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Community Publisher Profile: Interview With Steve Bean

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Community Publisher Profile: Interview With Steve Bean

As you may already know, Goodman Games offers a free license for creators to self-publish their DCC creations, and this month we spotlight community members whose DCC creations have added great new options for players and judges alike. Steve Bean is at the forefront of this group, with his innovative titles such as Rock God Death Fugue. If you purchase any DCC RPG product this month, you’ll get a free DCC guitar pick courtesy of Steve. In this interview, we talked to Steve to learn a little more about his past and present gaming interests! How did you get into gaming, and what were your early gaming influences? My dad taught me to play chess when I was about six, but my real love in elementary school was Risk. For years I was able to brag that I had never lost a game of Risk. I’m into board games of all kinds – strategy, cooperative, social games like Pictionary, minis games like Flames of War, Infinity, Mordheim and Imperial Assault, and of course tabletop RPGs. Around the time I was 12 – 1980 or so – my parents gave me the D&D Blue Box set for Christmas. It had the Keep on the Borderlands module in it and it was during the print run when TSR was having trouble sourcing polyhedral dice, so it came with cardboard chits instead. I still have body memories of the magic I felt when I first opened that box. I think it’s no exaggeration to say – like many of us who love this hobby – that my first RPG filled a hole in my soul I didn’t even know was there. Right after that my family moved from the suburbs to a small farming town near Pine Plains, NY. Gamers from my generation may recognize that name – it was the location of the US factory for Minifigs Ltd., a British lead miniatures company that was big in Napoleonics abut also got the contract for the first official line of D&D figurines. So check this out: the guy in my class who became my best friend was Matt Abrams. His dad ran the Minifigs factory and his family lived in the house in front of it. My friend Seamus and I “dumpster-dived” the factory one time and came away with a bunch of rubber molds. But we figured out through trial and error that they were centrifugal molds, requiring a machine to spin them to make the molten lead to fill the cavity. Plus, the molds were worn out – that’s why they were in the garbage in the first place! Matt and his brother Mike had a ridiculously large lead figure collection, especially for the early 80s, but they weren’t into wargaming as much as they were into D&D. Matt’s brother Mike, who was three years ahead of us in school, was our DM and by example he taught me all my early wisdom about DMing: giving players agency (he let his brother play a hobgoblin fighter), creating worthy nemeses for the PC party, and rewarding creative problem solving. My half-elf wizard worked his way up to 9th level while our party regularly confronted the evil work of an assassin called… I think it was “The Rooster.” It sounds silly but the...

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How To Get A Rock God DCC Guitar Pick!

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How To Get A Rock God DCC Guitar Pick!

Support our community publishers! While supplies last, we’ll include a free guitar pick with every order that includes Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG third party publisher products. The third party publishers produce a wealth of awesome material for DCC RPG, and we’d like to make sure you have seen it all! And why a free guitar pick? Well, the offer is sponsored by Steve Bean Games, who published the innovative Rock God Death Fugue supplement for DCC RPG. Dice & drugs and rock ‘n’ roll! Live “the lifestyle,” achieve immortality through fame and die from an overdose! Check out Rock God Death Fugue and our many other community publisher products today! Buy a Third Party Product and get a free guitar pick (while supplies last)!...

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First Two MCC Modules!

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First Two MCC Modules!

If you are a backer for the Mutant Crawl Classics Kickstarter, today is a great day for you! We have released the first two MCC adventures in PDF form for Kickstarter backers! Both MCC #1: Hive of the Overmind and MCC #2: Fallen Star for All are now available. Plus, we also have released a revised PDF version of the Judge’s Screen. Three new products in one day! Check Kickstarter for details on downloading your copies. Now, if you didn’t back the Kickstarter, don’t despair. What this means for you is that we are just around the corner from releasing these modules to you. Once backers have everything, we will also make these available to the general public! It won’t be long until you are neck-deep in green slime and mutants! As always, keep your eyes on our website. We’ve got your Mutant Crawl Classics coming!...

