My Dungeon is Sunk: Circuit Diagram as Sub Map
September 23, 2012
Not many posts here lately because I haven’t been working on anything specifically jungle-related. Today’s post is about something I started working on earlier this year: a huge submarine somehow buried in the jungle. Not sure if I’ll ever complete it, but here’s the entrance description and the 1st draft of the map…
THE BURIED SUBMARINE
This area of jungle is exceptionally dense. After some searching, a cluster of “rusty metal trees” will be found. These are the buried submarine’s antennas and other sensory equipment jutting out from the jungle floor. Within the cluster is a pit. Vines and foliage spill into the hole, nearly choking it shut. After some of the vines are cleared, the hole will be large enough for entrance into the darkness. There’s even a ladder attached to the side of the pit to make descent simple.
Once inside, it will be discovered that the chamber isn’t totally dark. Dim flickering lights can be seen behind the layers of leaf, vine, and root. The floor of the room is a mat of the same, plus a mix of mud and rot that has fallen in from the jungle over the years.
There is nobody in this chamber except maybe the usual small creepies and crawlies of the jungle. The doors to adjacent rooms are sealed shut, but there are some ventilation ducts and service tunnels that can be accessed here to enable further exploration of the submarine.
The dim lights are coming from the command and control panels. Moisture and age have made most of it useless for it’s original purpose of controlling and monitoring the submarine. All labels are deteriorated beyond readability. There is are three functional controls among the hundreds: the Big Red Button, the Sticky Blue Knob, and the Little Green Switch.
The various chambers and sections of the submarine are sealed off from each other, so the only way to explore it is by crawling through the mess of ducts and tubing that connects it all together. That mess is indicated by the colored lines on the map.
Anyone who has followed this blog probably realizes that I am allergic to drawing normal dungeon maps. There are so many great dungeon maps to be found online that I can use whenever I want a normal map. When creating a map from scratch I like to experiment with a different style, especially when the map is to represent a non-standard environment such as a submarine’s ventilation and utility ducts. For this map, there were two inspirations. This submarine cutout…
…and circuit diagrams, like these below.
If you squint, they kinda look like dungeon maps…