Wednesday, September 5, 2018

The Dungeon Board Game as Dungeon

I'm sure this has been done by others over the years, but I decided today that I'm going to use the board game Dungeon (by TSR) map as a dungeon and stick it somewhere in my West Marches campaign.

It might be a good choice for my "8-Bit Realm" where I'll have everyone make versions of their PCs using Retro Phaze (the OSR/classic CRPG mashup game). Should be fun!

I think I've got a file somewhere listing the creature and treasure cards from Dungeon. I unfortunately don't have a copy of the game. But with the list I can make the Retro Phaze (or just normal 5E D&D if I don't use this for the 8-Bit Realm) encounter tables and random loot tables.


  1. Fantastic boardgame. Brings back great memories.

  2. It is, isn't it? I should pick up a copy for my kids and I to play.

  3. Interestingly enough, I've talked about this with Dave Megarry (creator of the game) and he told me that he feels the dungeon map is a little too simple for a good D&D dungeon crawl, so you might want to map it out on graph paper and expand a bit here or there. Also, although it was certainly scaled for level, you should probably keep in mind that it can be a bit more deadly than the standard fare.

  4. For my purposes, the simplicity of the map is a bonus. I'm running a West Marches hexcrawl, and many of the players don't seem to enjoy labyrinthine dungeons so much. They left the Caves of Chaos half explored, and Quasqueton (with simplified map) only about one quarter explored.

    As for the difficulty, I will make sure the dungeon levels are obvious and also maybe make a few adjustments.

    Thanks for the tips!

  5. Bummer for me, found a complete version of the 81 edition on ebay, starting price $25 and no bids. Bid on it, but the sale ended at 4am my time zone. Someone outbid me in the last few hours and I didn't have a chance to counter-bid since I was sleeping.

    Oh well, found another complete set "buy it now" with free shipping in the U.S., box dinged up but all cards in the set, for just slightly more than what the previous would have cost me with shipping added if I hadn't been outbid, and less than if I'd been able to counter-bid. Ordered.

    Next time I head back to the States (or if my parents decide to be nice and foot the shipping bill to Korea), I'll be able to play Dungeon! with my boys.

  6. Dyson drew a nice version of the board here: