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Welcome Gen Con Attendees! 

True Dungeon 2017 will be hosted at the 50th Gen Con in Indianapolis, IN from August 17th – August 20th (Thursday-Sunday), 2017.  Gen Con Indy is the world's oldest and largest game convention, and True Dungeon is its premier event.  

You must obtain a 1-Day or 4-Day convention Badge either by purchasing one or earning one through volunteering.  Badges go one sale Jan. 29th, 2017 at www.gencon.com (which you must have to buy tickets).  

Event tickets for True Dungeon go on sale Sunday, May 28th at Noon (Eastern) at www.gencon.com

If you are new to True Dungeon, check out THIS VIDEO to learn more!


Fundraiser for Worldbuilders in 2017

To celebrate Gen Con's 50th year (as well as True Dungeon's 15th) we are working with Worldbuilders -- a great charity founded by best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss to make the world a better place.  We are donating $2 per ticket sold at Gen Con 2017 to help Worldbuilders with its mission.  Patrick has been gracious enough to allow us to base both of our adventures in his fantasy world of the Kingkiller Chronicle.  If you are a fan of Pat's books, you will have some fun in 2017 exploring the Fae and the area surrounding the Waystone Inn.  Further, you should enjoy using some of the Treasure Tokens included in your free pack.  Some of them are based on items from Pat's world. 


True Dungeon Located In Lucas Oil Stadium

We moved from the Indiana Convenion Center in 2016 to the adjacent state-of-the-art exhibit hall inside Lucas Oil Stadium.   Easy access to the TD event is gained through a well-lit underground corridor that connects the convention center to LOS.  Additionally, now that Gen Con is renting out the entire stadium, you can access TD's location from the football field.   CLICK HERE to see TD's location.

Improvements for 2017

When it was finalized that we would be teaming up with best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss to host our adventures in his world, we immediately decided that we needed to really take our event to the next level.  This year we have been constructing some very cool adventure sets and props, and we are excited to show off our real "antiqued" wooden walls that support massive beams and ceilings.  Also, we have greatly reduced the size of our pre-event area (storyscape) so we are devoting much more space to the adventures.  This results in bigger and more complex rooms in your adventures.

Finally, for all you "Name of the Wind" fans - we think you are in for a real treat.  Patrick has worked with us to craft two adventures that feature characters and monsters from his first two novels -- as well as some new monsters from his world that have yet to (or may never) appear in print.  This should be a bit of fun to hold you over until his third novel is published.  And if you get a chance, check out our Treasure Token collection.  Patrick worked with us to include many items from his fantasy setting -- like the Ultra Rare "Shaed".

 

2017 Event Details

The 2017 event is the exciting second year of a four-year story arc that will take players on an amazing chase through some immersive environments as they seek to stop a vile mind flayer from collecting a set of holy relics known as the Teeth of Cavadar.  

True Adventures, Ltd. is proud to offer FOUR completely new two-hour  adventures for 2017.  

The Moongate Maze

We are excited to be working with best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss to present our 2017 adventures inside his Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy setting.  In this 1st part of this year’s two-part adventure, players will enter a faerie-themed hedge maze within the Fae in order to find a planar gate.  Players must work together while facing team-oriented challenges and fearsome monsters.  A 2nd adventure (set inside Newarre) "Dancing Among Stones" is also offered as a sequel to this adventure. For maximum fun, play both! This year marks the second year of an epic four-year story arc in which the party must stop a Mind Flayer from hatching a devious scheme to collect all the Teeth of Cavadar. Players get a free bag of 10 Treasure Tokens ($8 value), at least three draws from the Random Treasure Generator Chest and a collectible limited-edition token.  


Dancing Among Stones

We are thrilled to present our 2017 adventures inside the world setting of best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss. One his Kingkiller Chronicle fantasy settings will be featured in this adventure.  In this 2nd part of this year’s two-part adventure, players will adventure in a sleepy village (Newarre) with the help of a certain dashing, dark-haired stranger.  Players must work together while facing puzzles and frightening creatures.  A 2nd adventure (set inside the Fae) "The Moongate Maze" is also offered as a prequel to this adventure. For maximum fun, play both! This year marks the second year of an epic four-year story arc in which the party must stop a Mind Flayer from hatching a scheme to collect all the Teeth of Cavadar. Players get a free bag of 10 Treasure Tokens ($8 value), at least three draws from the Random Treasure Generator Chest & a collectible limited-edition token.

