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The Dungeon Alphabet

The Dungeon Alphabet compiles inspirational tables on classic dungeon design elements to assist the game master in creating subterranean challenges. This third printing adds eight new topics to the existing twenty-six for thirty-four tables of inspirational materials.

A is for Altar, B is for Books, and C is for Caves: the Dungeon Alphabet has advice, hints, and randomized tables that bring new life to your adventures.

The entries are accompanied by outstanding art from classic fantasy illustrators and are compatible with all fantasy role playing games. This third printing adds Russ Nicholson to the artist lineup, and also features new illustrations by Jeff Easley, Jim Holloway, Peter Mullen, Michael Wilson, and Brad McDevitt, including brand new endsheets.

Congratulations to author Michael Curtis: The Dungeon Alphabet was awarded the prestigious 2011 Three Castles Award at North Texas RPG Convention!

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  • Skyland Games: “I cannot recommend this book highly enough for the dungeon master looking to get the creative juices flowing, and keep their players guessing!”
  • Game Knight Reviews: “So if you’re looking for a great resource to have around for inspiration on a great many topics, The Dungeon Alphabet should definitely find its way into your collection.”
  • Earthlight Academy: “Even if you don’t end up using the tables as presented, just flipping through the pages of this book will have your head swimming with ideas. This is due, in part, to the absurd amount of old-school fantasy art. As with the DCC RPG rulebook, this book is a lot of fun to just aimlessly flip through due to the variety of pieces presented.”
  • Click here to read even more great reviews of the first and second printings!


  • Author interview: Listen as the Jennisodes podcast interviews Michael Curtis about the Dungeon Alphabet, his DCC RPG modules, and his upcoming Adventurers Almanac.
  • Another author interview: Grognard Games covers Tim Kask’s corner with Michael Curtis, where he discusses the Dungeon Alphabet, his DCC RPG modules, and other topics.

Writer: Michael Curtis
Foreword: David “Zeb” Cook
Cover Artist: Erol Otus
Interior Artists: Brad McDevitt, Jeff Easley, Jim Holloway, Doug Kovacs, William McAusland, Jesse Mohn, Peter Mullen, Russ Nicholson, Erol Otus, Stefan Poag, Jim Roslof, Chad Sergesketter, Chuck Whelon, Mike Wilson

The Monster Alphabet


Designing monsters is as easy as A, B, C!

What foul beasts slosh and gibber in the furthest reaches of your skull? Unleash your demons with the Monster Alphabet, a compilation of monster design elements keyed to letters of the alphabet.

A is for Android, B is for Breath Weapon, C is for Crossbreed! Game masters of any rule system will find inspiration for creating strange, new abominations: random tables of traits, powers, and lore; awe-inspiring illustrations by your favorite fantasy artists old and new; and rolling handfuls of dice directly on monster generation diagrams.

The entries are accompanied by fantastic art from classic fantasy illustrators and are compatible with all fantasy role playing games.

Featuring a foreword by noted designer Frank Mentzer!

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Writers: Jobe Bittman with Michael Curtis
Introduction: Michael Curtis
Foreword: Frank Mentzer
Cover Artist: Jim Holloway
Interior Artists: Jeff Easley, Fritz Haas, Jim Holloway, Doug Kovacs, Diesel LaForce, William McAusland, Brad McDevitt, Peter Mullen, Russ Nicholson, Erol Otus, Stefan Poag, Chad Sergesketter, Chuck Whelon, Michael Wilson