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Tiny Dungeon Print and Play Bundle
Publisher: Smoking Salamander
by John P. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/30/2019 23:21:38

There's a new edition out, which you should get. BUT this bundle includes TWO complete adventures which are 100% compatible with 2e.

In comparison, the 2nd edition rulebook offers zero adventures, and to my knowledge there are only two other ready-to-play TD2e adventures released to date. (Brian Fitzpatrick's Mad Magicks of the Turned God is available for sale on its own, and Robert Denton's Literal Tiny Dungeon is found in Tiny Zine no. 5.)

Getting two more adventures for this price is quite a bargain. So if you're a GM who wants to run Tiny Dungeon 2e, get this bundle.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Tiny Dungeon Print and Play Bundle
Publisher: Smoking Salamander
by michael s. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 10/06/2017 08:09:48

It looks like a neat little game to play, however the rule booklet references 'magic' as on page 18 and page 18 refers to how the gamemaster should run the game. nothing of magic is in the booklet at least from what I can see.



Rating:
[3 of 5 Stars!]
Tiny Dungeon Print and Play Bundle
Publisher: Smoking Salamander
by A customer [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 02/06/2016 00:09:38

This game was simple and quite fun. I have played a little bit with both my normal RPG group and my 10 year old son and couple friends of his. Both groups were up and running quite quickly and had tons of fun. The simple rules make it really quick to grasp and leave massive room for imagination. I highly reccomend this for groups of advanced players who want a very roleplay and imagination heavy game, but also for beginners who aren't sure if RPG's are for them. I think both groups will find what their looking for in this simple, yet awesome, game.



Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Tiny Dungeon Print and Play Bundle
Publisher: Smoking Salamander
by Sophia B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/14/2015 04:02:50
http://dieheart.net/tiny-dungeon/

Tiny Dungeon is a minimalistic heroic fantasy roleplaying game.

The author promises that it is “[…] a tabletop roleplaying game system that is short on rules, but big on roleplaying!”

Let’s dive in!

The Rules

Basic Rules

Tiny Dungeons (TD) is a quick read and the rules are easy to understand. Basically, you roll 2d6 for any task. A roll of 5 or 6 is a success and that means you’ve made it. The game is complemented with an Advantage/Disadvantage mechanic which you might know from Barbarians of Lemuria or the new edition of Dungeons & Dragons. With Advantage you roll 3d6 so the chances to roll a success are greater. If you have Disadvantage (i.e. you’re not proficient with a weapon) you only roll 1d6.

Character Creation

Character creation is pretty fast. You choose a race which also gives you some racial Traits and the amount of Hitpoints you have. You decide on 3 traits. If one of your traits is suitable for a task, you have Advantage on a roll and roll 3d6. There is no class system, TD covers this via Traits so choosing these will customize your character. Furthermore, this game assumes a setting expectation similar to D&D so fighting skills are a must. There are 3 weapon categories (Light Melee, Heavy Melee and Ranged) and you can opt for one category to be proficient in and one weapon type you have mastered. This will give you bonuses in combat. Finally, you choose a Family Trade (mechanically the same as a Trait) and a Belief. Beliefs don’t have any mechanical advantage, they are just a game element.

There are 5 races to choose from: the standard Humans, Dwarves and Elves and additionally Goblins (instead of halflings!) and finally the Salimar, an original race of salamanders. Race gives you your max. Hitpoints and racial traits, i.e. Darkvision for Dwarves.

Combat

TD uses a unified task resolution, so everything is covered by the core 2d6 mechanic. That’s pretty neat, I like it. In classic FRPG style you have round-based combat and will first roll Initiative via Initiative Test and then attacking and defending can happen. You have two Actions every round and can spend them on moving, attacking, evading or focussing. Every hit will make 1 HP of damage so combat is very straightforward and not swingy. When you drop to 0 HP you will need to be stabilized by a friend or make a Save Test. The rules are a bit similar to D&D 5e. Different weapon categories determine the range in which you can attack but have no influence on the damage you do as that is a fixed value.

Magic

As there are no classes in TD this is covered by traits like Spell-Reader and Spell-Touched. Again, this uses the 2d6 mechanic so there are no surprises here. Magic can be mighty but is very limited. For example the Spell-Reader can only cast spells from spell rolls and they are destroyed after a successful cast.

Everything Else

The game also covers a list of Traits, Equipment, examples for Weapon Categories and advice for the Gamemaster. This is all pretty solid and the list of traits will get you started right away. The game doesn’t have rules for advancement. The starting characters are already quite competent so the author assumes that there is no need to level up. The advice for the GM covers a short section about Enemies but the game also has a separate monster manual with some standard monsters. The book ends with a short starter adventure.

Appearance

You’ll get a zip file with 5 pdfs. The main book is 24 pages and covers the above explained content. Additionally, there is a character sheet, the Creature Codex (monster manual) and two adventures. The Game Handbook has a simple one-column layout and is completely black and white. It features some nice pictures (mostly characters) in a comic art style. It’s all very minimalist but good-looking.

Summary

Tiny Dungeon is a no-nonsense rules-lite game. The system easily models the standard fantasy archetypes by choosing mostly familiar races and a good trait list. It can easily be reskinned or modified to other genres as the rules are pretty basic. It is not as versatile as some genre-neutral games as the conflict rules only cover combat (like in D&D). There are no rules for social conflict, these are handled with simple tests. Is it big on roleplaying as the authors suggest? Well, that depends on you. The rules fade into the background as it is the case with many lightweight games but that doesn’t necessarily make for great roleplaying. All in all, it is a complete and solid game. I like how consistent it is with its basic mechanism and how up-front combat is. For me however, it doesn’t offer anything which I don’t already have with other rules-lite games (most of them cheaper or even free). To name a few: Adventurers!, Folklore, Open Adventure, 1974 Style or Pulp! Core. Perhaps I’m burned out on those extremely lightweight games as there’s only so many ways you can spin the rules. I guess it boils down to personal taste: there are many similar games out there but this is still a good one.



Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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