Maps of mines

Quick idea: suppose the upper level(s) of the megadungeon you are planning is composed of mines. How do you map a mining complex? Wing it? Or do you check some real-world mine maps?

Here’s a link to some guides to mines in Illinois (pdf documents).

And here’s some maps of West Virgina mines.

A little more Googling might lead you to mines in your area. Unfortunately, the National Mine Map Repository does not have an easy way to find the many maps they’ve scanned — you need to know what you’re looking for there.

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  1. Holy crap, those are cool. Awesome research!

    Well done, sir.

  2. If you don’t mind “stealing” a bit, a lot of video games ALSO have mine levels, and the vast majority of them are mapped out online.

    • Oh no, I whole-heartedly approve of using video game maps in RPGs. I’ve often tohught it would be fun to run a game along the lines of Ultima III or IV and swiping all the dungeons from them!

      • I’ll second that… I figure that computer game companies put a lot of effort into ‘level design’ and inherently approach things from a ‘three dimensional view’, so maps of such content can’t be bad starting points!

  3. […] pretty easy to draw mine shaft maps as adventure sites — as I posted earlier, real maps are freely available and you can really just assume there is one main shaft per level with various side shafts and […]


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