Both of these adventures are presented in two different formats (for a total of four different events).  Each adventure is available in a "combat-oriented" or "puzzle-oriented" version, so one possible event title will be "The Moongate Maze (puzzle-oriented)".  Combat-oriented adventures have more rooms with monsters to fight, while puzzle-oriented modules present more puzzles to solve.  It ends up being that each version of the one adventure has two different rooms than the other.

The cost of each ticket is $62.  This admission covers your two-hour adventure, and it provides you with a FREE velveteen drawstring pouch of 10 Treasure Tokens ($8 value), at least three draws from the Random Treasure Generator Chest (super-rare tokens can be had!) & a collectible limited-edition token that only players receive.

 

Another Fun Event

True Grind:   In this hackfest, players must race a series of deadly combats that will test even the most experienced and well-equipped party.  No XP is earned, but 1 Treasure Chip and a Survivor Button is available. You MUST be a Second Level TD player to participate -- and expect to die without a lot of experience, skill and tokens. This is not an event for casual TD players.  The cost of this event is $30.

 

FOUR Levels of Challenge

Due to the response from our players, we make our adventures playable at different challenge levels.  Here they are in order of difficulty.

Non-lethal: If all players in the group agree, the party can tell their Coach they want to play their adventure on the "non-lethal" challenge rating. This is designed for people who just want to enjoy the True Dungeon adventure without having to worry about their character dying. Awarded XP for this challenge level is 650 XP

Normal: By default, the party will play their adventure on the Normal challenge level -- characters can die on this difficulty, but a good party can emerge victorious with only basic equipment as long as they work well together and think on their feet. If this challenge is too much (or insufficient) then other levels are available. Awarded XP for this challenge level is 650 + 50/room reached.

Hardcore:  If all players in the group agree, the players can tell their Coach they want to play their adventure on the "Hardore" challenge rating. This is for people who have some TD experience and at least 3 bags of tokens. Awarded XP for this challenge level is 1650 + 50/room reached.  They get only the Hardcore/Nightmare Completion token for attempting this level.

Nightmare: If all players in the group agree, the players can tell their Coach they want to play their adventure on the "Nightmare" challenge rating. This is for people who have lots of experience, moxie and/or tokens. THIS IS A VERY DIFFICULT EVENT.  Awarded XP for this challenge level is 1650 + 50/room reached.  They get both the Normal and Hardcore/Nightmare Completion tokens for attempting this level.

 

Experience Points Earned

Players receive Experience Points (XP) for playing TD adventures and gain various benefits for achieving higher levels. Some TD veterans are now 8th level. The amount of XP earned is based on the challenge rating of the adventure as well as how many rooms your character makes it to alive. (Your character need notsurvive the entire adventure to get max XP, s/he just needs to enter the final room alive.)

Non-lethal = 650 XP
Normal = 650 XP + 50 XP/room
Hardcore= 1650 XP + 50 XP/room
Nightmare = 1650 XP + 50 XP/room
 
If a player plays the same adventure more than once, they receive the highest XP earned in all runs of that particular adventure. So someone playing an adventure twice, once at the Normal level and once on Nightmare level, will receive only the XP for the Nightmare adventure. (I.e., the XP awards for the same adventure don’t stack.) Note that the two versions (puzzle or comabt) of each adventure are considered the same adventure because they are somewhat similar. The highest XP available for Gen Con Indy 2017 is 4,000 XP – if the player makes it to the final room of two different adventures on Hardcore or Nightmare difficulty.

Participation Tokens

As stated earlier, players earn a cool limited edition participation token just for playing a TD adventure. There are FIVE unique tokens available at Gen Con 2017. The two versions of both modules have the same participation token, and the Hardcore/Nightmare version of both modules have their own special participation tokens.  True Grind has its own unique limited-edition Participation Token.  For the two-hour adventures, anyone playing on the "Non-lethal" setting will receive the Normal participation token, but no Survival button can be earned.

