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MAZES City of Skull - A Low Prep, Rules Light RPG

MAZES City of Skull - A Low Prep, Rules Light RPG

MAZES Fantasy Roleplaying is an old school dungeon crawler with 15 minute setup and one shot play in just 2 hours. This campaign expands MAZES with the City of Skull campaign setting, adventure, and additional accessories.
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MAZES is a return to the classic sword & sorcery dungeon crawler with award-winning, elegantly simple rules that put you right into the action. 🔥Want to hear what other people are saying? Click here

  • Choose a die, pick a class, and kick open the door to adventure! 

  • Enjoy a satisfying and meaningful adventure experience in only 2 hours. 

  • MAZES feels and plays like what roleplaying looks like on TV. 


9th Level Games is excited to be expanding the world of MAZES Fantasy Roleplaying with a complete campaign setting and adventure books.

  • City of Skull campaign setting hardcover (core rules and world gazetteer)

  • Beyond the City of Skull hex crawler adventure path 

  • Legacy of the Dungeon: Prison Tomb solo journaling adventure 

  • Upgraded, deluxe Maze Controller Screen 

  • City of Skull Roll20 VTT Module 

  • Custom City of Skull Coin set from Campaign Coins

  • Custom City of Skull Original Soundtrack by Dunjon Magik

A complete world gazetteer and sourcebook, along with rules for hexcrawling, advancement, and more.

City of Skull is a campaign setting for MAZES Fantasy Roleplaying that includes: 

  • Approximately 256 page hardcover 
  • A guide to living in Skull, the Last City. Learn the religion, politics, guilds, and lore of a unique and exciting adventuring world. Plus Hazards, Monsters, and Broken Gods of the Salt Waste.
  • New rules for hex-crawling and campaign stories
  • Long awaited Experience/Advancement rules for Mazes
  • 24 new character classes & 3 new character lineages
  • OSR style random treasure and magic item generation 
  • Random character generation options 
  • Ioun Stones (magical crystals that give powers) 
  • The game is built with West Marches style in mind with rules that combine Wealth and Darkness to build a framework for that.


A full adventure path that mixes west marches play, troupe characters, & hex crawling.

Beyond the City of Skull combines the accessibility of a MAZES experience with an overarching plot that shows off the Guilds of Skull and plenty of strange locations for adventure across the Eclipsed Plain.

Beyond the City of Skull is a West Marches Hexcrawling Adventure Path:

  • Approximately 120 Page softcover 
  • West Marches style campaign, with multiple connected, branching adventures
  • New rules for managing troupe style characters
  • 6 exclusive character classes for MAZES Fantasy Roleplaying
  • A bestiary of brand new hazards, monsters, traps, and tricks 
  • Fully mapped

A unique way to play - start with a solo journaling adventure game, end with a playable adventure module.

This SOLO JOURNALING RPG follows your final days as a powerful sorcerer - recalling your battles against the Dragons and the Mad King Vulthoom.  

As part of the journal, you are building a prison and filling with with traps, magical creatures, spells, tricks, and lore - and when you are done, you can have players explore the dungeon that you created using MAZES Fantasy Roleplaying (or your favorite OSR style ruleset).

Prison Tomb Solo Game includes: 

  • Approximately 120 Page softcover
  • Prompt driven journaling and decision making
  • Build your own or modify maps and charts
  • Populate a dungeon and back it up with story and lore
  • At the end you'll have a unique dungeon for your players while having fun as a player yourself
  • The perfect gift for the Forever GM


Stretch Goals

🔥 $15,000 - Funded!

🔥 $17,000 - Enhanced digital supplements 

  • Printer friendly character sheets 
  • Form Fillable character sheets 
  • Printer friendly City of Skull in-world Zine 
  • Printer friendly reference materials and City of Skull in world items

🔥$20,000 - Free Alchemy MAZES Module

  • All backers get the Alchemy RPG MAZES Fantasy Roleplaying module for free! 

🔥$25,000 - Add Adventure to Maze Controller Screen

  • We'll create a new one-shot adventure in the City of Skull for introductory play that will come with the Maze Controller Screen.

🔥$30,000 - Free Digital Adventure "Prophecy of the Blacklight Archive"

  • All backers will get a free digital adventure that can also be played in BLACKLIGHT with UV reactive paper and/or dice. Comes with the adventures, pre-gens, soundtrack, and set up plan. 

🔥$35,000 - More Art! 

  • We'll double the art budget for all new City of Skull campaign items including City of Skull, Beyond City of Skull, Prison Tomb, and the Maze Controller Screen. 

🔥 $40,000 - Free Digital Adventure "Dragonseye"

  • All backers receive the MAZES Adventure Dragonseye, which takes place in the City of Skull. 

🔥 $45,000 - Add Embossing Features to the Screen 

  • We'll add silver embossing features to the Maze Controller Screen for a more luxe look.

🔥 $50,000 - Print & Play PDF of City of Skull in-world Card Deck

  • This card deck also includes rules for in-world games that an adventurer may play on their own at camp, for divination, to socialize at the tavern, or to gamble coin. 

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💀 All books and the screen will be in standard hobby distribution. You’ll be able to restock from your standard distributor partner (ACD, Alliance, Asmodee UK, Flat River Group, PHD, Southern Hobby, Universal, etc).

💀 Retailers will get 50% of the retail MSRP for both pledge tier and additional items. 

💀 Discounted shipping for a crowdfunding stocking order. Note: For this campaign we are limiting shipping to the US, Canada, EU, UK, Australia and New Zealand retailers only.

💀 Sell immediately. Retailers receive games when backers do! Start selling right away and before it goes to distribution.

💀 Exclusive items and swag to give to customers with purchase. 


The cost for shipping will be added AFTER this campaign ends via the Backerkit survey. Estimated shipping costs are listed in the below chart. Please note that these are subject to change.

NOTE: We are not able to ship to the following areas due to high postage prices and lost parcels; Brazil and South America, South Africa, Somalia, North Korea, Russia, or the Middle East. If you live in one of these areas, we recommend that you use a USA address and have the game forwarded to you via a relative/friend or postage forwarding company. If you need help please contact us for assistance.

Our fulfillment partner is helping us to be able to offer a CUSTOMS FRIENDLY SHIPPING which means your shipping cost is inclusive of duties and taxes (including VAT) for Canada, UK/EU, Australia, and most of Asia. If for some reason you are charged any additional duties or taxes by your country please contact us, share a copy of the receipt, and we will REFUND you.

  • Designed & Written by Chris O'Neill, creator of polymorph and MAZES Fantasy Roleplaying
  • Adventure Architecture & Additional Writing by Patrick Clapp, architect of MAZES Monthly
  • Illustrations by A. Shipwright, Justine Jones, and Droned Artworks
  • Production and Marketing by Heather O'Neill, CEO 9th Level Games

  • Please keep an eye out in UPDATES for our request for survey completion and contact us if you have not seen the BackerKit survey email within 3 months of campaign end date.  
  • If backers do not fill out the survey within ONE YEAR of BackerKit survey send date we will consider your pledge dollars a donation to this project. 
  • Roll20®, Alchemy, Vast Grimm, or any other listed partner is not responsible for the creation or timely delivery of this content.

ENDED JUNE 6th - All physical tier backers who backed by 1pm Eastern Time Thursday June 6, 2024 get a FREE MAZES HEX Sticker Pack!

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