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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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Goodman Games Events for Gary Con

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Goodman Games Events for Gary Con

UPDATED! Version 6.3 now available. Look out, Lake Geneva! Goodman Games will be at Gary Con in force! Gary Con is coming, and just like every year, we’ll have a booth, tons of events, and our annual What’s New With Goodman Games seminar! Now, about that second part…Gary Con event registration opens soon, so make sure you’re ready to grab the slots you want, because space is sure to fill up quickly. To help let you plan accordingly, here is our schedule of submitted events. The Gary Con staff is still approving events so some of these may move around a bit, but this should be enough for you to start putting things together. Make sure to attend the What’s New With Goodman Games seminar, which will be on Friday this year! As usual, we’ll have the whole gang there to reveal the secrets that we have kept locked up, guarded by stinky cheese that was magically brought to life. So no one has gone near them for fear of death by camembert! Still, we will reveal our secrets to all on that day! Gary Con Registration Schedule: diamond badge registration starts January 12, platinum on January 19, gold on January 26, and regular event registration on February 2. Plan your events accordingly! Download your copy of the Goodman Games Event Schedule today! The con is right around the corner, and we’re looking forward to seeing you again this year at Gary...

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Announcing Our 2019 Convention Schedule!

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Announcing Our 2019 Convention Schedule!

Last year we went to more shows and events than ever before. And this year, we’re blowing that number out of the water. The 2019 Goodman Games Convention Schedule is now live! We are currently schedule to attend thirty—yes, thirty—conventions in 2019. That’s more than one show every other week! This is the perfect way to meet up with, play games, and even purchase merch from the Goodman gang! And we’ll be all over the country, attending from Seattle to Atlanta, LA to Boston, and every place in between!  Oh, and we’re not just limiting it to one country, either. This year, Goodman Games is going international! For the first time, Goodman Games will have a booth set up at the UK Games Expo! Plus, we’ll have a representative at the massive Spiel show in Essen, Germany!  On top of all that, we’re also going to be attending at least three industry trade shows this year. This allows us to help gain a greater presence in stores and help owners be aware of the ever-growing Goodman Games fandom—for which we have you to thank! We’re not limited to just these shows, though. If there is a must-see show, we want to know about it. If there is a show that isn’t on our list, email us and let us know! We’ll look into it, and even if it isn’t possible for this year, we’ll put it on the radar for 2020!  Click here for the full Goodman Games 2019 Convention...

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2019 Convention Schedule

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2019 Convention Schedule

Goodman Games 2019 Convention Schedule Want to know what shows we are attending in 2019? This is the place to find out! This year Goodman Games will attend more cons than ever before, including our first overseas booth (UK Games Expo) and our first foray to running games at Essen Spiel. Not to worry, we’ll still be at the fan-favorite shows like Gary Con, North Texas RPG Con, Origins, Gamehole Con, and, of course, Gen Con. And this year also includes multiple retailer-focused industry trade shows to keep our distribution channels strong, enabling us to get products to more FLGS than ever.  Of course, we don’t know everything, and there are likely plenty of shows that we aren’t going to or, perhaps, are even aware exist. That’s where you come in. If there is a show that you really want us to attend, let us know! Email us with the con’s name and information. We can’t promise to attend every show out there, but we can certainly look into them. Here’s the current list of shows for 2019! CONVENTIONDATESLOCATION SCARABJan 18-21Columbia, SC Total ConFeb 21-24Marlborough, MA OwlConFeb 22-24Houston, TX Con NoogaFeb 22-24Chattanooga, TN Gary ConMarch 7-10Lake Geneva, WI GAMA Trade ShowMarch 11-15Reno, NV WhosyerconMarch 22-24Indianapolis, IN GameStormMarch 28-31Portland, OR MepaCon SpringApril 12-14Scranton, PA Tupelo ConMay 4-5Tupelo, MS Furry Weekend AtlantaMay 9-12Atlanta, GA ACD Games DayMay 22-24Madison, WI MomoconMay 23-26Atlanta, GA GamexMay 25-28LA, CA UK Games ExpoMay 31-June 2Birmingham, UK NTRPGJune 6-9Dallas, TX OriginsJune 12-16Columbus, OH Gen ConAugust 1-4Indianapolis, IN DragonflightAug 18-19Seattle, WA PAX WestAug 31 - Sept 3Seattle, WA Alliance Open HouseSept 13-15Fort Wayne, IN Con on the CobOct 3-6Richfield, OH Big Bad ConOct 10-13Bay Area in CA SpielOct 24-27Essen, Germany Gamehole ConOct 31 - Nov 3Madison, WI Gauntlet ConOctoberHouston, TX Save Against FearOctoberHarrisburg, PA PAX UnpluggedNovemberPhiladelphia, PA U-ConNov. 21-25Ypsilanti, MI RinConTBDTucson, AZ Click here for the Goodman Games 2018 Con...

