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Appendix N Archaeology: William Hope Hodgson

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Appendix N Archaeology: William Hope Hodgson

Appendix N Archeology: William Hope Hodgson by Michael Curtis In the now famed Appendix N, Gary Gygax lists roughly thirty authors whose works inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. Many luminaries from the fields of both pulp sword & sorcery and horror fiction, as well as some then-current authors fill that list. However, as with any catalogue of inspirational sources, Appendix N is merely representative of what the cataloguer was immediately aware of. Each of the names appearing in Appendix N were in turn inspired by other authors, who were influenced by yet older writers. This long chain stretches far back into antiquity, terminating somewhere in the past when humanity still huddled around the fire and told stories of monsters lurking beyond the firelight. The purpose of this series is to further excavate the Appendix N list, removing a layer or two to examine the writers who inspired Gygax’s picks. This exercise will hopefully not only give us greater insight into the central and nearly universal themes that thread their way through the “weird fiction” genre (the original name for works of fantasy and science fiction), but also expand the field with new authors aspiring judges and other game masters can draw upon for ideas or simple reading enjoyment. We begin with a name that might not be familiar to all weird fiction fans, but was certainly known by Gary Gygax—William Hope Hodgson. Hodgson was critically praised during his lifetime, but his works fell out of the public eye in the years following his death. Even today, Hodgson remains a peripheral figure to genre fans with few being familiar with his work. William Hope Hodgson was born on November 15th, 1877 in Blackmore End in Essex, England, the son of an Anglican priest. Even at a young age, adventure called to Hodgson, and he ran away from boarding school in the hopes of becoming a sailor. Although this attempt was unsuccessful, Hodgson eventually received permission from his father to be apprenticed as a cabin boy in 1891, beginning his long career and association with the sea. After several years as a sailor, during which he once saved a fellow sailor from shark-infested waters off the coast of New Zealand, Hodgson retired from the waves and opened an exercise school in 1899. Hodgson had developed an interest in body-building while at sea, where his small stature and boyish looks made him a target for bullying. Despite its popularity with the members of the local police force, Hodgson couldn’t earn a living from the school and cast about for new sources of income. Inspired by the success of such contemporary authors as Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Jules Verne, and Arthur Conan Doyle, Hodgson turned his attention to writing fiction and soon discovered he had a knack for it. His experiences at sea gave him a rich background of personal adventures to draw upon and his imagination embellished these events into enthralling tales.   Hodgson’s first accepted story, “The Goddess of Death,” published in 1904, was the tale of a stolen Hindu statue that comes to life and delivers revenge upon an English town. From the beginning, it was clear that Hodgson was at home in the “weird fiction” genre, although his works would ultimately include more prosaic subject matters...

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Roadworthy: Judge John Replogle!

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Roadworthy: Judge John Replogle!

Welcome to Roadworthy! This is a chance to show off a Road Crew Judge and allow them to share their experience and wisdom. We provide these profiles to help provide insight into their personality and style, and maybe give up-and-coming Judges some advice on improving their game. The Road Crew theme for 2019 is Road Trip! We want you to get out there and experience the world. Whether it be in real life or online, you can always explore unknown lands and make new friends. Who knows, maybe we’ll put you up on our website. Jump on into the Road Crew program for your chance! We’re head to The City of Big Shoulders to meet our latest Judge. This man loves his games more on the humorous side, and runs DCC at a craft beer shop every week. Today we meet Judge John Replogle! Roadworthy: John Replogle! What’s your name, where do you live (and game), and how would you describe yourself? My name is John Replogle and I live in Chicago, IL. I have played a few tabletop RPG games of various systems in the past, but until recently I have not had a game last for more than a few months. I recently finished running my first DCC RPG story campaign, and am laying plans for the next one! My judging style definitely leans more toward the silly side of things. I try to provide an interesting and engaging story for my players, but I’d say that focus most on players having a good time. I’ve worked hard to create a weekly road crew game that is welcoming and open to all those who might be interested in playing. How did you first discover DCC? My wife and I decided to attend a Chicago DCC RPG Road Crew game that is hosted weekly at The Beer Temple back in April of 2018. We showed up late, since the decision to go was kind of spur of the moment, but the group handed a couple level-0s to each of us and extremely graciously let us join in on their session in progress. What followed was 3 hours of a game that felt unlike anything we had ever played. We came back week after week to play until August, when the judge that had been running the weekly road crew had to step back from running due to an extremely busy schedule. With the threat of losing my newly beloved weekly Dungeon Crawl Classics game looming over my head, I quickly studied up on the rules, listened to podcasts, and learned to judge so that the fun didn’t have to end! I had never run any RPG before in my life, but quickly found it to be something that I really enjoy. I have been running the weekly road crew games at The Beer Temple ever since! As of “right now,” how many Road Crew games have you run in this or past seasons? I have run four games so far this year. Mother Nature conspired against us for two weeks in a row, or it would be six! What’s your favorite Road Crew game experience so far? I wrote a session in which a large party of enemies was discovered to be heading in to attack the city that my players called home. In my plans, the party was to set up defenses in the town...

