Since the beginning of the D&D Encounter program every adventure has come with at least one full-colour poster map. Regardless of your thoughts on any individual D&D Encounters season or the program as a whole, you have to admit that the maps have consistently been among the best elements of every adventure. The maps have depicted a wide variety of terrain since the program’s inception. Most maps are generic enough that they can easily be used by DM after the D&D Encounters program is done.
Below is a gallery of every map that’s been used (so far) for D&D Encounters. For DMs who have run some or all of the previous seasons of D&D Encounters, this gallery provides you with an easy, quick-reference to the maps. The next time you need a map with certain terrain or other specific features, just scroll through this gallery until you find what you need.
For DMs who have not run a season of D&D Encounters this gallery can serves as inspiration when you’ve got to create maps for your own campaigns. All of these maps were created using Wizards dungeon tiles, so you can recreate them yourself if you’ve got tiles. Alternatively you can draw your maps free-hand using these as a source of inspiration.
Sharing all the maps in this way is also a good advertisement for the D&D Encounters program. One of the reasons I keep running the adventures each season is so that I can keep these great maps. At my FLGS we’re always trying to get new DMs to run a season of D&D Encounters. By showcasing the great maps that come with each season our hope is that new DMs will step up and go behind the screen for a season or two.
The map is one of the most important parts of any encounter. The more dynamic and detailed the map, the better your chances of creating a truly memorable encounter. With a solid map, the rest of the details for an encounter seem to effortlessly fall into place. So the next time you need a quick map, take a look through this gallery and get inspired. After all, no one wants to fight monsters on a map that’s just a big featureless square.
Also see: Lair Assault Map Gallery.
D&D Encounters Map Gallery
Search or the Diamond Staff
Storm Over Neverwinter
Against the Cult of Chaos
War of Everlasting Darkness
Council of Spiders
Web of the Spider Queen
The Elder Elemental Eye
Beyond the Crystal Cave
Lost Crown of Neverwinter
Dark Legacy of Evard
March of the Phantom Brigade
Keep on the Borderlands
Dark Sun: Fury of the Wastewalker
Undermountain: Halaster’s Lost Apprentice
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