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Maze World is a hack of Dungeon World. 

Maze World is a Dungeon World hack. A revision of the Dungeon World text, rules, moves, chapters, and class playbooks, to make the game lighter, easier, clearer, more accessible, flexible, and serious. In letter format (8,5 x 11 inches) with new color art and more character classes.

What’s Different?

- New art and layout. Take a look at the preview.

- 15 Playbooks in total. 9 classic playbooks (Barbarian, Bard, Cleric, Druid, Fighter, Paladin, Ranger, Thief and Wizard) and 6 new playbooks (Berserker, Enchanter, Gunslinger, Mask Master, Monk and Shaman).

- Without Ability Scores (3-18), only modifiers (-1, +3). Less noise.

- Without shared worldbuilding. First Session has been removed, and some “moves” have been revised. The players are in charge of their characters. The MC is in charge of the world.

- Some parts of the text have been rewritten. Less humor, less repetitive, more concise.

- Drives instead of Alignments. Same mechanic, but with less constraint. A wider range of moral choices during play.

- Backgrounds instead of Races. Choosing a background gives you an advantage, and “race” is just part of your look. So there are no "race" and "class" restrictions.

- Without “move” terminology. Now there are talents, actions, events… Easier to understand for new players coming from other more traditional games.

- Some moves have been rewritten. For example, the Defy Danger trigger now is "When danger looms, the stakes are high, and you act anyway". This makes it clear that any danger is not enough; there must be a lot at stake.

- Some moves have been renamed. For example, “My Love For You Is Like a Truck” now is “Awesome Strength”. Same mechanic, but more serious text.

- Some moves have been removed.

  • Carouse. Rumors and contacts are a source of adventures; they should not be tied to a roll. The GM should provide them with “Present riches at a price”, “Reveal an unwelcome truth”, or “Present a challenge to one of the characters”.
  • Encumbrance. Defy Danger when you are overloaded is more interesting than a -1.
  • Supply. Now the GM is in charge of each merchant's merchandise. If you want a better price, you can try Persuade.
  • Recruit. If you're looking to hire help, pay for the service. If you want to negotiate, you can try Persuade.
  • Outstanding Warrants. If you cause trouble in a civilized place, the GM should create a new front or danger.
  • Take Watch. Too restrictive on how the character will react. When something approaches the camp, the GM “Show signs of an approaching threat”; the player describes what his character says or does.
  • Bolster. It doesn't push fiction into interesting situations; it just encourages power gaming.

- All the text is offered under CC BY-SA 4.0 license. So you can create your games, hacks, and other compatible materials using the text of this game.


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Marco C December 18, 2023 11:03 am UTC
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How the Gunlinger (re)gains Aim? Only taking and using Beyond the Call of Duty?
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Jasper W December 22, 2023 5:34 pm UTC
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Hi Marco, a Gunslinger can also gain Aim through their Background.
Best regards, Jasper
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Marco C December 23, 2023 6:24 pm UTC
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Thank you, Jasper.
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Jere K December 15, 2023 2:35 pm UTC
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I see my question about the removal of "6-: Mark XP". So it is a conscious choice :).

At least one class has a XP-generating level 1 move (the Monk), while most do not. I do wonder if this isn't an oversight: it seems to place monks at a significant advantage regarding XP as XP is now a less plentiful resource.
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Jasper W December 22, 2023 5:09 pm UTC
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Hi Jere,

The core idea behind the game's storytelling approach is that leveling up isn't the same for every character. It hinges on whether they fulfill their Drive or resolve any Bonds by the end of the session. This link to individual behavior and decisions means that some characters will gain experience more frequently than others, bringing a unique richness to each story.

Regarding the Monk and their level 1 move to gain XP, while it's true they have an additional avenue, its impact remains relatively insignificant because it can't always be fulfilled. Additionally, as characters progress in levels, the difficulty of reaching a new one increases, helping to prevent significant imbalances within the group as the game progresses.

The decision to remove XP on failure was a deliberate choice to provide a specific focus for longer-term campaigns. However, if you prefer a faster progression, you can always choose to add XP on failure. It's an easy rule to incorporate and works...See more
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russell J October 13, 2023 2:29 pm UTC
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Hi. I've just received my hardback version and it looks great.

However, there are no blank character sheets to print out which I would have expected. In the character creation section, it says "Most everything you need to create a character you'll find on the character sheets."

Are they only in the pdf, because I didn't buy that?
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russell J October 25, 2023 4:06 pm UTC
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I didn't hear about this issue, so I went ahead and purchased the digital version.

