Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage has just been released for Dungeon Masters to test their players’ mettle with. D&D dungeons are a tried and true staple of the game. Over the years there has been D&D dungeon after D&D dungeon. From the Tomb of Horrors to today’s modern Dungeon of the Mad Mage. And over the years Dungeon Masters have used a ton of different methods for representing their dungeons. Now there is another one from Toy Vault live on KickStarter. Their new ZFigs Interlocking Dungeon Tiles is affordable 3D dungeon terrain for everyone’s tabletop games. There are some really nice high dungeon tiles and sets out there, but they aren’t also within the average gamer’s budget.
Enter ZFigs interlocking Dungeon Tiles
They are modular and come in painted and unpainted varieties. Not only do they look great and are affordable, every pledge level will not only give Dungeon Masters the dungeon tiles for making D&D dungeons, but each pledge level will have an adventure ideas provided by Toy Vault. Let’s see if we can’t expand some of those adventure ideas or come up with some of our own for each tier.
The Goblin’s Lair
The Goblin’s Lair is just three words. But what is the name of the goblin? What goblin is so powerful that it could command it’s own lair? Is it’s henchmen other goblins? Perhaps it’s conscripted some orcs into it’s service. How would a lowly goblin rise up to command more powerful monsters? The answers might lead to the same as the ones laid out by the folks behind Zfigs.
Crypt of the Mummy
The Crypt of the Mummy — Who was the mummy? Who was the architect of the crypt? Who were the builders? All of these questions can guide Dungeon Masters through the process of creating an adventure to take the players on. If we have a mummy then there should be a mummy’s curse, right? What might an adventuring party need from the crypt and why?
Temple of the Ravening Rats
Temple of the Ravening Rats — this instantly brings the ideas of rot and decay into my mind. It’s a temple, so who is the god it venerates? What kind of priests, acolytes, or servants tend the temple? Does this god require sacrifice? What are it’s followers? Is this temple secret or is it known? Is the religion accepted by others in the region?
Tower of the Elements – Screams a Temple of Elemental Evil vibe. That being said we could just as easily spin a different tale based of an invasion from the Elemental Planes. By asking questions we can start to flesh out adventure ideas. For instance what elemental planes are involved? Who has brought them together? What do they want? Do they have agents on this world? Was the tower always there or did it appear?
Manor of the Bloodwalker — The word manor conjures the image of nobility. Who is the Bloodwalker? Is the Bloodwalker a curse? Is the Bloodwalker a title? Is it a local tale? What is the terrain around the manor like? What the people in the region like?
Castle of the Mad King — Brings to the mind a citizenry held in terror. Who is the Mad King? Has he always been an insane tyrant or did something happen? How long have the people been oppressed? Is the king suffering from a curse, an ailment, or is it an imposter?
Whether you wanna use one of the scenarios from Zfigs or come up with your own there is ton of possibilities using the ZFigs Interlocking Dungeon Tiles. be sure to check out their Kickstarter and see what your own imagination is inspired by. And check out the video below for more tips on running or playing in a dungeon.
Better D&D Dungeons — Tips For Players and Dungeon Masters Video
My name is Dave Friant I've been gaming off and on for over 27 years. But here is the thing it's always been a part of my life I've kept secret and hidden away. I've always been ashamed of the stigma that gaming and my other nerdy and geeky pursuits summon forth.
Recently I decided screw it! This is who I am the world be damned. From now on I'm gonna be a geek, nerd, or however folks want to judge me and just enjoy life.
Currently one of my greatest joys is introducing my 13 yr old son to table top RPG's.
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