First off, sorry for being so blog-lazy this month. School started, plus some real-life stuff came up…plus, I’ve just been lazy. You know it’s bad when even the spammers don’t bother with your blog anymore. 🙂
Well, after doing my homework, I spent most of the past couple of days reading up on Dungeon World (here, if you’re interested). For those unfamiliar, it’s a story-telling rpg that’s heavy on narrative, and less so (much less so) on mechanics and the tactical details of combat. It’s based on Apocalypse World, but borrows heavily from D&D (particularly Basic D&D and 1st Edition AD&D). DW emphasizes minimal preparation, as the GM and players sort of create the world, and it’s details, as they play. This has a certain appeal to me, as I’ve never really like world-building, and I’ve gotten to the point where I don’t even want to spend too much time preparing for a game of even old-school D&D anymore. DW sounded like just the ticket for me.
But in my reading I started seeing references for World of Dungeons, with mechanics that seemed similar to Dungeon World, though even simpler. “What the heck is this?,” I wondered. Well, turns out World of Dungeons is sort of a gag, the joke being it is the “precursor” to Dungeon World, printed in 1979 on someone’s mimeograph machine in their garage. You can download a PDF copy here, either in color (complete with scanned-in soda-stain) or in black-and-white (down towards the bottom of the page).
So, World of Dungeons is a super-minimalist hack of the already rules-light Dungeon World (sort of like Searchers of the Unknown is for 0E D&D). Now that really sounds like it’s right up my alley. Simple mechanics, minimal prep-time, plenty of room to tinker and houserule, plus if there’s anything I really like from Dungeon World I can go ahead and drag that in, too. Not to mention all the other hacks people have done based on WoD, like World of Mutants (Gamma World), World of Shadows (Shadowrun), World of Stars (Star Wars) or World of Marienberg (Warhammer FRPG). Here’s a great thread on World of Dungeons where you can find all of these hacks, and much, much more.
Now I’m more excited to play a game of World of Dungeons than I ever was to play Dungeon World. I love it when I find a cool game.