saltmarsh.

Dyson's Delve 2019 - Level 1Dyson’s Delve 2019 – Level 1

Over the next few months I’ll be posting all 11 levels of Dyson’s Delve in this redrawn format – and then once they’ve all been posted I’ll reformat the whole Dyson’s Delve experience using the new maps and some of my own illustrations and release it as an exclusive release for all supporters of the Patreon campaign.

Dyson's Delve 2019 - Level 2Dyson’s Delve 2019 – Level 2

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Geomorphic Halls – Level 1

Ever since I started drawing Geomorphs, I’ve had the intention of making a dungeon that took advantage of them to have sections of the dungeon that change from visit to visit – visually based in part on the map of Lankhmar in the old Lankhmar D&D sourcebook.



Thus, every time you enter the dungeon, some sections remain the same, and some sections change. Further, due to the vagaries of geomorph design, some sections may become completely locked out in some visits, and some hard-to reach areas may suddenly be available.

Geomorphic Halls Level 1Geomorphic Halls Level 1

My goal is to make a set of 4 or more dungeon levels that each contain 2+ geomorphs. Further expansion is easily possible by just “plugging in” a geomorph to any of the edge rooms or corridors and adding new structures that way.

And there are a LOT of geomorphs to choose from these days. There are well over a thousand of them on Dave’s Mapper these days, not counting the huge new collection being put together by myself and a number of other cartographers for the latest DungeonMorph Dice Kickstarter.

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The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

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Dungeon Geomorphs & Dice!

Dungeonmorph Dice & New Geomorphs

We have crossed that Kickstarter funding line, and the newest set of DungeonMorph Dice will become real! With only a week left on the 2019 DungeonMorph Dice Kickstarter, I figure I had better get some more designs out there so you can see what some of these awesome dice will look like!

2019 Inkwell Geomorphs Set 32019 Inkwell Geomorphs Set 3

There are a total of 15 dice in this set, which means 90 different geomorph designs to fill them all. Here are four designs for the various cavern dice in the set (clockwise from upper left)

  • A big honking cavern with a bit of a multilevel design to it.
  • A set of caves that have been partially reworked into “dungeons”.
  • Multi-tiered caves with overlooks, natural stairs, and a bridge spanning over one section.
  • A dungeon / cavern interface in the form of what is probably a shrine or temple, worked at one end and natural caves at the other.

For the next seven days only (until May 23rd), you can get in on the Kickstarter and get these awesome 1″ Dungeonmorph dice, or a variety of other related versions (Dungeonmorph fonts, cards & battlemaps!)

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The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

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Black Armoury of the Mad King

A small dungeon or sublevel of another dungeon, the Black Armoury is where the Mad King sealed away the Weapon after using it once in the Battle of Zayhr Mountain. The guardians of the weapon are trapped here in eternal vigilance – their own life force replaced with the energies of the Weapon itself.

Black Armoury of the Mad KingBlack Armoury of the Mad King

The structure itself is a multi-tiered affair with stairs up and down to various sections, and a high ceilinged chamber with rough natural cliffs and ledges has an overlook that leads back to the upper hall of the armoury.

Linking the various levels and sections together is a small secret chamber – home to the Mad King’s advisor and assassin who is the elder among the Weapon’s guardians.

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This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 amazingly generous people have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make these maps free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under this commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

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More Geomorphic Dungeons – with Dice!

TL;DR: Four new geomorphs in a flashback to a decade ago, and the DungeonMorph Dice Kickstarter is going strong and moving in on $10k of the $15k target!

It is always kind of exciting being involved in a Kickstarter as it goes live. And this one is a great reminder of when I first started working on maps for the blog. It is refreshing to go back to my classic geomorph concepts and start drawing new ones again.

Doubly so knowing that they will be translated onto dice as we move forward! Joe over at Inkwell Ideas is Kickstarting 3 new sets of DungeonMorph Dice and I’m developing designs so we’ll have a Dyson map on every die in the set.

2019 Inkwell Geomorph Set 22019 Inkwell Geomorph Set 2

This set of 4 are (clockwise from upper left):

  • Barracks Dungeon Geomorph – The main feature here is a barracks room with two attached latrines and a commander’s office and quarters adjacent to it.
  • Tombs and Crypts Geomorph – Reminiscent of my Spiral Crypt design that was used in the Shadows of Forgotten Kings adventure, but much more compact.
  • Water Feature Cavern Geomorph – linking dungeons to caverns, we have a small oddly shaped lake that is used as a well and water storage in the dungeon section, and perhaps a shrine in the area to the southeast.
  • Large Cavern Geomorph – A larger cave to explore, with a few raised and lowered sections to it.

