Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Improvisation and Greyhawk

In the Stonehell review, I mentioned how the 1 page dungeon format and Stonehell's 2-page dungeon format are really throwbacks to the 70's - I knew I had seen some pictures of Gary running a level in the original Castle Greyhawk in a similar manner.

Folks get caught up with how intricate is the map, the dead ends and ability to get lost.  I like seeing the map key on the left page - you can see how sparse it is, really just a bare bones list of scrawled notes.  It's a style that implies a lot of improvisation, keeping the details in your head, or both, and if you're comfortable with that style, improvising can be *fun*.