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DCC RPG Officially Available on Fantasy Grounds

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DCC RPG Officially Available on Fantasy Grounds

It’s something we’ve been wanting for a while now, and it is at last a reality. Dungeon Crawl Classics is now officially available on Fantasy Grounds! You probably already know about DCC RPG—our dynamic role-playing system that harkens to the classic days of sword & sorcery—but you might not know about Fantasy Grounds. Fantasy Grounds is an online service that allows you to create and run a campaign with the rules directly incorporated into the site. It’s a tremendous way to take advantage of modern technology to play a game rooted in the days of yore. There are two ways to access the ruleset on Fantasy Grounds. You can either go directly through their website, OR you can access the same material using Steam, the popular online gaming service. Either way, you are getting an OFFICIAL version of Dungeon Crawl Classics to play. And for members of the Road Crew: YES, these games can count towards your official total. You just have to make sure they meet the standard rules for a Road Crew game, meaning it has to be open to the public and you have to promote it beforehand. You can now run a full Road Crew game from the comfort of your computer gaming chair! If you are interested in assisting us with future Fantasy Grounds conversions of our DCC and 5E content, please get in touch! Drop us an email and we’ll talk. Head on over to Fantasy Grounds to check things out! Or drop by their Steam page for DCC RPG! There is now a whole new way to enjoy Dungeon Crawl Classics. The future isn’t coming…it’s...

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DCC Lankhmar Now Open for Pre-Order!

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DCC Lankhmar Now Open for Pre-Order!

One of the most anticipated and biggest releases in the history of DCC RPG is finally about to release! Dungeon Crawl Classics Lankhmar is now open for pre-order! Based on the classic series of novels by Fritz Leiber, DCC Lankhmar is officially licensed by the Leiber estate, and contains a plethora of information that hasn’t been seen in any RPG product before—and some that hasn’t been seen anywhere. Lankhmar is one of the biggest and strongest influences on Dungeons and Dragons and all of fantasy role-playing as we classically think of it. Lead designer Michael Curtis spent a week in Houston at the Leiber Library, with full access to all of his notes and papers. The results are the most complete and accurate adaptation of his work for any game. And now you can pre-order it for yourself. DCC Lankhmar is slated for August release for KS backers, and general release in September, but you can ensure your copy today! The best option to make sure you get all the books is to pre-order The DCC Lankhmar Complete Collection, which includes the boxed set and all eight of the accompanying books. Add on a copy of the cloth map, and you’ve got it all! Check out everything for DCC Lankhmar below! And welcome to Nehwon. Dungeon Crawl Classics Lankhmar Boxed Set Enter the thrilling world of Fritz Leiber’s Nehwon, home to the legendary city of Lankhmar and the infamous heroes Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser! Prepare yourself to battle members of the city’s nefarious Thieves’ Guild in fog- shrouded alleys, to barter for cursed curios in the Plaza of Dark Delights, and to seek the wisdom of Ningauble of the Seven Eyes and Sheelba of the Eyeless Face! All this and more is possible with DCC Lankhmar. DCC Lankhmar #1: Gang Lords of Lankhmar A level 1 adventure set in Lankhmar! The City of the Black Toga: Home to hundreds of back alley courts, rotting tenements, and an endless number of gangs, whose fortunes rise and fall as surely as the tides of the Inner Sea. Each gang vies against the others, pitting beggar against bravo, slayer against thug, and gang lord against gang lord. DCC Lankhmar #2: The Fence’s Fortuitous Folly A level 2 adventure set in Lankhmar! Follow those hands! Rooga the Fence has a weakness for the strange and bizarre. When a curious pair of silver-plated skeletal hands animates and escape the shop, where will they lead? Legend claims they will reveal the way to buried treasure. Will the PCs follow? DCC Lankhmar #3: Acting Up in Lankhmar A level 3 adventure set in Lankhmar! A corrupt Duke of Lankhmar’s foibles paraded before the masses for their entertainment puts an acting troupe in trouble. Threatened by the insulted Duke and his private guard, the performers need assistance to make it through their final performance of “The Fiascos of Duke Hogfat.” With nobody else to turn to, the troupe hires the PCs as their evening’s protectors. Will the play end in a standing ovation or will the Duke and his thugs bring down the house on the troupe and their defenders? DCC Lankhmar #4: Violence for Votishal A level 4 adventure set in Lankhmar! Votishal the Silent is on the rise! Ascending from antiquity, the religion threatens...

