The Info List - Dungeon Crawl

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A DUNGEON CRAWL is a type of scenario in fantasy role-playing games in which heroes navigate a labyrinthine environment (a "DUNGEON"), battling various monsters, and looting any treasure they may find. Because of its simplicity, a dungeon crawl can be easier for a gamemaster to run than more complex adventures, and the "hack and slash " style of play is appreciated by players who focus on action and combat. The term can be used in a pejorative sense, since dungeon crawls often lack meaningful plot or logical consistency. The parody game Munchkin is about "the essence of the dungeon experience… Kill the monsters, steal the treasure, stab your buddy."

The first computer-based dungeon crawl was pedit5 , developed in 1975 by Rusty Rutherford on the PLATO interactive education system based in Urbana, Illinois. Although this game was quickly deleted from the system, several more like it appeared, including dnd and Moria .

Some distinguish "dungeon crawlers" from rogue-likes and RPGs with stories and character-interaction, while others use the term to describe any game which features ample amounts of dungeon exploration (including Zork
, Zelda and tabletop RPGs ). More recently the term has come to mean 1st person RPGs, particularly ones which are aligned to a grid system and can be mapped on graph paper.


* 1 Dungeons & Dragons

* 2 Video games

* 2.1 First-person party-based dungeon crawlers

* 3 See also * 4 References


Dungeon crawls in the role-playing game Dungeons "> An in-game screenshot from Legend of Grimrock a real-time, first person view, tile-based dungeon crawler in the style of Dungeon Master . In the center of the image, view into the Dungeon. On the right the open inventory of a party member. Crawl, Powerhoof.

Due to their potential for simplicity and the limited expectations most players have for plot and logical consistency in dungeon crawls, they are fairly popular in role-playing video games . The roguelike genre is a common and typical example, with endless procedurally generated dungeon terrain and randomly placed monsters and treasures scattered throughout.

The 1980s may be seen as the "golden era" of this form of game. Games like Wizardry , The Bard\'s Tale , Cosmic Soldier , Might and Magic
Might and Magic
, Megami Tensei
Megami Tensei
, Phantasy Star , Dungeon Master , Madou Monogatari and Gauntlet set the standards, while the primitive graphics were actually conducive to this style, due to the need for repetitive tiles or similar-looking graphics to create effective mazes. Some dungeon crawlers from this era also employed action role-playing game combat, such as Dragon Slayer and The Tower of Druaga .

Variations on the dungeon crawl trope can be found in other genres . Recent years have seen a modest resurgence in their popularity, particularly in Japan, largely due to the success of the Etrian Odyssey series by Atlus .


Example of a hand-drawn dungeon map

This subgenre consists of RPGs where the player leads a party of adventurers in first-person perspective , typically in a grid-based environment. Examples include the aforementioned Wizardry, Might and Magic and Bard's Tale series; as well as the Etrian Odyssey and Elminage series. Games of this type are also known as "blobbers", since the player moves the entire party around the playing field as a single unit, or "blob".

Most "blobbers" are turn-based, but some games such as the Dungeon Master, Legend of Grimrock and Eye of the Beholder series are played in real-time. Early games in this genre lack an automap feature, forcing players to draw their own maps in order to keep track of their progress. Spatial puzzles are common, and players may have to, for instance, move a stone in one part of the level in order to open a gate in another part of the level.


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* ^ "The World of Munchkin". worldofmunchkin.com. * ^ DeVarque, Aardy. "Literary Sources of D&D". Archived from the original on July 21, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-23. * ^ Edge Staff (2012-04-12). "Legend Of Grimrock review". Edge . Retrieved 2012-05-09. Legend Of Grimrock isn't a love letter to Dungeon Master, the 1987 blend of subterranean exploration, survival, switches and traps. It's a near-facsimile. But that's not a fact Almost Human is trying to hide; it's the selling point. Legend Of Grimrock replicates a classic faithfully enough to massage the nostalgia glands of anyone who played the original, and it's a test of the timelessness of an almost universally loved game. * ^ Parish, Jeremy (2011-09-15). "TGS: Beyond the Labyrinth is Beautiful But Puts the "Crawl" in "Dungeon-Crawler." (Nintendo 3DS) - Konami\'s new 3DS RPG is probably too specific to Japanese tastes to come to the U.S.". 1UP.com . Retrieved 16 September 2011. * ^ Cobbett, Richard (December 5, 2016). "The RPGs of 2017". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Retrieved 2017-05-22. * ^ Pepe, Felipe (June 25, 2015). "CRPG History Abridged - 21 RPGs that brought something new to the table". Gamasutra. UBM. Retrieved 2017-05-22.

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