There are two PDFs with the digital version - a digital copy of the rule book and a second (that I hoped would be there) with all the character sheets and some rules summaries etc - all very handy.

I think it should be made clear on this page that the print-version-only doesn't come with any of the character sheets (either loose or copyable from the book) and that getting the digital copy is fairly essential to running the game smoothly.

At around £4/$5 it is cheap and well worth the money, but I think buyers will want to know that the digital version has it and the print version doesn't.
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Jasper W November 01, 2023 9:17 am UTC
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Hi,

Firstly, I want to extend my sincere apologies for not responding sooner. Unfortunately, I did not receive a notification from DriveThru about your messages, and I have only just seen them now.

You are absolutely right, and I appreciate you bringing this oversight to my attention. It had not occurred to me that someone might purchase only the print version without the PDF, and the lack of blank character sheets in the printed book is indeed an oversight.

To rectify this, I will be reviewing the print version to include a blank character sheet. Additionally, I will prepare a downloadable version of the character sheet to be available for free, ensuring that all players have access to the necessary materials without further inconvenience.

Thank you for your understanding and patience in this matter.
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience this has caused. Rest assured, I'm on it, and I'll make sure to correct this as swiftly as possible.
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russell J November 01, 2023 11:18 am UTC
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Cheers Jasper,
that is a great response. I think character sheet downloads would work very well since the GM would probably want to print out multiple copies.

Perhaps it would be possible to include the 'character sheet' pdf with the purchase of the print copy?

It really is a lovely book.
I agree with your design decisions to make it more plain English etc.

Well done on creating such a fantastic product!
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Jasper W November 24, 2023 10:55 am UTC
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Hello Russell,

Firstly, I apologize for the delayed response – it seems I'm not receiving notifications for messages, but I'll look into fixing that. Thank you so much for your suggestion about including a 'character sheet' PDF with the purchase of the print copy. It's a great idea, and I'll definitely see if it can be incorporated.

Your support and patience mean a lot to me, and I'm thrilled that you appreciate the book and its design choices. Thank you again for your kind words and fantastic feedback!

Best regards,
Jasper
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Ryan W September 02, 2023 2:59 pm UTC
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This looks very appealing. The description invites us to check out the preview, but I'm not seeing any DTRPG preview (other than photos of 3 pages in the description, too zoomed-out to read).
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Jasper W September 02, 2023 4:16 pm UTC
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Thank you for bringing this to my attention, and I apologize for the inconvenience. It seems the DTRPG preview had been disconnected. The issue has now been resolved, and the preview should now be visible.
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Jeremy H July 22, 2023 3:20 am UTC
Intriguing. But, does this one also assume/force players to balance the party? In other words, can everyone be a Bard or a Thief, etc.?
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Jasper W August 09, 2023 2:52 pm UTC
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There is no explicit assumption or force to balance the party with specific character classes. Players have the flexibility to create characters based on their preferences, and everyone could indeed be a Bard, a Thief, or any other class if they wish to. The game's mechanics are designed to accommodate diverse character compositions, allowing for varied and interesting gameplay experiences regardless of the party makeup. It encourages players to explore their creativity and play the characters they find most intriguing within the narrative.
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Skooma B July 15, 2023 11:32 pm UTC
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Just bought the book and read it through for the first time. First impressions are very good, and I'm looking forward to play it!
However, there are two issues that caught my attention right away:
1. A major one. Why is there no default bookmarks? I've checked two different PDF readers, and neither showed the table of content in bookmarks tab.
2. A minor one. On page 11 the example of a character sheet looks terrible and pixelated when scaled up. And at 100% on my screens the font it too small, so it's unreadable for me. At the same time, the character sheet itself (from a separate document) can be scaled without any issues.
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Jasper W August 09, 2023 2:51 pm UTC
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Thank you for your purchase and feedback! I've just uploaded an updated version addressing both issues you mentioned. I truly appreciate your input and hope you enjoy the game. Best regards!
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Skooma B August 09, 2023 7:55 pm UTC
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Hello Jasper, thank you for addressing my feedback!
I'm assuming the new version is 1.4. If I'm correct, the major issue I've mentioned is only partially fixed. From what I can see you've added links on the "Table of contents" page itself, while I was talking about default bookmarks available through a bookmarks menu.
The key difference is that in order to quickly jump to a certain part of the book, when you have the bookmarks, you can always access them on a separate panel, no matter what page you are on. With you solution you have to scroll all the way up to the "Table of contents" page, and only then click the link, which is not user friendly.
I hope you understand what I mean. To be honest, "Maze world" is the only game I own that doesn't have bookmarks, and I was surprised not to find them.
Kind regards
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Jasper W August 11, 2023 7:22 am UTC
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Hello Skooma,

Thank you for your feedback. The file has been adjusted in version 1.4, and now includes the bookmarks in the document. Please re-download it . I apologize for the initial oversight, and appreciate your patience.

