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World of Dungeons is a simple, quick-play, dungeon crawling game, using one of the core mechanics from the Powered by the Apocalypse rules system.

It's compatible with Old School Renaissance and original D&D monsters, dungeons, and adventure modules.

Number of players: 2-6
Age of players: 10+
Length: 2-4 hours per game session
Page Count: 3
Release Date: 2012

CategoryPhysical game
Rated 4.9 out of 5 stars
(62 total ratings)
AuthorJohn Harper
GenreAdventure, Role Playing
TagsDungeon Crawler, Exploration, Fantasy, PbtA, Tabletop


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world_of_dungeons_1979.pdf 10 MB
world_of_dungeons_1979_bw.pdf 582 kB


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I've been playing it solo for awhile! It is really good.
Thanks for it!

Glad you're enjoying it.

There's no monsters? How do I create monsters using this book?

Monsters only need hit points and for you to have an idea of what damage they do or effects they cause when your players fail a roll

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If you want a reference or compendium to use it together though, you can use Dungeon World's monsters and rules for monster creation. You'll only have to translate other dices to d6 (you can change d8 to d6+1, for example). Also it might not be hard to use monsters of other old school rpgs, like Old School Essentials


Love this system.  Fast and simple and just about perfect.  

Hi! I've prepared a Polish translation of the rules, is it ok to share it publicly?


Yes, that's fine.


Thanks! It's available here for anyone looking in the future :)

is it a base game or does it need other regulations?


It was made as a companion to Dungeon World, but you don't need DW to play it.

Is there a heap of stuff people have made for this game? I've got a module in the works and I want to "finish" it before long. If I could share it, I thought that'd be kinda cool. Maybe this is the place for the thing?


Yeah, putting it on itch could work. Ping me on Twitter and I can help draw some attention to it when it's ready.

Probably the Dungeon World reddit would be interested in it, too.

I cant really tell how combat works from these rules. Do you roll 2d6, or your hit dice? How does armor work? The only thing I can see is you either have 0,1, or 2 armor. Do you reduce damage by the value, or roll or what?


When you fight, use the rules for doing something risky (2d6+stat). On a 10+, you deal damage. On a 7-9, you trade hits with your foe. On a 6-, you get hit.

(That's one way to interpret the roll. It's not totally set in stone and is flexible by design. Let the situation guide your judgment calls.)

Your armor value subtracts from damage you take.


Thanks for the swift reply!


John, thanks a bunch for WoDu... I was running it in my campaign... then came the hacks; then came a new magic system; then it became... Beasts & Barrows. https://casadeocio.itch.io/beasts-barrows

Can't thank you enough!

Looks good!


Hi there! Love your work! I'm a Canadian teacher and I've translated the game to French so my students could learn it. I'd love to share it with the french community and wondered if you are ok with it? 

Yep, that's fine!

Mind If I publish it on my Itch page, available for free with mentions of you and the original work everywhere? 

Yeah, that's ok.

Thanks a lot!


This is a beautiful game. It was recently shown to me by a friend and honestly, I'm very much in love.

I'm curious as to what fonts you used, mostly because I'm pedantic and would like very much to use the same ones when I actually take the time to write out my adventure paths.


Glad you like it!

The fonts are Souvenir and Univers LT.
(You can find out what fonts a PDF uses by opening it in Acrobat and going to File > Properties > Fonts tab.)


This is honestly one of my favorite games. If you are an experienced GM then this is perfect for introducing new players to the hobby. Brilliant writing.

Hi John! I love runining World of Dungeons but I'm looking to make a swedish translated character sheet. Would that be ok?

Yes, that's ok!

Is the PDF available to edit somewhere? Again, thanks!

John, does this game's license allow hacks?


Yep! It doesn't say it in the text, but it's licensed the same way as Dungeon World: Creative Commons, attribution.

Wonderful. :)

Hi John! Did you actually design this in 1979, or is it part of the name?

That was just a bit of fun. It was made in 2012.

Ohkay! The game seems interesting to say the least. Too bad I don’t have people to try it with :(

I think this is an logical invitation to test it on solorpg. There is already an oracle. You just need to ask additional questions with two optional answers and go with the result of dice.

I will try it these days.

Have a great time.

Hi John, is there anywhere someone (me) could download the cover art too?

Not quite sure what you mean... there is no cover.

Just the cool image with the title and the map that is on the banner of this page.

The banner is the only place that exists.