As you'll see (if you watched any of the aforementioned videos), the idea is to give a bit more depth to regular two-dimensional dungeon tiles by including a slightly raised area around the edge of each tile to represent the walls.
Well, I've been meaning to have a go at something like that for a while now - but instead of painting the cardboard (like the above you-tuber's do), I thought I would make a couple of custom images that I could print out and simply glue to the cardboard (much like AJ does in THIS video ...but have the wall and floor pattern as separate sheets to make things a little easier)
So, here's what I've come up with...
- a selection of the finished tiles -
- those same tiles arranged into a little dungeon -
They're pretty easy to make ...as all you need to do is print off the wall and floor patterns that I've supplied in THIS pdf file (note that you'll only need to print 1 'wall' pattern for every 4-5 'floor' patterns) and glue them down to a sheet of thick (double-corrugated) cardboard.
Then simply cut the floor pattern into the size/shape you require (remembering to include a half inch gap around the edge to accommodate the walls) and cut the walls into half inch wide strips ...as shown below:
(note that I've printed these on regular paper and in draft/low quality - as that is sufficient for this project)
The next (and final) step is to trim the wall strips to the length you require, and glue them around the edge of the tile (leaving a gap of 2 squares for any entrances/exits):
(in this example I'm making a small 'passage corner' piece)
And that's pretty much all there is to it :)
However, you'll notice that I've also included a door assembly in the pdf download ...and to make these I've simply glued the front and back image to a thick piece of (double-corrugated) cardboard, and the base to a piece of thinner (single-corrugated) cardboard. The two pieces where then stuck together with the aid of a hot-glue gun.
(note that I've made these slightly smaller than 2" wide - just to make placing/removing them a little easier).
And there you have it. A nice and easy (and cheap) way of creating your own 2.5D dungeon :)
- a few of the old D&D pre-painted miniatures thrown in for scale -
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TL;DR here's a free pdf file that you can use to create some 2.5D dungeon tiles like those pictured above: