Modular Tile Patterns

The advantage of using a modular system is that they can be used and reused for multiple configurations and alleviating the need to have many 1 use/specialty tiles. I use a very simple, smaller tile style, with a 2x2" base configuration. It does lend itself to need a few specialty tiles, but those tiles still get reused quite a bit, and they don't use much material. I'd personally rather do that than create large and elaborate single piece tiles that may never get used again. As long as you plan ahead it's easy to bang out more tiles quickly as needed before game day.

 

Each 1" square on the image is translated to a 5' in-game tile. Walls are 1/2" thick.

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My tiles, basic in nature as they are, still allow me to create some pretty elaborate dungeons.

 

Supplies

Notice: Although I try to update all of my links & prices at least once a month, Amazon sellers may change or remove the particular items or prices since the time they have been listed here. The items I have listed are the best that I have found at the time, but any item matching the general description should suffice for this project.

 

I've broken these down by size and then by part. In addition, I have added the keywords I used to find these items if you want to do your own searches or in the event that the seller has changed/removed the item listed below.

 

  • Cardboard - $0-6 - I just used the ones from Amazon boxes. Some is a little squished more than others unless you want a pallet. Personally, I think the unevenness gives a dungeon a little more decrepit feel.

    • Keywords: cardboard

  • Box cutter $4 - I find the smaller ones to be perfect for the shortcuts needed

    • Keywords: box cutter

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  • Cutting mat $6 - I liked the one in my link because it was large and double-sided

    • Keywords: cutting mat

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  • Adhesive spray $5 - To adhere the texture map to the cardboard

    • Keywords: craft adhesive spray

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  • Glue sticks (30) $10 - You will go through glue pretty fast and so I felt getting the 30pk made the most money sense. And it was by far the best bang for the buck. Save the glue stick tops! They make great pillar tops in Crooked's tutorial on making columns.

    • Keywords: glue sticks

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  • Printer Paper $10 - for textures. Print off Crooked's .pdfs, order them preprinted, or find your own

    • Keywords: printer paper

  • Fringe Marker $14 - not in the original supply needed list, but I found it very useful for quickly marking cardboard for cutting

    • Keywords: fringe marker

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Use to fill in the middle of rooms & for room exits (there's a specialty piece for the gap)

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Use to define the boundary of the room. Leave a space for any exits.

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Use create the corners of a room.

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Example​

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Wall_2x2.jpg
Corner_2x2.jpg
Wall_2x2.jpg
Center_2x2.jpg
Wall_2x2.jpg

Passageways

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Hall_2x1.jpg
Hall_1x2.jpg
Hall_1x1.png
Hall_2x4.jpg
Hall_1x4.jpg
DeadEnd_2x2.jpg
DeadEnd_1x2.jpg
DeadEnd_2x1.jpg
DeadEnd_1x1.jpg

Dead Ends

Halls

Intersections

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Intersection_2_4x3.png
Intersection_2_4x4.png
Bend_1_2x2.png
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Example​

DeadEnd_2x1.jpg
Hall_2x1.jpg
DeadEnd_2x2.jpg
Hall_2x4.jpg
Intersection_2_4x3.png
Bend_2_3x3.png
Intersection_2_4x4.png
DeadEnd_2x1.jpg
Hall_2x1.jpg
Hall_2x4.jpg
Bend_2_3x3.png
DeadEnd_2x2.jpg
Intersection_2_4x3.png
Intersection_2_4x4.png
Hall_2x2.jpg
Wall_2x2.jpg
Corner_2x2.jpg
Corner_2x2.jpg
Wall_2x2.jpg
Center_2x2.jpg
Wall_2x2.jpg
 
 

Templates

There are essentially 2 sets; larger (2x2) & smaller (1x1) tiles for rooms, hallways, and specialty tiles.​ The easiest way to do this is to figure out how many/what you need on an extra template sheet and use a marker/pen (or do it on the computer) to create a jigsaw puzzle of the shapes in order to minimalize waste. This list is in no way exhaustive.

 

Tips:

  1. The white border can be utilized for wall space

  2. The most common pieces are center, wall, corner, hall

  3. Keep the templates for further need down the road

Center Pieces

Rooms

Walls

Corners​

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Special Tiles

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Entrance_2x2.png
Entrance_1x1.png
Entrance_1x2.png

Use these to fill the 1/2" gap when creating exits.

Room/Hall Angles

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Angle_1x1.png

Example​

Hall_2x1.jpg
Entrance_2x1.png
Corner_2x2.jpg
Center_2x2.jpg
Corner_2x2.jpg
Hall_2x1.jpg
Center_2x2.jpg
Corner_2x2.jpg
Angle_2x2.png
Wall_2x2.jpg
Angle_2x2.png
Corner_2x2.jpg
Entrance_2x1.png
 

Room Entryways/Exits

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