Core Rules Setting Sandbox?

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Core Rules Setting Sandbox?

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Hi, first post here 🙂

I picked up DCC a couple of months ago and I can't wait to play it. We're currently playing Goodman Games' 5E conversion of Isle of Dread. I expect to run my first funnel in July or August.

Right now I'm rereading through the class descriptions, specifically the class faction descriptions that are embedded in the artwork. It struck me that the DCC Core Rules may have a sandbox style setting expansion. A type of sandbox that would incorporate some of these class faction descriptions and the Core Rules flavor. Is that the case?
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Yes and No.

Lots of people play a series of loosely linked adventures, and DCC works very well for that.

But, man, does DCC shine when you let the players take the lead, like in a sandbox. The game is full of adventure hooks just by itself, so players should be pondering which hook to follow, rather than the PCs siting bored in a tavern. Spellburn, disapproval, recovery of Luck, learning spells, and the whole Quest For It ethos fairly require the passage of time to be meaningful, and the world to offer more than a series of one-shots, for them to reach their potential.

I love this game.

Sandbox the hell out of it!
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Well, now you're talking about different things.

Yes, DCC is excellent for sandboxing.
No, there is no sandbox written for DCC (that claims to be the default one).

The game just isn't interested in providing any "default world" campaign material. What there is, is a lot of ideas that suggest a (somewhat) coherent fantasy world with lots of adventure leads, and there are a lot of adventures that doesn't (much) contradict this loose bunch of ideas... There are also several adventures and even campaign settings giving DCC a specific world to set your adventures in, but all of them are, in a sense, alternative worlds - none of them (AFAIK) claim theirs is the "default world" hinted to and suggested by the rulebook.
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not-so-newguy wrote: Fri May 13, 2022 8:19 am Hi, first post here 🙂

I picked up DCC a couple of months ago and I can't wait to play it. We're currently playing Goodman Games' 5E conversion of Isle of Dread. I expect to run my first funnel in July or August.

Right now I'm rereading through the class descriptions, specifically the class faction descriptions that are embedded in the artwork. It struck me that the DCC Core Rules may have a sandbox style setting expansion. A type of sandbox that would incorporate some of these class faction descriptions and the Core Rules flavor. Is that the case?
DCC does have a world setting called Aereth, IIRC, but I know nothing about it, as it came & went before I started playing.

Luckily for me, all of the suggested sandboxy descriptions in the core rulebook fit into my campaign world setting just nicely.

Everything presented so far, from these class faction descriptions, to wizard & cleric spells, patrons, Deeds, etc., would fit into any D&D campaign setting I wanted to run with DCC rules instead of D&D rules: the Default Land of Chainmail Battles and Dungeons filled with Rust Monsters & Slimes (errr, I mean the World of Greyhawk), Castle-Dungeon Floor plan Acid Trip (Blackmoor), the Known World (or Mystara if you prefer), Elminster Level Power-Trip (the Forgotten Realms), Crystal & Steam-powered Battle-Robot World (Eberron), Dune; Magic Sand Edition (Dark Sun to everyone else), The Demi-Plane of Universal Monsters on Steroids (Ravenloft), or even Barista! Another Round of Lattes! (Strixhaven) are all better off for using these 'sandbox' rules from DCC. :wink:
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Unfortunately the good folks at Goodman Games have resisted writing a structured world. It is a bit problematic for those of us who would like to run a sandbox style campaign.

Isle of Dread would actually be an excellent DCC RPG campaign. That little module has potential for years of on-going play (depending on how often you play). And having the PCs shipwrecked on the Isle as level-0s is a great funnel kickoff.

I personally prefer the rules of DCC RPG to the modules. The modules are fun but they always seem a bit too short and straight-forward. For a game that prides itself on old-skool play - there is a noticeable lack of big, labyrinthine dungeon crawls. (Why not revise and re-release Castle Whiterock for DCC RPG, for instance).

Another good campaign setting for DCC RPG is Dwimmermount. Would highly recommend picking up that book. Its perfectly suited to the rules system.
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I think I'm going to "start small" using a town-to-dungeon style of adventure. The one that I am looking at is "Hole in the Oak" by Necrotic Games. It's made for Old School Essentials, which seems easy to convert to DCC.

If things go well, then I will start adding other things:
-There's another adventure called "The Incandescent Grottoes" that can be added-on to "Hole in the Oak"
-These adventure are placed in a regional setting called Dolmenwood by Gavin Norman.

https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/28 ... in-the-Oak
https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/34 ... t-Grottoes
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