What Is The Goodman Games Gazette?

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You won’t find it at the newsstand or bundled with the Sunday paper — it’s the Goodman Games Gazette! This occasional, unpredictable, incomparable grab-bag of news, interviews, extras, and inside info has the astoundingly wizard-like ability to arrive precisely when it means to!

But how does one acquire this marvelous broadsheet? As the Gazette is our “house rag” it’s timed to a very precise schedule of “it’ll happen, when it happens.” Generally this means it will ship alongside one of our big projects — a kickstarter or other big publication, the launch of a new season of the Road Crew, or perhaps a major convention or other release. For example, our most recent installment is Vol 2 No. 6, a giant-sized issue aimed at new players that ships with the DCC First Time Fan Kit.

The Goodman Games Gazette takes its inspiration from the era of direct distribution and mail order gaming, when nary a magazine or specialty store existed — let alone an internet full of up-to-the-second news, community reviews and chatter, or instantaneous purchasing! But, in many ways this modern Golden Age of RPGs has come back full circle to the more direct relationship between publishers and fans, and the Goodman Games Gazette is our way of talking directly to you.

Our Goodman Games Gazette page maintains a list of all prior issues of the Gazette, and where they first originally appeared. Sometimes we have back issue available in the Online Store as part of a warehouse find (these are not in mint condition, usually). Below you can find the complete list of GGGs.

Goodman Games Gazette Past Issues

Issue #1, Vol #1 can be found in the Peril on the Purple Planet boxed set. It includes interviews with the writers of the Purple Planet, a preview trap from Grimtooth’s Ultimate Traps Collection, Archmage Abby, and more!

Issue #2, Vol #1 ships out with copies of Grimtooth’s Ultimate Traps Collection and  The Monster Alphabet. It includes an interview with Monster Alphabet creators Jobe Bittman and Michael Curtis, advice from Jim Wampler about how to run the Hypercube of Myt and other 0-level tournaments, Archmage Abby, and more!

Issue #3, Vol #1 arrives with Fifth Edition Fantasy #3 and #4, and can also be picked up at Gen Con 2015. Joseph Goodman discusses the lessons he learned moving from third edition to  fourth edition to fifth edition, authors Chris Doyle and Michael Curtis talk about writing Fifth Edition Fantasy adventures, and Jim Wampler gives us a new monster for DCC RPG! Plus a Q&A with artist Peter Mullen!

Issue #4, Vol #1 arrives with the 4th printing of DCC RPG. It’s all about art! There’s an essay from Joseph Goodman about the art of Appendix N, plus you’ll hear from Stefan Poag, Erol Otus, and Bradley McDevitt. As always, Archmage Abby makes her presence known too.

Issue #5, Vol #1 was available at Gary Con VIII. It features columns from Bob Bledsaw II of the Judges Guild and from Col. Lou Zocchi the dice man. There’s a mini-funnel adventure from Grimtooth the Troll, and an expanded encounter table for DCC #88: The 998th Conclave of Wizards. Archmage Abby tells you how to invoke her as a patron.

Issue #6, Vol #1 arrives with the print edition of Age of Cthulhu 9. It features an interview with AOC author Jon Hook, thoughts on horror adventures in DCC, DCC stats for three mythos monsters, more insider dice tales by Col. Lou Zocchi, and more!

Issue #7, Vol #1 arrives with the print edition of Metamorphosis Alpha: Epsilon City. It includes memories of Metamorphosis Alpha games and an interview with creator James M. Ward, as well as a new MA encounter by Mr. Ward himself. It also includes more inside dice tales by Col. Lou Zocchi, a new column on Appendix N literature by Michael Curtis, and more!

Issue #8, Vol #1 shipped with the launch of the 2017 road crew.

Issue #9, Vol #1 shipped with Mutant Crawl Classics and includes new creatures, encounters, and a complete mini-adventure!

Issue #10, Vol #1 recaps Gen Con 50.

Issue #11, Vol #1 shipped with Tales From The Magician’s Skull.

Issue #12, Vol #1 launched the 2018 road crew.

With issue #13 we started a new look and Volume 2!

Vol 2, # 1 (or #13 in the old numbering) shipped with DCC Lankhmar.

Vol 2, # 2 launched the 2019 Road Crew.

Vol 2, # 3 shipped with The Cthulhu Alphabet.

Vol 2 #4 launched the 2020 road crew. It replaced Dispatches From The Dark Master with Harley’s Haverings

Vol 2 #5 shipped with three Kickstarters: DCC Empire of the East, DCC Greatest Thieves in Lankhmar, and Metamorphosis Alpha Doom on the Warden.

Vol 2 #6 is a giant-sized issue shipped free with DCC First Time Fan Kits in 2022. Designed for new fans, this huge introductory issue has a lot of content and includes a huge 11×17 character sheet, etc.

Author: billward

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