As a tabletop gamer, you have hundreds of options to create a dungeon. You can purchase a monolithic set of hand painted resin tiles, you can pull out the old Styrofoam cutter and build a scene yourself, you can print a map from online, or you could pull out the old trusted dry erase grid. All of these options have their pros and cons. I’m not going to argue there veracity, every gamer has already weighed them extensively in their head. I will however offer another option for you to consider. I’d like to introduce to you the Dungeon Explore Card Deck.
What is the Dungeon Explore Card Deck?
The Dungeon Explore Card Deck is a deck of 48 square cards each printed with a dungeon scene. Seamlessly integrated into each image is a 3×3 grid. The grid is a standard 1 inch grid so players can use their collection of miniatures to create epic dungeon battles. The cards interconnect through passageways and doorways and can be arranged in an infinite number of ways. Whether you play Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, or any other fantasy tabletop RPG system, the cards can integrate right into your game.
While GMs are free to imagine up their own ways to use the Dungeon Explore Card Deck, there are a couple recommended modes of play.
The quick encounter play mode makes it easy to throw together a quick dungeon setting right in the middle of an adventure. With the deck on hand, a you can sort through a few cards and whip up a battlefield in just a few minutes. Additionally, if all you need is a grid, flip the cards to their back and use a generic grid that can be arranged any way you’d like.
The most common way to use the deck is to piece together a dungeon from the wide variety of corridors and rooms for a specific encounter you plan to create. Before a game, you can work out a dungeon that will take adventurers down a specific path. Maybe you want players to find the prison cell to free a damsel or maybe they must defend the armory. Once the dungeon is complete, gather up the cards in order so they can be laid out in front of the players at the appropriate time.
Fog of War
The fog of war play mode is a slight variation to the preconfigured dungeon mode. The difference being that instead of laying out all of the dungeon tiles all at once, a you revile a tile only after a player move onto or explores it. This mode works works great for infiltration missions. GMs no longer have to show off your whole dungeon during a game.
When will it be available?
Have you heard enough? Do you want in? Here is how you can get your hands on the Dungeon Explore Card Deck.
The Dungeon Explore Card Deck will be available on Kickstarter July 5th 2016 to August 4th 2016. Each deck will cost $20 and will ship for free to US addresses. Get more details on the Kickstarter campaign page.
If you really can’t wait, I have a bunch of the assets available on Roll20 an online RPG gaming platform. You can purchase most of the artwork that was created for these cards there. Your purchase will help launch the printed version of the artwork.