A while back the late great Dungeons & Dragons legend, Gary Gygax, wrote an adventure module called Dungeonland, a rather surreal story for tabletop RPG players. While I’m not sure if the new Dungeonland game from Critical Studio drew on that adventure as inspiration for their title, it certainly appears to embody some elements familiar to tabletop RPGs.

Dungeonland, like other multiplayer RPGs, allows players to choose their hero and adventure into dungeons for experience and loot but with one interesting twist – it also allows another player to become The Dungeon Maestro, which is similar to the Dungeon Masters in tabletop RPGs. The Dungeon Maestro is capable of manipulating the dungeon experience to try and take out the adventure party.

If all that sounds interesting to you there’s some good news. Dungeonland’s official release date was announced today and the co-op hack ‘n’ slash action RPG will be opening its dungeon doors on January 22, 2013. Additionally, publisher Paradox interactive has announced that Dungeonland pre-orders are now available at the price of $9.99 on several digital distribution platforms such as Steam, GameStop and others.

Visit the Dungeonland website to learn more.

Pre-Order for Dungeonland Now Open! Release Date Set and Trailer Released

Get a Head Start on Hero Slaughtering with Bonus Dungeon Maestro Perks, Live Stream Forthcoming

NEW YORK — January 8, 2013 — Paradox Interactive, a publisher of games for brilliant conquerors and filthy do-gooders alike, today received a friendly memo from the Dungeon Maestro, the genius behind their upcoming co-op hack ‘n’ slash title Dungeonland. The memo pointed out that spike traps and caustic liquids won't pay for themselves, and thus Paradox is now accepting pre-orders for Dungeonland in exchange for actual money at www.dungeonlandgame.com/buy. Dungeonland will open its doors to the common rabble upon its release, scheduled for January 22, 2013.

What exactly does the price of admission give to a Dungeonland ticket holder? This handy dandy new trailer will give visitors an overview of the death fun that is in store for them:

View the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LxZF0GI6FA&hd=1

"The sooner you get off your heroically gigantic rear and pre-order, the sooner you can start disposing of your miserable little 'friends,'" said the Dungeon Maestro, VP of Formerly Human Resources at Paradox Interactive. “As much fun as it is to take a personal tour of Dungeonland, there’s no better way to visit my park than with other players. It's such a helpful way to sort out your relationships – which of your peers contains the most blood, which one looks the tastiest to a dragon, and so forth. Have you paid me yet? Why are we still talking?”

As an added incentive, pre-orders of Dungeonland will come with the Grimoire Pack, a set of perks allowing for sneakier traps and meaner monsters when playing as the Dungeon Maestro. The game will be demonstrated in a live streaming event occurring tomorrow, January 9, at 7 p.m. GMT (11 a.m. PST). Fans can watch the Dungeon Maestro hard at work slaughtering hapless fools on Paradox's official Twitch TV channel, at twitchtv.com/paradoxinteractive.

To read the latest guides, news, and features you can visit our Dungeonland Game Page.

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2016

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