My son plays Dungeons and Dragons. This semester, he’s trying his hand at being the Dungeon Master. Once in a while, his friends like to do a “Dungeon Crawl” where all they do is generate a dungeon and fight monsters in it.
We were talking about different ways to generate random dungeons (most of them on the computer).
For Christmas, I created a set of dungeon tiles for him.
There are 50 tiles, each about 1.5 x 1.5 inch. He can re-arrange them to his heart’s content, to make some simple or really elaborate dungeons. They can also make the dungeon ahead of time, or randomly pick tiles when they explore a new area.
I cut them out of MDF for now, but if I have time before Christmas, I’ll see if I can make them out of proofgrade plywood instead. A 2-tone acrylic from Inventables would also look good.
All the tiles should have one dot on one of the four “puzzle nob”.
When you pick a tile at random, you should place the dot facing the tile you were just on. That way, you don’t get to pick the orientation of the new tile, it is predetermined. Of course, you don’t have to follow this convention. I did not do this when I put the tiles together for the picture.
It’s a great game for lots of reasons and it’s having a pretty major renaissance right now. If you google around, there are a bunch of recent articles on its latest resurgence, especially among celebrities. The game can be played lots of ways, and is often a big improvisational activity, thus actors love it.
For the suuuuper curious or the akready deeply into it: there are several games that are filmed or podcasted. My personal favorite is called Critical Role and is on YouTube.
It’s a bunch of voice actors that play weekly, it’s a major time commitment to watch it all (in just two years they have produced roughly as much content as 20 seasons of a traditional hour-long tv show (!) ) but it’s really fun.
This is awesome. And to someone else’s point. I would totally buy the plans of these off of you. It’s not that I couldn’t do something similar myself, but that I’d pay for the convenience factor. Let me know. Cheers