Dungeon Crossing by Matthew Jarmak (@aryxymaraki)
“Welcome to Dungeon Crossing! Have you ever wanted your TTRPG character to just settle down, maybe on a nice little farm, and relax? Have you ever wanted to play a solo version of relaxation and farming games that takes place entirely in your mind? You might like Dungeon Crossing, then.
Dungeon Crossing is a combination system-neutral supplement and standalone game.”
This is a genuinely fascinating and adorable supplement that absolutely succeeds in its goal of porting Animal Crossing into Dungeons and Dragons!
I’m going to admit to being someone who has never played Animal Crossing and those kinds of video games have never really appealed to me. I just wanted to be open about that. I’m not sure what it is, but I also know if I ever did get into it, I would lose myself entirely. So, it doesn’t seem a wise avenue for me to explore. This on the other hand is something else entirely, while taking so much inspiration from what is at the core of AC – passing time in a creative, fun and relaxing way.
This both ports many beloved elements of the game and expands on the way down and leisure time can be spent as a solo endeavour or part of an ongoing game. In this there is still a heck of a lot in it for someone like myself to enjoy and benefit from.
“There is no combat in Dungeon Crossing. There is no stress. Time passes like water in a river.”
The introduction is written so beautifully and makes the core concepts of creativity and imagination, and how the elements from AC will work with D&D, with explanation of the terms for dice rolls, simple.
“In the end, Dungeon Crossing is as much a way for you to explore your imagination as it is anything else. We can tell you what the home you build with it has in it, and what it’s made of. We can give it a body. But only you can tell us what it looks like, and what it feels like. Only you can give it a soul. We hope you enjoy finding the soul in the homes that you build with Dungeon Crossing.”
How to Play
There are four tiers of play for Dungeon Crossing, just as there are with regular D&D, each of these come with their assumed “starting package”, which consist of the dwelling with a number and type of rooms, plot/s and starting gold to provide what you need to begin your DC experience.
“Starting At Tier 1: A character who begins their journey at tier 1 begins play with a dwelling that has three poplar rooms and one tier 1 plot, along with 200 gold pieces to spend.”
Pick a tier if you’re playing solo or work out with your group and DM about the tiers and starting packages if you’re working this into an ongoing game.
The basics of DC are the players spending time performing activities in units of time beginning with a seven-day week broken up into the number of activities that can be performed in that unit. Once per week an NPC, Jon Look (he/him) or his cousins Jane Cook (she/her) and Bain Rook (they/them), will visit for an inspection. This inspection is an examination and evaluation of progress, which I’ll get into in the Appendix.
The available activities are:
Decorating is sprucing up and placing items around your home to affect your Decoration Rating.
Shopping is the buying and selling of items, as well as checking the Pear Price and, buying and selling pears. The Pear Price is generated once a day with a specific roll and provided table.
Farming allows the purchasing and planting of crops “for fun and profit”. Crops have a Purchase Price, a Farming Time, and a Sale Price, which are provided in tables by tiers.
Gathering is foraging for materials using specific tools with rolls and tables provided for material types, tiers and amounts.
Fishing allows you to catch fish using specific fishing poles and tiered tables provided with variable sizes.
Monster Husbandry is the taming and rearing of monsters “for fun and profit”. These come with tiered tables containing the monsters, the product monsters produce, the purchase price and the variable product value. “It must be specified that no monsters are harmed as part of this activity.”
Building and Decorating
“Activities may be the primary source of money in Dungeon Crossing, but how do you spend money? You spend it by building and decorating things.”
When shopping, rooms, plots and Objects can be purchases for your house, and when taking the decorating activity, you place, arrange and rearrange your goodies.
Objects are broken down my size into Major, Minor and Trivial Objects with a limited variety of the larger Objects fitting into a room with more of the increasingly smaller Objects fitting in a room in greater amount. Rooms Types are denoted by either the Major Objects or the combination of Objects, such as a bed for a bedroom or a pan and stove for a kitchen.
The various materials and combinations of Objects in a room effect the Decoration Rating during inspections. The various tiers of materials and the prices for the various Object types are laid out on tables, as are examples of Objects and their type by room.
Clothing and Decorations
Decorations come in the wall and floor variety, such as tapestries and rugs, and add to the Decoration Value of a Room.
Tiered tables of materials are supplied for use in both clothing and decoration.
When it comes to clothes and accessories there’s all manner of things that can be created with many suggestions for the head, upper and lower body areas, as well as rules for accommodating clothing that covers two areas. Accessories can also be made of both building and clothing materials.
Simple rules for purchasing dyes are also included.
Expanding your Dwelling
More Rooms and Plots can be obtained with pricing relative to materials and available tiers.
Plots are needed for Farms, which make farming available, Gardens add to the Decoration Rating and can be tended to, Barns are required for Mobster Husbandry, Lawns are “an empty area of grass cultivated for no purpose other than to show off”, Groves allow for the planting of trees and harvesting Fruit Bounty (not just coconuts), Sheds house Objects when not in Rooms, and Quarries, which allow the extraction of a Metal or Stone Bounty.
Calculating Decoration Rating of Rooms and Dwelling
A simple questionnaire gives you the Decoration Rating per room, which are added together to get your Decoration Rating for your Dwelling.
A table of ratings with a Look family member’s comments and rewards are provided from “You’re just starting out, keep at it!” to “Truly astounding! I almost can’t believe my eyes!”. Based on the rewards, it can definitely put the profit in “for fun and profit!”
Appendix: What Are All These Things?
“Dungeon Crossing includes a significant number of fantastic items that don’t actually exist, alongside a variety that do exist”, so the appendix gives a little explanation of all the things throughout the supplement.
It should be addressed that this supplement itself, while bristling with potential, is a number of systems, tables and explanations because it is an engine for creation that needs imagination to fuel it. I only mention this to clear up that this isn’t an Animal Cross inspired adventure.
This is a genuinely fascinating and adorable supplement that absolutely succeeds in its goal of porting Animal Crossing into Dungeons and Dragons! In doing so it has created a solo game that doesn’t need a console or cartridge, as well as bringing in an expansive, but not overwhelming, crafting and hobby system that will really add some lovely projects, collaborations and competitions between adventures, as the characters and parties build, craft and pass the time creatively “for fun and profit”.
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