In preparation for running the mega-dungeon Barrowmaze, I created a player map of the Duchy of Aerik using the excellent webtool Inkarnate.
Inkarnate is super easy to use and can produce excellent maps. Why don’t you give it a whirl? I have only messed with it a little bit and have not been able to improve the resolution when exporting the map which is a little discerning but no show stopper.
I was able to produce the following map in less than an hour… I might make a new version skipping the hexagons and removing the icon representing the actual maze as it is for the players.
With my personal focus on creating interesting encounters I am drawn more and more to 3D terrain. Setting up a room or a series of rooms and presenting it to the players gives a really nice basis for environment creativity. The combat becomes more interesting as at least my players care more about the rooms and what they can do than just combating the enemies straight on.
After a little bit of investigation there seems to be to main manufacturer/suppliers of ready-made 3D terrain. Dungeonstone and Dwarven Forge, with the later being offered painted. There is a quite noticeable higher price on the DF set. Personally I love to paint minis so the unpainted will be perfect for me. I am curious about how they fit together though, if there is some kind of locking mechanism.
It is still to early for me to fork out the money for going 3D but I am definitely keeping an eye out. So far I’ve only seen limited amounts of reviews on the net. Perhaps it is more common to create and build your own terrain tiles. I can see this being a great option if you own a 3D printer… Mmm the possibilities!
I am currently using Pathfinder Pawns minis together with a Pathfinder Flip mat that I draw using a dry eraser. I have the Bestiary Box and it gives a good assortment of basic monsters to choose from. I can definitely see myself expanding this collection to more types.
If you haveused either Dungonstone or Dwarven Forge, let me know how it works out for you!