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Check Out Our New Retailer Locator!

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Check Out Our New Retailer Locator!

We’ve been making some changes to the website behind the scenes here at Goodman Games. And one of those changes is now live. The brand new Retailer Locator is now live! This is a great tool to help you find stores that carry Dungeon Crawl Classics, Mutant Crawl Classics, Original Adventures Reincarnated, Fifth Edition Fantasy, or anything else that we publish. And we know that some of you might not see any change, but trust us, this a a new and improved version of the locator. It will help you to find the store nearest you, no matter your location. So pop on over to our Retailer Locator and see what’s around! You might find a new gem of a store you never knew...

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Mepacon Recap!

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Mepacon Recap!

The beacons of the Electric City are lit! Mepacon calls for gamers, and Goodman Games answered that call. Mepacon, the jewel of Pennsylvania, is one of our favorite little conventions. We made the scene, rolled the dice, ate the cupcakes, and had all the fun. Judge Brendan was on hand to run some games and sell some goods—sometimes doing both simultaneously! Fans got to experience his dynamic, and most entertaining, game mastering for Dungeon Crawl Classics, Mutant Crawl Classics, and Xcrawl. Thank you so much to all of the organizers, players, and GM’s for once again bringing all of the magnificence and wonder to this very special event. Now let’s look at some pics from the show! [Show...

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Download Player Packs for Black Heart of Thakulon the Undying

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Download Player Packs for Black Heart of Thakulon the Undying

Playing our 2018 Gen Con tournament module, The Black Heart of Thakulon the Undying? We know many of you did and even sent in your scores so you could compare them to our Gen Con champions! We’ve gotten feedback that the tournament player packs are hard to find on our web site, so we took some steps to make that a little easier on you. We have redesigned our Tournaments Page! …well, the Thakulon section at least. In our continuing effort to make the website and our resources as friendly to the fans as possible, we have modified the Tournament Page to break down the various aspects of the tournament and its results so you can locate them more readily. Oh, and if you haven’t looked, we ALSO added that information to the product page for The Black Heart of Thakulon the Undying. So you’ve got a couple of places to find that information now! Rather than send you scurrying, if you want to access that information here and now, why don’t we share what you’ll find on those pages: Get everything you need to run the tournament at home! Download The Player PackGen Con 2017 Tournament StatisticsGen Con 2017 Tournament RecapPublic ScoresAll Related Posts And don’t forget to share your own tournament results with us! The Black Heart of Thakulon the Undying is a fun, exciting tournament-style adventure that you can run at home for all of your DCC RPG players. The Player Pack makes it easy for you to set up and run the event, and gives you a chance to see how you would have fared at Gen Con! And now we’ve lined up everything you need in a much easier to find...

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Check Out Our Redesigned DCC Zines Page!

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Check Out Our Redesigned DCC Zines Page!

We wanted to make things a little easier on you. Sometimes it is hard to find things, especially if you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. That is never more true than on a website—despite the power of the search engine. One of the most popular third-party items is the DCC zine, but with the selection out there it can be hard to find the right one. So, we’ve organized them a little better. Now, when you click on “DCC Zines” in our online store you are taken to the DCC Zines page. The DCC Zines page is designed to make it easier for you to discover all the cool zines out there. You can now see all the zine publications organized alphabetically, and when you click on the latest issue it takes you to all of the issues in that series. We’re excited about all the awesome zines available for Dungeon Crawl Classics, and hope that this new structure will make it easier for you to discover them. And while we’re discussing DCC zines, make sure to check out Daniel Bishop’s article on the history of zines. It’s a great way to get a feel for what has come. So go check out the new DCC Zines page! It’s an amazing selection to...

