Who in the World is Dave Arneson?
Sep29

Who in the World is Dave Arneson?

“Who in the World is Dave Arneson?” A Dave Arneson Homage, Part 1 of 2 by James Maliszewski David Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, was born on October 1, 1947, and passed away in 2009. In honor of his contributions to the hobby, we present this two-part essay. Here is the first part, and the second part will appear later today. Like many my age, I was introduced to roleplaying games through the Dungeons & Dragons...

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Bride of Cyclops Con in October!
Aug07

Bride of Cyclops Con in October!

It’s alive…ALIVE! We had a blast putting together our last two online events—Cyclops Con and DCC Days Online—where we got to share our passion for gaming with everyone in the world. In fact, we enjoyed it so much that we’re doing it again. We are proud to announce Bride of Cyclops Con! Bride of Cyclops Con will be online everywhere October 16-18, 2020. And this convention will feature not only Dungeon Crawl Classics,...

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New in the Online Store: OAR #4: The Lost City!
Jul08

New in the Online Store: OAR #4: The Lost City!

Look what we found. The latest release in the Original Adventures Reincarnated line is now available in our online store: OAR #4: The Lost City! Compiling the original adventure from TSR along with a full 5E translation of the module, OAR #4: The Lost City provides an experience that can be rolled into a full-blown campaign for the willing. Chris Doyle and Tim Wadzinski take the module by Tom Moldvay and turn it into an adventure that...

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Films of High Adventure: Ray Harryhausen
Jun29

Films of High Adventure: Ray Harryhausen

Films of High Adventure: Ray Harryhausen and the Look of Fantasy by Brett Brooks Here at Goodman Games, we have long honored the role of Appendix N and its influence on not just Dungeons and Dragons, but fantasy role-playing as a whole—including Dungeon Crawl Classics. We also feel that there are others who played a role that deserve the same recognition as those that Mr. Gygax listed in the Dungeon Master’s Guide, and they can come...

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Comics in D&D
Jun13

Comics in D&D

Comics in D&D by James Maliszewski After years of closer examination, I think it’s pretty widely known that Original Dungeons & Dragons artist, Greg Bell “borrowed” a lot of his illustrations from Marvel comics from the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. While I understand that the practice of “swiping” (as it is known) is controversial in comics circles, I’m not much bothered by it in the case of Bell’s OD&D pieces, in part...

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“TALKING TSR” Debuts Tonight On The Goodman Games Twitch Channel
May17

“TALKING TSR” Debuts Tonight On The Goodman Games Twitch Channel

We love to talk. And more so, we adore to talk about things that we love. Sometimes so much, that we can’t fit it all into a single conversation… At Cyclops Con, one of our most popular seminars was “Top 10 TSR Adventure Modules,” where we spoke on our love of early modules for Dungeons and Dragons. It’s the kind of topic that gets our blood and creative juices really flowing and is part of the core that solidifies our love of gaming...

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Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair
Feb16

Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair

Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair by Michael Curtis Margaret St. Clair was born on February 17, 1911. Her work appears in Gary Gygax’s Appendix N, and is important for lending a crucial concept to the D&D game: the idea of dungeon levels. Here is Michael Curtis with more information on this important writer… The titles and authors appearing on the Appendix N list are varied. Some are fantasy, others science fiction, and...

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Adventures in Fiction: Philip Jose Farmer
Jan26

Adventures in Fiction: Philip Jose Farmer

Adventures in Fiction: Philip José Farmer By Jeff Goad Today we are celebrating the birthday of Philip José Farmer. While he isn’t around to celebrate this day with us, his books are still here inspiring writers and game designers as they have for decades past. Farmer found early acclaim in the pulps, winning the Hugo in 1953 for Best New SF Author only a year after the publication of his first tale in Startling Stories. He continued...

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Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt
Jan20

Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt

Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt By James Maliszewski Of all the literary influences on D&D and DCC RPG, Abraham Merritt is perhaps the “most-influential of the least-known.” His work is rarely read in this modern time, yet he is named by Gary Gygax as one of “the most immediate influences on AD&D. Today, on January 20, 2020, the 136th anniversary of his birth, we provide a little more insight into this little-read...

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Adventures in Fiction: Ray Harryhausen
Jun29

Adventures in Fiction: Ray Harryhausen

Adventures in Fiction: Ray Harryhausen and the Look of Fantasy by Brett Brooks Here at Goodman Games, we have long honored the role of Appendix N and its influence on not just Dungeons and Dragons, but fantasy role-playing as a whole—including Dungeon Crawl Classics. We also feel that there are others who played a role that deserve the same recognition as those that Mr. Gygax listed in the Dungeon Master’s Guide, and they can come...

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Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair
Feb16

Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair

Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair by Michael Curtis Margaret St. Clair was born on February 17, 1911. Her work appears in Gary Gygax’s Appendix N, and is important for lending a crucial concept to the D&D game: the idea of dungeon levels. Here is Michael Curtis with more information on this important writer… The titles and authors appearing on the Appendix N list are varied. Some are fantasy, others science fiction, and...

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Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt
Jan20

Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt

Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt By James Maliszewski Of all the literary influences on D&D and DCC RPG, Abraham Merritt is perhaps the “most-influential of the least-known.” His work is rarely read in this modern time, yet he is named by Gary Gygax as one of “the most immediate influences on AD&D. Today, on January 20, 2019, the 135th anniversary of his birth, we provide a little more insight into this...

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