Small and simple maps can often produce about one evening of play when you incorporate travel times, investigation and research and a few good twists and encounters once at the location in question. This particular map was designed for exactly that – being a small temple setup that exists along an underground stream that in turn is part of the ancient sewers beneath The Forbidden City (from the classic Dwellers in the Forbidden City module).
A mix of caves that have been smoothed out by years of bullywug infestation and old masonry maintained by priests and worshipers at the temples and shrines within – this little dungeon environment has everything but ruined areas to make it a complete dungeon experience – a river, high humidity, dank darkness (or is that dark dankness?), strange temples, weird frog-like creatures and even a pair of bridges to fight across.
This particular mini map was drawn in an A5 mapping book with 7mm grid from Squarehex.co.uk that I received for Christmas. I decided to do something unusual with this map though – I filmed the entire process of drawing it from the first rough ideas in pencil to the final bit of crosshatching.
You can watch the whole thing here in a 2-minute time lapse video:
This map is made available to you under a free license for personal or commercial use thanks to the awesome supporters of my Patreon Campaign. Awesome folks like Carlos de la Cruz Morales, Herbert Nowell, Lex Larson, Levent Kemal Sadikoglu, and over 300 other patrons have come together to fund the site and these maps, making them free for your use.
Because of the incredible generosity of my patrons, I’m able to make this map free for commercial use also. Each month while funding is over the $300 mark, each map that achieves the $300+ funding level will be released under this free commercial license. You can use, reuse, remix and/or modify the maps that are being published under the commercial license on a royalty-free basis as long as they include attribution (“Cartography by Dyson Logos” or “Maps by Dyson Logos”). For those that want/need a Creative Commons license, it would look something like this:
Cartography by Dyson Logos is licensed
under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
(And of course, I would love to see what you use it in!)