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Trapsylvania Now Available for Pre-Order

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Trapsylvania Now Available for Pre-Order

Listen up, puny humans! Grimtooth the Troll here. You sorry souls have been dying from my traps for decades. And in all that time, not one of you miniscule mortals has attacked me in my lair! Well, I’ve decided to take pity on you. For the first time ever, I’m going to show you my realm. You’ll finally get to see – Trapsylvania! The gates to Trapsylvania are about to open, with a troll named Grimtooth standing at their side! Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania is the new sourcebook based on the world created in the Grimtooth’s Traps series of books. The Kickstarter orders will be shipping soon, and we are now excited to offer the book to everyone as a pre-order, with an expected ship date of March 1st. Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania is a 162-page sourcebook describing the world of the infamous troll, with plot hooks and detailed locales—oh, and did we mention traps? There are a lot of traps in the book, too. The book is also fully compatible with Dungeon Crawl Classics, with DCC stats by Joseph Goodman and Terry Olsen. And it comes in three different versions: softcover, hardcover, and a nice leatherbound edition, too.  Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania is fully illustrated, with a color cover and B/W interior art. The publisher is Goodman Games, under license from Flying Buffalo. The book is written in a system-neutral style like all Grimtooth books, with DCC RPG stats compiled in an appendix at the back. And don’t forget the rest of the Grimtooth’s books! The new Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania is a great way to incorporate all of Grimtooth’s designs in a devastatingly lethal fun-filled manner! The gates are open! Pre-order your copy today! Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania Hardcover pre-order now, available on March 1st Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania Softcover pre-order now, available on March 1st Grimtooth’s Trapsylvania Leatherbound pre-order now, available on March...

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Visit us at SCARAB this weekend!

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Visit us at SCARAB this weekend!

It’s our first show of 2019!  This weekend the SCARAB gaming convention is being held in Columbia, SC, and Goodman Games will be there! Join Judge Brendan at the show for some gaming fun, as he will be running events all weekend. You can join him for Dungeon Crawl Classics fun and roll a handful of dice in the hopes that you survive the experience.  This is the biggest gaming convention in South Carolina, and Goodman Games is happy to be on hand. The Medallion Conference Center will be home to the show, housing games for the whole weekend, and providing copious space for gamers to enjoy.  So come on down to Columbia, SC and meet Judge Brendan this weekend at the SCARAB gaming convention! Be sure to check out our full convention schedule, as well as our new Events Page for all the upcoming Goodman Games appearances! What: SCARAB gaming convention When: Jan 18 – 21, 2019 Where: Medallion Convention Center, Columbia,...

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Road Crew 13-Game Judges: Your Badges Are Coming Soon!

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Road Crew 13-Game Judges: Your Badges Are Coming Soon!

Consider it a badge of honor. Something to prove that you are a devoted fan.  We’re talking about our custom badge pin. The item that we send to anyone who has completed thirteen or more Road Crew games as a part of a single season. And if you are one of those proud few that has met this goal, then we have good news: the badges will be heading your way soon! In 2018 we had more people hit the thirteen game goal than ever before, and we couldn’t be more proud. Over the past weekend, anyone who qualifications was sent an email with information on confirming the name that will be engraved in your custom badge. If you met the thirteen game goal but did not get that email, you need to get in touch with us! Please email Judge Brendan so that he can make sure we have your information down correctly.  And don’t forget to keep running games! The 2019 Road Crew details aren’t out yet, but they’ll be coming soon, and every game you run still counts towards the 2019 season. Thank you to the thirteen game Judges! We honor your commitment and will be sending you engraved evidence of your efforts soon!...

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I Want You – To Judge at Gen Con!

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I Want You – To Judge at Gen Con!

It’s already that time of year! The Gen Con commeth! And we want YOU to run events as a part of the show! We’re looking for folks to run both Dungeon Crawl Classics and Mutant Crawl Classics events at the show. What type of events? Any! We want events of all shapes and sizes. Give us your poor high-level adventurers in search of some money, your tired mid-level adventurers just hoping to catch a break, and your weak 0-level villagers that are in over their head. Just gather those huddled masses around a table and roll some dice! What’s in it for you? Glad you asked! If you run games for us at Gen Con, we’ll help you make it to the con! Specifically, if you run 4 sessions of DCC RPG or MCC RPG over the course of the con, you’ll get reimbursed for your badge—and we’ll also give you a $100 credit for housing. That’s right, we’re willing to pay for your badge and help with the housing cost. You just have to run 4 events at the show. Interested? Email Taco Jon and submit your events! Tell us the adventure you’re running and the times you want. Act fast! First-round Gen Con submissions are due soon. We can always submit your event in the second round but then we don’t get prime selection for your desired time slots!...

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Final Days to Support Portuguese Edition of Fifth Edition Fantasy!

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Final Days to Support Portuguese Edition of Fifth Edition Fantasy!

Time is running short! As we have mentioned before, the fine folks from Sagen Editora have licensed the rights to produce a Portuguese translation of our Fifth Edition Fantasy line. They’ve been crowdfunding the project through Catarse, and have already seen success! If you are wanting to get in on this project at the ground floor, now is the time to act! There is less than a week left to get in on the campaign and help reach some stretch goals which are well within the grasp of the project.  For those not in the know, our Fifth Edition Fantasy line is a series of adventures that can be worked into almost any campaign—or as a stand-alone one-off experience. They are meant to only take a session or two, and help to create a fun, exciting atmosphere for the world’s first fantasy role-playing game. For all of our Portuguese speaking fans, Sagen Editora will be taking these amazing adventures and bringing them to an all-new audience. So get in there and show some love! You only have a short time left! We encourage our Brazilian fans to reach out to and show your support! You can find Sagen Editora on Facebook and Instagram, as well as their web site! Click here to support the...

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Announcing the Road Crew Events Page!

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Announcing the Road Crew Events Page!

We are always wanting to create a better experience for everyone. And the latest addition to that is our brand new Events Page! This page is designed to let people enter any Goodman Games event—Dungeon Crawl Classics, Mutant Crawl Classics, Original Adventures Reincarnated, Fifth Edition Fantasy, Xcrawl…anything we publish—in a convenient location for anyone to find. There’s a simple form to fill out, which we will review, and then post your event to the page for all to see!  Whether it’s in person or online, all games are welcome! We want to know about the physical games, but also if you are doing a streaming event or online game we want to see those listed as well! And this is also the perfect place for PLAYERS to find events, too! If you are looking for an event, you can find it here. And there are many different ways to find what you’re looking for, too. For Road Crew members, this is a big step for you as well. No longer do we want you to enter in your event details in the order notes section of the checkout. The new system has filling out the Event Submission form to put your event into the calendar; we suggest you mention the event in the order notes section—just name and date are enough—just to make sure for now. You DO still need to order the swag through the normal process through our online store, but now we’ll be checking to see if the event you register is in the calendar. Note: For a while we’ll be accepting both formats for swag orders. You can use the calendar or enter the details as you have been doing in the past, but we intend to switch over to the calendar system at some point, so please do give it a try! We will be adjusting and upgrading the calendar as things go along. We want to develop it to help promote your games in the best manner possible, after all.  Go check out our new Events Page today!...

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Adventures in Film Fiction: Hammer Films and the Cleric Class

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Adventures in Film Fiction: Hammer Films and the Cleric Class

Hammer Horror’s Dracula – And the Creation of the Cleric Class By Bob Brinkman The year 2019 marks the 61st anniversary of the Hammer Horror film Dracula. Why is this so important? You can thank Dracula for the creation of the cleric class, and the Hammer Horror series in general for influencing several aspects of Dungeons and Dragons (and later the Dungeon Crawl Classics role-playing game). The history of Hammer films is as mysterious and convoluted as the history of gaming itself. Founded in 1935 as Hammer Productions, the original incarnation went bankrupt and was later revived in 1938, going on to become Hammer Film Productions in 1948 with the release of The Dark Road. So, depending on your reckoning, Hammer Films has just celebrated either 70 or 80 years. The other big anniversary, and one with a decidedly important impact on our hobby, is the 61st anniversary of Hammer’s Dracula (also known as Horror of Dracula), starring Sir Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. This is where the cleric comes in. Blackmoor While some of the exact details are contested, Hammer’s Dracula film played a major role in the shaping of the cleric class. Everyone agrees that Dave Fant, a player in Dave Arneson’s Blackmoor campaign, portrayed the first vampire in a D&D game. His character, Sir Fang, was so powerful and unbalancing that the idea of a vampire hunter was hatched. The basis of this vampire hunter was Peter Cushing’s character from Dracula. The powers of this character class were expanded to fill several useful niches and the vampire hunter morphed into the priest, and finally the cleric. While there is some debate over whether the first cleric was played by Mike Carr or by William Crolley, it was at this point where magic using split into two differing classes, forever altering the landscape of gaming. When directly asked about the influences for character classes and clerics, Gary Gygax is cited as mentioning Brother Odo (Odo of Bayeux), Friar Tuck, and Hammer Films, with a smattering of faith healing charlatans thrown in for theatrical measure. In this matter, the thread of Hammer Films seems to be a commonality of inspiration between both Arneson and Gygax. While Peter Cushing’s portrayal of Van Helsing certainly does not resemble a cleric on the surface, when one looks a bit deeper, there are several points of similarity. The greatest of these is his ability to turn undead (a point specifically cited by Gygax). In the original Dungeons and Dragons, this power was even accomplished by use of a cross and not a “holy symbol.” If one blends Cushing’s Van Helsing with the sublime performance of Andrew Keir as Father Sandor in Dracula: Prince of Darkness or the imagery of Friar Tuck, one has something that truly begins to resemble the early archetypal cleric. The Monster Manual Moving forward, Hammer Horror would continue to cast a long shadow over how vampires were seen, both on-screen and within our hobby. Prior to Lee’s portrayal, the primary appearance of a vampire in cinema was well-dressed, suave, and distinguished. Christopher Lee brought a bestial quality to the character. Unlike the almost rodent-like appearance of actor Max Shreck in Nosferatu, Hammer’s Dracula took the grace and nobility of Bela Lugosi’s characterization and added a sense of feral rage to its core....

