Super Dungeon Master: Quest for the Firestaff

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Abstract: A top-down remake of the 1987 FTL classic Dungeon Master., complete with all 24 original characters – and bonus areas!


MasterGenre: Retro RPG Fantasy dungeon-crawler, action battle system, arcade, silly.


Game Progression: Main game is complete, finishing artwork and fixing balance issues. Adding bonus areas too. Looking to push beta version May 2017.


Recruitment: none required, but advice most-welcome. J

Can complete main game in approximately 3-4 hours, and a heap of secrets will crank that up to about treble that.



Latest versions can be grabbed from here:
and more information here:


Super Dungeon Master: Quest for the Firestaff


You are Theron, student to the Grey Lord. You are tasked with resurrecting four trapped champions and beating the infamous dungeon of Lord Chaos deep within Mount Anaias. Your team must find the fabled Firestaff and empower it so you can outwit and defeat Lord Chaos.





-        All 14 original game levels lovingly remade for the RPG Maker engine.

-        Play from an array of over 24 playable characters from 12 amazing classes.

-        Additional bonus levels and dialogue expanding on original lore.

-        Nod to Grimrock with exclusive bonus level.

-        Totally rad soundtrack featuring a dazzling array of talent of the current chiptune scene.

-        16-colour sprites, stereo sound – written in 100% machine code.




Character Bios:

Features all 24 original characters from the Dungeon Master game:






Alex: Alex lost his sister leading the revolt against the Beast-Army of Lord Chaos - but won the heart of Syra as they struck Mount Anaias.

AziziAzizi and her partner Sonja were assigned as bodyguards to Elija for the Council of Chengu - but were betrayed! Azizi seeks freedom.

BorisBoris was Court Jester to Queen Sophia and volunteered to join the dangerous party going deep into Mount Anaias itself.

Chani - Chani was counsel to Queen Sophia and sent to keep an eye on Duke Zed, who tends to be rash in battle: Chani is wise and loyal.

DaroouDaroou is a misunderstood beast with a kind heart. He paternally looks after others and seeks to beat up Lord Chaos.

Elija - Elija had the power to transform stone. The Council of Chengu sent him capture Lord Chaos, but Elija was betrayed and seeks revenge!

Gando - Gando has a keen mind and a lot of gadgets. Gathering the clan-folk, he attempted to outsmart Lord Chaos once before and seeks to win!

Gothmog - Lord Chaos tricked Gothmog into trapping fallen champions in the mirrors or perish! Gothmog vows to redeem himself and crush Lord Chaos.

Halk - Halk grew up fighting the many beast-clans. When Lord Chaos united the beasts, Halk knew he must seek and destroy Lord Chaos in person.

Hawk - The wise Council of Chengu hired Hawk to get Elija into the fortress of Lord Chaos undetected - but no-one warned him of magik!

Hissssa - Hissssa arranged for a Red Dragon to get Gando's party from Makar to Mount Anaias - where they were betrayed! Hissssa seeks vengeance!

Iaido - Here to collect a bounty on behalf of the Makisu dynasty, Iaido works with thieves and rouges to achieve an honourable goal.

Leif - Leif and Stamm are buddies who hate Lord Chaos and his cronies. They both failed Queen Sophia an now seek redemption.

Leyla - If the money is big enough, Leyla is there to collect. This is nothing more than a job to Leyla, who loves escaping from tight corners.

Linflas - Linflas was made homeless when the Eternal Forest burned. Linflas is calm and keeps the team together, but seeks vengeance.

Mophus - Iaido and Wu Tse were tricked into thinking Mophus could destroy Lord Chaos - but this was a mistake! Mophus now seeks redemption.

Nabi - Disillusioned with humanity, Nabi vows to seek peace with Lord Chaos and to find a way to undo the dark magik.

Sonja - Sonja and her partner Azizi were assigned to help Elija defeat Lord Chaos for the Council of Chengu - she seeks the blood of Lord Chaos!

Stamm - Stamm and his pal Leif had to transport a valuable artefact away from Lord Chaos, but they were betrayed! Now Stamm wants revenge!

Syra - Syra survived the burning of the Eternal Forest to fight alongside her beloved Alex as they fought to Mount Anaias.

Tiggy - Travelling from another world, Tiggy is fleeing the Cube of Grimrock and was tricked into giving Lord Chaos the power to control Flux.

Wu Tse - With her traps, Wu Tse escorted Iaido to capture Lord Chaos - however the party were tricked and failed: now there will be vengeance!

Wuuf - Wuuf was raised of humble stock and has seen too many of her brothers die in the war against the Beast-Army. This must end!

Zed - Queen Sophia needed Duke Zed to lead the strike-force to kill Lord Chaos before the Beast-Army overran her palace: is there still time?


Trolina - Trolina saw here people magikally enslaved by Lord Chaos and now seeks answers - the magik mirror holds the key.

Theron - Theron is Lord Grey's Apprentice, a spirit of his former self, torn from reality and here to unlock four champions.


Full details here:





Super Dungeon Master: Quest for the Firestaff.

V1.0, VX Ace




Author: Dave Gumble (boyflea)



-        Yanfly: Menus, Dynamic Stats, Stop Movement, Death, Common Tile Event, System Options, Force-Move Event, Extra Param Formulas.

-        Falcao Pearl: ABS System.

-        Sixth: ABS mods.

-        Tsukihime: Eventing, Tile-Swapping, Map Screenshot Tool.

-        Galv: Timer HUD.

-        Modern Algebra: Text-Wrapping, Monster Catalogue.

-        Fomar0153: Toggle Sprint.

-        Majirefly: Level Title.

-        Lunia: Party HUD.

-        Zeus 81: Fullscreen option.

-        Moghunter: Title Screen.

-        Dark-Paladin: End-Credits.


Ruby Advisors:

Shaz, Andar, retnuh, Archeia, Soulpour777.



-        Fine Excuses, ‘Joyjoi’

-        Visager; ‘Eerie Mausoleum’, ’We can Do It’, ‘Final Sacrifice’, ‘The Plateau at Night’, ‘Haunted Forest’, ‘Ice Cave’, ‘Pyramid’, ‘The Great Forest’, ‘Dark Sanctum’.

-        Eric Skiff; ‘Searching’, ‘Prologue’, ‘Come And Find Me’, ‘We Are The Resistors’, ‘Underclocked’, ‘Ascending’, ‘Digital Native’, ‘We’re All Under The Stars’, ‘All of Us’.

-        Ozzed; ‘ Seductive Space’, ‘Satisf*ckion’, ‘Lava Flow Stressamp Turbo Pulse’.

-        Gumbel; ‘Levels’, ‘El Siniestro Y La Velz’, ‘Tapes’.

-        Aenigma; ‘Spiders’, ‘Parry Knave’.

-        Raymond March, ‘Hyperbolic Spaces’.

-        Hyper Foofie, ‘Thermo Chill’.

-        Rolemusic, ‘Itsumo No Y Ni’.

-        Vulpeox, ‘DioZe’.


Original FTL development team (1987).

-        Doug Bell, Director.

-        Dennis Walker, Assistant Director.

-        Mike Newton, 2nd Unit Director.

-        Andy Jaros, Graphics.

-        Wayne Holder, Producer.

-        Hiroyo Sunamoto, Translation.


Dungeon Master Forum, moral support (2006-2017)

-        George Gilbert, Sophia, Gambit37, beowuuf, cowsmanaut, Ameena, Chaos Shaman, Lord_BoNes, Seriously Unseriously, Sasha, Terkio, Sphenx, Jan, oh_brother, Sauman, Ian Clark, linflas, Sera, THOM, Erik Bauer, Trantor, Parallax, palyarmerc, Royou, Paul Stevens, Christophe Fontanel.


Grimrock Forum, moral support (2013-2014)

-        Komag, Neikun, Diarmuid, Leki, aaneton, Drakkan, Numberouane, SpiderFighter, Dr.Disaster, Andyroosta, Skuggasveinn, JKos, Isaac, Xanathar, leewroy, JohnWordsworth, Eleven Warrior, msyblade, minmay, The cube.


RPGMaker Communities, moral support (2017)

-        Lonequeso, kaz, Rikifive, Kes, OffeNDer, metronome, ShinGamix, nightdragon, Zevia, Dreadshadow, Trihan, kovak, Vox Novus, Kyuukon, Phoenixx92, Milennin, Sharm, Hudell, Celianna, EternalShadow.


Voice Acting:

-        shadowisp,

-        montblancandies,

-        martian,

-        Gwen Stefani.



-        David Bowie


Special Thanks:

-        Sarah, Bertie, Violet. x.







































Coming soon.
Known Issues:



-        Gameplay is still being refined, especially skills and attacks.

-        Bonus levels still need work.

-        Artwork and maps have some rough-edges.




Dev Site:

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Finally... I did it. Launched v1.0 of my VX Ace game... was terrific fun to build. :)

Well, leveraged a heap of scripts and built something that rattles and wheezes a bit, but playable.

Learned many things and with help from some wonderful people on these forums, thanks!

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Minor update, v1.01 provided, addresses issue with omitted credits and fixes 'Continue' niggle on main menu.

Thanks everyone for the support!

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Thanks to inspiration from Kayzee (KilloZapit) - have updated to v1.02 to include two extra characters to make the game considerably easier to play: this will allow younger players to participate. :)

And hopefully, that will be all teh updates for a while!


Please feel free to provide any feedback here or on the main RMN site....

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Thanks to inspiration from Kayzee (KilloZapit) - have updated to v1.02 to include two extra characters to make the game considerably easier to play: this will allow younger players to participate. :)

And hopefully, that will be all teh updates for a while!


Please feel free to provide any feedback here or on the main RMN site....

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