If you’re like me, when it comes to your pen-and-paper role-playing games, having a well-illustrated battle map on the table is pretty important. While it’s true that you can play a game of Dungeons & Dragons with some graph paper and chess pieces, it just doesn’t feel as fun to me as using sculpted miniatures and an accurate, detailed gridded map. Which is one of the reasons I really love the official D&D Dungeon Tiles.
One of the things that has always bugged me a bit about Dungeon Tiles, though, is that Wizards of the Coast rarely uses them for their pre-made adventure modules. I understand myself from trying to piece together cool encounters that it’s a huge restraint, being forced to only use a specific tileset, but it was frustrating to buy an adventure and then realize that the tiles I had bought couldn’t really be used to make the dungeon.
Which is why I perked up when Erik Bauer, who runs Gaming Paper, told me he had a new product: 65 square feet of dungeon, 100 pages in all. The Mega Dungeon, he’s calling it. And, best of all, it’s going to be used in a number of upcoming adventure modules by famous dungeoncrafters like Ed Greenwood, Monte Cook, and Steven Schend. Which means no more searching for tiles, because it’s all there.
This is the company that brought us Gaming Paper rolls, the gridded paper that was perfect for on-the-fly dungeon creation. I was expecting a lot, and I wasn’t disappointed by the quality of the Mega Dungeon sheets. The paper is good quality, the grayscale illustrations impeccably drawn by master cartographer Christopher West, and the pages are even double-sided. One side has the furnished dungeon, while the other is empty. The entire thing does have a specific arrangement and is numbered to make it easy to set up, but each sheet can be used as a geomorph, fitting up against many of the other sheets. You can either go with the dungeon as it was designed (the Citadel of Pain, as it is called), or you can make your own.
For $25, this big pile of paper will provide hours and hours of entertainment for your D&D party. Definitely check it out.
Disclosure: GeekDad received a review copy of this product.