I wanted to point out a website that I think is really great – Dyson’s Dodecahedron.
Dyson’s Dodecahedron is largely dedicated to rpg maps drawn by the site owner, Dyson Logos. Dyson’s maps are fantastic, old school style, black and white little artworks. Each one conjures stories and tales in my brain. Every time I look at one I get the itch to explore it. I feel like they have all these little bits, these fiddly nuanced pieces that come together to make each map worthy of any gamer’s table. They stir my imagination and make me want to dungeon crawl. They make me want to draw maps.
As far as I know each one is hand drawn with pen on paper. He has a very specific, clean style composed of crosshatching, hard edges, old school map symbols, and nice little details. They really are little artworks, fun as hell to look at.
I have also seen a lot of his maps as works in progress as he posts regularly on his Facebook page. It’s nice to see the maps come together. It would be great to see him do a time lapse drawing.
So, Dyson’s Dodecahedron. I'm pretty sure that most of the maps on his site are available for personal use and some are even available for commercial use thanks to his Patreon supporters. Check out some of his maps below…
The Stone Sinister. I love this map. I wonder what ancient peoples built that big hand. What is the hand connected to? Is there a body beneath the surface? Was it originally a solid work hollowed out over time? Who cares. It looks awesome. I particularly like the little door next to the thumb that leads into the thumb room. Nice.
The City of Blue. City maps are always fascinating to me. They are microcosms of a world. I love all the little details in this map. The normal (non-blue) buildings are dwarfed by the mammoth pillars that make the city so famous.
This is a nice little isometric map Dyson made using our very own Dungeon Architect Cards. I'm a big fan of isometric maps.
Another map Dyson made with Dungeon Architect Cards. Again, I love how fiddly and nuanced these maps feel. There are just all these little bits of stuff inside: the grid squares, the dark outlines, the crosshatching, old school symbols, little coffins, rubble... Really fun stuff.
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