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Dungeons & Doggies – Rules Companion (D&D5 – Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition)

Dungeons & Doggies est le premier né de la gamme Animal Aventures, une série de figurines de héros animaux financés via Kickstarter. Suite à un financement réussi, ce sont 13 figurines de représentants des classes med-fan classiques (guerrier, mage, clerc, voleur, etc.) issus de diverses races de chiens qui ont pu être produites. Les sets de figurines sont accompagnés d’un supplément numérique fournissant les règles pour jouer l’espèce animale concernée avec les règles du SRD5….

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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2019 Geomorphs & Dice!

If we set the wayback machine to nearly a decade ago, there’s essentially a full year where I posted nothing but geomorphs to the blog. Behind the scenes I spent a couple of months working on geomorph concepts to figure out what format worked well enough that it was not too apparent when you moved from one geomorph to the next.

I was originally going to work with Erol Otus’ “Geomorphic Mini Dungeon Modules” format of 11 x 11 with entrances in the sixth square on each side, but it was way too obvious when you moved from one to the next – it felt like you were exploring geomorphs instead of a cohesive map.

After about a dozen designs, I settled on these 10 x 10 geomorphs with entrances on squares 3 & 8. The design caught on and there are thousands of geomorphs available on the net that use this structure now.

As you can see in the photo, I’ve started drawing them again. I’m making a dozen or so new geomorphs that I’ll be posting to the blog over the next while. As with most of my modern work, they are available here as 1200dpi images – but there’s a whole other way you can get them…

Joe at Inkwell Ideas has launched a new Dungeonmorph Dice Kickstarter. The new geomorphs that I post to the blog will be appearing on these new dice. The last batch of Dungeonmorph Dice were awesome – big wonderful chunky dice with a huge number of geomorphs drawn by myself and other geomorphers from the community.

I’m really excited to be part of doing this again.

Every die in this new set will have at least one face that I designed.

2019 Inkwell Geomorph Set 12019 Inkwell Geomorph Set 1

Here’s the first set of geomorph designs. The first two are prison/jail complexes (but likely only one of these two will appear on the final dice). The bottom row contains a worship area (a fairly large underworld temple) and a set of magical pools a la In Search of the Unknown.

Now, these high resolution designs shown here are not how they will look on the dice – these are 1200dpi drawings with each geomorph being 2 1/2 inches wide so you can use them in your games. Bringing them down to a resolution that can be engraved on a 1″ die involves the skillful reduction of details to maintain the structure and all the primary details to make them easy to read at the smaller size (and able to be engraved consistently and legibly).

So go check out the Kickstarter now, and get in on these Dungeonmorph Dice!

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Stranger Things Starter Set

Hasbro GamingD&D5 – Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. Sortez vos dés, le Demogorgon est en approche !

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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Dungeon Master’s Screen Curse of Strahd (D&D5 – Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition)

Cet écran est spécialement destiné à la campagne Curse of Strahd et donc aux voyages dans la contrée de Barovia.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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Patreon Exclusive Content Coming Soon!

Starting this month I’ll be releasing something via my Patreon Campaign that will not be posted to the blog. Following on my promise and goal of keeping my maps free – the Patreon Exclusive release will never be a map.

Instead, I’m producing other interesting content that meshes my drawing and cartography with some graphic design and whatever my current obsession is to produce game aids. These will be shown off a bit on the blog, but the actual final product will be exclusive to my Patrons for at least a year, after which some might appear as commercial releases for people who missed the opportunity to pick them up through patronage.

This month I’ll be releasing the above pocketmod – Tales of the Ophidian Emperor. It is a one-page system neutral adventure framework built up around a map I posted last year finding and exploring the tomb of the titular emperor.

In coming months I have a few other projects getting ready including

  • a large selection of hand-drawn character sheet elements to make building character sheets for your own games easy through simply placing and overlaying the elements in question in Gimp or layout software.
  • a pack of 1.5″ dungeon hexes that will mesh perfectly with the new edition of The Fantasy Trip but are also fully usable with any other dungeoneering game.
  • An illustrated and updated re-release of the classic Dyson’s Delve “mini mega dungeon”.
  • And of course, future adventures and projects similar to Tales of the Ophidian Emperor.

Each release will be available to patrons at any patronage level as a thank you for the continued support. Most will never be re-released after this, and those that are will be commercial releases at least a year after the release through Patreon.

Tales of the Ophidian Emperor will be going live on Patreon this weekend for all supporters. You can get it and future exclusive releases for as little as $1 a month.

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Release the Kraken upon the Banshee’s Tower!

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A second tower has been selected for re-release under our free commercial-use license this month!


The wail of the banshee can be heard through the fens for miles around. In the nearest village they pretend it is the call of a very persistent screech owl, but few actually believe it.

