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DCC RPG License Plates. 1 down, 49 to go.

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DCC RPG License Plates. 1 down, 49 to go.

Hey DCC fans! It’s a well known fact that you guys are the best, most supportive fans in the world, so we’ve got an offer for you. Anyone who gets an official, state-provided license plate celebrating Dungeon Crawl Classics for their vehicle, and drives said vehicle to Gen Con, will get a free Gen Con badge courtesy of Goodman Games! And we’ll keep doing it for as long as you have that license plate. This is a lifetime offer, folks. It IS however limited to one person per vehicle. Rick Hull already claimed Kentucky (as we previously reported) but that still leaves 49 states for the rest of you. And of course, there’s more than one possible name for a DCC license plate. Have you considered: DCC ROXFUNNEL1APNDXNSEZRKENSPE11BNMYTDEEDFNKYDIE1 Or whatever your mind can muster. The limit is your imagination…and the law. And this is a standing offer. If your vehicle registration doesn’t come due until after Gen Con, sign up for 2020 and the offer still stands. So get your license plate ordered, email us a pic, and we’ll meet you at Gen Con with a badge! Simple as that. See you in Indy! Let us know what you’re...

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Free RPG Day is Today!

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Free RPG Day is Today!

It’s here! The 2019 Free RPG Day happens today—Saturday, June 15th! We’ve previously announced this year’s release, but to reiterate… Once more, we will be offering a flip-book! On one side are the DCC Quick Start Rules. This pared-down version of the Dungeon Crawl Classics rules are everything you need to get started with the game, and run your characters up to 2nd level. As with previous years, the spell mix is adjusted, so each year’s DCC Quick Start Rules is slightly different than the previous year. The flip side of the book features a brand new adventure! Geas of the Star-Chons is an all-new level 1 Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure by Julian Bernick. The DCC Quick Start Rules also features the classic adventure, The Portal Under The Stars, so this book gives you two adventures to get things off to a great start. Visit the Free RPG Day web site for a complete list of participating retailers. Today is the day! Find a store near you and share in the love of RPGs with your fellow fans! And while you’re there, be sure to check out the new releases from Goodman Games: DCC #99: The Star Wound of Abaddon, Fifth Edition Fantasy #16: The Cave of the Unknown, and DCC #73: Emirikol Was Framed – 2nd Printing. We hope the 2019 Free RPG Day is the best one ever, and can’t wait to hear the stories from our fans and the Road Crew about the...

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Origins 2019, Day Two: Team Tournament Round Two Results

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Origins 2019, Day Two: Team Tournament Round Two Results

The Origins Dungeon Crawl Classics Team Tournament continues! After a hectic round two, the finals of the tournament are set. Two will enter, one will leave. The four teams of competitors who sought to best The Riders of the Phlogiston have pit themselves against the task, and we are proud to announce the results. So, without further ado…. Here’s the list of the teams who will compete to become the champion of the 2019 Origins Dungeon Crawl Classics Team Tournament: Advancing to Round 3: • Team Three (Judge Mike): +5400 • Band of the Silver Moose (Judge Jeff): +4150 Alternates: • Midnight Marauders (Judge Jeff): +2450 • Team Funnel Fodder (Judge Mike): +500 As with the previous round, teams cannot add or substitute new players between rounds – if you have players that cannot make it, you may elect to proceed without them, but teams have to have a minimum of two players to play. Also, scores will reset between rounds, so all the teams playing in the next round will start out with the same points. Thank you to everyone who participated in the tournament this year and good luck in Round 3 to those teams that have advanced! The winner of the tournament will be announced at the booth on Sunday, June 16th at noon! Come by the Goodman Games booth (that’s booth 437) for all the latest news on the inaugural Origins Dungeon Crawl Classics Team Tournament, and to check out the selection of goodies on hand! Now, enjoy some pics from today’s games! [Show...

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Origins 2019, Day One: Team Tournament Results

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Origins 2019, Day One: Team Tournament Results

The inaugural Origins Dungeon Crawl Classics Team Tournament has begun, and it is off to a dramatic start! The range of scores for this first round is very impressive, with one team holding a clear lead. We’ve had five teams of competitors come through the meat grinder that is The Riders of the Phlogiston, and some even made it out alive! A huge thanks to all of the Judges and players that helped to make the first day of the event a huge success. Fun was had. And one team is on top heading into day two. Here’s the list of the teams advancing to the second round—highlighted below in red—along with the first alt team: 1. Band of the Silver Moose (Judge Mike): +31272. Team Three (Judge Dieter): +9503. Team Funnel Fodder (Judge Jeff): -2504. Midnight Marauders (Judge Mike): -300 (first alt) Team Don’t Knock It (Judge Jeff): -400 You cannot add or substitute new players between rounds – if you have players that cannot make it, you may elect to proceed without them, but teams have to have a minimum of two players to play. Also, scores will reset between rounds, so all the teams playing in the next round will start out with the same points. Thank you to everyone who participated in the tournament this year and good luck in Round 2 to those teams that have advanced! Check back tomorrow to find out the two finalists! Come by the Goodman Games booth (that’s booth 437) for all the latest news on the inaugural Origins Dungeon Crawl Classics Team Tournament, and to check out the selection of goodies on hand! Now, enjoy some pics from today’s games! [Show...

