Wednesday, 17 September 2014

My take on the 2.5D dungeon system...

If you're not familiar with the 2.5D dungeon method, then I'd recommend you take a look at some of the videos on The DM's Craft or TheDMGinfo's youtube channels first.

As you'll see (if you watched any of the aforementioned videos), the idea is to give a bit more depth to regular two-dimensional dungeon tiles by including a slightly raised area around the edge of each tile to represent the walls.

Well, I've been meaning to have a go at something like that for a while now - but instead of painting the cardboard (like the above you-tuber's do), I thought I would make a couple of custom images that I could print out and simply glue to the cardboard (much like AJ does in THIS video ...but have the wall and floor pattern as separate sheets to make things a little easier)

So, here's what I've come up with...

- a selection of  the finished tiles -

- those same tiles arranged into a little dungeon -

They're pretty easy to make ...as all you need to do is print off the wall and floor patterns that I've supplied in THIS pdf file (note that you'll only need to print 1 'wall' pattern for every 4-5 'floor' patterns) and glue them down to a sheet of thick (double-corrugated) cardboard.

Then simply cut the floor pattern into the size/shape you require (remembering to include a half inch gap around the edge to accommodate the walls) and cut the walls into half inch wide strips ...as shown below:

 (note that I've printed these on regular paper and in draft/low quality - as that is sufficient for this project)

The next (and final) step is to trim the wall strips to the length you require, and glue them around the edge of the tile (leaving a gap of 2 squares for any entrances/exits):

(in this example I'm making a small 'passage corner' piece)

And that's pretty much all there is to it :)

However, you'll notice that I've also included a door assembly in the pdf download ...and to make these I've simply glued the front and back image to a thick piece of (double-corrugated) cardboard, and the base to a piece of thinner (single-corrugated) cardboard. The two pieces where then stuck together with the aid of a hot-glue gun.

 (note that I've made these slightly smaller than 2" wide - just to make placing/removing them a little easier).

And there you have it. A nice and easy (and cheap) way of creating your own 2.5D dungeon :)

- a few of the old D&D pre-painted miniatures thrown in for scale -

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TL;DR here's a free pdf file that you can use to create some 2.5D dungeon tiles like those pictured above:



20 comments:

  1. Amazing! Just amazing! I literally have 100's if not 1000's of paper tiles, but have not converted them to 2.5 due to not wanting to cut them all up!? You are the first I believe to address the walls in this way! Thank you soooo much! So much easier this way to convert to 2.5d and 3d! Hopefully we'll see more from you in this fashion.... a cavern set, a wood/tavern set (hint hint) :D

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    1. Thanks for the kind words.

      I might expand on this in the future ...but for now, this set should allow folks to build dungeon rooms and passages of any size or shape - as it's only really limited by the amount time you want to put into it :)

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  2. My terrain OCD tweaks on the exposed corrugated edges, but those are quite nice.

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    1. A bit of masking tape or something similar along the edges before gluing the artwork on top would finish these pieces off perfectly!

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    2. I thought about wrapping the wall pattern around the wall pieces (to hide the corrugation), but in the end I opted for a quick & easy build.

      Obviously folks could spend more time on their own versions of this ...which would be pretty cool to see to be honest :)

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  3. I tend to use foamboard or cork tile over cardboard.

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  4. Very nice work. Duly downloaded.

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    1. I hope you are able to get some good use out of them :)

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  5. Thanks for sharing!

    Greetings
    Peter

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  6. Loving the work Kristian!

    Quick question. Apart from the hot glue gun, what type of glue would you recommend to stick the printouts to the card?

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    1. In this instance, I've only use the hot glue-gun (the cheap kind you can get off ebay for less than £5) for fixing the bottom of the door to its base.

      For gluing the paper to the card, I've sometimes used a normal glue-stick (i.e. a pritt-stick knockoff) -or- some spray-on glue.

      Both of these I picked up for £1 from the local Poundland store ...with the glue-sticks coming in a pack of 6, and the spray-on adhesive in a 200ml aerosol can.

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  7. I love how your design has preserved the grid. Well done.

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  8. Very generous of you and your time, love the doors!

    How the war gaming community should be :)

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  9. May I beg you to make some science fiction paneled floors? I would adore being able to blend this into my homemade stuff... Looks awesome.

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    1. I could probably put something together that looks somewhat similar to my 'Colony 19' range ...so I'll add it to my to-do list :)

      Oh, and if you haven't already seen the Colony 19 stuff - there's a few samples amongst this lot:
      http://www.drivethrurpg.com/browse/pub/3785/Crooked-Staff-Publishing/subcategory/6576_8744/Colony-19

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  10. How about same but for dark-gray dungeon?

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    1. You are not the first person to ask for darker floors ...and I actually made some a little while back (but forgot to share them here).

      So, here's the link:
      app.box.com/s/c8kiltmhbgl9fk226pbt

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  11. This is fantastic, I've already made almost everything you've posted. My D&D co-workers (we play at work) were crazy impressed (you and DMG get all the credit).

    Question: I'm using your Balconies images in order to make some wood floors and walls, do you happen to have a door with a wooden wall background instead of stone anywhere?

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, I'm glad you and your co-workers are getting some good use out of them (feel free to share pictures if you have any :) ). To answer your question ...sorry, no - I haven't drawn any doors with wooden walls yet, so I'll add them to the to-do list (though I'm not working on any 2.5D stuff at the moment, as the campaign I was using them in has recently finished, so it might be a while before I get back to it).

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