The Banshee's Tower

The Banshee’s Tower

On a low rocky hill near the middle of the fens is the old tower, scorched and partially collapsed. The banshee’s home is in the second floor of the tower in the room open to the sky because of the partial collapse of the third floor. However, this is not where she died. The red-haired elven daughter of the lord of this tower was imprisoned in the dungeons below when the tower fell. The same dungeons where she was forgotten and died of deprivation pining for her father, her home, and her people.

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This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use under the “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” initiative thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Over 400 awesome patrons have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.

Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make this map free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $400 mark, we choose a map from the blog’s extensive back catalog to retroactively release under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under the commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:

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Guillaume Jentey

Il a commencé le JdR le jour de l’explosion de Tchernobyl. Après une période active et une sans JdR, il s’est non seulement remis à jouer, mais aussi à dessiner (pour Trinités, Dungeon World), à créer, à transmettre…

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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…and the Warlock

“The Warlock himself was a sorcerer of great power. Some described him as old, others as young. Some said his power came from an enchanted deck of cards, others from the silky black gloves that he wore.”

Once you have crossed the underground river (across the rickety bridge, by boat, or swimming in piranha and crocodile infested waters), the areas under Firetop Mountain feel… different. Where the earlier portions contained many guards, once you get past the immediate structures around the beach, the dungeons become winding, confusing, and home to wandering patrols. Many secret doors here are one-way affairs and dead-ends often have teleport traps instead of secret passages…

Firetop Mountain - NorthFiretop Mountain – North

It is thus a great relief to stumble into the final caves, only to discover that before you even face the Warlock in order to get to his treasure, you must deal with a fierce dragon that lairs in the cavern.

Through dozens of playings of the Warlock of Firetop Mountain, I only got through the maze a few times before giving up (often because I was playing it at school during a break). You could navigate the rest of the book without a map, but if you failed to map this section, you were effectively wandering blind – doubly so if you made the mistake of triggering one of the teleportation traps.

So last month I finally sat down and navigated every bend, dead-end, secret door, nook, and cranny of the maze. In my head the maze was small – maybe 1/4 the size it appears here. But getting the corridors to fit together well ended up stretching them out significantly until the north side map was nearly as big as the (much more densely populated) south side.

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Strongholds & Followers

MCDM ProductionsD&D5 – Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition. La plus grosse campagne en date de Kickstarter pour un JdR est livrée. Qui veut bâtir son domaine et d’attirer des suivants ?

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : les dernières news du jeu de rôles)
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Strongholds & Followers (D&D5 – Dungeons and Dragons Fifth Edition)

Strongholds & Followers propose aux joueurs de renouer avec la tradition des premières éditions de D&D de construire son bastion à partir du niveau 7. L’on y trouve des règles pour développer ces strongholds, quels que soient leur type, gérer les avantages de classe qu’ils apportent à leur propriétaire, et recruter des suivants. Par extension, l’ouvrage inclut également des règles de guerre, de concorde avec sa divinité, de création des sorts et de gestion des suivants en jeu. L’un des niveaux de la souscription ayant permis la publication de l’ouvrage a aussi permis d’intégrer un scénario mettant en jeu les règles ici exposées.

(Source: Guide du Rôliste Galactique : le jeu de rôle, l’univers, et le reste…)
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Firetop Mountain…

“You have in your possession a sword and a shield together with a rucksack containing provisions (food and drink) for the trip. You have been preparing for your quest by training yourself in swordplay and exercising vigorously to buildup your stamina.”

The very mountain is menacing – it seems to have been savaged by the claws of a massive beast. Not an actual volcano, the top of the mountain is covered in strange red vegetation that gives it its name.

This is the setting of the first of the Fighting Fantasy gamebooks by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone – The Warlock of Firetop Mountain. I got a copy of this book some time in 1982 and fell in love with the rich detailed illustrations of Russ Nicholson throughout and the mix of RPG game elements into a choose your own adventure book.

Firetop Mountain Map - SouthFiretop Mountain Map – South

Through dozens of playthroughs, I only actually finished the adventure once – I even have an instinctive routing through the dungeons following the right-hand path to the bridge over the river – but I have thoroughly explored the passages and rooms leading up to that river. It was on the other side of the underground river that my adventures routinely went wrong.

Last month, I finally sat down with the old tattered book and gave it another run – this time marking every choice, every room, and every passage. It took me a day to complete this map of the southern half of the dungeons – everything up to the underground river.

Now I just need to map the chambers on the other side, and the maze between them and the warlock himself…

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The maps on Dyson’s Dodecahedron are released for free personal use thanks to the support of awesome patrons like you over on Patreon. Every month 400 patrons come together to make these releases possible. You can help too in order to keep the flow of maps coming and to improve their quality – and even get a map of your own!

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