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The Perilous Wilds combines Dungeon World's approach to collaborative world-building with the old-school RPG reliance on random tables to generate content on the fly, woven together by modifications to the original Dungeon World travel moves. The main differences between the use of tables in The Perilous Wilds and their use in older RPGs is an emphasis on exploration and discovery over combat encounters, and the baked-in methodology of using randomized results as prompts rather than facts, to be interpreted during play.

The book is 72 pages, digest-size book divided into the following sections:

  • Learn the Language: a glossary of terms
  • Draw the Map: guidelines for collaborative cartography 
  • Lead the Way: alternative rules for followers, by Jeremy Strandberg
  • See the World: new moves and guidelines for undertaking perilous journeys 
  • Weather the Storm: suggestions and moves for handling weather
  • Ask the Fates: a host of tables for generating wilderness adventure
  • Plumb the Depths: rules for creating dungeons on the fly
  • Live to Tell the Tale: five new compendium classes
  • Trust Your Gut: advice for improvising overland adventure 
  • Name Every Person: sample name lists for people, places, and mounts

The collaborative map-making guidelines and all of the tables are system-neutral (usable with any RPG rules). Although the tables are structured to tie directly into the rewritten travel moves, they can be used in any game in which a fantastical landscape is explored.  

The new follower rules are written by Jeremy Strandberg, and are intended to give NPC hirelings more substance without a significant increase in bookkeeping.

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György Szilveszter T June 29, 2022 6:36 pm UTC
Hi All! Technical question, as English is not my first language: on page 16, Random Region generator, the 7-8 result of Region Name Template, it says "The [Terrain] [Adjective]". Shouldn't it be the other way around, The [Adjective][Terrain]?
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Pedro B August 03, 2021 3:36 pm UTC
Can I translate it to my language and still use the artwork to distribute for free for the community? Or just the base text is free for that purpose?
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Christopher B February 28, 2021 9:56 pm UTC
could this be played with World of Dungeons, the rules lite hack?
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Jason A July 09, 2018 12:55 am UTC
I would love to see a book like this in other genres - Sci-fi, Gamma World-style post-apocalyptic, 1920's Cthulhu, modern day zombies. This is seriously one of my favorite gaming books ever (it's always with me in my gaming bag). And I'd love to have one for any game.
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Yochai G January 04, 2017 1:40 pm UTC
Any chance of a print version (similar to the kickstarter)?
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Colin K March 09, 2017 6:59 pm UTC
There's one now!
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Patrik W April 20, 2016 5:52 pm UTC
Are there any suggestions on how I'd convert hirelings into followers? A lot of playbooks have moves that grant them hirelings with several points spread out among different skills. How would I change those moves to work with followers?
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Jasen J October 04, 2015 12:20 pm UTC
Servants of The Cinder Queen has become my go-to introduction to Dungeon World for new players, yet Lampblack & Brimstone have topped themselves with The Perilous Wilds. Remember that time you first cracked open the 1st Edition Advanced D&D Dungeoneer or Wilderness Survival Guide? You'll get the same magic out of The Perilous Wilds... So, so good.
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Matthew W September 30, 2015 5:04 pm UTC
does this require or recommend DW? I am hoping its stand alone.
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Chris M October 01, 2015 4:23 am UTC
I'd like to know the answer to this also.
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James S October 01, 2015 6:10 pm UTC
It definitely requires Dungeon World. However, the creator has also made their own retro-inspired mini-hack of DW called Freebooters on the Frontier, that I actually prefer over Dungeon World. It goes along splendidly with this product.
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Roland V October 14, 2015 1:34 pm UTC
I'd like to expand on this. The worldbuilding part of the book (which is fantastic for making a sandboxy setting, with player input, in an organic way that allows even the DM to feel a sense of adventure during roleplay) is in the "Draw the Map" section, which is 8 pages of pure mostly-systemless gold - other than the use of "tags" (which I consider systemless).

"Lead the Way" has alternate DW rules for recruiting hirelings. Since most of it is generating roleplaying elements (motivations, instincts, etc.) it's still useful in other systems, but not truly systemless.

"See the World" has alternate DW rules for undertaking perilous journeys. It has a lot of new moves for an expedition, but even here there are a lot of useful pieces for any game (how wild animals react to expeditions, food and water, getting lost).

"Weather the Storm"alternate DW weather rules.

"Live to Tell the Tale" has new DW compendium...See more
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Pascal P September 28, 2015 8:09 am UTC
Any chance for a POD version ?
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Jason L October 02, 2015 4:47 am UTC
Hi Pascal -- Not in the near future. I generally don't like the quality of PoD stuff, so I'm reluctant. I do have some copies from the Kickstarter print run left, though, and will be selling those eventually. If you subscribe to the Lampblack & Brimstone G+ Community, I'll be announcing there when I make them available for purchase. The Community is at
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David P September 26, 2015 10:40 pm UTC
Full size preview doesn't seem to load.
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Jason L October 02, 2015 4:42 am UTC
Hi David -- I'm trying to resolve this with DTRPG right now. Not sure why it's not working.
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Jason L October 03, 2015 12:30 am UTC
DTRPG technical support came through -- the full-size preview is working now.
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