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Pick of the Week Pics!

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Pick of the Week Pics!

We know that people love Dungeon Crawl Classics. The amount of love is quite humbling, in fact. We are constantly blown away by the affection folks show for our role-playing game. Case in point: Spotted at Powell’s Book Store in Portland (which you should all visit if you haven’t!) was a staff endorsement for DCC RPG and other Goodman Games products! And not just that, but the staff picks rotate weekly—and the wording changes—which means this isn’t a single pick that was left up for a while, but something that was picked more than once.  Now, let’s take this a step further. We’re thinking that this is a great opportunity for DCC fans to do a little guerrilla marketing. Does your local game store allow fans to post reviews in the stacks? If so, put up your own blurb for DCC RPG or MCC RPG or any Goodman product! Or ask the staff to do it for you! See about getting some local publicity for your favorite game. Let the Powell’s approach inspire you, and please recommend DCC RPG in your local store! We want to see pics of what happens....

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Brendan LaSalle’s Keynote Address on Creativity

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Brendan LaSalle’s Keynote Address on Creativity

In this year’s Gen Con Program Guide, there is a special adventure called The Misguided Menace of Georgetown. Although written by Brendan LaSalle, the adventure carries the following credit for the design team: Design Team: Alton Anspaugh, Angela Hanson, Max Hartman, Ted Holmes, Daniel Kline, Brendan J. LaSalle, Sebastian Maier, Drew Maione, Taylor Marconi, Daniel Myers, Nick Samra, Frederik Schmid, Matt Schulstad, Cameron Sheehan, Dan Skiroock, Jin Young Song, Gary Ulrich, Sarah Walker, and Dr. Patsy Brackin How on earth could that many people be involved in one adventure module? Well, as Brendan notes in the introduction, in 2016 he had the honor of being the Keynote Speaker for Creativity Con I, hosted by the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The purpose of the convention was to encourage and develop creative problem solving skills and design solutions with the engineering students of Rose-Hulman. As a part of that effort, Brendan ran a four-hour creativity workshop for Dr. Patsy Brackin’s Senior Design class. The class split up into five sections, each tasked with coming up with ideas for a different aspect of the adventure: monsters, treasure, traps, hazards, and settings. The groups discussed the issues and challenges among themselves, then presented three ideas each to the class. The final portion of the time was spent weaving all their disparate ideas together to make a single cohesive adventure. And what an adventure! The Misguided Menace of Georgetown is fun, funny, deceptively challenging, and so, so weird. Exactly one of the twenty-odd participants had a tiny bit of RPG experience, and this bizarre adventure is testament to the power of a fresh prospective. The students packed this wild scenario with personal references and in-jokes—the same way Brendan does when he write adventures—so he felt right at home amid the fun anarchy they created. You can read this adventure in The 2018 Gen Con Program Guide. And to give further insights into the background of this adventure—and perhaps enhance your own creative process—below is a video of Brendan presenting his keynote address on creativity at the original Creativity Con I, way back in 2016....

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Appendix N Archeology: Clark Ashton Smith

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Appendix N Archeology: Clark Ashton Smith

Appendix N Archeology: Clark Ashton Smith      by Michael Curtis Gamers often point to Appendix N and decry the absence of a particular author (or three, or seven, or…), declaring Gygax’s omission of them to be a literary crime of some sort. Putting aside the unbelievable idea that gamers may complain about things for the moment, we must realize that Appendix N is not a list one can argue with. It is a catalogue of all the literary influences Gygax chose to recognize as wellsprings from which Dungeons & Dragons flowed. Since it is representative of one man’s work, we can’t claim he made the error of excluding a particular author, even if we believe we can see their influence in the final product. Game design, like art, is a subjective process and one tends to see what one is inclined to see. While we cannot fault Gygax for not including certain names, we can, however, dig deeper into the authors he does list and examine where they drew their influences from. In the process, we discover that some of the names that people grumble about over their absence, are in fact representative in the works of those that are present. One of these influencers of the influencers is the third name from “the big three of Weird Tales”—Clark Ashton Smith. Clark Ashton Smith is a name that has only recently begun to creep back into the consciousness of the fans of genre fiction. Despite his amazing productivity in such a short period—he wrote more than a hundred short stories in the “weird fiction” vein in only about five years—circumstance precluded him from enjoying the prolonged popularity and public recognition that his colleagues and constant correspondents Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard enjoyed. Unlike Lovecraft, Smith lacked the cadre of devoted fans and writers dedicated to keeping his work in print or expanding on the concepts he created. And whereas Howard’s signature character of Conan the Cimmerian would captivate imaginations and be raised back into the public eye by the efforts of a devoted curator of his literary estate, Smith’s massive body of work focused more on creating unique worlds where stories unfolded rather than reoccurring characters who adventured there. By the time Smith’s work began to re-emerge thanks to the efforts of Lin Carter’s editorship of the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series line of paperbacks (Carter edited four anthologies of Smith’s stories for that series between 1970 and 1973), the foundations of Gygax literary influences on Dungeons & Dragons were likely already set, their intellectual concrete cured. We can speculate this might be the reason for Smith’s absence from Appendix N. Clark Ashton Smith was born in California on January 13, 1893 and would remain a lifelong resident of the Golden State. He spent the majority of his life in Auburn, California, dwelling in a small cabin his parents erected. Smith lacked a complete public education, finishing only eight years of grammar school before pursuing his education at home, largely self-taught. This lack of formal education wouldn’t hamper his literary career in the slightest, however. Smith attempted fiction writing in his youth, inspired by Poe and the Arabian Nights stories he read at home, but it wasn’t until he turned his attention to poetry that he began to flourish...

