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Best Dungeon Map Ever?
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Last year, I blogged about what – for my money – was the worst dungeon map of all time. In this post, I’m going to share what I think is one of the greatest dungeon maps of all time!

I was at PAWS last weekend and idly looking through some old AD&D modules when I came across DL1 Dragons of Despair, the first Dragonlance module. I immediately flipped to the Xak Tsaroth map as I had many happy hours when I was younger playing through that dungeon.

Xak-Tsaroth-Cavern-Map

I’d forgotten how great the map of the fallen city of Xak Tsaroth is.

For me, this is one of the most awesome dungeon maps ever publishing. Not only does it look rather excellent, it gives a great sense of the way the levels hang together – something which a more standard map doesn’t. The map also reflects the dungeon’s history and does a great job of setting the scene for the GM. The dungeon itself has an interesting variety of levels and terrain while providing lots of meaningful choices as to how to explore.

For me, this map ticks all the relevant boxes. Is there a better map out there, though? Have you got a better candidate for best map ever?


The collapsed city of Xak Tsaroth. I'd forgotten about that one. It is a great map.

Many great maps in this one. Also the Desert of Distillation series.

Good choice! I'd forgotten the desert series.

I love this map! Need to dig out my copy!

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