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Grand Con Recap!

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Grand Con Recap!

We had a grand time at Grand Con! Judge Brendan LaSalle and a group of other judges were on hand to run a bevy of Dungeon Crawl Classics games for an enthusiastic crowd. Everyone had a fantastic time, and a big thanks to Grand Con and the people involved for allowing us to come and participate! [Show slideshow]...

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Submit your events for Gary Con 2018 and NTRPG 2018!

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Submit your events for Gary Con 2018 and NTRPG 2018!

You’re probably still thinking about finishing up 2017, but we’re already looking towards the 2018 Convention Season! Two of our most popular shows are waiting for you! Gary Con 2018 will be held in Lake Geneva, WI from March 8 – 11, and is always a huge show for us. The atmosphere is amazing and the fans are always excited for the show. Then the North Texas RPG Convention will be down in Irving, TX from June 7 – 10, focusing on old-school RPG fun! Every year we are blown away by the fans who show up at NTRPG, and we’re sure this year is going to be the best ever! Now for your part: Gary Con 2018 and NTRPG 2018 event submissions are already open, and we would like to have all Goodman Games events submitted by November 15 (for Gary Con) and December 15 (for NTRPG). We know this sounds early but long-term planning is the secret to our success here at Goodman Games! You can register events for Gary Con here. And for NTRPG, you need to sign up to attend before you can register an event, but once you register you use the “Host” pull-down menu to create an event. After you have the events in place, email Taco Jon directly with your event submissions so we can set things up on our end. We’re already excited about the 2018 conventions, and Gary Con and NTRPG are both amazing shows. And we always count on you to help us out! So register your events today, and let’s get ready for a whole new year of fun! SIGN UP TO RUN! Gary Con 2018 Event Registration North Texas RPG Con...

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An Update on “Into the Borderlands”

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An Update on “Into the Borderlands”

At Gary Con this year, Goodman Games announced a partnership with Wizards of the Coast to publish 5E conversions of classic D&D adventures, along with reproductions of the original 1E editions. The first two modules to receive this commemorative treatment would be B1: In Search of the Unknown and B2: The Keep on the Borderlands. Here is an update on this project! As announced in our Gen Con seminar, the official title of this first installment in the series is Into the Borderlands. It will be published in hardcover format later this year. A preliminary version of the cover art was unveiled at the seminar (you can see it at about 3:00 minutes into the seminar). The cover art is still under review and will doubtless change through the process, but gives a good idea of where we are going. The content of the hardcover includes three main subjects. First, there are scans of the original modules. Second, there are 5E conversions of these adventures. And finally, there is commentary and memories. The scans of the original 1E modules are not as simple as they may seem. There were many printings of the original editions, and they varied in ways small and large over the course of their history. In particular, B2: The Keep on the Borderlands was published with strikingly different editions. For example, many of you may remember the minotaur image from B2. Everyone remembers that minotaur illustration, right? But the question is, which minotaur image? B2 was printed a total of nine times, and the first three printings featured the Erol Otus minotaur – while the subsequent printings featured the Bill Willingham minotaur. Into the Borderlands presents complete scans of the second and fourth printings of B2. You can clearly see the evolution in the layout of the adventure, as several illustrations change over the course of the printings. Pages 5, 6, 7, 9, 20, and 23 are all noticeably different when compared side by side in Into the Borderlands, and there are more subtle differences as well. In the process of reviewing and scanning B1: In Search of the Unknown, we dived into one of the more mysterious covers that TSR ever published. The cover art used on the first monochrome edition of B1 appears at first glance to be art done by TSR’s then-art director David Sutherland III, but carries the mysterious signature “DIS & DAT.” It also features a background quite unlike the typical Sutherland style. What’s the real story here? Over the course of our research (and after interviewing several early TSR employees), we pieced together what we think is the history behind this piece. The original David Trampier version of this cover was later published as an interior illustration in Polyhedron #5. How did the composite DIS-DAT version appear on the cover to B1? We’ll discuss the entire story in Into the Borderlands. And, as many of you know, the cover to B1 subsequently evolved to a color painting by Darlene, which is what most of us are familiar with. Into the Borderlands features complete scans of the second and sixth printings of B1. As you probably remember, B1 was unique among early TSR modules in that its encounter areas were not fully detailed. The adventure was designed to train new dungeon...

