Updates regarding our just-ended Cities & Villages DungeonMorphs Kickstarter will be posted in a couple of days. Meanwhile look for the newsletter sign-up on the bottom left of the Inkwell Ideas home page.
New City/Village Designs
DungeonMorphs will remind many long-time gamers of the classic dungeon geomorph booklets of dungeon maps. Currently DungeonMorphs are a set of 90 connectible dungeon geomorph designs. Each side of each 10x10 design has two corridors (at the same positions) leading off the design. So you may keep placing any two designs next to each other (and rotate them as desired) to make the dungeon level as large as you want!
- You can use them as a guide (or inspiration) when making a dungeon.
- You can roll them looking for pretty patterns while waiting for your turn.
- They look cooler than regular dice!
A number of bloggers/cartographers have been creating similar designs for the past couple of years. Many of them agreed to join this project.
- Tim Ballew "Risus Monkey" http://www.risusmonkey.com/
- M. S. Jackson "Lapsus Calumni" http://msjx.org/
- Shane Knysh "Fictitious Entry" http://fictitiousentry.com/
- Dyson Logos "A Character for Every Game" http://rpgcharacters.wordpress.com/
- David Millar "Dave's Mapper" http://davesmapper.com/
- Brutus Motor "This is Dice Country" http://thisisdicecountry.blogspot.com/
- AJ Stone "Stonewerks" http://stonewerks.wordpress.com/
DungeonMorph Dice were posted on Kickstarter in March 2011. They quickly met their initial goal, stretch goal and even went past a second stretch goal. (Each goal triggered a new set of five dice with all different designs to be created; Resulting in three sets of five dice each for a total of 15 dice.)
Originally a PDF of battlemats was planned and a companion card deck and font were later added. Each of these (battlemat pdf, cards, and font) feature all 90 designs. In fact, the card deck has 90 cards with one design on the front of each card and a mirrored version of each design on the back. The font is actually a set of eight fonts where each font file has all 90 designs at a different 90-degree rotation (or mirrored and rotated.)
Differences Between the Dice, Cards, Font and Battlemats
While all of the products are based on the same 90 dungeon geomorph designs, there are some differences between each product:
- The dice are broken up into three sets of five dice each, with each set containing 30 different designs. See the links in the left sidebar's "DungeonMorph Dice" section for which set contains which designs. Each design on each die also contains a small letter denoting the die. ("P" for the Prison die, "B" for the Barracks die, etc.)
- The card deck includes all 90 designs. The designs on the cards do include the die numbers and letters matching the design on the corresponding die. However, as a bonus, the back side of each card has the mirrored version of the front side's design. This allows even more placement combinations. (Not only can you rotate the design 90 degrees, 180 degrees or 270 degrees, but you may also flip it and not rotate it or flip it and rotate it.)
- The font does not have the die numbers and letters included on each design. It does include separate font files for each of the eight rotated and mirrored and rotated permutations. Each of the eight font files includes all 90 designs.
- The battlemats include all 90 designs. Versions of each design are included as a pdf that spans multiple letter size pages as well as a single pdf for large-format printers; a high and low quality PNG of each design; and the raw, original Dungeonographer file. (Dungeonographer is a great, simple Dungeon mapping program which has a free version available.)
As seen on Kickstarter:
The initial DungeonMorph Project... roll an instant random dungeon! Strike fear into your players' hearts with a never-ending dungeon always ready to go. Large 1" dice allow for a 10 square x 10 square design. Three different sets of five dice each are available:
Deal a dungeon! DungeonMorph cards are a deck of 90 2.5" x 2.5" cards with all 90 DungeonMorph designs on the front. The back of each card is the mirrored version of the front allowing for even more combinations.
Type a dungeon! The DungeonMorph font is a set of eight font files you install on your computer. (Windows, Mac or Linux.) Once installed, open any program that lets you type in different fonts and choose a DungeonMorph font and type out your dungeon. (Each of the eight font files corresponds to a different rotation (90 degrees, 90 degrees and flipped, 180 degrees, 180 degrees and flipped, etc.) of all 90 DungeonMorph designs.
The DungeonMorph battlemats are all 90 DungeonMorph designs created as battlmats in pdf and Dungeonographer (map editing software) formats. The battlemats were created at a 1"=5' scale, where each DungeonMorph design represents a 100'x100' area. The resulting battlemats are 20"x20" at 300dpi. Each DungeonMorph is done as a single large PNG image and as a multi-page (US Letter) PDF. Also included are versions of each design in the Dungeonographer file format. Dungeonographer is a slick map editor with a free version.