Friday, March 30, 2018

2017 One Page Dungeon Compendium Print Edition now available!

The Print Edition of the 2017 One Page Dungeon Compendium is now available via OBS.

The Print Edition of the 2017 One Page Dungeon Compendium featuring 78 One Page Dungeon Contest entries spanning several genres including horror, sci-fi, and of course classic fantasy.  The submissions are fairly system neutral by design, and many can be easily dropped into your existing campaign!
Authors/ Creators
Michael Richards, Random Wizard, Will Doyle, Stacey Allan, Luka Rejec, Ben Green, Thom Wilson, Glynn Seal, Michael Prescott, Jan Rippstein, Tobias Bottger, Vance Atkins, Steven Gordon, Derek Ruiz, Mather Iantorno, Michael Iantorno, Caroline Berg, Alex Schroeder, Alex Welk, Ambika Kirkland, Andrew Durston, Heleen Durston, Andrew Harshman, Andrey Plisko, Anton L, Ben Gibson, Boltorian, Brandon Pierce, C Mennell, K Yani, Chris Bissette, Clark B. Timmins, Clement Poisson, Dan M. Wiley, D. Hodges, Daniel Smith, Devin Carey, Spencer Hudson, Etani di Properzio, James di Properzio, Eugene Fasano, Even and Colin, Francesco Gasperini, Gabriel Perez Gallardi, Grant Lambe, Adam Chafe, Herr Zinnling, Ian Andrews, J.M. Abbott, Jackie Campbell, James Hirst, Jeff McKelley, Jeff White, Hyrum Howes, Jennevieve Schlemmer, Jon Smejkal, Justin Blair, Ken Moore, Kevin Worth, Kezle, Khelren, Kosmic Dungeon, L.K. Scott, Larry Z Pennyworth, Matthew H, Sylvia G, Kaite L, McGravin, Michael Raston, Mister Rees, Moorguard Studios, Morgan Long, Nathan Hare, Nical, Philadelphia Hanton-Viney, Hamish McIntyre, PixietheDM, R.A. McReynolds, Richard Grzela, Roger SG Sorolla, Sadhbh Brennan, Scott Marcley, Sean Smith, Serge Pecaud, Simone Biagini, Stephen Scott, Terra Frank, Theo Olsen, Todor Pichurov, Tony Alexander, Ulo Leppik, Vincent Bettenfeld, Willow Palecek

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

2018 Confirmed Judges

I am pleased to share that there are now five confirmed judges for the 2018 One Page Dungeon Contest.

ChicagoWiz reached out with concern about the fate of the contest he helped to create in the absence of any current posts on my behalf.  We exchanged a few emails and had a phone conversation about the contest, and he agreed to join the contest once again!

Chgowiz also reached out to ChattyDM, who also agreed to return to the contest for the 10th anniversary!  ChattyDM will also be serving as a judge this year and I look forward to working with two of the original creators of the contest!

One of Chgowiz's Blogs:
One of ChattyDM's Blogs:

Michael Curtis, another one of the original judges from the 2009 One Page Dungeon Contest was unable to serve as a judge this year due to scheduling conflicts, but has agreed to write a retrospective on the contest for the 2018 Compendium!
Michael's Blog:

I was fortunate to count both Martin Thomas and Steve Winter as judges in the 2017 One Page Dungeon Contest, my first year serving as the organizer.  I am happy to share that they have both agreed to return as judges this year. Judging these entries is no small task. While not a judge myself, I used the same system as the judges last year to narrow down picks so that I could have an understanding of what I was asking of the panel, and it was very, very hard to do. The fact that both Martin and Steve are returning for their fifth consecutive years should not be overlooked!

Martin's Blog:
Steve's Website:

A newcomer to the contest, but certainly not to the community, Jason Sholtis has also agreed to serve as a judge this year!  If you are reading this, you are most likely a fan of his work and his blog. He is a prolific content creator who is something of a champion of system neutrality in my estimation.  I look forward to working with him this year, and on the off chance that you aren't familiar with his work, check it out here:

I am continuing to reach out to the original judges of the 2009 contest, with an open invitation to each, and will update any developments that may arise from that in future posts.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Updated Submission Guide

Cover image "Environment Thumbnails"
by Michael Richards
CC- BY 3.0
The image has been cropped
and the opacity reduced
The Submission Guide for the One Page Dungeon Contest has been updated. It now reflects the new submission address, removes a lot of "Changed" notifications as these elements are the same as the previous year, and I threw in an extra sample "dungeon" that features a non-fantasy genre and different approach (Full Bleed Frame Break). I also updated the cover to include a concept sketch by Michael Richards, the artist who created all of the images used on all of the compendia covers.