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Huge Restock on Fate’s Fell Hand Cards and Other Popular DCC Third Party Items!

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Huge Restock on Fate’s Fell Hand Cards and Other Popular DCC Third Party Items!

The fates are on your side today! If you’ve been looking for the Fate’s Fell Hand card deck, we’ve got some great news: they are back in stock! This mega-popular release sold like hotcakes (and you know how popular hotcakes are these days!), but we recently got in a large restock on them, and they are once more available. These 2.125″ x 3.5″ cards are lavishly illustrated by Doug Kovacs and can be used at the table while playing the adventure of the same name. This card deck is included with the Spanish language version of DCC #76: Fate’s Fell Hand, but thanks to Other Selves, we’re able to make this great deck of cards available separately for collectors or owners of the English language version of the adventure that does not include a deck of cards. Oh, and that’s not all. We got in a massive restock on a huge selection of Third Party Publisher DCC products that were out of stock. How big? Check out the full restock list below: Fate’s Fell Hand deck of cards Carnival of the Damned Mutants in Toyland The Phlogiston Books Vol. II: The Stone Heir Fae Hard Primal Tales #1 Temple of the Hamster Killer of Giants Children of the Sun Curse of Mistwood Umerican Survival Guide Delve Cover Umerican Survival Guide Chase Cover Divinities and Cults: Volume II Dispatches from the Raven Crowking V.4 FT 2.5 : Three Nights in Portsmouth Steel and Fury Angels, Daemons and Beings Between – Dagon Hardcover Edition AL 1-5: The Stars are Falling Sunken City Omnibus Softcover Sunken City Omnibus Hardcover That’s a lot of product! It’s the right time to act, because we’ve got the Third Party Publisher product you’ve been looking for back in...

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Dreaming of Wizard Vans

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Dreaming of Wizard Vans

They have us under their spell…. Here at Goodman Games, we daydream about wizard vans. Last year our own Dieter Zimmerman visited the Van Nationals, and many of you know Wayne Snyder of Doom Gong fame is hard at work on restoring and customizing his own wizard van. While planning this year’s Road Crew swag, let’s just we were energized by the wizard van concept. So we leave you here with some awesome images of real, vintage wizard vans—as well as a piece of Doug’s art that inspired some of this year’s Road Crew swag. You’ll learn more about that in the coming days. For now, we hope you enjoy dreaming of wizard vans!   [Show...

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2018’s Best-Selling DCC Modules

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2018’s Best-Selling DCC Modules

We’re a full week into the new year, but we still have something to say about 2018. It was another great year for fans of Dungeon Crawl Classics, filled with great product both new and old. To help show you what went on with us, here’s a recap of best selling DCC modules from Goodman Games for 2018. This list includes distribution channels as well as direct channels (like our online store or DriveThruRPG.com). We previously posted lists of our best selling third party products (both zines and other titles) to show you how the year went for others. Today’s list rounds out those to give you a sense of what the most popular DCC products were for the past twelve months. If you need a DCC module to play, this is a great place to start! This list does not include DCC-compatible settings like the 2017 holiday module, New Year’s Evil, which was a DCC-compatible Xcrawl adventure. New Year’s Evil would have made the Top 20 list if we included it, but it didn’t qualify. The list below also does not include Mutant Crawl Classics. Several MCC modules would have made the Top 20 had we included them. Finally, the list does not include items that have not shipped yet, like the DCC Lankhmar Kickstarter products. These sorts of lists are often dominated by recent releases (what we in the industry call “front list” items). It’s particularly impressive when an older item (what we call “back list”) makes the best-sellers list. Many DCC modules continue to remain popular, day after day, year after year, and you can see that in the lists below. If we extended this to top 30 or even top 50, you might be impressed how many modules that are many years old continue to sell steadily. It’s a testament to the popularity of these timeless modules! So without further ado, here are the best selling DCC modules of 2018! #1: DCC #97: The Queen of Elfland’s Son Writer Michael Curtis doesn’t disguise his influence with this module, with a nod towards Lord Dunsany in both the title and the plot of this best-seller for 2018.  Strange attacks in the night plague the people of Eng. Slaughter and shadows keep the villagers inside after dark. Mighty adventurers are needed to seek out the source of these threats and stop them for good. This quest will take the heroes to the very borders of Elfland and pit them against the cruelty of the Unseelie Court of Faerie. Will the heroes overcome the machinations of the Queen of Elfland or will they fall victim to the glamours and wiles of Elfland’s malicious nobility? #2: DCC #67: Sailors on the Starless Sea An introductory adventure, Sailors on the Starless Sea pits a mob of 0-level adventurers against the legacy of the Chaos Lords and their corrupted hordes. Delving beneath the crumbling ruins, the characters discover ancient crypts, a starless sea, and an ancient ziggurat, where death and treasure await in equal measure! Note that this includes all editions, such as the Atari edition released at Gen Con 2018, as well as the digest size, in addition to the standard format edition. Nonetheless, it’s impressive that it keeps selling so steadily. #3: DCC #98: Imprisoned in the God-Skull Sporting a fabulous new...

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