Man these just get better every year...
The One Page Dungeon contest is rapidly turning into some kind of serious thing.
Many of the winning maps could (and should) easily be the sort of work appearing in official D&D stuff. (And official stuff generally.) Maybe more "should" than "could", because they're better.
Maximum content maximum density maximum value fits on your goddamn table next to your 900 other things you gotta deal with while you DM.
This is beautiful. Some people are like "the Old School Renaissance has won because like something something WOTC something" don't know don't care. But this here? This is like some Martin Sheen level winning here. Like some slowly rising from the Cambodian muck to stab a moaning and useless Marlon Brando and then call in the airstrike business here.
Whatever combination of people and forces and ideas is responsible for the inventiveness, energy, creativity and confidence-that-what-you-do-will-be-worth-showing-people-and-they-might-like-it-and-use-it-so-just-do-it on display here is an awesome thing.
This is some DIY D&D at it's finest and I think anybody designing RPGs or RPG books should be required to spend a long, lingering 5-hour look at it--both the individual entries and the emergent creativity inspired by this one simple constraint--before they touch pen, paper or mouse ever again.
Chambers amid the roots of the great tree
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