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Road Crew News! Swag Updates and More!

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Road Crew News! Swag Updates and More!

Road Crew Update! Name Tags, Penny Trays, Blacklight Posters, and Quick Start Rules! Our Road Crew is the backbone of our team. The Road Crew is the front line, showing off their love of Dungeon Crawl Classics and Goodman Games at stores and events around the world. We recently sent a survey to our Road Crew members about what we as a company can do to help out, and they had some great suggestions. As we mentioned at the What’s New With Goodman Games seminar at Gen Con, we’re going to implement as many as we can right away! Here are four updates that Road Crew members can take advantage of immediately. Game 13 – Custom Judge Pin If you’ve seen us at Gen Con or any other show, you’ve noticed that we wear custom name tags. Well, here’s your chance to get a Goodman Games retro name tag with your name on it! This option was previously not working for all users but should now be fixed in the online store page. Game 14 – DCC Take-A-Penny Tray After our exciting Free RPG Day promotion of DCC Penny Trays, we had some left over, and the Road Crew gets to benefit! We’re now giving away TWO DCC Penny Trays for everyone who runs a 14th game. (One tray for you, one for your store!) Free DCC Quick Start Rules One of the goals of the Road Crew is to introduce the game to new players, so it would help to have rules for them, right? You spoke, and we listened. Any Road Crew judge running a DCC game at any level (whether your 1st or 14th) can request a batch of DCC Quick Start Rules for FREE! We encourage you to give these to your players as souvenirs of their game. We’ll ship out 6 DCC Quick Start Rules with each order.   Free Blacklight DCC RPG Poster You want retro? We’ve got retro! Now available to any Road Crew who has run 5+ games, we’ve got our Blacklight DCC RPG Poster. This is our faux velvet DCC RPG poster that really does glow under black light! Plus, it looks great next a lava lamp. This is the same as the one we normally sell for $29.99, but now FREE for members of our Road Crew! We’re happy to provide TWO for free to anyone who runs 5+ games. One for you and one for your local game store! There you have it! Some great new additions to the Road Crew! We are always striving to do the best we can for our ambassadors, so a big thanks to everyone who responded to the survey. Head on over to the Road Crew page to pick up your new swag!...

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New Third-Party DCC Supplements!

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New Third-Party DCC Supplements!

Perhaps one of the least talked about things about Gen Con is the amazing selection of third party products at the Goodman Games booth. Gen Con is the only place where you can see all the DCC third party items pulled together in one place. It’s a great chance to browse all the wonderful creations of our enthusiastic fan base in one jaw-dropping display. A big thanks to everyone who supported their work at Gen Con by buying the third-party items from our booth, you wiped us out! A lot of our items were left in low or out-of-stock levels, but we’ve got a replacement shipment on the way, so be sure to check back soon. In the meantime, we’ve got two brand-new products that are making their debut today! So check out the selections below! The Deck of Twisted Terrors A tarot deck of 70 post apocalyptic creatures from Umerica for game masters to use as a quick reference. A collection of 70 post apocalyptic creatures from Umerica for game masters to use as a quick reference during play or to pull random encounters from. Each card has the creature’s image on one side and its abbreviated write up on the other. For more information on each creature, please reference the Twisted Menagerie Manual page referenced at the bottom of each card. The Phlogiston Books Vol. II: The Stone Heir Two adventures (and more!) exploring what happens between levels 0 and 1. You made it! You’ve survived your first adventure, armed with a stick and with a hen by your side. You’ve watched your comrades and neighbors die, got undreamt-of riches and are now unwilling to go back to the pathetic life of a peasant. But you don’t become a warrior just by grabbing a sword or a sorcerer after reading a book. This volume of The Phlogiston Books explores how a bunch of pathetic village peasants become a bunch of pathetic mercenaries, cutpurses, sorcerers, and holy men. And it does so with heroic quests that will inspire the bards’ musical pieces, such as Pigs from the Pit, an adventure for newly-minted first level characters, or The Stone Heir, an adventure for hardened level 1 characters. Two great new releases to tantalize and terrorize, both at the same time! So be sure to check out these great new releases and the rest of our third party product in our online store!...

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Gen Con 2018 Tournament Statistics

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Gen Con 2018 Tournament Statistics

The aftershocks of Gen Con 2018 just keep coming. It was an amazing con, and one of the highlights was the big DCC Team Tournament. The 2018 Gen Con DCC Team Tournament brought together Judges and players alike as they competed in our title event, Riders on the Phlogiston. This year 98 players competing on 18 different teams took on the deadly challenge, more than doubling the size of the last year’s tournament. Over the course of four brutal days and three hard-fought rounds, many PCs fell and a record number of teams were wiped out in TPKs. Eventually two champions emerged: the first place Hammertoes and the runner-up Lords of Sarcasm. You can read Harley’s recap of the tournament here. We now present the official tournament stats, including all the Judges, rooms and authors that contributed to this year’s amazing event. And we’re proud to introduce the Count Dante Tournament Rating System! This is a new rating scale for the deadliest tournament modules based on actual play results, described below. Now, let’s get right to the results! Round 1 Results Place Team Round Score Players Judge 1 Hammertoes 3235 Rob Swanson, Martin Bruinicki, Jack Bruinicki, Will Bruinicki, Hayden Hodge, Lance Hodge Tim Deschene 2 The Goat Men 1484 Chris Page, Mike Mullins, Gord Lyle, Nick Cassidy, Craig Lewin, Nick Robinette Eric Daum 3 Lords of Sarcasm, ESWM 951 David York, Fred Daily, Nate Garth, Jason Riddell, Ken Burnette, Patrick Biddix Aaron Koelman 4 Vice Squad 892 Zach Starkey, Rob Collins, John Neireiter, Dani Howe-Danhauer, Joshua Swanson, Andrew Danhauer Aaron Koelman 5 The Herculoids 362 Kevin Omans, Tar Druggan, Chris Hartigan, Ken Winland, Mark Goddard, Gary Ruiz Marc Bruner 6 50′ of Misanthropes 125* Sarah Van Horn, Jeff Van Horn, Haley Skach, Alan Fishman, Jim Skach Tim Deschene 7 The Clique -50* Chris Dodd, Jane Ritt, Will Wagner, Evan Ritt, Zeke Dodd, Tobias Loc Rick Hull 8 Dynamic Duo -99 Tim Loughrist, Troy Tucker Aaron Koelman 9 Crypt-Kicker Six -300* Mike Markey, Sean Smith, Silas Moore, Joe Moore, Michael Brewington, Andrew Kluessendorf Terry Olson 10 (Tie) The Banishers -550* Skylar Hsu, Ian Johnson, Ed Hsu, David Schmidlin, Jeremiah Rose, Ian Welsh Jeff Goad 10 (Tie) Awesome Mongooses -550* Aaron Winemiller, Chris Lone, Pete Doroshenko, Spencer Miller, Jeremy Earl, Erik Stuart Jeff Goad 10 (Tie) Exiles of Oz -550* Warner Peng, Trevor Stamper, Jeremy Haupt, John Olszewski, Brian Gilkison, Barry Peng Terry Olson 13 Three Caster Disaster -859* Nick McKinnon, Paul Romer, Ross Grinvalds, Matt Free, Jason Mulvey, Jordan McCarrel Michael Bolam 14 The Scrappy Underdogs -1100* Chris Bonno, Dylan Holland, Mike Dischida, Colin Murphree, Gary Soldati, Melissa Mauchmor Jeff Goad 15 Team Chaos -2100* John Senz, Michael Ross, Tom Ziegler, Terry Walsh, Peter Sotos Michael Bolam 16 Death is for Loserz -2150* Charlie Goren, George Hope, Richard Mundy, Kent Duncan, Emily Mundy, Lance DeClue Terry Olson 17 Evie & the Destroyers -2800* Keith Haddad, Evie Walls, Ray Stephens, Josh Salter Tim Deschene 18 Smegmapolites!! -3950* Ryan Bassler, Andrew Smitley, Steve Seminerio, Cory Welch, Jim Smitley Eric Daum * Games that ended in a TPK Round 2 Results Place Team Round Score Players Judge 1 Lords of Sarcasm, ESWM 6159 David York, Fred Daily, Nate Garth, Jason Riddell, Ken Burnette, Patrick Biddix Tim Deschene 2 Hammertoes 5245 Rob Swanson, Martin Bruinicki,...

