Top DCC Third Party Publisher Products, 2021
As we look back on 2021, it’s always great to track the trends and see what’s popular in our online store. In looking specifically at our Third Party releases (leaving aside ‘zines for now — they are the subject for another day) we can get a clear look at what DCC fans have been clamoring to get over the last year.
Our rankings are based on a combination of total sales, and dollar sales. All of our “big books,” like hardbacks, tend to score higher because they are at a higher price point. But when you just look at copies sold, you get a few different titles floating to the top. Therefore, our ‘Top 10 List’ is actually comprised of twelve products this time around, since we combine total dollar sales with total numbers sold to come up with the best list possible.
So, without further ado, here are the top DCC Third Party bestsellers for the last year…
#1 Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure
Our biggest seller was Mike Evan’s fully-hackable, DIY weird fantasy campaign setting of Hubris, full of crunchy tables and charts to generate interesting locations and encounters, new occupations, 4 new classes, 5 new playable races, 3 new spells, 4 new patrons, including 3 patrons spells for each, 11 new and terrible gods, 14 tables and charts for a GM to use to aid them in their game or create interesting/fun situations, two new adventures to kick off a campaign, and 51 new enemies (including enemies that are unique thanks to random generation). Each territory can be used as the GM wills! Need a desert, swamp, or frozen tundra for your game? Use what’s in Hubris!
#2 The Complete Gongfarmer Almanac 2020
A perennial best-seller, several of the Gongfarmer’s Almanacs of years’ past score high enough to hit our Top 10 Best Sellers List, but for simplicity sake we’re just listing the biggest seller of them all, 2020. These massive compilations of adventures, rules, and extras from the GFA community are a DCC player and Judge goldmine of third party material.
#3 DCC RPG Reference Booklet
A reference booklet with all the commonly-used charts from the DCC RPG. Features new cover art by Doug Kovacs and interior illustrations by Stefan Poag.
#4 Angels, Daemons, and Beings in Between Vol. 1 & 2
Both volumes 1 & 2 of Angels, Daemons and Beings Between were big sellers last year, but for sim0plicty sake we’ve combined them into one entry. Whether you are in need of some extra-planer weirdness from Volume One, or you seek to unleash the hidden patrons of Elfland from Volume Two, Angels, Daemons, and Beings Between has something for you. With accompanying spells, spellburn, patron taints and the rituals required to commune with these patrons.
#5 Twisted Menagerie Manual
The wild and weird world of Umerica is a dangerous place filled with murderous creatures. Besides over 100 brutal beasts, this book also contains a bevy of barbarous Bosses based on a few of the creatures within. Each one listed with a backstory, common followers, motivations, and more. The icing on the irradiated cake is the Scenario Sketches, a bunch of rough encounter ideas incorporating one or more of the monsters from this tome, all ready to be polished a bit and dropped into your campaign on short notice.
#6 Umerican Survival Guide (both cover variants)
A gonzo post-apocalyptic campaign setting and sourcebook based on the articles of Crawling Under a Broken Moon. It includes a wealth of information to bring this mutant-filled world to life, and is available in two different covers: Chase and Delve.
#7 Weird Dice Tray
This custom dice tray is perfect for the complete dice chain used in DCC RPG! Each Weird Dice Tray is 3D printed for use with DCC. The tray has a spot for every die from d3 to d30, plus d100. This is an excellent aid for running games at conventions for new players, or as a quick organization tool for any player.
#8 Blackout in Crater Valley
A VHS-era Slasher RPG for DCC RPG! It’s Halloween night, can your band of 1980’s misfits survive the horrors threatening Crater Valley? Find out in this new zero-level funnel where you will utilize a unique character creation process to put together a crew of 80’s movie-style heroes who will face otherworldly terrors as they try to rescue their friend and save their town! This 34-page module has everything you need to run a one-off adventure or longer campaign.
#9 Pax Lexque
Pax Lexque is a campaign setting based on an alternate reality historical earth in which the Roman Empire was co-mingled with conventional elements of fantasy—elves, dwarves, wizards, clerics, giants, dragons and everything else you’d expect. This guide is meant as a sandbox environment. The world of the Great Sea region is presented with its history and geography broken down to twenty nations, ready for characters to explore. Nineteen new patrons particular to this world are described, six of which are presented in full detail, complete with patron spells. Also included are four new character classes: Dwarven Cleric, Elven Ranger, Felid (or catfolk), and Gnome.
#10 The Carnival of the Damned
David Baity’s The Carnival of the Damned is filled with fantastic art from Doug Kovacs, Todd McGowan, Danny Prescott, Stan Reed, and Simon Todd. It unleashes nightmares into any campaign, with encounters refined and polished by the anguished screams of hundreds of players at conventions like DragonCon and Gary Con! Its 144 digest-sized pages contain over 30 encounters and dozens of random threats. there is enough content for days of tournament play, or judges can select a smaller collection of favorite dangers for a quick DCC funnel session. For sandbox-style play, judges can extract individual encounters whenever a twisted challenge is needed in any old school system. There’s even a haunting backstory for those looking to integrate the adventure into an extended campaign. And there are clowns. Lots and lots of clowns.
#11 Zero Level Character Micro Sheets
Each pack contains 50 Zero Level Character Sheets – enough for two or more Funnel adventures! Concise tracking for all the short-lived peasants your players chew through! Each resealable packet holds 50 cards, so you can run multiple funnels and then conveniently store the unused cards for future mayhem.
#12 Black Sun Deathcrawl
In this setting supplement for the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, the apocalypse is not merely nigh, it has passed, the world is over and all that is left are the crumbling ashes of the ages before and the Cursed survivors who have yet to succumb to the soul-obliterating rays of the Black Sun. Make what you can of the little time you have left before the Black Sun renders your efforts meaningless.
Now crawl out of the Dungeon and try some radioactive fun with our Top Ten MCC RPG Third Party Best Sellers for 2021.
Want to try your hand at creating something for DCC or MCC? If so, check out our post on how to be a third party publisher.
And this is just a small sample of what is available. We’ve got a ton of great product from other folks on our site, and we encourage you to check out everything from all of our Third Party Publishers!