I started this site back in 2004 after the free hosting I was using to store the roleplaying game maps I was drawing was shut down. With a dynamic site I was able to add the random map creators with the "Random Room" dungeon map creator first followed by Caves then "Wandering Line" dungeons. In 2006 I added the Wilderness map creator and made regular updates until 2008 when work and my personal life took me away from updating the site. I kept swearing to do an update for years but finally got around to it in the summer of 2014. Life, family, and work got in the way again. Fast forward to late 2021 and a much needed update is in order. The first step is to fix up some of the underlying tech, then roll out full updates to all of the original random map makers.
Hang tight, this could get interesting!
A lot of work has gone into the new Battlemap generators. You can now make a map that can be used in a VTT such as Roll20 or The Forge. With the Dungeon Battlemap creator you can even download the map in Universal VTT format so you get the walls and doors in your VTT.
Next up is a complete overhaul of the site structure and pages.
Many of the maps on this site are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) license.
What this means in practice is that you can use the images in your creative works including commercial work but you must share the image in the same way (so, for example, if you make changes to a map the new version with your changes must also be shared under the same license), and you must credit me as the original creator. Note that this is a simple guide, please read the license for the precise details of what you can do with a work licensed under Creative Commons.
The appropriate attribution is "Map © John Godsland https://www.gozzys.com". On websites and in all other forms of digital media the URL must also be an active link (please, no rel=nofollow).
Note that if you simply link to a map rather than including the image in your work no credit is necessary. Having said that, please don't try to link directly to images on this server.
If you'd like to get in touch send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that this email was previously not working.
This site uses a number of open source technologies and other resources that are in the public domain.
The back end of the site is built in PHP. For over twenty years I have been listening to people hate on PHP. As of today, it is still one of the most popular languages used on the web.
1995: PHP is dead, learn ColdFusion— Vic 🌮 (@VicVijayakumar) November 1, 2022
2002: PHP is dead, learn ASP.net
2003: PHP is dead, learn Django
2004: PHP is dead, learn Ruby on Rails
2010: PHP is dead, learn Flask
2011: PHP is dead, learn AngularJS
2016: PHP is dead, learn Next.js
2022: okay this is awkward
All of my PHP development work is done in Apache NetBeans.
The site front-end is built in Bootstrap. (The nice thing about open source projects is that they can outlive the failed companies that spawn them.)
The Downcome font used in all of the headings is provided for free by the awesome Eduardo Recife.