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Gundgathol lies in ruin. Over 250 years ago, an evil host rose from the underdark and pushed the dwarves out of their ancestral mountains. Since that time, orcs and worse have defiled their sacred halls. In recent days, the high dwarven clerics cast their runestones and read the portents: the time has come to retake Gundgathol. Are you brave (or fooloish) enough to enter Dwarrowdeep?

Dwarrowdeep will keep your players on their toes and your campaign going strong for years.

Dwarrowdeep is brought to you by the Old School Renaissance (so don’t forget your 10’ pole).

This megadungeon adventure includes an all-star cast of Ex-TSR artists including Darlene, Larry Elmore, Tim Truman, Jeff Dee, and Diesel. It features 150 unique zipitomes (art that tells a story of iconic adventurers along the bottom of the page) illustrated by Peter Pagano.

Dwarrowdeep is the single largest dwarven themed adventure in the history of role-playing games.

Note that there is no preview as the download is a folder containing the pdf as well as the poster hexmaps in Black and Old School Blue. The digital download also includes maps without numbers for use with virtual tabletops.

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Nick C August 14, 2023 3:00 pm UTC
I purchased Barrowmaze a few years back. I have a question about Dwarrowdeep and Forbidden Caverns of Archaria: are all three mega-dungeons part of a shared game world, or are they each a stand alone? Thanks
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P F June 14, 2023 10:57 pm UTC
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I've had the PDF for a while, and I was very impressed with the quality of the production, especially the artwork which is top notch. But the PDF didn't fully prepare me for the imposing presence of the physical hardback book, which just arrived today. It's a real monster!

The standard of the paper and printing is excellent, and the binding seems good too (though that can be hard to judge before the book has had some wear.)
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Rodion M June 10, 2023 9:48 am UTC
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Could you add an image file of the overland map and the main hexmap for dwarrowdeep too? That would be really helpful when running this virtually!
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John F February 05, 2023 5:30 am UTC
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the level of effort you put into the detail of your work is astounding - but... why they heck do your PDF's never have bookmarks?!? How am I supposed to navigate a 300 page PDF without bookmarks? I don't understand why you would put out such a huge PDF with absolutely no bookmarks. I have purchased several of your products and every time I hope that it will be bookmarked and I continue to be disappointed. The material is top notch... but c'mon.. what the heck? This is not a foreign concept.
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Dylan Q September 06, 2022 4:24 pm UTC
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any word on when the POD will be back up?
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James C August 10, 2022 3:26 am UTC
I was introduced to RPG's a long time ago by my dad and happily ruined all his little pre first edition AD&D manuals but also put them to good use. So I am curious on what the 10' pole is referring to. I must have missed that part.
Nevermind, I just realized that you should never enter a dungeon without dragging a 10' pole along with you. Anything else would be madness

