Are their any walls that come pre-ruined? I've had CC3+ for almost 2 years now, and some of my dungeon maps and battle maps are great, but sometimes, a little too pretty. I can make a wall look semi-ruined with lots of rock and plant growth, but that takes a long time and involves lots of sheets.

Do any of the annuals have ruined walls or is it possible to do something with existing wall drawing tools to make a wall look like it hasn't just been built?



  • Shessar did a pretty nice crypt using rocks to build the walls.

    If you do lines of rocks on at least 2 sheets you can create a sort of ruined wall with some bits standing taller than others.

  • I like to use the Color Key effect to punch hole in walls, and combine that with scattering some rocks around. Similar to what I talked about in the ruined walls for perspectives blog, but with much simpler, since it is only in 2D.

  • WyvernWyvern Traveler
    edited September 3

    The wall drawing tools in DD3 are usually lines of varying thicknesses, I think, which makes it harder to disguise their pristine nature without some extra work - adding rubble symbols, for instance, and maybe trying some additional Sheet Effects on them (as well as Monsen's Color Key suggestion), to give a more "worn" appearance.

    Loopysue's suggestion is a good one too - using symbols to make the walls in the first place is a definite alternative. There's the Dungeon Walls Annual issue from 2018 which uses exactly this technique, for example.

    Or you could try drawing the walls using polygons instead of lines. That way, you can give any breaks a more ragged appearance as you're drawing them, and even vary the thickness of the wall itself. That will probably need some symbols adding to improve the effect though. Ruins just aren't designed for neat-edged drawing tools!

    There is an Annual issue from 2014, the Black & White Battlemaps one, which has a few ruined building symbols in it as well, though they're intended for larger-area overview maps than the usual dungeon maps - plus, black & white only, of course.

    I've probably forgotten others too 🙂

Sign In or Register to comment.