Friday, July 31, 2009

The One Page Dungeon Contest PDFs

ChattyDM and I would like to present the One Page Dungeon Codex 2009 (the Hobbyist version) and the One Page Dungeon Compendium.

You can get them here:
The Codex is a compilation of the winning entries, runner ups and honorable mentions. It features a color cover by the awesome Mark Allen, the winner of the Color category in the Erol Otus/Fight On/Otherworld Miniatures art contest. It also has commentary from myself and ChattyDM and blog posts that trace the genesis of the OPD and give some tips on it's usage.

The Compendium simply contains all of the contest entries - it's a whopping 28MB of one page dungeon awesomeness. You asked for all the entries, and now you have them. There's years of dungeon delving in that collection.

Why did we name it the "Hobbyist" version? Well, that's because in September, we'll have a "Professional" version that has been professionally laid out, has additional content and has the artwork provided by Avatar Art (one of our sponsors) for the top 3 winners. We didn't want to wait until then to release the Codex (we did promise end of July...) so we're providing it now.

So there you have it! Enjoy!

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Christopher B said...

Awesome!! Can't wait to see the "Professional" version. :D

Hakdov said...

This is made of pure win. Best thing I've seen in a long time.

Rick Krebs said...

An excellent addition to the hobby.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

Thank you!

Rick, that is high praise and I'm very grateful for all the participation from everyone.

Chris said...

That's my weekend reading sorted then. :)

Thanks and congratulations to all involved in the OPD contest (participants, sponsors and judgers alike)

jcosmon said...

How great is this! Thanks so much for making all of these available.

This is really incredible.

Kiltedyaksman said...

What a great collaboration. Judges and participants should be proud of this accomplishment. I plan on using this in my own game.

Great work.

Dave Tackett said...

I have been anxiously waiting for this. Outstanding.

Gabriel said...

Thumbs up to all who made the OPDC possible!

Adam Thornton said...


The mongo compendium has a few minor issues (like, ahem, at least one author's name mistranscribed in the table of contents (or index or whatever you call that sidebar thing in Apple Preview)) and a page that is blank or appears so on Apple's Preview and Safari (between Tomb of Song and Temple of Corruption), but this is way, way cool despite these (very minor) glitches.

I am amazed--AMAZED--at how few of the entries appear phoned in! I had noticed this already with the ones that had been published on authors' web pages, but I figured there was a certain amount of self-selection going on there, where only the people who had put a lot of effort into their entries posted them. Almost every one of the entries here, though, feels like something that someone really put significant work into.

I contrast this with the annual Interactive Fiction competition, which I follow pretty closely. It usually attracts somewhere between 30 and 60 entries, but of those, probably between 3 and 10 in any given year were clearly haphazard at-the-last-minute-slap-something-together things. So you did wonderfully in attracting contestants who took the work seriously.


Akrasia said...

This is a really great resource. Thanks!

matt said...

This thing is really cool, I am just sad I did not have a chance to compete and get my piece of junk put in here as well. Maybe next year!

Good work to everyone who contributed to this project, this is some awesome stuff.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@Adam - I agree, I was really thrilled to see the effort. I wonder if that has anything to do with this being the first - I wonder if it became a regular thing, it would seem "ordinary"?

Maybe we'll do this every 5 years? :)

Anonymous said...

Will the "Professional" version be available in print?

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@Anon - It's going to be a full color item - we could offer it through lulu, but I think it would be extremely expensive.

Anonymous said...

via Lulu's Book Cost Calculator
Paper: Standard
Book Type: Paperback
Color: Color
Size: U.S. Letter (8.5" x 11")
Binding: Coil Bound
Number of Pages: 44
Quantity: 1
Manufacturing cost: $15.80

I'm sure that final particulars may vary, but I'd gladly pay $20 or so for a print copy. Coil Bound is ideal, providing the ability to lay the book flat with any given One Page Dungeon displayed in all its glory.

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@Anon - well, learn something new everyday - I didn't know you could do that! Thanks for the info, we'll definitely consider it.

Personally, I go back to 3 hole ring binders, but that's just how I grew up. I always end up smashing/breaking/separating those darn coil binders. :-/

Unknown said...

This is still an awesome resource for ideas. Just out of idle curiosity, has the "Professional" version been abandoned?

Michael S/Chgowiz said...

@awmyhr - We are going to try and get it done by April, but it's been hard trying to pull together some elements. But thanks - and give a look at Alex Schroeder's 2010 OPD contest too.