Starting your adventure

The First Step

Like any adventure there is always a starting place. A local tavern, inn or town square. Someplace safe that you can gather your gear, find any rumors or tips on the adventures that await.

It is my hope that this blog and its posts will help you along in your mapping adventures.

The first step in building with any of the DungeonArts (DA) sets is sizing.

Sizing and Read Me Files

Each set contains a read me file, it would be an image if it purchased through Roll20, a pdf if it is purchased via this site. Both are labeled as “readme” as well as set specific info like pack identifiers.

Within that readme file are the specific cell sizes that are recommended for each tile or prop being placed within your virtual table top such as Roll20, a map maker such as Mapforge, or a graphic editor such as Photoshop, Gimp, Clip Studio ( my favorite) and many others.

Unfortunately Dungeon Blanks 1, where most people start collecting the sets, has an incorrect readme file. This was my initial release and at the time I did not have a good grasp on how VTTs cells worked with scale. Despite many people purchasing the set I was not made aware of the error until recently many years later.

Dungeon Blanks 1 Read Me

Here are the proper cell sizes for the Dungeon Blanks 1 tile set:

  • 6w x 6h cells for all tiles
  • 4w x 1h cells for the doors
  • 1w x 1h for the doors and torches (can be placed without snapping by pressing alt on your keyboard within Roll20)
  • 2w x 1h Webbing can be placed to preference.

So what is a cell?

A cell is the most common method of measurement in a virtual table top, or mapping software. In a nutshell it is a grid cell that typically equals a set number of feet, all Dungeon Arts products are based on 5 feet equals one grid cell.

Cell size example
Image A: One cell equals five feet

So in Image A (a cross tile in the Blanks 1 set) the tile is 6 cells wide and 6 cells high. Each cell is five feet so the total width and height would be thirty feet across the tile.

Specifically, This is a 10ft wide hall (2 cells wide). The brazier prop is less than 5 ft in scale (1w x 1h cell). The overlay doorway is less than 20 ft wide and 5 ft high (4 w x 1 h). The door is 1wx1h

Hope this helps!! Watch for more content soon.


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