CC3+ Going back to the basics-Dungeon
Welcome to Father Riley's Evil Extraction Lab!
This map is my first experimental map from the Dungeon Essential Guide. The map is super simple and not very good. I think the first big problem is my scaling from room to room. I was focused more on trying out the different features and not on having the map make sense. I also have to explore the room shapes and bitmaps for walls and floors more.
I removed the sun direction shadow effect on the walls because it make no sense to me in an underground location. I think lighting is waiting for me in more advanced tutorials. The readability of the text is awful, but I thought that is just something I will continue to work on in every map.
I really do kind of like the sludge river, especially when it passes under the pentagrams. I was probably influenced by the fact that I am playing in Descent to Avernus right now and I have the river Styx on the mind.
Location 6 inspired a plot for me. The dungeon trap symbol "Fire Blast" comes with a variable color version and so does "Gas." There is also a variable slime symbol that sort of looked liked the smoke in the Fire Blast symbol. So I thought what if this lab extracts the color from the black/dark? I thought about some sort of soul stealing, but then I thought maybe just the essence of evil (should such an essence exist). I probably need to rethink the design and structure of the lab but at least I got a first pass done of it.
Thus, NPC Father Riley was born. A good cleric who started out with the intention of extracting and eradicating evil and making the world a kinder, gentler place for all. Once a again, I think Avernus and the fall of Zariel must be influencing me. I haven't worked out all the details of Father Riley, but the idea for him came to while playing with the symbols. I have a feeling it hasn't turned out all sunshine and butterflies...
Does anyone else have stories come from maps instead of making maps to fit the ideas they already have?
I have dipped my toes in the dungeon making waters and as icky as they are, I am ready to dive a little deeper.
Oh, and I misspelled EXTRACTION. geez