Tuesday, 9 February 2021

Dungeon Poem Challenge

 Dungeon Poem Challenge

I had this idea of, not a Gygaxian Democracy dungeon, but a kind of blog-ring alter-dungeon challenge thing

Take one of the more interesting (and SMALL) Dyson Logos maps.

This one (I like it because it has a river on it).

Original here.



And anyone who wants to; make a dungeon of this map.

Thats; everyone use this specific map 

I am going to try to do mine and will attempt to post it by Saturday or Sunday, and if anyone else wants to do one and tell me about it I will link it here. And we will see what everyone comes up with.

The general concept is; Artpunk plus functional. So original ideas preferred, as pretentious as you like, but minimal text, shaved right down, and functional as a dungeon for players without any extra context. But as much as possible, honed for beauty, interest and strangeness.

The link to 'poetry' being not the euphony structure or rhythm of the text, (though you can try that if you like), but the condensation of utility, beauty, meaning and originality into a functional and interesting micro-adventure. 

All those things traditionally being opposed or at least difficult to have at the same time.

To do as much as possible with as little text and information as possible



36 comments:

  1. Neat idea, I like this as a quick-fire way to capture the essence of a dungeon...

    "Beneath the earth when ere the Old Men swore,
    Grey stairs in dark there await shadows starving.
    Deep cold slime-skinned men lost past deep chill shores,
    Dug, broke, screamed, fled, now huddle fear-runes carving.
    First east, blind force hurtles swift down west hall.
    Now west, iron bars advance crushing, blocking.
    Further now, the ditch protects from a dire fall;
    Boards shove when one is upon the bridge walking.
    Beyond, squamous twin doors of beaten cool brass,
    Keys found in squat idols that watch by water.
    Within, blood-soaked chamber of sacrifice-
    Vile pale fungus sleeps, but wakes hungry for slaughter.
    While in secret below lich-quiet the Keeper supervises.
    Knows their imprisoned monster yet lives, now whispering rises."

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  4. I don't know what "Artpunk" is but it sounds dated and immature like "Girlpower". Maybe it isn't and you could explain. Maybe you simply mean "non-traditional" with "aggressive haircut" and might find such grooming on reflection superfluous.

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    1. http://falsemachine.blogspot.com/2018/12/what-is-artpunk.html

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  5. I offer up The Court of Hell

    https://enthusiasticskeletonboys.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-court-of-hell.html

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    1. Nice! And thanks, I will try to talk a little about all the dungeons and link them when I do my post on Saturday or Sunday.

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  6. The Song of Snow and Sun

    https://www.patreon.com/posts/47419896

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    1. The man himself! The legend emerges from the rainbow door... Thanks Zzarchov, I will try to take a serious look and talk about all the versions when I do my own post.

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  7. It's... a thing!
    https://coinsandscrolls.blogspot.com/2021/02/osr-generic-laboratory.html

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  8. I think I'll make mine for Tékumel.

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    1. Finally: https://grognardia.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-tekumel-dungeon-poem.html

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    2. Thank you James! I have added it to the blog.

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  9. ok here we go rememberdismove.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-manteion.html

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  10. My contribution. I hope it's brief and/or poetic enough: https://whosemeasure.blogspot.com/2021/02/dungeon-poem-challenge-clavicarcerum.html

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  11. A Peer Beyond the Alchemical Aleph Null
    https://foreignplanets.blogspot.com/2021/02/a-peer-beyond-alchemical-aleph-null.html

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  12. Ice Troll Moon Abbey
    https://lapidaryossuary.blogspot.com/2021/02/dungeon-poem-challenge-ice-troll-moon.html

    Thank you Patrick.

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  13. Here is my submission: Skychasm
    https://grandcommodore.blogspot.com/2021/02/artpunk-dungeon-poem-skychasm.html

    I'd really like to know what you think

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  14. Skychasm...that's a mad piece of mega-sphlart right there. Awesome. Anyway, my entry: The Vulnerary House
    https://www.blogger.com/u/1/blog/post/edit/783822875958231274/1470380553197883

    And to Google Drive for PDF here:

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CmeqMUwtbj802i7d0m4433kBS4VgvmOO/view?usp=sharing


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  15. I said I might do this, and I did do this. I followed your instructions to the letter, except for the letters "f", "u", "n", "c", "t", "i", "o", "n", "a", and "l".

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1IcZVeO7Db3g7TJH_rkHlG-e0sTh1vT22/view

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  16. It's late, and I'm not sure how well it hangs together, but.....
    https://worldbuildingandwoolgathering.blogspot.com/2021/02/terpsichorean-sodality-of-bird-people.html

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    1. Added!

      I am going to have to devote some serious time to reading and maybe reviewing all these..

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  17. It's super-late, and not particularly artpunk, but I finally pulled something together:

    https://udan-adan.blogspot.com/2021/02/the-undercellars-playable-dungeon-for.html

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    1. Niiiice work Jospeh, Grandma joined a sex cult!

      Also with one or two tweaks this could easily be an investigation'/Call of Cthulhu adventure

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  18. Mine is neither artistic, nor punk, but at least it's fairly short. I did manage to include a couple haiku in it:

    http://bxblackrazor.blogspot.com/2021/03/just-another-tomb.html

    Thanks for the idea. Currently running my players through this one.
    : )

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    1. Thanks JB! Have added to the post.

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    2. You're welcome...I always get inspired by an outpouring of creativity like you've managed to ignite here. Good work!

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  19. Here's mine! It's very artistic and pretentious, in the same way Mutant World comics or the movies Hardware and Turbo Kid are artistic and pretentious.

    Shelter 15: https://magickuser.wordpress.com/2021/03/04/shelter-15-dungeon-poem-challenge/

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    1. Thank you! I have added you in to the post, right at the top.

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  20. Way late. I'm not one of the cool kids.
    https://leicestersramble.blogspot.com/2021/03/the-dungeon-poem-dungeon.html

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