Advanced Search

Mapping Cards - Guide to using.Click to magnify
Quick Preview
Full‑size Preview

Mapping Cards - Guide to using.


Mapping Cards are a simple way of quickly constructing a random dungeon like adventure area using a card deck
mechanic. Using a set of standard sized cards with simple words or symbols the players/GM can draw cards and line
them up as they chose.
The GM controls what is present by what cards are in the deck. They can control the order of the cards as well, with the
ENTRY card always being the first card in the deck. The Exit card will often be the last card.
GMs may more rigidly control the layout of the cards by placing them in a set format, face down on the table, so the
players cannot see what they are until they move onto the card.
You can require that the cards be laid with solid contact along their edges, or not. You can limit playing of cards into a
defined area (like your tabletop for starters). You can prevent overlapping or not, thats your choice.
The single important thing to remember with this tool is that the card merely represents an area the players are entering,
and is not the detail of the location. The detail should be evoked by the name of the room and whatever other narrative
descriptions you wish to apply to it (the GM can assign aspects to the room).
If you use a tightly controlled grid in your game then these cards probably wont suit you style of play. If you use a
narrative free form style, or an area based system then they are ideal.

Combine this deck with the others I intend to create and I hope you find them as useful in your games as I have in mine.

This is a commentary on how you might use the cards.

 Customers Who Bought this Title also Purchased
Reviews (0)
Discussions (1)
Customer avatar
Łukasz K February 04, 2015 5:04 am UTC
The update finally gives some idea on how to use this tool. Thanks.
Browse Categories
$ to $
 Follow Your Favorites!
NotificationsSign in to get custom notifications of new products!

Product Information
Publisher Stock #
File Size:
0.37 MB
Original electronic Click for more information
Scanned image
These products were created by scanning an original printed edition. Most older books are in scanned image format because original digital layout files never existed or were no longer available from the publisher.

For PDF download editions, each page has been run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software to attempt to decipher the printed text. The result of this OCR process is placed invisibly behind the picture of each scanned page, to allow for text searching. However, any text in a given book set on a graphical background or in handwritten fonts would most likely not be picked up by the OCR software, and is therefore not searchable. Also, a few larger books may be resampled to fit into the system, and may not have this searchable text background.

For printed books, we have performed high-resolution scans of an original hardcopy of the book. We essentially digitally re-master the book. Unfortunately, the resulting quality of these books is not as high. It's the problem of making a copy of a copy. The text is fine for reading, but illustration work starts to run dark, pixellating and/or losing shades of grey. Moiré patterns may develop in photos. We mark clearly which print titles come from scanned image books so that you can make an informed purchase decision about the quality of what you will receive.
Original electronic format
These ebooks were created from the original electronic layout files, and therefore are fully text searchable. Also, their file size tends to be smaller than scanned image books. Most newer books are in the original electronic format. Both download and print editions of such books should be high quality.
File Last Updated:
March 29, 2021
This title was added to our catalog on July 13, 2014.