The Submission guide can be found on OBS at no cost

The guide can be viewed at

2010 One Page Dungeon Contest PDF edition now available!

cover art: "Inner Pyramid Gates"
by Michael Richards
Released under CC BY license.
The image has been enlarged and cropped
to feature the gates in the center.
Full Disclosure... I was going to sit on this one until April, I had every intention of waiting, but much like my inability to keep a hard candy in my mouth more than five seconds before crunching it to dust, I have clicked "make public" and released the title ahead of schedule.

62 “one page dungeons” are contained within the compendium ranging from the Post-Apocalytpic wastelands and wilderness hex crawls to forlorn mines and crashed star ships.
The dungeons/ adventures were produced by members of the gaming community as entries in the 2010 One Page Dungeon Contest, and are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.
By design, the dungeons are fairly system neutral to facilitate their use with your favorite rules system.
The 2010 edition of the One Page Dungeon Compendium is bookmarked, and the orientation of entries (portrait/ landscape) has been preserved within the PDF.

Authors/ Creators:
Michael Richards, Random Wizard, Adam Thornton, Antti Hulkkonen, Chris Gonzales, Clarabelle Chong, Corwin Riddle, Craig Brasco, Heron Prior, Herwin Wielink, Jimm Johnson, Jeff Lynk, Lord Kilgore, Paul Siegel, Peter A. Mullen, Rob Antonishen, Shane Mangus, Simon Bull, Stuart Robertson, Tim Shorts, Tom Holmes, Aaron Schneider, Andrew Durston, Brenton Haerr, Caleb Jensen, Chris Maler, Darcy Stratton, David Bedell, Dean Bemen, DeForest Piper, Dennis Carter, Eric C. Alderson, Fabien Deneuville, Gabriel P., Gottfried Neuner, Greg Hartman, James Carr, James D. Jarvis, Jens Thuresson, Jesse Rothacher, John Laviolette, Lee Barber, Maximilian Thieme, Michael Christensen, Michael Hutchinson, Michael K. Tumey, Michael Wiemholt, Moritz Mehlem, Mrrkyllothur, Onno Tasler, Patrice Crespy, Paul Fini, Philippe Tromeur, Redrobes, Rick Ray, Ron Parker, Samuel Dennler, Scott Morrison, Scott Wylie Roberts, Shawn harris, Sven Vogler, Tim Hartin, Tim Morgan, Todd Hughes, Tom Allman, and Tom Livak.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Links, Links, and More Links

Did you know that many, if not most, of the original One Page Dungeon Contest entries have embedded hyperlinks the creators have pointed to their websites and blog posts, often supporting the adventure, and sometimes even expanding upon it.

When I convert the PDFs to tifs, these links are killed. So, once I have put a compendium together, I slowly crawl through each page looking for links, creating invisible rectangles and embedding a new link that replicates the effect of the original. This is easily the most time consuming part of the whole process, but I definitely think it is time well spent. Some links, especially for the older contests, simply don't work anymore, so it is not a guarantee that I can "re-hyperlink" everything, but I try to catch them all.

All Compendia Complete

With a few clicks on the keyboard, I uploaded the print files for the 2010 One Page Compendium. This title will complete the collection. Print Editions for 2017 and 2011 are approved and ready to send off for a proof. Files for 2012, 2010, and 2015 have been uploaded and I am waiting for approval.
One thing I have begun to do is create a second file for download with each title that includes 300ppi images.  When optimizing a PDF per the OBS directions, the images are downsampled to 144ppi (or close to that). In the past I simply went with the optimized version as the 300ppi PDF has a very large file size.