True Dungeon 101

This one-hour seminar, presented by a group of great TD veterans, is highly recommended for new TD players.  This seminar will be offered at three different times to better suit your schedule.  Search "TD101" at www.gencon.com event listing for more info.

 

How will you help your party make it through this adventure alive? 

 

View the Character Class Guide HERE .

Will you cleave your foes with your +1 Longsword?  Will you command the forces of the arcane against your party's foes?  Will you bolster your party with a rousing tune or will you use healing spells to cure their wounds?

The cool design of True Dungeon is that the degree of success you have with your chosen action is not done by a simple dice roll.  Rather, every character class has a special, real world test that they must perform in order to successful attack, cast a spell or pick a lock.

Character Class Cards

There are 12 different classes to choose from in True Dungeon, and each player must play a different class.  Once character classes are picked each player will receive a full-color printed character class card that they will use throughout the adventure.  Players get to keep the card as a souvenir. 

Most players use the 4th level player Character Cards, but there are magic items that can boost a character to 5th level.  Above is what the 5th level Elf Wizard Card looks like.  The back of the card has a Tutorial for helpful hints to players.  You can see all the Character Card images in the Resources section HERE.

You don't roll dice in True Dungeon.  It is up to you to succeed!

When you attack a monster in a True Dungeon event you will not be rolling a d20 as is the case in Dungeons and Dragons. Rather, instead of luck controlling the fate of your attack, the result of the swing will be determined by your hand and eye coordination!

In the world of True Dungeon, magic plays an important role. Wizards are masters of devastating arcane power which they can use to cause massive damage to terrible foes! Clerics, with their divine healing and curative abilities are often the only thing standing between a fellow adventurer and certain death. Druids commune with nature not only to bring forth healing, but to command the elements themselves as mighty weapons.

In addition to combat and class skills, there are many other challenges that await players in True Dungeon. Most of these challenges take the form of puzzles and creative problem solving tasks. There are also physical challenges such as walking a balance beam or dodging a foam dart.

Depending on how well your team does, you will receive a number of Treaure Coins at the end of your adventure.  These Coins are spent immediately following your adventure in a special area of the storyscape -- where you can turn them in in exchange for pulls from a random Treasure Token Generator, official True Dungeon merchandise, and other cool stuff.

True Dungeon has lots of cool reference guides that are yours free to download HERE in the Resource section.

Tokens have become a very popular component of True Dungeon since they were introduced at Gen Con So Cal in 2003.  The tokens were added so that players could experience one of the most interesting and fun parts of adventuring—getting treasure!  They started out as "wooden nickel" type chips.

In 2007 the tokens were upgraded to professionally manufactured metal/plastic chips that have an embossed logo on one side and a full-color image on the other.  The tokens are heavy, and with their "gold" color they have the weight and appearance of a gold piece. The tokens are VERY durable, water-proof, and have a special clear laminate that protects the full-color image quite well.  Starting this year, all the Ultra Rare chips will feature the current year embossed on their back plastic face.  Also, we have added additional colors to the high-end Transmute tokens (and year embossment) to deter counterfeiting.

The tokens that come in a standard 10-pack are organized into Common, Uncommon, Rare and Ultra Rare rarity groups.  Each pack of Treasure Tokens contains:

  • 7 random Common tokens*
  • 2 random Uncommon tokens
  • 1 random Rare token

*1 out of 100 10-packs come with 1 Ultra Rare token in place of one of the Common tokens!

Every player receives a free pack of 10 random Treasure Tokens at the start of their adventure, but players can also purchase tokens online at this website.  Some players have become collectors and trade tokens throughout the year on the TD Forums.  You can order tokens now by clicking on the STORE tab or by clicking on the STORE graphic below.

 

Below are the images of the 140 tokens in the 2017 Treasure Token Collection.  You can see higher resolution images of the tokens at the very bottom of this page in the Image Gallery.  You can find out vital info on the 2017 Treasure Token Collection by reading our free "Quick Token Reference" which is now available for DOWNLOAD HERE.

 

(Seven out of the ten tokens in a pack are Common.)

 

 

(Two out of the ten tokens in a pack are Uncommon.)

 

 

(One out of the ten tokens in a pack is Rare.)

 

 

(1 out of 100 Packs have a random Ultra Rare put in place of a Common.  2016 URs HERE.)

NOTE:  With each $250+ token purchase, you can pick one of the above 2017 Ultra Rare tokens to be included in your order for FREE.  You can also select from any 2016 Ultra Rare -- which can be viewed HERE.  Multiples of $250 token purchases apply, so if you place a $500 order, you get to pick TWO FREE Ultra Rares tokens.  Multiple sub-$250 orders may not be combined to achieve the $250 free Ultra Rare premium.  There is a special screen that appears during checkout to use to tell us which UR tokens you wish to pick.

 

We are very happy to be working with Worldbuilders -- a great charity founded by best-selling author Patrick Rothfuss to make the world a better place.  We are donating $2 per ticket sold at Gen Con 2017 to Worldbuilders.  Patrick has been gracious enough to allow us to base many of our 2017 tokens on his fantasy world.  For instance, the Common Selas Flower, the Uncommon Potion Denner Essence, the Rare Modegan Longbow, and the Ultra Rare Shaed are all inspired by Pat's work.  If you are a fan of medieval fantasy, we encourage you to give his work a read.  Both of the 2017 adventures will be set in areas encountered in The Name of the Wind and The Wise Man's Fear.

 

 

Continuing in 2017, your True Dungeon character may be able to manifest psychic power! To learn more about the available powers, how to unlock your character's psychic potential and supercharge your mind, click here.

 

 

 

2017 Transmuted Tokens

Complete information about our limited-edition Transmuted Tokens can be found HERE.  We have created a fun system that you can use to craft limited-edition tokens with your unused and left-over tokens.  Larger images of the 2017 Transmuted tokens can be found HERE.  The 2017 Transmuted tokens will be available to transmute on our website starting Feb. 1st, 2017.

 

Great Multi-Pack Order Specials!

$250 Pick-Your-Ultra-Rare Order Option

In addition to the 30 10-packs of tokens, you will receive the following:

  • ONE (1) FREE Ultra Rare token of your choice from either the 2017 (or 2016) print runs. (And there is about a 30% chance you will receive a random UR in your 10-packs!)

 

$1K Module/Special Token Order Option

In addition to the 120 10-packs of tokens, you will receive all of the following:

  • Four (4) FREE Ultra Rare tokens of your choice from either the 2017 or 2016 print runs—mix & match as you like.
  • 1 random 2017 Ultra Rare somewhere in your order
  • (Also, there is a 20% chance an ADDITIONAL second random Ultra Rare token will appear in your order!)
  • One (1) signed copies of BOTH modules (shipped after the event is over in November, 2017)
  • One (1) “3rd Tooth of Cavadar” Ultra Rare token - 3rd part of a 7-year story arc Transmuted token!  This token is needed to give your character better and better psychic powers.  More info HERE.

$2K “Adventurers’ Guild” Order Option

In addition to the 240 10-packs of tokens, you will receive all of the following:

  • Eight (8) FREE Ultra Rare tokens of your choice from either the 2017 or 2016 print runs—mix & match as you like.
  • 2 random 2017 Ultra Rare somewhere in your order
  • (Also, there is a 40% chance an ADDITIONAL third random 2017 Ultra Rare token will appear in your order!)
  • Two (2) signed copies of BOTH modules (shipped after the event is over in November, 2017)
  • Two (2) “3rd Tooth of Cavadar” Ultra Rare tokens - 3rd part of a 7-year story arc Transmuted token!  This token is needed to give your character better and better psychic powers.  More info HERE.
  • One (1) Limited-edition “Adventurers’ Guild” membership button.  Each person wearing an AG button receives:
  • Access to the exclusive “Adventurers’ Guild” bag check service at Gen Con, Gamehole Con and True Dungeon Celebration. You can leave one item at the Bag Check for free with each AG button. No other players will have access to this service.

    One (1) Limited-edition “Adventurers’ Guild” token.  An AG token can also be turned in at Gen Con 2017 for one of two other tokens:

    1) 1x Treasure Chip token 

    2) Limited-edition Rare token only available in Gen Con Treasure Generators

 

$8K "Onyx Set" Order Option

Option #1 - Non-Ultra Rare Onyx Set

In addition to the 960 10-packs of tokens, you will receive all of the following:

  • 32 FREE 2017 or 2016 Ultra Rare tokens of your choice.
  • 9 random 2017 Ultra Rare somewhere in your order
  • (Also, there is a 60% chance an ADDITIONAL tenth random Ultra Rare token will appear in your order!)
  • Eight (8) "3rd Tooth of Cavadar” Ultra Rare tokens - 3rd part of a 7-year story arc Transmuted token!  This token is needed to give your character better and better psychic powers.  More info HERE.
  • Eight (8) signed copies of BOTH modules after the event is over in November, 2017.
  • A proof set of Onyx tokens of the 2017 Common, Uncommon and Rare (but no Ultra Rare) tokens.  Due to upgrades to the look of the token backs ("2017" appears on the back of all tokens), your Onyx Set will shipped with your token order -- and not earlier as was done last year.
  • One (1) über-rare Wish Ring immediately sent with your Onyx set of tokens
  • One (1) über-rare Orb of Dragonkind (Dragonelle) token.  There will be a different Dragonkind token made each year from 2015-2022, and all eight can be transmuted in 2022 into the Supreme Orb of Dragonkind.  A Grand Orb of Dragonkind (requiring only 5 different tokens) can also be made at that time.  The details of each what benefits these transmuted tokens bestow are shrouded in mystery at this time.
  • One (1) über-rare Patron Lapel Pin which will allow you to enjoy the TD Patron events at True Dungeon Celebration.  More info at link.
  • Four (4) Limited-edition “Adventurers’ Guild” entrance buttons.  Each person wearing an AG button receives:
  • Access to the exclusive “Adventurers’ Guild” bag check service at Gen Con and Gamehole Con.  You can leave one item at the Bag Check for free with each AG button.  No other players will have access to this service.
  • FOUR (4) Limited-edition “Adventurers’ Guild” tokens.  The token can be turned in at Gen Con Indy 2017 for either a Treasure Pull or a Uncommon Adventure Completion token.   

Option #2 - Ultra Rare Onyx Set < No longer available.  Pre-order only.

 

The same as Option #1, but instead you may select 16 Ultra Rare tokens from 2017 or 2016 (instead of 32 as with Option #1), but you will ALSO receive a complete set of the 20 different 2016 Onyx UR tokens along with your token order in February.  Due to upgrades to the look of the token backs ("2017" appears on the back of all tokens), your Onyx Set will shipped with your token order -- and not earlier as was done last year.

CLICK HERE to Order Tokens!

 

Gen Con Ticket Draw

On March 20th, 2017, we will hold a special drawing from the names of all the 2017 token buyers to date.  Ten lucky token buyers will win. Each winner can "pre-buy" up to 10 tickets (from one slot) before anyone else!  Winners will be contacted on March. 20th and have until March 25th to pick their event slot (and pay for the tickets).  If we do not hear back from a winner by March 25th, then another name will be drawn.  True Dungeon event tickets go on sale for everyone in May.  For every 10-pack you buy, we put your name in the virtual hat.  Winners are guaranteed to get the exact slot they want without having to worry about the crazy time during event registration.  You still have to buy the tickets at the normal price.

REMEMBER:  The more tokens you buy, the greater your chance of winning!

 

The Golden Ticket 
 
We are randomly inserting 40 special Golden Ticket tokens into the 2015 token collection.  Instead of a Common token, you may get one of these uber-cool tokens in your 10-pack.  Details for the Golden Ticket Event can be found at the URL printed on the token. You will also get a host of extra goodies which include a completely awesome pack of uber-rare and powerful tokens and an exclusive GT-only surprise inside your True Dungeon adventure.  

 

Set Powers

Equipping more than one Ultra Rare token can give your character some added benefits.  Three notable set powers are in play this year involving the four "Charming" Ultra Rare magic items.  Equipping at least three "Charming" items will make your character more powerful by bestowing +1 level!


