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You Are the Dungeon is a single-player journaling experience that puts you in the role of a living, sentient dungeon--eternal and indomitable. You create your initial space, allow a foray of adventurers into your depths, reward their greed appropriately, and linger in their minds and hearts for the rest of their lives... well, of those who live. In the fallow which follows, you invite in new evil, grow, and prepare for more fools to grace your unhallowed halls with their presence.

The adventurers are determined by draws from a deck of tarot cards. A standard deck will work just fine. (However, if this campaign does well enough, there may be a tarot-themed stretch goal lurking in the shadows.)

The seasons of Foray and Fallow define your existence. The game continues as long as you wish it to, with the Dungeon ever growing, and the adventurers spreading word of its–your–legacy.

As of June 8, 2021, this game has been updated with a new layout, new content (including guidance for playing with a group), and a new set of 100 events for the hapless adventurers who have dared to brave the depths of the Dungeon.

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Katrina R October 28, 2021 2:32 pm UTC
I was a kickstarter backer for 'You are the Dungeon' and just received my physical copy last night. I immediately sat down and ran through a season for my dungeon - the initial setup, a foray, and a fallow period- and I loved it!

The rules are very simple- a few writing prompts to get you started, graph paper and instructions to draw out your dungeon based on the prompts, then fast rules to generate adventurers and to generate events for them. After the adventurers muck up the dungeon, you have a few more writing prompts to go through how your dungeon rises again- bigger and better than before.

The concept and rules are easy enough to follow and flexible enough that I never felt limited by them- only inspired. Also, it would be easy to pull in other homebrewed subsystems- say, if you wanted to use the tarot deck to build more in depth adventurers, or if you wanted to add more events to the event generator- you could do so without any worries.

The co-op rules in the back...See more
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Patrick B December 16, 2020 10:31 am UTC
"You exist on the margins of what they call civilization" What who calls civilivation? Is "civilization" a giant city or a few grass huts? What are you? Are you the dungeon itself, a core inside the dungeon, the head monster who runs the dungeons? This intro tells you virtually nothing about the game. If you want $10 you should provide either a good preview or a better introduction as to what the customer is getting in exchange for their ten dollars. Is this roleplaying where your dungeon grows over time? Isthere tactical combat game? Is there an overall goal or are you just surviving waves of adventurers?

Basically I find this SEVERELY lacking if you want ten dollars of my hard earned money. No preview, no page count, no description of game mechanics. What's new or different about thig game that makes it worth $10, which is an enormous price for a journaling game?
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