Dungeon World Forever
Today we’re releasing a new version of Dungeon World. But that’s not all that’s happening.
As of today, we’re splitting Dungeon World into two games: Dungeon World and Dungeon World Hack.
Dungeon World Hack is what you’re used to so far: an Apocalypse World hack. You still need Apocalypse World to play, it’s not a self-contained game.
Dungeon World is now a complete game, with all the rules you need to play (or at least most of them – Adam and I are still writing away). Classes, DM moves, Fronts, monsters, everything. Dungeon World Hack is a subset of Dungeon World, it’s just selected parts of the full game.
Why the split? We want to change up the way these games are distributed. Dungeon World Hack will still be a free PDF, just like it is now. Dungeon World is going to be a pay product in print and PDF. We’ve put a lot of work into Dungeon World, and we also don’t want to undermine Apocalypse World by giving away too many of its ideas for free, so we decided to take this route.
The plain text xml of the full game will still be free and open. If you can put up with reading the raw xml, it’s all free. What you’ll be paying for is the full product, with layout, character sheets, and all the rest.
Starting right now, you can get Dungeon World Hack and keep playing the game. We’re also launching the Dungeon World Adventurer’s Guild, an email list that gets the full PDF of Dungeon World, along with early access to bonus material like new classes, monsters, and adventures. All of the bonus material will eventually be posted here, but the Adventurer’s Guild gets it early.
How do you join the Adventurer’s Guild? Simple: just play Dungeon World, including Dungeon World Hack, and tell us about it. Post it to your blog, write about it on a forum, or just send us an email directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). Do that, and you’re an Adventurer. Welcome to the guild.
So that’s it. Keep on playing Dungeon World Hack. Tell us about it, and get the full Dungeon World now. Look for a print version down the road.