Review: Gaming Paper Adventure Maps: Mega Dungeon 1


Description:

100 unique, highly detailed dungeon double-sided geomorphs which can be arranged in hundreds of different patterns. One side shows unfurnished dungeon rooms for you to fill. The other side has furnished rooms.  Together, all one hundred sheets form a massive single dungeon 10 sheets tall by 10 sheets wide. Available at Gamingpaper.com

Retail Price: $25.00

Overview:

The Good: The artwork and printing are of excellent quality with a variety of hallways and rooms. The manufacturer grants the owner permission to photocopy tiles for personal use.

The Bad:  Printed in gray-scale. Not as versatile as some tile sets. Tiles are paper so they are very light weight.

The Bottom Line: A large dungeon map with very good artwork for a good price even though the printing is gray-scale.

First Impression:

With 100 pages this tile set contains a large number of tiles for the $25 price tag.  At first I was put off by the gray-scale printing but after looking at some the pages laid out together they really look nice.  The drop shadowing is excellent giving an almost 3D feel to the map.   The paper is of good quality but its only paper and is subject to tears and folds.  This however can be made up by photocopying the pages before use if you can find a copier that supports edge to edge printing,  The double-sided printing with bare rooms on one side and furnished/alternate dungeon on the opposite side add to the options for Dungeon Masters.  I say furnished /alternate because most of the backsides are just furnished versions of the opposite sides.  Some however are alternate versions showing revolving passageways in different positions or doors opened. This allows for that page to be flipped showing the change in the state of the dungeon. I thought these were clever touches.

Putting Together a Map

Putting together a map was simple enough. Each of the pages is marked with it’s position in the huge dungeon.  I put together about one-quarter of the map.  First I laid it out as shown in the standard dungeon.  I was not quite happy because one of the corridors ended in a dead-end.  This was easily remedied by finding an unused tile that fit in the same place that did not dead-end.  Since I could tell the paper would be sliding all over the table while we played on it I decided to tape the map together using scotch tape.  This worked well and you can see the results in the image below.  I could also see how photocopies of different sections either as whole or partial pages could be put together to form a unique dungeon.

Playing On the Map

Playing on the map was great.  I got together with some of the guys I play D&D miniatures with and played a 4 player dungeon scenario on the map I had made the night before.  We had a blast with it.  The corridors and rooms were well laid out for D&D style combat.  Below is a shot of the action.

Conclusion:

Overall I really like this map set.  With the great art and ability to legally photocopy the pages I’m willing to overlook the gray-scale printing.  This map would serve any Dungeon Master well whether they are looking for a pre-made mega dungeon or want to create a unique dungeon of their own.

 

Full Disclosure: This item was purchased at full retail price.

 

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