All the Annuals: Moody Mansions (April 2019)

This is a great Annual! One of my favorites in the bunch for obvious reasons….it is I, Lorelei, mapper of dungeons and floor plans. For some inspiration for this set of maps, and for many of my floor plans, I searched through my vast files of references online and found one of my favorites…old copies of The Architechural Review. Scanning through the pages of a volume from 1916 I found several floorplans of boarding houses and used them as the basis for Edgar and Shirley Pembroke’s Boarding House….a Cthulhu inspired floor plan.

Pembroke's Boarding House Level 1
(Download the FCW file of Level 1)

I’m sure I’ve mentioned before (ahem, ahem) I am a fan of Lovecraftian literature, and have been itching to play a Call of Cthulhu campaign for a long while now, so it only makes sense I designed a floorplan for a boarding house that could be set in any Cthulhu campaign. Well, I suppose it could fit in just about ANY kind campaign, but the more modern drawn toilets solidified in my mind this needed to be in a more modern setting than I am used to playing/creating in. So in my world, Edgar and Shirley are a strange brother and sister duo running the boarding house where odd goings on occur and mayhaps a guest or two never check out….maybe it has something to do with the secret office, and that hidden trapdoor under the carpet?

Pembroke's Boarding House Level 2
(Download the FCW file of Level 2)

Since these maps are a favorite type of mine that I am quite comfortable with, of course I can’t say I used the Mapping Guide, but as usual I will highly recommend using it if you’re newer to CC3+ or new to doing floor plans, as they most always have some of the most usual information in getting you started once you’ve developed a rough idea of your floor plan.

I’ve used the Hyperlink function on the staircases, linking these maps together. It’s a great function, allowing you to toggle between maps of varying floors/levels/views, etc. To use this function, be sure to already have both maps created and saved, then click on Tools>Hyperlink>Link with Map and choose the map you are linking to. Once you choose your map, you can then highlight the area you want to designate as your Hyperlink, in this case, the steps. Don’t worry about the text that shows up….you can hide it by clicking on View>Hide Hyperlink. Now, when you click on the stairs in your map, you will be redirected to the next map level linked to the stairs. It’s a great tool, be sure to play around with it!

I done nothing out of the ordinary on this map, no special effects, no bells, no whistles….just the Annual as is, because, frankly, I couldn’t find one thing I felt I “needed” to add. It’s just perfect on it’s own.

About the author: Lorelei was my very first D&D character I created more years back than i’d like to remember. When I decided to venture into creating maps for my and others rpgs, I thought I owed it to her to name myself Lorelei Cartography, since it was her that led me to the wonderful world of tabletop gaming in the first place. Since then I have been honored to have worked with companies such as WizKids, Pelgrane Press, and ProFantasy.

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