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Dungeon Delving Brown Box Edition is a retroclone of the original fantasy role-playing game published in 1974 (aka "0e"). It is an edited reconstruction (using open game content) of that game in easier to understand and use form. If you have wanted to play 0e but found the original rules confusing, disjointed, and apparently written for people who already understood the game, Dungeon Delving Brown Box Edition may be what you are looking for: a close emulation of the the original game presented in an organized manner intended for today's gamers instead of 1970's wargamers.

The first three sections of Dungeon Delving Brown Box Edition present the material from the original three 0e booklets (with an optional thief class from the first supplement), just with better organization and clearer writing. The fourth section adds a number of optional rules and guidelines allowing the Referee to tailor the main rules to the needs of their players and their campaigns -- rules that the editor has created for use in his various campaigns over the last 45 or so years. Four appendixes complete the volume with an introduction to old school play, advice for the referee, advice for running adventures from the early days designed for large groups of players with the smaller groups of players more common today, and random tables the Referee will find useful.

Referees can easily design their own dungeons, towns, and wilderness or use published adventures and settings designed for 0e, B/X, or (with a bit of conversion work) 1e. Hundreds of published adventures both from the 1970s and 1980s and from OSR publishers today are available for use. All a player needs is paper, pencil/pen, and dice. The game itself is easy to learn and is fast and easy to play. Characters can be created in 10 minutes and a combat encounter seldom lasts much longer than that.

What Do You Get?

If you buy this paid tablet/digest version of the Dungeon Delving Brown Box Edition you receive the following:

  • a pdf of the single-column digest-sized version -- 254 pages, with art
  • a pdf of the "Condensed" letter-sized, two column version -- 110 pages, with art (i.e. the PWYW version with art in the large white spaces)
  • bonus epub and mobi versions for ebook readers
  • a zip file containing editable .docx, .rtf, .odt, and markdown file formats of a special "SRD" version (single column, letter-sized, fully editable).

The bonus epub and mobi versions contain tables. Many ebook (especially epub) readers display tables in a single column unreadable mess. Epub reader software designed to display epub3 files usually have no problem with the tables. Note that tables in epub and mobi files may not adapt well to small screen devices. Some ebook readers do not display all of the art. The mobi format does not appear to support the graphic fonts used as decorative space-fillers. The epub and mobi conversions have minor font size issues not present in the pdf version, but are quite usable if your ebook reader displays tables properly.

Is There a Free Version?

Of course, there is. The Pay-What-You-Want/free version of Dungeon Delving Brown Box Edition has no art. The PWYW/free version only comes in "condensed" format (the letter-sized two column pdf) and will not include the Tablet/Digest version, the ebook versions, or the zip file of editable versions. You can get a copy of the Pay-What-You-Want/free version here.

Will There Be a Print Version?

A print version is not currently planned.

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Lesley N November 13, 2022 10:19 pm UTC
I'm commenting here, because, why not.

I grabbed the free option. Considering how many old school options are out there, it makes sense.
But I like the way this item was created. Nicely formatted, arranged, and, edited. I'd buy a hardcover of this for under 20 bucks. I have several 17 dollar versions.
I already have several versions of the exact same content in one look or another. It's a collector thing sometimes I suppose. I can't be the only one doing that.

Sadly, I am not seeing a hardcover being offered.
10 dollars for a pdf which I can already get free.
I expect it to be in print, whether I buy it in hardcover from the publisher, or done at my local printer.

This release is worth getting. But, 10 bucks so I can pay 10 buck in printing is fail. If I'm going to be out 20 bucks, it will be hardcover or not at all.
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Randall S February 17, 2021 5:31 pm UTC
I've never heard of Kratos or Gods of War. All the art is either from out of copyright books (most of the B&W) or from Pixabay (most of the color -- CC0/Public Domain). What page is the possible problem picture?
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Randall S February 17, 2021 6:11 pm UTC
After a bit of googling, I have figured out which picture is using a video game character. I've replaced the picture (and reported the picture to pixabay) and reuploaded the files. Everyone who has already downloaded the files should receive an email about the update. The only change was the picture on page 4. Thank you, Italo, for mentioning the issue. As I don't play video games, I'd never have noticed.
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Rudy C February 17, 2021 7:39 pm UTC
Thanks for getting this turned around so quickly, always good to see an author stand by their product. Just an FYI, God of War is a hack-and-slash RPG videogame series that originally debuted in 2005 for the Sony PlayStation 2. The image you accidentally used was from the latest game which came out in 2018 for the PlayStation 4. Just for kicks I think I'll hang on to the original version w/ Kratos lol. Great product, I'll post a review shortly.
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Randall S February 17, 2021 8:19 pm UTC
I'm just glad the issue was noticed and brought to my attention quickly. I do an image search on pixabay images just to try to prevent issues like this, but image searches aren't the most reliable things. :(
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Italo I February 17, 2021 4:09 am UTC
Do you have the permission to use a picture of Kratos from Gods of War in your product? I hightly doubt it's public domain.
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