Kind regards,
Jasper
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Joel S April 20, 2023 5:48 am UTC
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This is great. I love the artwork. While I don't agree with every decision (I would have kept the term "moves" as it is a pretty common PbtA term and I think makes it pretty easy to understand and helps emphasize the fiction triggers it) but the concise layout is great. I especially like the very straight forward GM moves. I also appreciate how mindful you were of not breaking the core of the game. This should be compatible with any playbooks or adventure starters out there. It is only half the length of Dungeon World and has 6 extra playbooks. This seems a much more accessible book. I have played DW a bit and really enjoy it but I would probably recommend this to anyone new approaching it. Gameplay is covered in 5 pages by my count (not including playbooks). GM is covered in about 10 more pages. The rest of the 186 pages is lots of artwork, monsters, items, playbooks, a few roll tables, some world building advice, etc. You could easily be up to speed in about an hour with this book.
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Jasper W April 24, 2023 9:59 am UTC
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Thanks for your comment!
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Andrew S April 12, 2023 5:55 am UTC
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How compatible is this with content made for Dungeon World? Is there any conversion needed?
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Jasper W April 12, 2023 10:21 am UTC
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Andrew:
The content created for Dungeon World is fully compatible with Maze World, you don't need to do any conversion.
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Andrew S April 12, 2023 6:18 pm UTC
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Thanks!
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Andrew S April 13, 2023 7:55 am UTC
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I assume I'll have to add 10 HP to the base values for each class to account for the change in con score.
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Jasper W April 24, 2023 9:58 am UTC
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Yes, exactly.
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Eric B April 05, 2023 5:17 am UTC
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Jasper:
I've just read through the rules for a second time and I still can't find any faults with your game. It is truly an example of excellence. I am eagerly awaiting a print version or a POD, but I understand that the entire printing world is currently in upheaval. A friend of mind who owns a large print shop informed me that he is back-ordered by almost 3 months! He is enjoying the profits, but he is working about 65 hours per week!
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Jasper W April 07, 2023 7:56 pm UTC
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Hi Eric,
It is true that the world of printing is a bit altered and the process has taken longer than I expected, but the print version is now available. You can also get a premium color version on amazon. Thank you very much, it's great to know that you liked the game.
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Eric B April 26, 2023 2:11 am UTC
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Dear Jasper:
Just to prove that I am true to my word, I bought a print copy on Amazon and a print copy from DriveThruRPG (the Amazon copy will arrive sooner). Prices are comparable, so that's good news. I'm very excited to open your book!
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Jasper W April 27, 2023 7:15 am UTC
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Dear Eric:
Thank you for your support. I hope you enjoy the book!
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Nathan S March 31, 2023 6:31 am UTC
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The art and layout is beautiful. Is there a physical edition of this?
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Nathan S March 31, 2023 3:32 pm UTC
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Ah, as I suspected: ai art. That's an interesting thing for RPG publishers. I wonder what effect ai is going to have on drivethrurpg in the next 5-10 years. I have mixed feelings, despite using ai art for my own website, but the book does look lovely, and the rules writing / curation / graphic design is still good.
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Jasper W April 07, 2023 7:55 pm UTC
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Hi Nathan,
The print version is now available. You can also get a premium color version through amazon. Thank you very much for the review and your comments.
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Michael S April 08, 2023 4:27 pm UTC
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How does the premium colour version compare to this standard colour?
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Nathan S April 09, 2023 6:21 am UTC
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Thanks. Ordered. I asume "premium" refers to "premium kdp" ? Either way, it says delivery date not available for the amazon version. Is that just because it's a new item? Or will there be a delay?
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Jasper W April 09, 2023 1:26 pm UTC
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Thanks. Yes, it is "premium kdp", the main difference is that the color is brighter and has a higher contrast in the images. Since it is a recently published book, I suppose it will take a while for it to appear available for shipping in all countries.
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Nathan S April 12, 2023 7:13 pm UTC
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The amazon.ca version still says delivery dates are unknown. Is it fully configured? Or are their systems just slow?
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Marco C March 15, 2023 2:51 pm UTC
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On a 6- you don't earn any XP, is it correct?
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Jasper W March 16, 2023 5:38 pm UTC
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Yes, this is correct. I wanted to make a more traditional, easy and flexible game, especially for the GM.
Removing XP on failed rolls makes it easier to play longer campaigns. Now you can play West Marches campaigns for many sessions over months. And you can play published Pathfinder or D&D campaigns because you can more easily predict how many points players will receive at the end of each session with the questions.
Conversely, XP on failed rolls is more unpredictable for the GM. It can make PCs very powerful quickly and deplete talents late in the campaign.
Gaining that much xp just makes xp more common and less valuable.
In the long run, if XP is harder to come by, earning it will bring more satisfaction. (You'll know this feeling if you've played games like Dark Souls.)
Of course, you are free to use XP on failed rolls if it works on your table. Especially if you play short campaigns.
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Regényi M March 13, 2023 7:22 am UTC
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In the Folks of the Realms section, several NPCs are named as "Nightmare", whcih I presume is a mistake.
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Jasper W March 13, 2023 4:35 pm UTC
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Thank you for notifying this mistake, it is already fixed.
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Eric B March 02, 2023 8:10 am UTC
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Yup. If you authorized any sort of POD, I would pay for it. This is great.
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Jasper W March 04, 2023 3:29 pm UTC
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Yes, I am working on a printable version, different options will be available in the next few days.
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David J March 05, 2023 4:21 am UTC
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Awesome. Just discovered this, and will be getting the PoD.
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Patrick T March 27, 2023 3:08 am UTC
Yes, I'd be very interested in buying a POD copy, possibly even hardback or colour. Looking forward to seeing what options you present :)