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Real Life Adventures: Doug and Wayne Visit the Frazetta Museum

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Real Life Adventures: Doug and Wayne Visit the Frazetta Museum

It can be argued that the single most influential artist of the 20th century was Frank Frazetta. He is one of the most famous illustrators of the 20th century, with works that ranged from comics and advertising, to book covers and film designs and storyboards. For many, he is thought of as an iconic illustrator of Conan. Even in the realm of the classic fantasy genre most commonly associated him with, his career went much further. He also illustrated many works of Edgar Rice Burroughs, another Appendix N alumni, earlier in his career, and even illustrated several pulp covers where many of those authors made their bread and butter. Most people reading this know the artist, and have a favorite image that immediately leaps to mind. An archetypal painting or illustration that defines his decades of work. But did you know there is a Frank Frazetta museum? Located in East Stroudsberg, PA, it is open to the public and houses many of his most famous works. Doug Kovacs and Wayne Snyder recently took a dream field trip to the Frank Frazetta Museum. They got to see many of the master’s artwork up close and first hand, giving them the experience of a lifetime. The duo discovered it to be everything you would expect. A chance to view many originals in person and study the techniques of an artistic hero.  Here are some pictures from their visit. From the outside of the building to their meeting with Frank Frazetta, Jr, and a few shots of the originals themselves. Enjoy. [Show slideshow]...

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Roadworthy: Judge James Walls!

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Roadworthy: Judge James Walls!

Welcome to Roadworthy! This is a chance to show off a Road Crew Judge and allow them to share their experience and wisdom. We provide these profiles to help provide insight into their personality and style, and maybe give up-and-coming Judges some advice on improving their game. The Road Crew theme for 2018 is Strange New Worlds! Head out and find unique places to run games for willing participants. Do something that makes us take notice! Who knows, maybe we’ll put you up on our website. Jump on into the Road Crew program for your chance! You might remember Judge Evie, who just happens to be the daughter of this week’s roadworthy recipient! He’s quite the notable Judge in his own right, and has left many fans in his wake. Let’s all welcome Judge James Walls! Roadworthy: Judge James Walls What’s your name, where do you live (and game), and how would you describe yourself? My name is James Walls (aka Judge James from Glowburn), and I live in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, just outside of Philadelphia. Up until June I had lived in the Pittsburgh area. I consider myself to be a gaming evangelist. It is my personal mission in life to introduce as many people as possible to role-playing games, and return all those who have left our wonderful hobby back to the fold. My judging style is a healthy blend of over-the-top improv, combined with copious heaps of pop culture references. I love to make my players laugh, and enjoy nothing more than watching gamers walk away from my table with gigantic grins on their faces.  How did you first discover DCC? I first heard of DCC on the Role Play DNA podcast back in 2014. The crew recorded an actual play of a 0-level funnel. I had never heard of the concept, but it sounded intriguing. Maybe something fun for a one-shot. Fast forward four years, and I’d say that 95% of my RPG’ing is either Dungeon Crawl Classics or Mutant Crawl Classics. I have multiple campaigns cooking, one of which is over 2.5 years old. As of “right now,” how many Road Crew games have you run in 2017? Or 2018? My current tally is 9 sessions. This has been a crazy year from our family. I got a big promotion and we relocated to the Philadelphia area. So I’m lagging behind last year’s tally a bit, but I hope to catch up. I’ve got 3 more sessions planned at our FLGS through the end of the year, and I’ll be running events at both Save Against Fear in October and PAX Unplugged in November. What’s your favorite Road Crew game experience so far? This is such an evil question! I’m going to go with our event this past June at Free RPG Day. Our family had just moved to the Philly area a couple days before, and I signed three of us up to play at the Games Keep in West Chester, PA. I was so, so nervous! See, back in Pittsburgh, I ran games alongside the amazing Michael Bolam at a store that I had been shopping at for over fifteen years! There was already a very strong DCC presence in Pittsburgh. Running games there felt like home. I ran Forrest Aguirre’s Beyond the Silver Scream for Carrie, Evie… and five people I hadn’t met in person before. I’m pretty sure it was...

