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UnderWorld: An Adventure Game of Subterranean Fantasy

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Down below the streets of New York City, there exists a world of wonder and adventure, unseen by those above. Magic courses like blood through veins made from steel tracks and transformers. The UnderWorld is home to the Homeless, to the Freaks, to the Junkmen and more. Steely-eyed Bravos hunt their prey in dark tunnels far below the subways, while brave Taggers scout new paths between the varied Domains, and mark trails for all to follow. Creatures of Legend walk the platforms below the city, and brilliant Artificers build inventions of bizarre science, borne of madness.

This is a world of heroes and villains...

of magic and romance...

of gods and monsters.

Unseen. Unknown. Unforgettable.


UnderWorld is an adventure game, usable for either table-top or live-action play. All you need are the guidelines presented in this book, and a handful of coins.

In 1999, game designer Gareth-Michael Skarka let gamers witness the design of an RPG from the beginning, via a column on RPGnet. The game, UnderWorld, was released in 2000 to critical acclaim, and sold out quickly. Now it is available again, in PDF via DTRPG.

Read reviews of UnderWorld:

Read the original design column, Game Design Step by Step, at RPGnet

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Charlie B July 13, 2020 4:44 pm UTC
Loved the setting and the concepts... the head count was pretty clever mechanic, too...

Were there any additional resources published for this game or is the rule book the proverbial "it?"
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Gareth-Michael S July 13, 2020 5:40 pm UTC
The rule book was it.

20 years ago now. Jeez.
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Charlie B July 18, 2020 6:34 pm UTC
My library is extensive... and my sense of time is... ah... variable.
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Laura A December 23, 2017 7:19 am UTC
Will this ever be available as print on demand?
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Gareth-Michael S December 23, 2017 5:32 pm UTC
We hadn't considered it, but we'll look into doing so in 2018. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Fred R December 01, 2016 3:23 pm UTC
How many pages?
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Gareth-Michael S December 01, 2016 4:08 pm UTC
158 Pages.
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