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Gen Con 2018: The Goodman Games Judges Awards

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Gen Con 2018: The Goodman Games Judges Awards

We’re very excited to announce the inaugural Goodman Games Judges Awards (which some fans have affectionately titled “The Goodies”). Judges are the backbone of the fan experience for Gen Con, and for DCC RPG in general. No matter how good an adventure module is, a bad judge can ruin it and a good judge can amplify it. Judges make the con for many of our fans, and we’d like to recognize this. For the first annual Judges Awards, we ran the stats on judges and their games over the last several years. Based on that, we are excited to recognize these judges who have gone above and beyond in answering the call of duty over the last few years! These judges were recognized in person at our Judge’s Appreciation Party Saturday night, held alongside Doug Con in the Embassy Suites lobby. The Iron Judge Award Awarded to judges who have run an exceptional number of events at Gen Con over the last few years Bronze Medal – For those who have run approximately 15 games This year, five judges qualified: Tim Deschene, Julian Bernick, Michael Bolam, Marc Bruner, and Dieter Zimmerman Silver Medal – For those who have run approximately 20 games Two of our outstanding judges qualified: Michael Curtis and Harley Stroh Gold Medal – A special award for those who went above and beyond There is a single judge who has run 36 games on-book for Goodman Games over the last several Gen Cons. And that’s only including his games on the books, not counting his 2-3 Wednesday “pre-games” or the multiple off-book evening games he usually runs. In a league of his own, the gold medal goes to Brendan LaSalle! The Roadworthy Award Awarded to a Road Crew judge who has run an exceptional number of events at Gen Con Silver Medal – Awarded for running 6 events at Gen Con. Each of these excellent Judges qualified for the silver medal! Zak Lane, Diogo Nogueria, and Joan Troyer Gold Medal – A special award for going above and beyond Of all the Road Crew judges, Chris Lauricella stands out by running 8 events at Gen Con this year! Tournament Awards We’d like to recognize two contributors to the 2017 Gen Con Team Tournament who had exceptional results (at the expense of players). Gold Medal – Awarded to those who went above and beyond David Baity, who had the most PCs slain in the tournament as a judge, with 24 PCs killed (next closest was Tim Deschene with 21 killed) Terry Olson, who as a writer in the 2017 tournament designed one room that is responsible for slaying 69% of the PCs who entered that room Artist Awards Special Award We’d like to recognize Brad McDevitt for many accomplishments, but especially for recently achieving a milestone in his gaming art career. Brad recently passed his 600th published credit, which is a huge accomplishment for any artist! And many of those credits are from his 15+ years with Goodman Games. We’re happy to acknowledge this with a gold medal. Backbone of the Operation Award Special Award And finally, we’d like to recognize Taco Jon Hershberger for his logistics and operational expertise. He helps keep this whole ship intact! Congratulations to all of the “Goodies” winners for 2018! Our operation wouldn’t be what it is without the help of these fantastic folks!...