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Spanish Edition of FEF2: The Fey Sisters’ Fate plus Spanish-Language restock!

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Spanish Edition of FEF2: The Fey Sisters’ Fate plus Spanish-Language restock!

For our Spanish-speaking fan base we have great news. The second book in our Fifth Edition Fantasy line is now available in Spanish! FEF #2: The Fey Sisters’ Fate is a 1st level adventure written by Chris Doyle, and translated into Spanish by the fine folks at Other Selves. For those not in the know, the adventure centers around a pair of fey sisters defend the ancient Briarwood against invaders. When the town of Bur Hollow sends militia men to support their fey allies, they disappear without a trace. The adventurers must enter the Briarwood and save them! On top of that, we just got in a restock on several of the other great Spanish-language editions from Other Selves. All of them can be found on our translations page in our online store! Of course, we didn’t get a full restock on everything they put out…. Yes we know the thing you all REALLY want is a restock on the deck of cards from Fate’s Fell Hands produced by our Spanish partners – we are working on that and will let you know when we have it back in stock! In the meantime, enjoy the new release and the current restock! Fifth Edition Fantasy #2 – The Fey Sisters’ Fate (Spanish)...

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It’s A Three Con Weekend!

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It’s A Three Con Weekend!

Goodman Games isn’t going to a convention this weekend. We’re going to THREE conventions this weekend! We jumped right past that “two con weekend” malarky! It’s one of those weekends where the options were just too good to narrow it down to a single show, so we’re going to attend three shows at the same time! How can we do it, you ask? Spellburn to the max, of course! In the home state of role-playing games, Brett and Allyson will be on hand to man the booth at Gamehole Con! This fantastic little show in Madison, WI has a bevy of top names in attendance, and we’ll have some great deals at the booth as well. And if you missed out on the promotional DCC Monster Stat Cards we were giving out last month, you have a second chance. Shield of Faith Studios has printed up a new batch of them exclusively for Gamehole Con! Like the original promotion, you get one free card for every $50.00 spent at the booth—on any product! We will have a great selection of Shield of Faith Studios books at the booth to help you choose a good product, by the way! Down in Richfield, OH, we’ll also be at Con on the Cob! Dieter will be on hand, manning a booth there, with a plethora of Goodman goodies for you to discover. The show describes itself as “A four-day celebration of games, art, freaks, and fun!” so you know there is bound to be a good time to be had. And you might even be able to convince Dieter to dress like a pirate. No promises, but…maybe. And then up in Ypsilanti, MI Judge Brendan will on hand to run events at U-Con! One of his favorite shows, Brendan will have the full weekend of six DCC RPG games that he will be running throughout the show. And if you’ve ever played in one of Brendan’s games, you know that they are worth the effort to attend. So it’s a great upper-mid-western arc of Goodman! Starting in Wisconsin, moving through Michigan, and all the way down into Ohio! We hope to see you guys at one of those shows—or maybe more for the truly adventurous! What: Gamehole Con When: Nov 8th – 11th Where: Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall, Madison, WI What: Con on the Cob When: Nov 8th – 11th Where: Days Inn & Suites, Richfield, OH What: U-Con When: Nov 9th – 11th Where: Marriott Ann Arbor Ypsilanti at Eagle Crest, Ypsilanti, MI See you this...

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The 2018 David Baity Charity Raffle

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The 2018 David Baity Charity Raffle

It’s time to do some good. Once more David Baity is stepping up to the plate. As he did last year, David is having a huge charity raffle to benefit a local charity. This year he has chosen Feline Lifeline, an organization that helps feral cats find a new home and the hope to live a full and happy life. And Goodman Games is again helping out. We’ve got a copy of Into the Borderlands that we’ve added to the mix, but David has a ton of amazing product for Dungeon Crawl Classics and Mutant Crawl Classics that is a part of this raffle. Which includes Doug Kovacs’ original inked artwork for Doom of the Savage Kings and an original by Stefan Poag from his Dagon book! Oh, and also some original art from a guy named Erol Otis. Maybe you’ve heard of him, too. It’s an amazing collection of limited and rare items, that you can’t get anywhere else!  His raffle comes to a close on November 11th, so let’s take these closing days to show the love that can come from the Goodman Games community. Show some DCC and MCC love, and help out some cats and kittens that can’t do it on their own. Last year you guys came through for him, helping to raise over $3ooo for charity, and he’s over halfway to that total now. Let’s see if we can’t push him way past it! Head to the raffle...

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ScoutCon 2018 Rocks the Plains!

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ScoutCon 2018 Rocks the Plains!