I noticed the date, any update on POD?
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Jasper W March 27, 2023 4:39 pm UTC
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Hi Patrick,
I am currently waiting to receive the proof of the books. I hope they don't take too long to arrive. The process of making the POD versions available has been slower than I expected but if all goes well there will be a hardcover and a softcover version available very soon.
Thanks for your interest and your question.
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Nathan S April 05, 2023 3:32 pm UTC
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It's a rather nice book. I'd pay extra if I knew it was a really good quality hardback, but it would be ncie to see it on video on youtube first in that case since POD quality can vary so much. Just food for thought
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Eric B March 02, 2023 2:29 am UTC
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Dear Jasper W.:

Wow. You have got some mad graphic arts skills. The layout is amazing. The art is better than the big publishers. The changes in terminology is very welcome indeed.

Honestly, I bought Dungeon World twice and gave away both copies, not really comprehending how the system worked. The terminology is weird and no explanation is given for the choice of terms. Now that I understand how excellent the game is (thanks to an article written by someone other than the original author), I've been dying to play. I've tried to recruit players. Yet when they try to read the Dungeon World rulebook, they can't wrap their heads around it and refuse to play.

Now that I have Maze World, I might be able to get my group to play!
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Jasper W March 04, 2023 3:26 pm UTC
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Hi Eric,
Thank you very much for your comment and your support. I am glad to know that you liked my work and that you are enjoying the game. That's great!
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David J March 05, 2023 4:29 am UTC
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I have to echo some of the comments about D.W. and it's terminology and terms. Maze World makes it much easier to understand.
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Jasper W March 06, 2023 9:12 pm UTC
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Thank you for your comment, I am glad to know that the changes I have made, have been helpful to you.
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Jamal T February 25, 2023 3:25 pm UTC
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Just got it. Looks very nice, well done! Are you making a print version? I really like the layout, dungeon world needed this.
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Jasper W February 27, 2023 5:22 pm UTC
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Thank you! I'm glad to know that you liked it. Yes, I am preparing a print version, it will be available soon.
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Eric B March 02, 2023 2:32 am UTC
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Looks like you replied only 2 days ago to the previous request. I would very much appreciate a color and/or b/w edition of the book (but I'm sure the color version would look much better). If you offer a POD or a print copy, I promise to buy at least 4!
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Eric B March 02, 2023 2:37 am UTC
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Best of all worlds? A full-color, full-sized hardcover. I would also like a small (digest sized) hardcover.
It would be pricey, but I'd pay for it!

You could also sell an unencrypted version (for a higher price) that people could use to print on demand. Of course, with the internet being how it is, you might lose customers to IP piracy.

What am I telling you this for? You obviously know more about publishing than I do!
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Jasper W March 04, 2023 3:38 pm UTC
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Thanks for your feedback. At the moment I am working on a large version (letter size 8.5 x 11 inches) in color. Once again, thank for your comments and your support :).
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Diego B February 21, 2023 12:07 pm UTC
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Warning: the two links to the downloadable files by clicking "(mazeworld_play_sheets_black.pdf)" and "(Maze World)" have been mistakenly reversed!
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Jasper W February 21, 2023 12:49 pm UTC
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Hi Diego,
Thanks for the warning, now is fixed.
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