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    I was thinking about dungeons again and realised that a lot of what we can plan is based on what we can reasonably transcribe to the gaming table.

    I have a really cool set of dungeon tiles and I decided to test them to their limits of what I could reasonably use in a game.

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    I hope I can use this to present a dungeon with a completely different combat dynamic to the regular flat ones.

    Anyone run anything similar to this? Any advice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glug View Post
    I was thinking about dungeons again and realised that a lot of what we can plan is based on what we can reasonably transcribe to the gaming table.

    I have a really cool set of dungeon tiles and I decided to test them to their limits of what I could reasonably use in a game.

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    I hope I can use this to present a dungeon with a completely different combat dynamic to the regular flat ones.

    Anyone run anything similar to this? Any advice?
    No, but it looks awesome.

    Your players do have good abilities for vertical movement, right?
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    "mmm, platforming" (best Homer tones)

    that said- sounds like a great idea.

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    Okay.

    A) What did you use to make that? And how did you do that?

    B) That is freaking awesome.

    C) That should be really fun to play. Change up the dynamic a bit.

    D) Can you get a couple of bigger pictures that show the entire thing?

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    I was just thinking, flip that on it's side, and suddenly you have walls.

    Also, how exactly does that work? Does that show multiple levels, or is there raised platforms, or what?
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    That is the most awesome thing in the history of awesomeness. You win all the cookies. All of them!
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    Oh go on then, here's a magic spoiling full view before I tidy it away.
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    Originally it's a tile kit to be played horizontally but I used velcro to keep everything secure. So I realised that if I designed the dungeon just right I could tip it onto it's end and play D&D like a platform game.

    I made this kit out of card and glue after paying to download the PDFs from a company called Worldworks Games. I've only bought a couple of their products but I'd recommend them if you've got the time and money to commit to building the stuff.

    As far as players vertical movement goes... just jump checks and climb checks. Maybe a rope or two. I put in a ladder prop and the log bridge which I'd allow them to manipulate.
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    That looks awesome. And like fun.

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    For added lulz, you might decide to play with one of the different types of planar gravity, like objective-directional (M.C. Escher FTW!) or subjective-directional (my personal favorite!), or even have it vary from place to place.
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    If you were my DM, I'd hug you.

    Though I have hugged all one of my DMs before, so that would be nothing new.

    It looks really cool, send it to me when you're done
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    And here I thought it was going to be full of lammasus and archons. Really, though, that's a pretty cool idea, and a nice change of pace from all of the standard horizontal crawls. There are, in fact, some monsters whose lairs are supposed to be like that: Beholders, for instance, are said to carve out caves of mostly-vertical tunnels, to give nonflying things a disadvantage.
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    This is your Crowning Moment of Awesome, Glug.

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    If I was going to play a character running through that dungeon, I would have to base him off of Mario.

    (He'd probably be a monk with a maxed-out Jump skill and an Italian accent.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glug View Post
    Oh go on then, here's a magic spoiling full view before I tidy it away.
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    Awesomesauce!

    Now for nitpickiness and questions.
    It seems a little short and small for an adventure, though would work amazingly as an encounter.
    What levels is this for? High level would run right through this very quickly.
    Are you planning on using this for 3.X, 4e, or something else?
    How exactly do monsters work in it?

    Huh, it must be really good, I cannot really think of anything else...
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    ...If I was one of your players I would hug you.
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    That looks really cool. I assume you have it measured out to know how far they can move per turn?

    Also, a whole new idea for planar shift, or some spell like that. A neat idea for future reference would be making a dungeon where gravity can be shifted--basically, you flip the dungeon onto its side, or upside down. I imagine it would quite a fun puzzle to make a dungeon that could work from any orientation.

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    This is awesome. Best of Luck using it against your players.

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    I'd name it the Pinball Dungeon

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llama231 View Post
    It seems a little short and small for an adventure, though would work amazingly as an encounter.
    It's not too short if you trap everything.

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    Everything.
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    It's not too short if you trap everything.

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    Everything.
    Make it a vertical Tomb of Horrors?
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    Make it a vertical Tomb of Horrors?
    I'd make at least the first two traps non-lethal. After they spring those they should have the idea that they ought to be making search checks. The next one should put the fear of god(s) into them, but not be too terrible. After that, yeah, vertical ToH.
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    Complete with, as Glug implied, gravity-shifting traps so that you can trap everything twice.

    Or three times.
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    Gravity Shifting Traps? That's a bit too sci-fi for my tastes but I wouldn't be above looking for a mundane way to tip the whole dungeon onto one of it's other sides.

    Unfortunately I shall have to wait to DM my campaign again. I'm going to be a player in a vampire requiem game first.

    My campaign is in 4th edition and my players will be 10/11th level. I think that a set up like this would be good for a couple of encounters with some XP awarded for manoeuvering the terrain.

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    I remember that purple orb thing. Some careful rule-bending and hilarity ensued.

    Great idea, Glug you are truly an artisan of dungeoning.
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    Gravity Shifting Traps? That's a bit too sci-fi for my tastes but I wouldn't be above looking for a mundane way to tip the whole dungeon onto one of it's other sides.
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    The idea that comes to mind is "D&D Pinball". Looks awesome. Forcing players to think in 3D-ish situations seems like an interesting concept.

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    A mundane way to tip the dungeon around? How about this: the surface we're looking at is one of the inner facets of a polyhedron, like a Dyson Cube. On the outer surfaces are printed a series of symbols. Titans are playing a dice game, and one of the dice is full of adventurers.
    For extra points: leave a novelty D6 on your gaming table, something the players will inevitably fidget with and pass around. Keep track of which face corresponds to each possible orientation of the dungeon, and re-orient every time they turn said die over. Now they're the titans in question!

    (edit: it might also be a good idea to permanently Feather Fall everyone on their way in.)
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    Fourth edition campaign with a lot of potential for falling off the edge of things makes me think that the players (and monsters) will be getting a lot of use out of forced-movement powers.
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    A mundane way to tip the dungeon around? How about this: the surface we're looking at is one of the inner facets of a polyhedron, like a Dyson Cube. On the outer surfaces are printed a series of symbols. Titans are playing a dice game, and one of the dice is full of adventurers.
    For extra points: leave a novelty D6 on your gaming table, something the players will inevitably fidget with and pass around. Keep track of which face corresponds to each possible orientation of the dungeon, and re-orient every time they turn said die over. Now they're the titans in question!

    (edit: it might also be a good idea to permanently Feather Fall everyone on their way in.)
    This. This would make the game most epic. And it would be hilarious when they realize what's going on too.

    As for traps, I vote for many, many pit traps. Especially if you're going to do the thing with the die. Some sort of snare trap would be fun too if they get caught on it just before the dungeon shifts.

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    Truly awesome.

    You might also need a way to prevent flying.
    Like a constant downward wind.

    And a trap at the top that would teleport or otherwisw move a character back to bottom.
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