What do you get when you mix tabletop gaming, camping, and Boy Scouts? ScoutCon, of course! ScoutCon is a convention that is only open to the BSA Venturing Crews and Boy Scouts of America members, and our very own “Taco” Jon Hershberger is a volunteer and event committee member who attends every year and helps foster the creative mind and add some fun at the show by engaging attendees with sessions of Dungeon Crawl Classics! Two-hundred Scouts and Venturing Crew members, along with their leaders and a host volunteers, turned out for a weekend of tabletop gaming and Scouting fellowship over the first weekend in November. ScoutCon 2018, Quivira Council’s second year gaming convention, was held at the Council’s Camp Kanza, near Abbyville, Kansas. ScoutCon 2018 featured a Magic the Gathering tournament, classic boardgame tournaments, Dominion and Settlers of Catan tournaments, three Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG sessions, and a fully-loaded games library for open gaming. Judge Jon “tacojohn” Hershberger led the 3 DCC events on Friday and Saturday, drawing more than 30 players for sessions of Doom of the Savage Kings and Sailors on the Starless Sea. Friday’s running of Doom of the Savage Kings was a demo event, geared toward Scouts that were new to role-playing games generally and those gamer-Scouts new to DCC. Jon drew 12 players for Doom. Much chaos ensued and many shenanigans were undertaken as the diverse party of 1st level characters met Morgan Haverson, the Jarl of Hirot, and his phalanx of armored guardsmen on the road. After much discussion and successfully bluffing the Jarl as to their intentions, the party ambushed one of the guardsmen and freed Morgan Haverson from the standing stones on the outskirts of Hirot. The party plotted and schemed to lay an ambush for the Hound of Hirot, but the Hound was the wiser, instead leading the party into the forest and to the very edge of the Sunken Fens. Stymied by the Fens and the loss of the Hound’s trail, the party called a halt its march and summoned several familiars to assist their search. Unbeknownst to the rest of the party, the party’s lone Halfling slipped away, into the Fens, to follow the brackish waterway to set a trap for the unwitting Hound. However, the Fens were an unwelcome host for the hapless Halfling as the oozing earth belched forth a cloud of noxious, stinking gas that enveloped the Halfling. Realizing his cause was in jeopardy, the Halfling tried to avoid the noxious cloud and return to his companions forthwith. But his Stamina, a measly 5, would be his Achilles Heel as he failed two successive saving throws and slumped into the muck, the Fens reclaiming the Halfling as tribute for the party’s bold intrusion. Were it not for the observant eye and quick action of one of the Halfling’s companions, the Halfling might have been lost to the Fens for good. As it was, he was rescued and taken to Hirot to be revived by Father Beacom. Progress was slow for the Friday event as there were a lot of details to be followed up on by the party. Time ran out as the party was gathering information from and seeking alliances with the residents of Hirot. Saturday’s two DCC events were used together to...

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First Public Thakulon Results Are In!

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First Public Thakulon Results Are In!

We’ve been talking up the Black Heart of Thakulon the Undying tournament lately. It’s the same tournament we ran at the 2017 Gen Con DCC Team Tournament, and it’s now available to everyone in the 2018 Gen Con Program Guide. It’s a three-round tournament that requires a lot of preparation by the judge and only the best players will survive! An online form has been put in place to allow anyone to post their scores and compare them to each other. You can even compare your scores to the official results from the Gen Con tournament itself, as we posted the full results online some time ago.  And more recently, we talked about a special bonus for the first 10 members of the Road Crew who ran the tournament and posted their results. Well, the first two results are in. Here are profiles of two teams with their scores. Cthulhu’s Patrons Members: Julian Greaves, Jamison Greaves, Violet Greaves, and Rebecca Greaves Scores by Round Round 1: 435 Round 2: -1350 Round 3: 0 Coolest Story The team had gotten the glass key with the poison inside. They decided to try it at the gate in 1.7, everyone was surprised by the prospect of a TPK at this point. Luck was burned for all party members and they BARELY got the rolls. Amazing. Estero Gongfarmers Members: Troy Tucker, Mark Brooks, Riley Hagen, Jim DelVasto, and Jed Harrington Scores by Round Round 1: -71 Round 2: 1000 Round 3: -875 Coolest Story The “Collector” had rolled a 1 for initiative and was at the bottom of the round. The party’s wizard won initiative with a 20and cast magic missile. Despite being immune, the collector launched a spell duel, hopped up to match the top of the order, won the duel handily, and dropped the wizard. Running the tournament is fun for everyone, despite the work involved from the Judge’s point of view. To help that out, we’ve provided multiple resources to help make everything go smooth as possible.  Road crew, remember that the three round tournament counts as three games! So not only do you get to run a great tournament-style event, but you also get a big bump up the swag ladder for doing it!  Get those results in to us! We’re looking forward to seeing scores from everyone else!...

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