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Gen Con 2018 Recap: The Photos

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Gen Con 2018 Recap: The Photos

There is a lot that goes on at Gen Con. And we mean A LOT. From the time team Goodman arrives to the moment the last of us waves good-bye on the way home, Gen Con is filled with events and moments and…a bit of everything. And what better way to celebrate it than in pictures! From all across the con we gathered images of Goodman Games moments from Gen Con, and we’ve collected them here for you to enjoy. We’ve placed over 100 photos in this gallery, ranging from setting up the booth to closing down the show, and everything that fell in between. A big thanks to all of the folks who sent in the pictures used in today’s post. We are thrilled to have so many fans that are willing to share their images with us. Now, let’s look at some photos! [Show slideshow] 12345►...

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Gen Con 2018 Recap: Team Tournament

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Gen Con 2018 Recap: Team Tournament

Riders on the Phlogiston: The 2018 DCC Tournament Recap By Harley Stroh Last year’s DCC RPG open tournament amounted to a proof of concept. Could DCC be run in a tournament setting? Would it still feel like DCC? The answer was yes. Players and judges alike explored DCC RPG through a new lens. Year Two brought an entirely different tenor. This year, players were out for blood. And, with no fewer than 14 TPKs over 24 sessions, the tournament did not disappoint. (Look for a follow up article with all the statistics from the tournament soon!) While some of the tables were pick up groups, many came as organized teams (matching uniforms included). And of those teams, some had prepped DCC-specific tactics right out of the gate. Chief among these was the wizard that, aided by an eager halfling, max burned magic shield the moment his session began. For those of us that haven’t memorized the spell tables, here is a recap of the max spell result: The caster calls forth a globe of shimmering magical energies that protects him and his allies. The caster is automatically encased in this magical shield, as are all allies within a 10’ radius. The shimmering globes last until the next sunrise and follow the allies even if they leave the caster’s side. Each globe has five benefits: it provides a +8 bonus to AC; it blocks magic missiles automatically (see magic missile spell description); it reduces damage on all attacks against its target by 2 points; it blocks most attacks from mundane projectiles, reducing damage from any arrow, sling stone, bolt, dart, or other ranged weapon by 20 points per attack for the duration of the spell; and it provides a benefit in counterspelling equal to a +4 bonus to any subsequent spell check made as a counterspell. +8 AC and damage reduction for the entire team. Not a shabby way to start the round. (It is telling, however, that even this mighty boon was insufficient to carry the wizard’s team to the final round.) Round one of the tournament quickly proved the deadliest of the three. Set in a foreboding military complex somewhere in Terra A.D., the PCs were forced to contend with unknown technologies and experiments gone horribly awry. There were artifacts and treasures to be won by the brave — and carried into future tournament rounds — but woe to any unlucky soul that triggered a misfire. Worse, an activated phlogistonic reaction was slowly consuming the entire complex. In order to survive the PCs had to keep moving, puzzling their way past deadly blast doors, weird machinery, and unknown foes, forever just one step ahead of the certain doom. For players who already knew one another, or who were able to quickly come to consensus, the slow-moving phlogiston presented little threat. But those that hesitated or were caught by indecision quickly found themselves consumed by the creeping beryl storm. Round two began with the PCs emerging from a wash of phlogiston at the bottom of a mine deep within the Shudder Mountains. Whereas the previous round called for courage and quick thinking, the second round offered puzzles certain to bewilder any player. Characters that hoped to brazenly cleave their way through every challenge quickly realized the errors of their...

