Quick Dungeon Map Prep in Obsidian
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In this article, we’ll look at how to quickly prep a published dungeon in Obsidian. By the end, you’ll have a visual of your map along with notes for keyed locations. Let’s roll.
The map and adventure seen in the screenshots of this article are from Trial of the Slime Lord by Jordan Rudd and Winter’s Daughter by Gavin Norman.
Set Up the Plugin
If you haven’t already, follow the basic map guide to install and enable the Leaflet plugin. You can skip the optimizations and the rest of that guide.
Create the Map
Add the image file of the map to your vault. Use this code block in a new note to create the map. Adjust the
image parameters to reflect your map image. Tinker with any of the other parameters as you see fit.
Key the Map
Right-click on the rendered map to add markers for each room or keyed location in your dungeon.
Link Your Notes
Now for the ✨ magic. If you’re prepping from a digital source, simply grab screenshots for each keyed location in the adventure. Add them to your vault. If you’re prepping with a physical book, take a picture of each keyed location and add them to your vault.
Right-click on a marker and click
Edit Marker. Edit the
Note to Open to link to the associated image. Don’t forget to add the image’s file extension (the plugin will leave it out).
Edit Marker >
Show Advanced Options, make sure that
Display Tooltip is set to
Hover. This will let you see previews of each location by just hovering over the map marker.
Bonus: Link PDF Pages
Take it a step further by linking directly to the PDFs (and specific pages!) right within your vault. For the
Note to Open field, choose the PDF, add the file extension, and use the following syntax to link to a specific page:
So if they keyed location on your map is described on page 19 of your adventure’s PDF, your
Note to Open would look like:
That’s it! Now you’ve got a quick and dirty dungeon map with all of your notes tied to the keyed locations.