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Return to Durahn's Tomb

Return to Durahn’s Tomb

Let’s set the wayback machine for 7 years ago. Just like now, the One Page Dungeon Contest is taking submissions, and I figured I would give it a shot. I tried and tried to draw a decent isometric map for the tomb idea I had, but I just couldn’t get it to work. So instead I finally surrendered to my lack of cartographic skills and drew a simple overhead map.

The Tomb of Dûrahn Oakenshield

The Tomb of Dûrahn Oakenshield

I topped it off by using a horribly derivative name for the dwarf entombed therein (I hadn’t read the Hobbit since I was ten or twelve or so, and only re-read it in 2010, where my embarrassment over this naming faux-pas became acute).

Having improved my skills slightly in the seven intervening years, I finally pulled out the old tomb map and redrew it according to my original vision in a proper isometric view that really shows off the way the upper chamber looks down over the entrance room and the platform therein.

tomb-map-2016

I’m REALLY quite happy that it turned out so well – it took seven years of practice, but I can finally get pretty much exactly what I want (cartographically at least) to transfer from my mental image to the final map.

This map was drawn in a single draft (well, mostly… I guess if you count the original version seven years ago it took me a total of four tries to get here, as it took me three tries to get the original version to a level that I was willing to use) using Mitsubishi Uni Pins on isometric drafting paper from http://www.squarehex.co.uk

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