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Real Life Adventures: Quest for the Wizard Van

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Real Life Adventures: Quest for the Wizard Van

Real Life Adventures: Quest for the Wizard Van By Dieter Zimmerman As many fans know, Goodman Games has quested for many years in search of a wizard van. Nothing would make us more happy than rolling up to the game store in a 1970’s-style van with bubble windows and a wizard mural painted on the side. And of course we’d run games out of the back at Gen Con! Our 2015 Gen Con Program Guide  even featured a digital mockup of our dream van on the cover. When we got a hot tip that the 47th Van Nationals were being held near Indianapolis the week before Gen Con, a plot hatched to rent a wizard van! Since I’m only a few hours from there and was traveling that direction anyway on the week in question, I was chosen for the mission. Musk Goblin reporting for duty! I really had no idea what to expect when I reached the town of Rensselaer, Indiana. It’s a town of just over 5,000 people off Interstate 65 in northwest Indiana, so there’s not a whole lot nearby of great interest. Why did these van people choose that location for their gathering place? I still don’t know. As I arrived at the grounds where the Van Nationals were being held, I drove my non-van vehicle up to the person in charge of letting people in. A sign read “NO ADMITTANCE WITHOUT A VAN,” but I cleverly chose to pretend I didn’t see it. I asked the woman if I could just come in for a bit, talk to some people, and maybe take some pictures. She referred me to a man nearby, who took me into a nearby building and referred me to a young woman named Kristen. Kristen and I immediately engaged in some tense negotiations involving me mentioning that I’m from Louisville, KY, and she replying that she also once lived in Louisville! Normally no one without a van is allowed in, she explained, but she’d take me around for a bit if I’d be willing to give a $20 entry fee (which would be donated to a charity) and help her carry a cooler. My persuasive skills and irresistible charm had won the day! It turned out, however, that before I was allowed to see any vans there was another test to pass: the beer tasting. We took the cooler I was carrying to a pop-up tent where a bunch of other vanners had congregated with beers of their own. Van National tradition is apparently that participants bring beers from wherever they’re from, and then they have a huge beer tasting. A strange custom, indeed, but since I was trying to blend in I was forced to participate. I’m willing to go to any length to achieve success in my missions. The people at the Van Nationals were mostly older than me, in their 50’s and 60’s probably, but there was a subset of late 20’s and early 30’s people too. Kristen was one of the latter, and she told me that this was the first year that the younger crowd was in charge of running the event. Everyone was super friendly and seemed like decent folk even if most of them did prefer IPAs over stouts and porters. An hour and about...

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Visit Us At Drinking & Dragons This Weekend!

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Visit Us At Drinking & Dragons This Weekend!

You can’t stop Judge Brendan. We can’t even contain him! This weekend is Drinking & Dragons X, put on by the fine folks from Lawful Good Gaming. Judge Brendan will be on hand to run this year’s Gen Con Xcrawl adventure, You Can’t Do That In Xcrawl! It’s the following weekend after Gen Con, and Judge Brendan is already back at it! This is no man…this is a gaming machine! There are tons of events going on alongside Judge Brendan’s, so even if you get there and find his table full, you’ll be able to get your game on! And every penny of what is gathered at this event goes to charity! So come out and roll some dice and help out some folks! This time out, it is supporting the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Center in New London, CT. You can pick up your tickets for the event here! Evening schedule: 5pm – doors open and check ins begin 6pm – Dice Off! Let the games begin! 9pm – Raffle! 12am – Doors close… until next time…. What: Drinking & Dragons X When: Saturday, Aug 11, Where: 33 Gallows Ln, New London, CT...

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Gen Con Announcements: Round Two!

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Gen Con Announcements: Round Two!

