When you were a kid, did you have a binder full of D&D maps that you drew yourself? And ruled paper with dungeon keys, that in retrospect may not adhere to rules of dungeon ecology?
Yeah, you weren’t the only one. Us, too.
In Dungeons of Yesteryear, we’re going to open up our own notebooks and show you some of OUR old dungeons. We’re hoping they conjure up as many good memories for you as they do for us. Let’s compare notes on dungeon keys, encounter choice, and, of course, whether that demon lord just hangs out in area 2-2 waiting until adventurers wander by for a light snack.
In this first installment, we showcase a map and dungeon key by Tim Wadzinski, editor of our Original Adventures Reincarnated line. As Tim tells us, “Going through the archives this week has been a real trip down memory lane. I have several binders and folders of stuff dating back to 1982 or so. I found a folder of all the old adventures/mini-modules I wrote, their maps, etc., plus campaign notes from when my buddy Jimmy and I would trade off DMing for each other. I have no recollection of making this dungeon map but I’m proud of it nonetheless. Just see if you can find the hidden message!!!!
“The scrap of notebook paper is the key to a dungeon my friend Jimmy devised. I’ve always loved this. Note that Orcus is in one room, and the next room over has a poisonous snake. Balance shmalance. Then later on the PCs encounter a baby green slime and a baby Juiblex. Evidently, we hadn’t yet grasped that demon and devil lords were unique beings. Ah, the good ol’ days.”
Do YOU have a Dungeon of Yesteryear that you’d like to share? If so, we’d love to see it. Please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Perhaps your trip down memory lane will take you right into a Dungeon of Yesteryear.
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