How to Host a Dungeon

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How to Host a Dungeon with The Purple Worm Graveyard module plus PDFs of both.

Sorry, How to Host a Dungeon is out of print. I’m currently editing and updating the manuscript for a new release.

How to Host a Dungeon is a solo game of dungeon creation where you build a dungeon through its history from the dawn of time.

How to Host a Dungeon

In each age of How to Host a Dungeon, different forces drive how your dungeon evolves. In the Age of Civilization, Dwarves may build their first underground cities, or Dark Elves may build their slave pits deep beneath the surface. In the Age of Monsters, Orcs, Goblins, Dragons, and beasts compete with one another for food and treasure while raiding the surface kingdoms and enduring invasions of adventurers. In the Age of Villainy, an arch villain seeks to conquer the world using the mature dungeon as its base of operations.

When you complete your game, you have a dungeon history and map suitable for a dungeon crawling role-playing game or just your own enjoyment.

Gorgeous dungeon created by Jason Morningstar using How to Host a Dungeon

Gorgeous dungeon created by Jason Morningstar using How to Host a Dungeon

How to Host a Dungeon Stuff

Template for playing the game using Photoshop or other program, and Wydraz’s finished Dungeon of Akadun
Browse my Flickr Gallery of How to Host a Dungeon images.
Jason Morningstar’s awesome dungeon full of water and lava
Selentic’s Dragon Pit Dungeon
Dragonsfoot Forum thread with an AP of How to Host a Dungeon
Screenmonkey’s AP of How to Host a Dungeon on RPG.net

Check out this great animation by Greengoat to see what a game is like:

Solo Dungeoneering

Nethack: the greatest ever solo dungeon game (IMHO)

Dwarf Fortress a rogue-like Dwarf sim and procedural world

The Temple of Roguelike

Deathmaze at Board Game Geek

Dungeon Bash at Board Game Geek

Mage Knigh: Pyramid Solataire

Fighting Fantasy Books

Tunnels and Trolls

Madcentral’s Dungeonworld PBEM

Pages of Wizardry Maps and Resources

Greg Costikyan’s game Deathmaze is available as a free download from Board Game Geek

Raiders of the Ruins of Kanthe a roguelike pen and paper game by John Laviolette, as well as Depths of Kanthe

Dungeon Generators

Jame’s highly detailed generators for Tunnels & Trolls and Labyrinth Lord
Jamis Buck Dungeon Generator

Demonweb Dungeon Generator

Irony Games Dungeon Generator

Myth Weavers Dungeon Generator

Abulafia: all manner of random generators for games

Greywulf’s Sodoku Dungeon Generator

Dungeon Mapping

Free Online Graph Paper PDF Generator

Fantasy Mapmaker: a fantasy map blog

Strange Maps: a blog about the nooks, crannies, and limits of cartography

The World’s Largest Dungeon with PDF download

RPG Map a Week Archive at Wizards of the Coast

Classic Maps, including Keep on the Borderlands

A beautiful hand-drawn map of Zork I

Megadungeon mapping, an article on the theory of dungeon design.

An awesome dungeon designed by a five year old

My Flickr Portfolio (because I draw maps)

Classic Dungeon Cross Sections on Jeff’s Gameblog

Dungeon Crawling RPGs

Dungeons and Dragons

The Tom Moldvay edition Basic D&D: in my opinion the best edition of D&D for quick simple dungeon crawling (with lots of character death), a major inspiration for How to Host a Dungeon. It still shows up on Ebay from time to time. See my actual play report Ziggurat of the Dwarf Lords

Tunnels and Trolls

Labyrinth Lords: an open source re-make of basic edition D&D, ideal for dungeon crawling RPG play.

Donjon, the indie RPG of dungeon crawling goodness.

Dragonsfoot Forums