From the introduction:
In the fantasy world of sword and sorcery, every adventurer knows that what they need when they are adventuring in the overworlds and exploring the dungeons below, is a detailed map that helps them navigate the area and points out all the dangers they may Encounter. In this game, you are a Map Maker, exploring the depths of the area’s most dangerous dungeons in the pursuit of documenting every creature and dungeon boss you meet, and hopefully defeat, along the way. Then, when you are safe and sound back at your humble abode, you will fill in the details on the included Wild Map for future adventurers to reference. Be careful out there! This is not an easy task.
Map Maker is divided into two phases; dungeon delving and boss fighting. In the dungeon delving phase, you will choose and resolve a variety of Encounters according to your Hero's stats for each level you descend, as you venture deeper into the dungeons, until you meet the boss. During the boss fighting phase, you will fight the dungeon boss following special instructions on each boss sheet. Each boss has unique features, skills and actions that you have to use different strategies to overcome, if you want to prevail.
Map Maker uses board-game-like mechanics fused with light storytelling elements to create a hybrid style of game.