 
There are many other "sets" of tokens that combine to give extra benefits.  You can read more about them HERE.

 
Multi-year Eldritch Set from 2017-2020

The Kilt of Tavernbane (2017 Ultra Rare) token is the first token in a four-year Eldritch-item Transmutable set. When you have all three "Bane Kilts" collected (in 2019), you can transmute them into the "Eldritch Kilt" token which will grant your character a yet-to-be revealed magical bonus to your character's stats.

Condensed Packs ($1K each) - NO LONGER AVAILABLE  (Pre-Orders Only)

Some token collectors don't want to spend a lot of time opening up hundreds of 10-packs of tokens. They asked if we could make a condensed version available that would look like what 120 10-packs would look like AFTER the Common tokens were turned in for Trade tokens. Condensed packs save collectors the hassle of opening up all those 10-packs, sorting them, and then sending them off to be exchanged for Trade tokens. During the Check Out process, there will be a text box available for giving us notes.  In that text box, please indicate (in $1,000 increments) how much of your order should be in condensed form.

 

Instead of getting the normal 120 packs, you will receive the following for each Condensed Pack:

  • 4 Ultra Rare tokens of your choice from either the 2017 or 2016 print runs—mix & match as you like
  • 1  "3rd Tooth of Cavadar” Ultra Rare tokens - 3rd part of a 7-year story arc Transmuted token! (shipped with your order)
  • 1 signed copy of each module from the two 2017 adventures (2 modules total)
  • 1 random 2017 Ultra Rare (There is a 20% chance an ADDITIONAL random Ultra Rare token will appear in your random Rare token bag.)
  • 120 Random Rare tokens (10% of these will be platinum backed)
  • 240 Random Uncommon tokens (10% of these will be platinum backed)
  • 2x Potion of Distilled Healing (in place of 21 Selas Flower Common token)
  • 1x Alchemist’s Ink
  • 3x Alchemist’s Parchment
  • 5x Darkwood Plank
  • 7x Dwarven Steel
  • 1x Enchanter’s Munitions
  • 5x Minotaur Hide
  • 7x Mystic Silk
  • 4x Philosopher’s Stone
  • 1,050 GP      
  • Normal chance of a Golden Ticket*


*Golden Ticket: The chance to get a Golden Ticket will be the same exact chance you would have with a regular token purchase. The proper amount of Golden Tickets will be randomly placed among the “120 Rares” bag in all the Condensed packs. You will ALSO find that we have randomly added the “1 in 100” random Ultra Rare tokens inside these random “120 Rare” bag. On average, 1.2 additional Ultra Rare tokens will be added to your Rare bag, so most Rare bags will have 120 Rares inside plus 1 Ultra Rare as well. One out of five Rare bags will have two Ultra Rares. A very few will also have an additional token included—a Golden Ticket token. So, most Rare bags will have 121 tokens, 20% will have 122 tokens, and fewer will have 123 tokens.

CLICK HERE to Order Tokens!

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We are randomly inserting 40 special Golden Ticket tokens into the 2017 token collection.  If you have found one of these special tokens inside one of our 10-packs congratulations!

Please bring your Golden Ticket token to the True Dungeon event outside Exhibit Hall 2 at the Lucas Oil Stadium and present the token inside the appropriate event start Inn inside the storyscape at  7:00pm on Wednesday, August 16th, 2017.  You will then go to your private Coaching Room where your "event start time" will offically be either 7:00, 7:01, 7:02, 7:03 (depending on your adventure chosen at the link below).

You will also receive a limited edition, custom printed dice bag that will contain many hard-to-obtain 2017 tokens.

Please go to the official TD Forums and let your fellow Golden Ticket winners that you are ready for adventure!  Teams are being formed now HERE.

Congratulations, again!  Well done! 

 

"This is nuts!!  How did this all come about?", you may be asking yourself. Well, it all started with a DM named Jeff Martin and a cool stick...

The True Dungeon module that you will be running through at GenCon has a long evolutionary track that started in 1997, when Dungeon Master Jeff Martin decided to host an all weekend game-a-thon with five of his gamer buddies.