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DungeonMorph Dice

DungeonMorph Dice

Joe Wetzel (of Hexographer fame) has launched a project to create DungeonMorph Dice: basically a set of 5 six-siders with a different dungeon geomorph on each side.

Aside from being envious that I didn’t think of this first, I have to say: This is the most brilliant idea for a game aid I’ve seen in decades. I can’t think of a single GM on this planet (or any other) who wouldn’t salivate with glee at the prospect of literally rolling up a random dungeon, on the fly, right on the tabletop.

If you feel the same way, please check out the DungeonMorph Dice page on Kickstarter.com and lend your support.

  1. Gregory MacKenzie
    March 28th, 2011 at 09:06 | #1

    Various attempts have been made at this sort of thing. They used to couple tables to geomorphs (DMG) and then by die roll, a floorplan could be laid out, thus creating a dungeon floorplan.

    One “tilemaker” created 25mm floorplans (thick cardboard printed in colour and double sided) which were numbered. A table was used to layout the dungeon as the game was played. As with all random things I didn’t like the idea of flying by the seat of my pants. I’m too methodical and story driven for that I guess. I did like the tiles though.

    Lankhmar also had sections cut out of the city map which were intended to be replaced with “geomorphs”

    My thought with regard to geomorphs are that their usefulness is very limited, unless you are prepared to constantly come up with new designs. Why did one bother in the first place then? Better to draw maps oneself. Of course there are those who are lazy or otherwise seemingly impared with regard to the paper and pencil. I would say the difficulties which derive from a random dungeon are not my cup of tea. I’m sure this DungeonMorph Dice idea will undoubtedly prove successful though.

  2. May 14th, 2011 at 21:48 | #2

    @Gregory MacKenzie : I’m super-slow on the response time here, but I tend to use random tables and such as idea-starters, or for inspiration when I’m lazy, paper-impaired, or just uninspired. I tend to over-think plots from scratch (analysis paralysis), so it’s sometimes helpful for me to use something like this to get a “jump start.”

    That said, your work never seems to suffer from the same issue–which is a roundabout way of me saying that I’ll be using these dice in conjunction with the Inkscape dungeon map template you created ;)

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