One Page Dungeon: A King With No Crown
Not Faffing Around
I have defeated procrastination and placed his dreary head onto a trident! That’s right! I’ve had one hell of a time editing my words down into 3 columns of 9pt font, and refused to partake in the lure of Tribes Vengeance long enough to have finally succeeded in creating a one page dungeon for this year’s contest!
It’s been really hard to push myself to get through this because I’m in the midst of buying my first home, not to mention the real world seems to have the chaos pedal pushed to the floor this month. Another pitfall has been that I’m normally quite verbose when it comes to writing, so paring down the word count here was one hell of an exercise. It was a good one though, I’ll be sure to write more about that actual process soon on my personal blog.
System Neutral and Railroad Free
I’ve made the entire delve completely system neutral, as a matter of fact there is no mention of DC’s, CR’s, levels, action economy, etc. I did this in order to not only fit all of my vision onto one page, but to ensure that this could be played with as many systems as possible. But wait, that’s not all I’ve left out on purpose! I really wanted DM’s to get a good feel at what I’m trying to accomplish here without railroading them, assuming that most DM’s will take this and run with it.
I think there’s just enough clue and implication here to give a clear picture, and simultaneously open enough to make it your own. There are many choices entirely left to be governed by whomever runs this module that will make it interesting for each group of players, and perhaps multiple playthroughs. For some ideas on what I’m talking about, be sure to grab the full 3 page version complete with treasure descriptions, monster index, a large map, space for notes, and some points on running the adventure.
Under the Microscope
If you liked this and you’d like to see more, please keep your eyes peeled right here. If you don’t like it tell me why as I’d greatly appreciate it and any feedback you might give me. I did put a lot of work into this, but perhaps not as much as I’d have liked to. Anyway, this is just a sliver of the campaign world I am currently working on, this map here keys into a much larger area map that I have a lot of plans for. The absurdly talented d20Monkey will be doing illustrations and cartography for me in these endeavors so at least if you hate my design, you can still love his artwork.
I’ll be working mainly on system neutral material should until 5e’s release. Aside from the obvious beauty of being able to material in multiple systems in the meantime, it should make converting over to 5e relatively easy once its available. That is unless we’re allowed to publish 5e material once the public playtest starts, in which case I’ll hop right on that!