Dollar Store Dungeons: The Project

Logo for dollar store dungeons, showing a $-shaped dungeon with various beasties and crannies

What treasures can you find for $10?

This is the start of a new project, modeled on John Till’s From the Zones project, open to everyone.

How do you participate? Go to a dollar store, buy 10 items, and post about how you’re going to use them in gaming. Easy!

More complete rules, if you prefer:

  • Go to a dollar store and buy 10 items, costing US$10 total.
  • They must be items that you actually want to use in a game, not just items you can vaguely imagine someone using.
  • Post on your blog, or Google Docs, or wherever you like, and describe what you’ve found. You can put all your finds in one post, or spread them out over multiple posts.
  • Comment here or email me to let me know what you’ve posted. I’ll try to keep a running list of what everyone has found.
  • Feel free to use the logo above with your post. Please credit me (Rachel Kronick) and include a link back to this post. The logo is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License.

Treasure Table 1:

  • Dinosaurs! here on NJW Games. Two nifty dinosaurs and a very nice tree.
  • There’s A Centipede On My Dollar Store! John’s overview of the project and a tantalizing sample of what he found.
  • Creatures at the Everwayan. Creepy crawlies of many sorts. (And he’s already used them in a game!)
  • Lamprey Centipede at Fate SF. A very cool (and also icky) idea for one particular dollar store purchase, with full Fate stats.
  • Serpent-Tapirs at the Everwayan. Some amazingly inspired worldbuilding!
  • Stance Markers here on NJW Games. A nifty combat accessory for Blade & Crown.
  • Glass Beads here at NJW Games. What’s the cheapest way to get glass tokens for gaming?
  • Other Doctors at Fate SF. A brilliant Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover involving an SR-71.
  • Die-cast vehicles here on NJW Games. A few very nifty minis, suitable for Car Wars or Traveller.
  • Doctor Dolittle at Fate SF. Fantastic ideas for a veterinary campaign!
  • Two Million Swallow Gale at Fate SF. A nifty elaboration on the Doctor Dolittle setting, with a wonderful spell powered by birds. I could see this spell coming in handy for a game set in mythic China, too.
  • More Dollar Store Treasures at They Might Be Gazebos. Some nifty props for minis, some cool coins and an amazing beetle mini.
  • Chess here on NJW Games. The classic wargame, usable as combat minis.
  • False Beholder at Fate SF. Gregarious monocular mercenaries.
  • Paint, brushes and dominoes here on NJW Games. Nice instant terrain for use with miniatures.
  • Pencils here on NJW Games. Writing utensils always seem to be in short supply at gaming.
  • Dry-erase board here on NJW Games. Handy for turn tracking, simple maps or refrigerator moments.


Dollar Store Dungeons: The Project — 4 Comments

  1. I just found this topic. Great idea! Our local Dollar Tree stores (3 in my zip code) have most of what you talk about here. 6 sided dice in packs of 5 or 10, cards, 48 packs of toy soldiers in khaki and olive, checkers, chess, dominoes (great for improvised terrain), glass beads, “doodle pads” (cheap newsprint paper, great for sketching at the table), die cast toys… all a dollar each. Yowza!

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