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Bernhard T August 19, 2022 9:50 am UTC
It this is a clever joke that goes over my head please apologize my idiocy. But if not, let me explain: Old School D&D like AD&D hat a lot of traps and manholes with ranges up to 10ft. So with a 10ft pole and the added length of your arm you were basically able to probe every room/corridor for traps from the books to be on the safe side, manically plunging that thing into every nook, cranny or alcove from a rules conferred safe distance. Thus, this pole became somewhat of a staple of RPG jokes.
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Markus G August 06, 2022 6:18 pm UTC
Does anyone own the PoD version of the book. I read some reviews about Barrowmaze where it was stated that the paper quality and the binding of the book where quite shitty. Like to know what i am about to get before spending 85$ + shipping
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Andreas H August 12, 2022 5:58 pm UTC
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Got mine delivered today. Bindung and paper quality are fine, maybe even a little above POD standards average in terms of robustness and paper thickness. Pretty happy with it.
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Markus G August 12, 2022 6:13 pm UTC
Ok, sounds fine :-) thx
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Wes B July 29, 2022 12:16 am UTC
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What system is this intended for? With reference to TSR and Old School Renaissance, I assume 2nd edition AD&D, but would like to know before I buy.
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Robert B July 29, 2022 11:36 am UTC
There’s a separate 5E version if you prefer
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Wes B July 29, 2022 11:40 am UTC
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I saw the 5E, probably going to get this under the assumption it'll work with 2nd edition.
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Erica L December 21, 2022 1:55 am UTC
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His previous megadungeons were designed with Advanced Labyrinth Lord in mind, but they should be able to be run with any pre-3e system or clone with no problems. I ran Forbidden Caverns of Archaia OSR using Castles & Crusades with no trouble at all.
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Alexander W July 25, 2022 12:32 pm UTC
how ard would this be to adapt for DCC? Which of the two versions would be better? Is there a VTT moule planned?
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Ryan July 25, 2022 11:42 am UTC
What would the crowd recommend as a system for Dwarrowdeep? I see someone has interest in running Dwarrowdeep in DCC!
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arkam L July 13, 2022 5:31 pm UTC
35$ for a PDF an no preview, this is a hard no-no for me.
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Sean R July 14, 2022 1:44 am UTC
Thank you for contributing absolutely nothing to the discussion.
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Rémi C July 14, 2022 11:17 am UTC
I share the feeling, no preview, no buy.
Thank sean for being the one who actually brought nothing to the discussion
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Sean D July 14, 2022 10:14 pm UTC
Agreed. It's a lot of money, but could very well be worth it. But we need some representative pages of the content (not a copyright page or table of contents).

I get that the publisher stated above why they didn't include one initially, but James M provided details on how to accomplish it.

Previews really need to be the norm. Understand that some products may only be a page or two so an alternative of a sample paragraph or something would be fine, but in the majority of cases it should be expected.
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Amanda K July 16, 2022 10:49 pm UTC
You seem a little upset
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Charles S July 27, 2022 1:44 pm UTC
Agreed. I'm willing to pay that much for a good PDF product, but I've bought a lot of PDFs over the years that turned out to be subpar once I got a good look at them.

Wanting to see a couple of pages in order to get an idea of the quality of the product isn't foolish or "contributing nothing to the discussion". It's a very sensible decision.
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Iyar B October 05, 2023 7:42 pm UTC
Agreed, I’m hesitant to spend 35$ on a product without being able to check a sample of its inside.
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David W March 05, 2024 5:49 am UTC
Agreed. The concept sounds great but no preview, no $35 from me.
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Alexander W July 12, 2022 9:02 pm UTC
I wish there was a dcc version but I guess One I have the cash I could easily turn 5e into dcc the conversion is quite easy most abilities are 1to1 for monsters and cr+3 is hit dice and stats can easily be adjusted into the dcc progression and the tables they hand out for the rest make it easy
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Christopher T July 10, 2022 6:43 pm UTC
Do the monsters have ascending AC included in their stat blocks or only descending AC?
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Brian S July 10, 2022 9:02 pm UTC
Only descending AC in the stat blocks
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Dani J July 14, 2022 10:51 am UTC
Usually if you need ascending AC, all you have to do is to subtract descending AC from 19.
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Donald P July 10, 2022 3:54 pm UTC
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Having run Barrowmaze for my 5e game up to 7th level, I find that it didn't take too much effort to convert to 5e [I run on Roll20]. I look forward to running Dwarrowdeep. Like one of the other reviewers mentioned, I really enjoy how the overland map around the Free City of Threshold is filling out! [Barrowmaze, Forbidden Caverns, High Fell]

Greg, keep up the great work!
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Sébastien J July 10, 2022 8:52 am UTC
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No bookmark in the PDF. That makes the navigation... complicated. Any update planned? Seeing the price of the product (35$...) we should have this type of tool, especially since the other products of M. Gillespie DOES have signets.

Otherwise, very cool megadungeon!
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Patrick S August 04, 2022 9:27 pm UTC
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I agree! All of Greg's books would benefit greatly from having bookmarks to help us hop back in forth in the contents.
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