Crypts of Indormancy – Adventures in not-Polynesia

By on 23 September 2016
Crypts of Indormancy - Adventures in not-Polynesia Daniel Sell

Crypts of Indormancy, an evocative location-based adventure compatible with Lamentations of the Flame Princess and most other Dungeons & Dragons clones, is currently being Kickstarted in order to pay for art and printing costs. In keeping with the theme of this board, the publisher and artist are both based in the UK.


  • Set in a quasi-Polynesian island chain
  • Dungeon fundamentals done fresh and right, evil wizard and all
  • A backdrop of postcolonial elves digging through their imperial past
  • Optional rules to help more fully and easily engage with the peculiar background of the world by incentivising culturally specific behavior
  • Five memorable and perplexing new monsters
  • A confident and distinct literary voice


This scenario is informed as much by sword-and-sorcery as by anticolonial politics, so you might say that it draws on a non-traditional “Appendix N,” one that includes Aimé Césaire, Chinua Achebe, Frantz Fanon, Gyatri Spivak, and Edward Said.


About Dave McAlister

Dave has been roleplaying for over 30 years, having played and/or run most mainstream systems with the espionage genre being an early favourite. So much so that, in 1999, he started Modus Operandi. That same year he joined the Sarbreenar "Living" campaign team as their plotline controller before moving across to the Living Spycraft campaign team (as UK Regional Branch Director) in 2003. 2003 also saw the birth of UK Role Players as well as Dave's first freelance writing appointment (co-writing World Militaries and consulting on both US Militaries and Battlegrounds, all for Spycraft). Since then, Dave has concentrated on supporting the UK gaming scene. He has organised and run several small, one-day, events and was the RPG Area Manager for Gen Con UK in 2004. His current favourite systems are Dungeons & Dragons (specifically 5th Edition), Savage Worlds and Cinematic Unisystem. He has a (currently neglected) blog at and runs a D&D 5e SRD website at

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