Dungeons & Dragons, Experiments, Fantasy, Labyrinth Lord, Maps, Old School Essentials, OSE, OSR, RPG, Zine, Zines
The recent media obsession over The Print Shop has me flashing back to the 80s when I used to put together materials for my gaming group using combinations of The Print Shop (for banners and simple props), Bank Street Writer (so much text), and Newsroom (broadsheets about our games & events).
So the first thing I did is push a few maps through 8 Bit Photo Lab (a mobile app) to see how they turned out.
This small one turned out nice and useable, but it is only 18 squares x 18 squares in size… larger maps are a bit rougher…
While this one is less useable, I do really like how the program picked up the scrawled text in the lower right of the background.
And when we get to my larger maps, we pretty much lose most of the usability – no grid, markers are hard to read, and even the text labels are getting too mangled to be useful.
But, based on these experiments, I started laying out a simple zine structure based on the Dungeon of the Goblin Lotus map I posted a few months ago…
(Click on individual pages to zoom in)
The design is a US digest-sized zine – so 5.5 inch wide x 8.5 inches tall. I might go through and do the whole thing (adding room numbers to the level maps and descriptions in the text), or it might just wither on the vine at this point. We’ll see…
I’ve never heard of the things you mention, but I love the line-printer look of the maps! I mean, only as a curiosity. For actual ease of use, I prefer today’s lovely sharp images.
Even with the loss of some detail and clarity, still very much like the vibe
damn you old as hell! (soon we all shall be)
“The recent media obsession over The Print Shop”.
Did I miss something? I know nothing about the recent media obsession.
Dyson Logos said:
There’s been a bunch of articles in the last few weeks about the classic “The Print Shop” from Broderbund which eventually culminated in this: https://theprintshop.club/
Alec Semicognito said:
Loved Bank Street Writer and The Print Shop on my Atari 8-bits back in the day. Thanks for the link to the Club!
Wow! I forgot about The Print Shop. My family had it back in the 80s when I was in high school.
And the zine would be sweet.