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Reprint Registry: DCC RPG Core Rulebook

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Reprint Registry: DCC RPG Core Rulebook

Welcome to the Reprint Registry! This occasional feature documents the reprints of Goodman Games products. Collectors often ask us for detailed printing specs on our many reprinted titles, especially the DCC line. Over the years, some of our out-of-print titles have commanded impressive sums on the secondary market. We’ve been told it is helpful for collectors to have some background on the titles they are collecting or selling. Some dedicated fans collect all the various printings of their favorite adventures. With each new printing of a book, we typically do a fresh editorial review to catch any remaining typographical errors. We often add new content or interior art of some kind. And we occasionally commission entirely new cover art. And some editions or printings that are just hard to find. Some cover variants were originally released only for a certain convention or as a pre-order bonus item. Other titles have been translated into foreign languages, and the diehard collectors want to find every version including the translations. The Reprint Registry will provide some answers on these topics. Up until now, often the only way to get an exact answer was to pin down Joseph Goodman and see what he remembers. In the Reprint Registry, we will start writing down the details for all the fans to read. At least, as well as Joseph can remember! In some cases we didn’t keep as clean records as we should have, so there may be some vague answers, or even areas where we ask you, the fans, for additional help. As part of compiling this feature, we’ve also sound some inconsistencies in our own internal numbering of editions. D’oh! We’ll do the best we can! And now that we have this feature, perhaps future printings will be more ordered. This first installment of the Reprint Registry covers the Dungeon Crawl Classics core rulebook. Here are all the printings, their covers, and the particularities of each. DCC RPG Core Rulebook Reprint History There have been five printings of the hardcover edition, and three printings of the softcover edition. Each printing had multiple cover variations. In some cases, the cover variations in turn had differentiating factors (such as gilded edges, or no gilded edges). Taken together, there are 23 variations on the DCC RPG core rulebook in hardcover format, across all the different printings, covers and variations. There are 4  variations on the softcover format. And that’s just the English language editions. For the truly dedicated fans, you can also try to track down the 6 cover variations in Spanish and Portuguese. Hardcover Editions 1st hardcover printing, “blue” cover. Printed 2012, cover art by Doug Kovacs. Distinguished by absence of any printing notation in the banners on the title page (page 2). This printing was offered for pre-order and also distributed to stores, and it quickly sold out. It is worth noting that the 1st printing came packaged with a copy of DCC #66.5: Doom of the Savage Kings. The module was inserted inside the cover of the core rulebook, and was free with purchase of the core rulebook (both in stores and via online pre-order). The first printing of DCC #66.5 is quite hard to find; it is the version with the green-and-white DCC logo, and a price indicator of “FREE with DCC...

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Shop With Our New Retailer Friends!

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Shop With Our New Retailer Friends!

Not that long ago Goodman Games went to Reno, NV to attend the GAMA Trade Show. It’s the largest tabletop gaming trade show in the U.S., and each and every year we find some amazing stores who support us in incredible ways. This year we made a lot of new retailer friends, and these guys all stocked up on Goodman Games products at the show. So, if you’re a fan of Dungeon Crawl Classics, Mutant Crawl Classics, or Fifth Edition Fantasy, we suggest you check out these stores, because we bet you’ll find some fun products! To help you find them, below is a list of those stores and where to find them. A huge thanks to all of those stores for their support, and we look forward to seeing them again at next year’s GAMA Trade Show! The list below is sorted alphabetically by state, so find the store nearest you. Store NamePhone NumberStreet Address 1CityStatePostal Code Isle of Games520-886-42637747 E BroadwayTucsonAZ85710 Tyson Wells Games Store928-927-6365121 W. Kuehn St P.O. 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BroadwayDenverCO80203 Elm City Games203-689-3532760 Chapel StNew HavenCT06510 The Tabletop Shop860-436-2213741 New Britain AveNewingtonCT06111 Not Another Game Store904-716-323684 Theatre Dr, Suite 500Saint AugustineFL32086 The Adventure Game Store & Dragon's Lair954-580-90086895 Stirling RoadDavieFL33314 HobbyTown USA770-426-8800840 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway, NW Ste. 650KennesawGA30144 Other Realms Ltd.808-596-82361130 N. Nimitz Hwy C-140HonoluluHI96817 Dyersville Comics & Games563-875-0057323 2nd Ave SEDyersvilleIA52040 All About Games Downtown208-345-0204120 N. 8th St.BoiseID83702 All About Games Overland208-343-56537079 W. Overland RdBoiseID83709 Black Dragon Games208-944-9193756 Falls AveTwin FallsID83301 Nerd Geek U208-206-1664119 N. 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