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Art Folios Now On Sale!

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Art Folios Now On Sale!

At Gen Con we had the pleasure of hosting William McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Peter Mullen, and Stefan Poag in our booth. Many of you had the chance to meet them in person, get their autographs, and purchase original art from them. It was a great experience for everyone involved, leaving tons of fans happy, and it could have ended right there. It didn’t, though. Because of our love of these artists and their art, we also published expanded art folios for each of these creators. They were a huge hit at Gen Con, and we think you’ll still appreciate them now. A limited quantity of these art folios are left over from Gen Con, and we have now made them available in our online store. Each portfolio spans the years that these artists have contributed to Goodman Games, and even contain interviews with them about their work. Pictures and words? How can you say no? Don’t delay! Limited edition art folios are now on sale in our online store by William McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Peter Mullen, and Stefan Poag! Buy now while supplies last!...

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“Chronicles From The Warden” Now Available!

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“Chronicles From The Warden” Now Available!

Fans of Metamorphosis Alpha, rejoice! Craig Martelle and James M. Ward have published a book of fiction set in the game universe, appropriately entitled Metamorphosis Alpha: Chronicles From The Warden, Volume One. And it is now available for purchase! In Metamorphosis Alpha, you are aboard the stricken starship and struggling to survive, trying to gain knowledge of the strange devices and mechanical apparatus of the vessel, attempting to learn the secrets of the strange “world” you inhabit, and most importantly, survive.  Eight authors come together to help bring the world of Metamorphosis Alpha alive. Led by James M. Ward, the game’s original creator, enter the starship Warden, and through the eyes of the authors, enjoy the adventures of the bold as they struggle to complete their quests to understand what their “world” is all about. Note – this is a collection of fiction set in the world of Metamorphosis Alpha, and it is not published by Goodman Games. We are carrying it in our web store since we think it will be of interest to fans of Metamorphosis Alpha! The book contains original stories by Craig Martelle, Valerie Emerson, Stephen A. Lee, Michael Curtis, Chris Clark, Craig J. Brain, Steve Peek, and of course, James M. Ward. Pick up your copy of Metamorphosis Alpha: Chronicles From The Warden, Volume One today!...

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Visit Us At Grand Con!

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Visit Us At Grand Con!

Attention Michigan! Goodman Games very own Judge Brendan LaSalle will be a guest at Grand Con in Grand Rapids, Michigan this weekend, September 15-17! Join Brendan as he runs Dungeon Crawl Classics events throughout the week, starting Friday at 9:00AM. He’ll be running five different adventures, so it will be new experience each and every time. Of course, if you’ve every played with Judge Brendan, you know that each adventure is an experience unto itself. The fun starts in just a couple of days. And look at the cool lion logo for this convention! How can you miss this one? We look forward to seeing you guys at Grand Con!...

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New Gamescience Dice Colors!

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New Gamescience Dice Colors!

  We’re now carrying Gamescience 12-dice sets in more scintillating colors than ever before! Now there are 18 colors of Gamescience dice to choose from, for all your weird dice needs. Each set has one each of the 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, DECKAIDER™ 00-90, 12, 14, 16, 20 and 24 sided die. The new 12-dice set colors include: Aqua Smoke Fire Laser Yellow Blue Opal Permafrost Sapphire     Check these Gamescience dice sets and more in our online store!  ...

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