OPD highlights

The One Page Dungeon Contest (link is to main page; you can find all mentioned OPDs there now) has some excellent again entries this year.

I’m pointing out some that I especially like but really almost all of them are just great.  I haven’t had a chance to look at most of them, actually.  There are something like 60 entries this year!

I wish I had the artistic talent to do one with a mostly “visual” key.  I don’t know if there is a term for maps like that where the encounters are drawn directly onto it, but I have been calling them “visual maps” although that sounds kind of redundant. Three with nicely drawn visual maps are: The dungeon with no name (my favorite of all the entries really; bonus: it has a hell mouth!), The sinister puppetee, and Vermin Hollow. The hallways of Thime looks great too, and is very “professional” looking.

There are a lot of entries that are basically a showcase of one interesting and/or original idea, and the OPD format is perfect for them. The great lunar staircase (which reminds me a little of the “Infinite tower” from a previous year) is a neat idea. There’s a sword down there, I promise uses a mapping technique I’ve never seen before. The egg of Gazolba‘s central idea of a non-violent dungeon is something I haven’t seen before (I guess there is that one TSR module with the forest where fighting turns the thing into an almost no-win situuation; The garden of something or other?). The mystery of Godzina house has a great premise too — the house travels through time and the different “levels” of the dungeon are just set in different time periods.  I am seriously impressed too with the idea behind Treasure of Piltarch too — a tactile map provided to the players.

I have to admit that I don’t spend much time looking at non-fantasy OPDs, but I really liked the Old West scenario Hanging in Wolverine City.

I was thinking my own submission, The belly of the beast, would be pretty unique but I see at least two more submissions that are “anatomical” — Down the gullet of the space-god and Into the worm’s gullet; I’m glad I didn’t call my dungeon “Hell in a gullet,” which was one of the titles I was tossing around. 🙂   Both of the gullet OPDs look pretty good.

But that reminds me — I’m getting some free publicity for my OPD via the TV show Adventure Time: see the upcoming episode, “Belly of the beast.” 😉  (poster here)

Anyway the OPDs are a real life-saver and I’m sure I’ll be throw a few of this year’s entries into my own campaign, just as I have with the previous two year’s entries.

<Update> Since posting this, I came across two more stand-outs: Terror in Shadowcliff Vale, which manages to squeeze a village and three adventure locations into one page, and Citadel of Evil, which prints to cut & fold into a six page booklet using the “Pocket Mod” tool.  I’m a sucker for printable booklets.  Maybe someone will start a Pocket Module contest, eh?

Published in: on April 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm  Comments (2)  
Tags: , ,

The URI to TrackBack this entry is: https://mikemonaco.wordpress.com/2011/04/04/opd-highlights/trackback/

RSS feed for comments on this post.

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Hey, cool that you liked my piece (“There’s a sword down there…”)! I participated last year too, and find it extremely difficult to stand out amongst so many other great works.

    Good luck in the contest!

  2. If you look back at the older entries you will find a lot of entries with humanoid shaped dungeons. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ann's Immaterium

Writing, gaming, miniature painting, and other dark procrastinations.


Collecting, modelling, painting and wargaming in 28mm

Dragons Never Forget

and I am no Dragon

This Stuff is REALLY Cool

Young scholars enthusiastic to tell you about COOL RESEARCH STUFF

Fail Squad Games

Tabletop games and adventures

Chuck Wendig: Terribleminds

Hey Did You Know I Write Books

Save Vs. Dragon

"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut


Old School Roleplaying and related musings

Hobgoblin Orange

My return to the world of miniature figure painting and RPGs


The Book Reviews You Can Trust!

Dawn of the Lead

Miniature wargaming and the occasional zombie

The WordPress.com Blog

The latest news on WordPress.com and the WordPress community.


Miniature Motivation

Take On Rules

Jeremy Friesen - a poor soul consumed by gaming.

Age of Dusk

Roleplaying, reviews and associated paraphernalia.

Roll to Disbelieve

"We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different."--Kurt Vonnegut

A Book of Creatures

A Complete Guide to Entities of Myth, Legend, and Folklore

Making the Past

Diary of an apprentice swordsmith

Ancient & Medieval Wargaming

Using De Bellis Antiquitatis, with the odd diversion...

Riffing Religion

Prophets should be mocked. I'm doing my part.


Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense

2 Warps to Neptune

Surveying the Gen X landscape and the origins of geek

Inside the Shadowbox

Rolling the dice. Writing the words. Pushing the buttons. Eating the bacon. Smiling and waving.

Dagger and Brush, Daggerandbrush, dagger brush

Miniature painting, wargaming terrain tutorials, reviews, interviews and painting guides


A lair for gaming, sci-fi, comics, and other geekish pursuits.


I bought these adventure and review them so you don't have to.

9th Key Press

Maps, supplements, and inspiration for roleplaying games.

The Rambling Roleplayer Archives

This site is no longer being updated. Check out the new site at www.rpgrambler.com

Sheppard's Crook

The occasional blog of a closet would -be wargamer and modeller

10 Bad Habits

Probably not the Justin Howe you were looking for

The Weekly Sift

making sense of the news one week at a time


Just another WordPress.com site

%d bloggers like this: