Mapping the past

As I’ve been diving back into some older video games, I decided it would be fun to draw some inspiration for a dungeon map. Here’s Erdrick’s Cave, one of the first dungeons from Dragon Warrior (Dragon Quest I) for the NES/Famicom.


This is a very straight-forward dungeon. It doesn’t feature any random battles or any puzzles. It’s simply a short maze that leads to Erdrick’s Tablet, which contains the prophecy of your hero’s lineage. The only challenge is navigating the dark passages. Things were simpler then.

My map of Erdrick’s Cave.

I would love to draw some of the dungeons from the original Zelda. Unfortunately, the scale I want to use would be too large to fit in my current journal. Definitely a project for the future.


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