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Road Crew: Keep Running Games!

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Road Crew: Keep Running Games!

The battle isn’t over. The calendar may have turned, and the year is new, fresh, and exciting—but the fight isn’t done. 2018 is over and done with—which means it’s time to start fighting in 2019! If you are a member of our Road Crew (and if you are running any public games of DCC/MCC/anything Goodman, you should be!), just because the date has changed does NOT mean that you should be holding off on running games. True, we have not yet announced the details of the 2019 season of the Road Crew promotion, but your games are already important!  The “game count” reset on January 1, so you should be submitting back at game 1 from now on. Don’t worry, you won’t miss out on any cool swag—once we announce the 2019 Road Crew we can catch you up on any swag you’ve missed.  So let’s get this year kicked off the right way: by running lots of games! Get out there and run some Dungeon Crawl Classics at school! Have a Mutant Crawl Classics party at your local pub! Get everyone at the YMCA to participate in a game of Xcrawl! They all count, and will get you on the road to getting your swag.  The details on the 2019 Road Crew are coming! Be ahead of the curve when the details show up!...

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Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien

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Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien

Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien By Chris Doyle John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in what is now South Africa. His parents, both English, had re-located so his father could accept a promotion with his current employer, a bank. He returned to England at the age of three, but his father succumbed to fever and never made the journey. Tolkien was a soldier (in the First World War, eventually reaching the rank of Lieutenant), a poet, a linguist, a professor, and most notably a writer. He is best known for authoring The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, literary classics that helped define the genre. Prior to penning these classics, Tolkien became the youngest professor at the University of Leeds. There he pursued translation, medieval studies, and private tutoring. He was also an acclaimed lecturer. In the 1920’s, he spent six years translating Beowulf from Old English to modern English, which included adding hundreds of pages of his own commentary. This work would heavily inspire his later writing epics, yet he never published it. In 2014, his son, Christopher, edited and published the translation nearly 90 years following its completion. As a child he is said to have been bitten by a large baboon spider, which could have been an influence of his later writings of Shelob in The Lord of the Rings. As the Second World War raged on, Tolkien was tapped by the British government to become a codebreaker. He agreed, and received formal training from the cryptographic department and even took classes at the London headquarters of the Government Code and Cypher School. Later that year he was informed his services would not be required. The popularity of The Hobbit and his epic, The Lord of the Rings, reinvigorated the fantasy genre in the 1960’s and earned him the moniker “The Father of High Fantasy.”  Recent polls reveal to this day that he is a beloved author all over the world. Without question, he has soft spot in many role-players as a heavy inspiration to their beloved fantasy RPGs, especially Dungeons & Dragons. But was he a “heavy inspiration”? To the casual RPG fan, D&D is steeped in Tolkien lore. The original game (1974) contained direct references to ents, balrogs, orcs, and of course hobbits. Due to the popularity of the game, this eventually resulted in a cease-and-desist letter to TSR. Later editions featured hobbits renamed as halflings (a more generic term, used by Tolkien himself), the balrog renamed balor, and treants replacing the ents. It seems clear that the original ranger character class was based on the character Aragorn as well. For more information and an in-depth discussion on these proceedings, the reader is directed to Jon Peterson’s Playing at the World, which goes into lengthy details of such. Yet, the game’s co-creator, Gary Gygax, always downplayed Tolkien’s influence on the game, often times becoming adamant about his statements. In the introduction to the first printing of Dungeons and Dragons (1974), Gygax lists the primary influences as Burroughs, Howard, de Camp, Pratt, and Leiber, arguably the masters of pulp fantasy. Whether this was due to legal reasons or was fact has been debated by RPG historians for decades. Gygax himself felt a need to “get up on a soapbox” and set the record straight regarding Tolkien and D&D....

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