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The inhabitants of your city are facing the same problem (assuming they also mainly use paper or some other 2D surface for drawing maps) as you do. So here is no solution to OP's mapping problem; instead a list of questions that might sprout some ideas both for the mapping and to enrich the city's background: Does the city receive many visitors, traders, ...


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I think what you are looking for might be isometric mapping, much like what we find in the Dragonlance series of modules. This may not be the best representation, but it is the quickest I could find.


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What you're describing -- a sprawling, unorganized network with no set floor structure -- doesn't really require a detailed representation of three dimensional spatial positioning, or at least not throughout the entirety of it. Think about it like this -- if you're travelling through a subway station to a different exit, is it really necessary for you to ...


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Even if the system does not represent a collection of planar floors geometrically, it could still be close to one topologically. Perhaps you could represent it with a series of stacked two-dimensional, but not planar cuts? Basically have it organised in floors of sort, without requiring the elevation of all points on a floor to be constant. As long as all ...


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Have a look at a map of any city subway system: the London Underground is the classic for this but any will do. These are not accurate tactical maps, they don't show distances and they don't relate directly to the overlying geography. This is perfectly fine because for their purpose none of that matters! Their purpose is to show that to get from point A to ...


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Forget about floors and levels, and think in sections. Split the map into manageable sections. Each section could be a large room with several entries, a corridor with some rooms and two exits, etc. Give each section a name and each exit/entrance a number. While the players explore the complex, you just handle them the relevant map section, and make ...


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Dungeon Painter Free tool on browser. You can save your map on your computer, load it later and modify it, and you can export it in JPG, PNG and PDF. You can have square and hex grid, modify its color and transparency. There is also a lot of assets and you can even upload your own custom assets (though the procedure is a bit complex). It might not be the ...



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