As you arrive at Dave’s Mapper there will be a randomly generated dungeon map waiting for you.
The randomly generated dungeon map will be in a heady mix of styles and will look Frankenstein weird. That’s addressed by clicking on the options in yellow on the left. A click either deselects or selects and illustration style. Double-click on one to automatically deselect everything else.
You can see in the screengrab above that I went for a Dyson Logos style Dave’s Mapper map.
Next, click on an area in your dungeon, and that will select the tile. You’ll usually find a single central tile holds two or three dungeon areas. Here’s where the cleverness of Dave’s system kicks in; rotate the title, and it’ll still fit, generate a random replacement, and it’ll still fit.
You can increase the map area, start adding grids or muck around with the edges within a minute or arriving at the page.
If you need to quickly generate a dungeon map, no fuss, no drama, then this site is ideal.
On the downside, Dave’s blog hasn’t been updated for seven years. That makes me worry about the future of the site. It doesn’t seem to be a favourite project. Mind you, it loads quickly and is still well maintained, so perhaps a lack of blogging isn’t necessarily a sign of a lack of interest in the project.
Dave’s Mapper is free to use.
Which map-making sites do you recommend?