In this post I'd like to draw attention to the remarkably versatile, easy to print and use Classic Dungeon Tiles by Art Braune of Skullduggery Press who publish through Skeleton Key Games.
|Classic Dungeon Tiles |
Base Set Volume 1on DriveThru
Every set in the range has a huge number of tiles per pack (Base Set 1 boast 100 designs alone). Many tiles are practical variations of simple chambers and corridors (Set 1 especially). DM's should still plan carefully when printing, in case of needing multiples (as with large chambers of variable size) - to help with this each pack contains a comprehensive thumbnail list.
In play there are counters for numbering areas, recording damage, up/down markers for stairs - again emulating the tradition map styles of early gaming but at a scale for 25,28,30mm figures.
Nearly all of the tiles are handily sized for printing with wide margins. Each tile is typically 5x5 1in/5ft squares - but if you are truly an old school player the scale of the grid with it's abstract details should be flexible - i.e. you could state that the scale is 10ft per square perhaps. To DnD4e players some of the rooms may appear quite small - but small rooms on a large table make for a much more interesting dungeon to explore - in fact tactically in may make for interesting play indeed. The exits from each tile are consistently placed in the middle of the edge (the third square along). Tiles from the different sets work perfectly with one another and are totally interchangeable.
|Classic Dungeon Tiles|
Lesser Temples of
Greygax and Arnemoor
|Example map layout using tiles from|
Classic Dungeon Tiles Perilous Passages
(tba - link to follow)
|Example layout using tiles from|
Classic Dungeon Tiles
Unusual Rooms and
(tba - link to follow)
I was surprised at how such simple designs could be inspiring - but simplicity and projecting imagination onto the props was very much what the tabletop hobby should be about.
To summarise the Classic Dungeon Tiles are practical, versatile,customisable, and, at times, ideally suited to recreating an older style of map - but in my opinion they are more than that: they really can become anything you make them into.
Classic Dungeon Tiles sets on DriveThruRPG $8-$6 per pack appx