How to Play Dungeon

The Dungeon Players' Guide


Rooms are the basic places inside Dungeon's imaginary game world. Whenever you move your character from one location to another, you've left one Room and entered a new one.

This'll be more understandable if you don't think of Rooms as the insides of houses, with four walls, a ceiling, etc. Instead think of them as any arbitrary space: outdoors, indoors, a cavern, an empty field, the pantry inside a kitchen, a coal bin inside a mine. A Room is a physical location somewhere within three-dimensional space.

Rooms in Dungeon can have up to ten Exits corresponding to the ten possible directions of movement: Down, East, North, NorthEast, NorthWest, South, SouthEast, SouthWest, Up, and West. There's no guarantee that any or all of these Exits will exist; and if they do, there's no guarantee you'll be able to see them.

Rooms will typically have a more or less elaborated description, which will be shown to you automatically when you enter. In Dungeon, unlike TriadCity, the descriptions are static, and are the same for all players. You see what everyone sees.

Rooms may or may not contain any number of arbitrary Items. You may or may not be able to see these Items. The ones that are visible to you are listed when you enter the Room. Dungeon is slightly different to TriadCity or Midgaard in that in Dungeon many of these displays show you any Items that are inside containers.

Rooms also may or may not contain any number of Characters. You may or may not be able to see these Characters, too. The ones that are visible to you are also listed when you enter the Room.

Here's an example. We'll show you the Room titled "West of the House", which is the Room you enter the very first time you visit Dungeon.

When you enter, the description you see will usually look something like this:

West of the House

You are in an open field west of a big white house with a boarded front door.

     There is a small mailbox here.

Let's check out that mailbox:

look at the mailbox
I see nothing special about the mailbox.
Now you know: it's just an ordinary mailbox. Many Items are as simple as this one; others are a lot more interesting.

Happy exploring!