Jack Vance’s Influence on Dungeons & Dragons
Mar11

Jack Vance’s Influence on Dungeons & Dragons

Jack Vance’s Influence on Dungeons & Dragons by Bill Ward “Turjan … descended to his study … The tomes which held Turjan’s sorcery lay on the long table of black steel or were thrust helter-skelter into shelves. These were volumes compiled by many wizards of the past, untidy folios collected by the Sage, leather-bound librams setting forth the syllables of a hundred powerful spells, so cogent that Turjan’s brain...

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Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season
Oct08

Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season

Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season by Brian Murphy On a blog such as this, I doubt I’m alone in my irrational love of Halloween, a holiday for me that, more than Thanksgiving or Christmas, evokes a Ray Bradbury-like level of nostalgia and anticipation. Here in New England, I find that as the leaves begin to turn and October shadows lengthen, so too do my thoughts drift from my natural sword-and-sorcery bent toward the...

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Erol Otus Sits In On the Next Keep Crawlin
Jul28

Erol Otus Sits In On the Next Keep Crawlin

Legendary artist Erol Otus sits in with Mike and Brendan tonight for a very special episode of Keep Crawlin! 8:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, July 28 Keep Crawlin’ with Mike and Brendan Hosts: Brendan LaSalle and Michael Curtis This week on Keep Crawlin’ it’s time to straighten up the basement and wash Brendan’s Tam. Their special guest this week will be none other than fantasy illustrator extraordinaire, Erol Otus!...

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Classic Covers: More From Jack Vance
Jul27

Classic Covers: More From Jack Vance

With hundreds of titles in dozens of editions in as many different languages, a catalog of Jack Vance’s prolific output is a feast of diverse and changing visual styles over many years. With cover illustrations as varied as Frazetta-style sword-and-sorcery, heady new age semiotics, surreal horror, literal Tolkien fantasy, and nuts-and-bolts high technology science fiction, Vance has inspired numerous creative interpretations of...

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It’s The Final Day for DCC Dying Earth Kickstarter!
Jul21

It’s The Final Day for DCC Dying Earth Kickstarter!

Today is your last chance! The DCC Dying Earth kickstarter continues to rack up the pledges and, with only a few hours left before it comes to a close, now is the time to take the plunge into the world of the Dying Earth. The huge support we’ve been getting means that, in addition to all the amazing content already included in the DCC Dying Earth boxset, fans will be showered with tons of extras from our many stretch goals. In...

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The Other Cugel’s Saga: Michael Shea’s A Quest for Simbilis
Jul20

The Other Cugel’s Saga: Michael Shea’s A Quest for Simbilis

The Other Cugel’s Saga: Michael Shea’s A Quest for Simbilis by Fletcher Vredenburgh At the end of The Eyes of the Overworld (1966), Jack Vance’s rogue, Cugel the Clever, found himself once again stranded in the very same distant part of the Dying Earth to which he’d been sent at the beginning of the book by Iucounu the Laughing Magician, on a mission to retrieve a magical lens. And that’s where he remained for over a...

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It’s The Final Week for DCC Dying Earth Kickstarter!
Jul18

It’s The Final Week for DCC Dying Earth Kickstarter!

Only a few days remain for this epic value The DCC Dying Earth kickstarter continues to rack up the pledges and, with only a few days left before it comes to a close, now is the time to take the plunge into the world of the Dying Earth. The huge support we’ve been getting means that, in addition to all the amazing content already included in the DCC Dying Earth boxset, fans will be showered with tons of extras from our many...

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Back DCC Dying Earth for Exclusive New Rulebook Cover
Jul16

Back DCC Dying Earth for Exclusive New Rulebook Cover

It’s ‘Talk like Jack Vance Week’ all this week at Goodman Games in honor of DCC Dying Earth! With our kickstarter in its final days, we’re kicking things into linguistic overdrive with a week-long celebration of the stylishly unique language of Jack Vance. The Dying Earth is growing brighter beneath the light of the fading sun, thanks to those substantiating it! And for those valiant, we are bringing a supernumerary...

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DCC Dying Earth Trivia Show Airs Tonight on Twitch
Jul15

DCC Dying Earth Trivia Show Airs Tonight on Twitch

It’s ‘Talk like Jack Vance Week’ all this week at Goodman Games in honor of DCC Dying Earth! As our kickstarter enters its final week we’re kicking things into linguistic overdrive with a week-long celebration of the stylishly unique language of Jack Vance. A challenge is brought forth to test your knowledge of those things arcane and wondrous. Every circumstance shall be scrutinized until a true prizeman arises on display. This very...

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Vancian Quotations
Jul13

Vancian Quotations

It’s ‘Talk like Jack Vance Week’ all this week at Goodman Games in honor of DCC Dying Earth! As our kickstarter approaches its final week we’re kicking things into linguistic overdrive with a week-long celebration of the stylishly unique language of Jack Vance. Vancian Quotations by Bill Ward “When you want to describe something that’s flamboyant, weird and strange, anything a little bit outrageous, wicked or nasty, you don’t do it by...

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Talk Like Jack Vance Week
Jul12

Talk Like Jack Vance Week

It’s ‘Talk like Jack Vance Week’ all this week at Goodman Games in honor of DCC Dying Earth! As our kickstarter approaches its final week we’re kicking things into linguistic overdrive with a week-long celebration of the stylishly unique language of Jack Vance. Do not fret at the seeming out of sortness of the language employed sitewide at Goodman Games this week. No, we did not over-clamp our collective Lobes...

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Today on Twitch: An Interview with John Vance!
Jul11

Today on Twitch: An Interview with John Vance!

Join our Special Guests to Discuss the Undying Legacy of Jack Vance! Sanctum Secorum does it again! If last night’s discussion on The Dying Earth wasn’t enough Vancian goodness for one weekend, this afternoon on Twitch at 2:00 pm EST we have the very special honor of interviewing John Vance, son of Jack and Norma Vance, about his father’s enduring legacy and the special appeal of Jack Vance’s many worlds of...

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