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What is a One Page Dungeon?

The easy part first: whatever it is, it has to fit on one page. Letter format or A4 is the limit. It must be readable when printed: if the font is too small or if it requires a web browser to read, then it won’t do. ;)

But now for the hard part: what’s a dungeon? Traditionally, a dungeon is the map of a connected series of rooms full of monsters, traps, and treasure. Then people proposed random dungeon generators. These had no map, but instructions on how to create a map. Then people started saying that a wilderness, a village, or a big building could also be treated as a dungeon. I don’t think we’ll agree on a single definition of dungeon in the roleplaying context.

Thus, in the spirit of “I know it when I see it” we’ll leave the decision up to the judges.

History: You can read more on how Dave Bowman put together the concept of the One Page Dungeon.

Here’s a list of posts leading up to the first One Page Dungeon Contest in 2009:

  1. dwayanu’s post in the How do you go about designing your MegaDungeon thread, December 21, 2008
  2. The Dismal Depths by Dave Bowman aka Sham, December 29, 2008
  3. One Page Dungeon Level Templates by Michael Shorten aka Chgowiz
  4. Dungeon Jazz by Michael Curtis aka Amityville Mike, January 2, 2009
  5. Chatty's Megadungeon: Building the Font of Sorrows by Philippe-Antoine Menard aka The Chatty DM, March 17, 2009
  6. New Grand Contest: The One-Page Dungeon! by Philippe-Antoine Menard aka The Chatty DM, April 14, 2009

Maps: If you want a map but have a hard time making one, don’t worry. You’re not alone. :)

If you look at previous entries, you’ll find submissions with anything from hand-drawn maps to maps created in Microsoft Excel. If you’re interested, you can always check the Mapmaking Requests forum at the Cartographers’ Guild.

Other cool threads with maps for inspiration:

Templates: If you’re unsure of the format to use, take a look at the original One Page Dungeon Level Templates discussion. You can get an archive of both Microsoft Word and Open Office templates from Chgowiz’ size. Using the template is optional! If you use the templates please make sure to use the appropriate license!

Genre: You’re not limited to fantasy dungeons. We’ve had submissions of wilderness maps, space stations, post-apocalyptic scenarios, murder scenes, western towns, and other, more far out things. I have one word for you: “Pacman.”

License: The PDF doesn’t need an actual clickable link to the Creative Common Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license. The URL just has to be readable when printed so that people can look it up if they need to. The license basically says that anybody can copy, change, and distribute your submission, as long as other people can take the new copy and do the same, and as long as they list all the contributing authors. As the author you can distribute copies using a different license, but you cannot revoke the Creative Commons license. Thus you cannot sell “exclusive rights” to somebody else at a later date. See the license itself for more information. :)

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