 I don't know why it never occurred to me to include both, even though I had the larger file version sitting in a folder on my computer.  I have begun to do this work for the Compendia that were completed last year as well, unfortunately most of the original Indesign files were lost when my computer died a year ago or so. Since then I have taken some precautions against losing everything again, but must recreate each of these Compendia from scratch (2013, 2014, and 2015). I was able to recover some files from the 2016 edition from the fragged hard drive, but will probably recreate it from scratch using the latest template so that all the books are uniform in design and layout.  One good thing is that I am able to fix some minor errors that still lingered in the PDFs in the process.
I have begun with 2015. The PDF versions (large and small file size) have been completed and uploaded, and the print files for the recreated book have been uploaded as well.

Once all the current books (2017, 2015, 2012, 2011, 2010) are approved, I will order the proofs and make them available as soon as possible, and reconfigure some of the bundles as well.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

One Page Dungeon Contest Is live/ 2012 One Page Dungeon Compendium now available

Cover Image by Michael Richards
CC BY 3.0 

The 2018 One Page Dungeon Contest has begun, and the 2012 One Page Dungeon Compendium is now available.
This year, send your submissions to the following email address:

Keep your eyes on the blog, and Alex's One Page Dungeon Contest G+ page for more information regarding the contest.

As always, the submission Deadline will be May 1st. which gives you about 52 days or so from this posting to complete and submit a dungeon or space station or Victorian mansion or distopian city-scape or...

One Page Dungeon Compendium: 2012 Edition

102 “one page dungeons” are contained within the compendium ranging from classic fantasy dungeons and crypts to derelict space freighters and decomissioned air bases.
The dungeons/ adventures were produced by members of the gaming community as entries in the 2012 One Page Dungeon Contest, and are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 license.

By design, the dungeons are fairly system neutral to facilitate their use with your favorite rules system.
The 2012 edition of the One Page Dungeon Compendium is bookmarked, and the orientation of entries (portrait/ landscape) has been preserved within the PDF.

Authors/ Creators
Michael Richards, Random Wizard, A.A. Bunkerclub55, Aaron Bianco, Aaron Frost, Mundi King, Aaron Kavli, Aaron Webb, Alan Brodie, Andrew Durston, Heleen Durston, Benoit, Berin Kinsman, Bill De Franza, Boric Glanduum, C.M. Lebrun, Chris Engle, Chris Longhurst, Chris Olson, Christian Hollnbuchner, Clarabelle Chong, Clay Thomas McGrew, Dakota Dornbrack, Dale Horstman, Dan Roy, David Brawley, David Dornbrack, David Gay, David Thiel, David Van Slyke, Diogo Nogueira, Dylan Hartwell, Edward Green, Eran Aviram, Aviv Or, Eric Harshbarger, Eric Minton, Joshua Krause, Evangelos Vafeiadis, Nicolas Kabasele, Fco. Javier Barrera, Felbrigg Napoleon Harriot, Gabriel Perez Gallardi, Gene Sollows, Gerardo Tasistro, Greengoat, Ian Johnson, Jan Pralle, Jason "Flynn" Kemp, Jason Shaffer, Jasper Polane, Jeff Mckelley, Jeff R., Jeff Shepherd, Jens Thuresson, Jerry LeNeave, Jim "Wilmanric" Pacek, John Bailey, John Geoffrey, Joshua Taylor, Kabuki Kaiser, Katie Simpson, Kelvin Green, Kevin Heuer, Michael Jones, L.S.F., Leslie Furlong, Lester Ward, Luka Rejec, Mark Garringer, Mark Morrison, Matthew Schmeer, Micah Blackburn, Matthias Hoefler, Michael Atlin, Michael Prescott, Michael P. Bonet, Michael Woodhead, Mike Monaco, Nick Wedig, OtspIII, PJ Cunningham, Paolo Greco, Dyson Logos, Stonewerks, Peter Regan, Radulf St. Germain, Ramsey Hong, Ricky Anderson, Rob S., Rodney Sloan, Roger Carbol, Roger SG Sorolla, Roland Volz, Ryan Lucas, S. Harlan, S.D. Hilderbrand, Scott Slomiany, Sersa Victory, Sharang Biswas, Grace Gage, Shawn Harris, Simon Dale, Simon Forster, The Seven-Sided Die, Tom Denton, Tony Dowler, Vivian Smith, Vladislav Volchenko, Warren Abox, Wayne Snyder, Will Doyle, Xyphon, and Yves Green.
All profit from sales of the 2012 Compendium will be used to create a prize fund for the One Page Dungeon Contest, based upon the self-sustaining model created by Random Wizard.