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Sir John Soane, megadungeoneer

September 28, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Monsters and Manuals has reminded me, obliquely, of something that everyone who likes dungeons should have in their mental arsenal, by talking about the whole “D&D is a toolkit” discourse that you sometimes encounter on the blogosphere.

That’s me. D&D turned me into a game designer, which it probably wouldn’t have done if it were more coherent, made more obvious sense, showed better organization or fewer obviously kludged-together subsystems. At 7 I loved Lego. By 12 that Lego enthusiasm had transferred pretty much directly to RPG design.

So while some other people in the OSR seem to see D&D as this, I see it as this. And dungeons very often as this.

Oh, this here?

Soane Bank of England, extract

click to get giant, complete original

That’s the Bank of England imagined as a ruin and presented, on that basis, by its architect to the money men. They said yes, please build us the building that one day might ruin like that. Really, if you click nothing else here, click that. Ripe and ready for Zak to annotate with denizens. And this right here is what I picture behind every DM’s screen. Who doesn’t want to go spelunking through that?

…oh, you know, while I’m at it, some things Zak reminded me of:

Escher – double planetoid. Amalfi and Santorini as environments for parkour.
Why is there no parkour in your megadungeon? What about in your cubiform multiverse?

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  1. September 28, 2011 at 8:54 am

    That’s pretty cool. Images like that really inspire me to do something with them 🙂

  2. September 28, 2011 at 7:01 pm

    I’d like to see projections of more buildings as ruins. Many many more buildings. mmm … dystopia …

  1. January 21, 2012 at 12:27 am

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