Recently @molomoot posted a really cool method of dungeon generation using the daily crosswords they find in the Metro newspaper. I absolutely intend to try this at some point, especially as there’s now a Crossword Dungeon Game Jam running on itch.
I haven’t done a crossword in years, but I have been doing Wordle every day like the rest of the planet. And the combination of the crossword generation, Wordle, and reading The Vast In The Dark got me thinking about other ways to use the things you do every day (crosswords, Wordle, whatever) to generate gameable content.
I realised that the chart of your attempts that Wordle generates every day can easily be transferred into a simple hex map. If you look at The Vast In The Dark’s generation, it only has three kinds of hexes – ruins, pillars, and wastes. And Wordle gives you three different colours.
I don’t want to spoilt today’s Wordle, so I went back through my phone to see if I had screenshots of old games that might prove fruitful. Here’s one I’ve duplicated in Photoshop.
Let’s scrap the final row with the correct guess. We’ll say that green squares are settlements, yellow squares are fields filled with poppies, and black squares are something threatening. Maybe ruins, a wasteland of some kind, I don’t know. I’m taking a week off so I’m not expending too much energy on this right now.
Here’s a hex map:
Use Wordle to build a hex map. Populate it with dungeons you made from crosswords. Play some games and enjoy life. And leave a tip at Ko-Fi if you enjoyed this.