Gen Con 2018 was amazing. We had the “What’s New With Goodman Games” seminar, the Gen Con 2018 DCC Team Tournament went great, hundreds…no, THOUSANDS of fans came by the booth to see us. The love for Goodman, and our love for you, was all over the show. Those of you who attended the seminar heard a lot of great news, and yesterday we told you a bit about what we said at it, but for those who didn’t make it to the “What’s New” panel here is another important announcement! Many of you enjoy our Fifth Edition Fantasy line, and know that for years Goodman Games has offered free print+PDF purchases for every module in that line. While we’re not the first publisher to do this, we’re the first to do in a retailer-friendly way through mass distribution channels. Each Fifth Edition Fantasy module includes a printed coupon code, which allows the purchaser to download a PDF copy for free. This works whether the print copy is purchased in a brick-and-mortar game store or online or at a convention. Anyplace you get a physical copy, you will also get a digital one. We continue to support retailers and are proud to be the publisher who has pioneered a print+PDF distribution model that is fair to retailers. We’re excited to announce that we will now be rolling out this model to include most of our other products. Most Goodman Games products will now include a printed coupon code on the title page, with instructions on how to download the accompanying PDF edition. This began with DCC #97: The Queen of Elfland’s Son and will continue through future releases. There are some exceptions. We wish we could do it for everything, but that’s unfortunately not possible. We publish certain products under license, and not all licenses allow for this approach, so some licensed products will be excluded. Also please note that this does not apply to previously released titles and backstock, only current and new titles that contain the coupon code. It’s a huge step forward. We want all of our customers to be able to enjoy our products on every level, be it print or digital—or in this case, both. And it’s also very important that we did it in a way that was retailer friendly. The FLGS is the backbone of our community. It is the gathering place for fans and the first line of discovering and playing new games of every kind. So let’s get physical…and digital!...

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Gen Con Announcements: Round One!

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Gen Con Announcements: Round One!

Gen Con 2018 is now behind us, but that doesn’t mean that we are done with it. Far from it, in fact! We’ve got news to share with everyone that we announced at the annual “What’s New With Goodman Games” seminar! The first big news is the announcement of the second volume in our Original Adventures Reincarnated line. The first volume, Into the Borderlands, was the biggest release in the history of Goodman Games. The reception to it continues to amaze us, and we are thrilled beyond belief. And we are very proud to announce that the second volume in the series is…drum roll please…X1: The Isle of Dread! OAR 2: The Isle of Dread will contain scans of the two original TSR publications of Isle of Dread (orange cover and blue cover editions), plus a 5E conversion, as well as interviews with original creators and other special features! We’ve also updated the mapping style of the 5E edition, so it will now feature illustrated hand-drawn maps that bring back memories of the original TSR style. Lead writer Chris Doyle and editor Tim Wadzinski return to the project after doing such a great job on OAR 1: Into the Borderlands. Into the Borderlands is back in print and available, by the way, so check your FLGS or our online store for your copy today! And Original Adventures Reincarnated 2: Isle of Dread is currently scheduled to release in November of this year! We’ll be sure to keep you updated with news about it as it gets closer. We also announced the next release in our Alphabet line! The Cthulhu Alphabet is the next volume, and is on the schedule for 2019. Originally concepted by Brad McDevitt, this illustrated sourcebook for horror and fantasy games is everything you need to stay inspired at the game table. This fabulous new book continues the strong precedent set by The Dungeon Alphabet and The Monster Alphabet, and features cover art by none other than the legendary Erol Otus, whose unique take on Cthulhu is enough to make anyone smile. Heading up the writing on the book are Michael Curtis and Jon Hook, who are working alongside many other talented folks to bring you the best monster-horror-nightmare Alphabet we can imagine! The final thing we’re going to talk about today is the next big Kickstarter for DCC fans. This one is right around the corner, as we expect to take it live in late August or early September! It will combine three awesome projects: The DCC Annual (at long last!) takes center stage, and is bringing along add-ons of the 2nd printing of DCC #83: The Chained Coffin, and the 7th printing of the DCC RPG core book. The DCC Annual is chock full of new patrons and inspiration for your DCC game, and is intended to get your imagination off and running the same way the core book did. The 2nd printing of The Chained Coffin features all-new cover art by fantasy legend Ken Kelly! Oh and did we mention that it’s coming back as a hardcover? It is! This new printing combines all the assorted Chained Coffin material as originally presented in DCC #83, DCC #83.1, DCC #83.2, and assorted Gen Con Program Guides and other miscellaneous publications—plus it includes new adventuring material created for the hardcover! And of course it has the original spinning wheel puzzle....

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