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Origins DCC Tournament is Today! Remember Your Player Packs!

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Origins DCC Tournament is Today! Remember Your Player Packs!

History starts today! The inaugural Origins 2019 Dungeon Crawl Classics Team Tournament begins today—Thursday, June 13th—at the Origins Game Fair in Columbus, OH. This is your chance to be a part of history and experience the adventure for the first time, and get your name on the coveted trophies that we’ll be handing out. We did mention that there would be trophies, right? Oh yes, there are trophies, and they’ll be handed out to the winners at the Goodman Games booth (that’s booth 437 in the Exhibit Hall) at noon on Sunday! So make it a point to be on hand when history is made. Of course, no one will be able to be a part of history if they aren’t properly prepared. Which is why you need to you need to download and read the Player Packet. It’s got all the information you need to make this experience as smooth as possible. We cannot wait to see what happens at this year’s Origins Game Fair! The excitement is palpable, and it’s all going down…TODAY! DOWNLOAD THE PLAYER PACKET HERE!DOWNLOAD THE PLAYER GRIMOIRE...

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New Adventure Modules Hit Stores This Week!

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New Adventure Modules Hit Stores This Week!

This weekend is Free RPG Day, and to help celebrate we’ve got THREE new products that are in stores now! So while you visit your FLGS for the great freebies and in-store events this Saturday look for these great releases! DCC #99: Star-Wound of Abaddon A Level 3 Adventure for DCC RPG For time uncounted the Star Wound of Abaddon lay dreaming in a dark corner of the world, a grim testament to things terrible and best left forgotten. Born of atrocity and annihilation, it exists within the colossal bowl of a fallen comet, long-shunned by man and creature alike. But now something calls from its insufferable emptiness, promising paradise to all who enter. Men and women from across the realm renounce their gods and make great pilgrimages into its cadaverous wastes—despite that all who enter never return.  What unknown horrors and nightmare pleasures haunt this place? Who calls out from the blood black emptiness within? Are there any who can stem the tide of innocent souls lost beyond its hoary gate? A band of brave adventurers set off in search of answers…but will they find only death instead? FEF #16: The Cave of the Unknown A level 3 adventure for 5E A forgotten cavern beneath a lonely hill hides secrets as old as the world. Strange phenomena haunt those who delve its depths. Both the wise and the mad venture within to call upon the cave’s ancient power—and not all reemerge. Now, the legend of the Cave of the Unknown reaches the ears of stalwart adventurers. Can they uncover the Cave’s secret history and succeed where others have failed? Or will their bones soon litter the darkness under that distant hill? The Cave of the Unknown is an old-fashioned dungeon crawl designed for modern fifth-edition game mechanics. It is intended for a party of four to six 3rd-level PCs. The adventure can be easily inserted into any campaign or used as part of the Into the Borderlands reprint. DCC #73: Emirikol Was Framed – 2nd Printing A Level 4 Adventure for DCC RPG The mad wizard Emirikol is terrifying the city! Striking without reason and sending his winged apes to slaughter the populace, the famous archmage has gone too far. Now a coffer of jewels is offered to those who would dare defeat him. The ever-changing walls of his Shifting Tower are guarded by a host of diabolical traps, fiendish guardians, and unimaginable terror. Will your adventurers come out victorious…or lose their very souls in the attempt? New with the second printing is Four Scenes From A Conflict Eternal. Daniel J. Bishop has written some new source material that will help expand on some of the magic items presented in the core adventure.  All of these books are now available! So be sure to check out your FLGS to find them near you. And be sure to check out our updated Retailer Locator to find a store that carries Goodman Games product. Or, you can also purchase them through our online store. Free RPG Day is this weekend! Check out the newest releases and grab your freebies on Saturday, June...

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Free RPG Day and Origins Are This Weekend!

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Free RPG Day and Origins Are This Weekend!

It’s Father’s Day Weekend, which—in addition to that holiday—means that there are two great things happening for the role-playing community! If you can make it to Columbus, OH this weekend, make it a point to drop by Origins Game Fair! This annual show is a huge gathering of gamers at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, and will see a tremendous presence from Goodman Games. In addition to the huge booth that Brett, Allyson, and Dieter will be manning, we will also be running our inaugural Origins DCC RPG Team Tournament! We’ve already mentioned it, but if you are playing in the Team Tournament, you will want to download your Players Pack so you are fully prepared for the event. We’ll be updating folks throughout the show with the team standings, with the champions being crowned at the booth on Sunday! DOWNLOAD THE PLAYER PACKET HERE!DOWNLOAD THE PLAYER GRIMOIRE HERE! Now, if you can’t make it to the Origins show, your FLGS also has something very special happening on Saturday. It’s Free RPG Day! One of the best single days of the year for fans of role-playing, with tons of freebies being offered up by a variety of publishers. As we previously announced, Goodman Games has our own release for the day, the new printing of the Dungeon Crawl Classics Quick Start Rules! On one side of this flip-book are the DCC Quick Start Rules. This pared-down version of the Dungeon Crawl Classics rules are everything you need to get started with the game, and run your characters up to 2nd level. As with previous years, the spell mix is adjusted, so each year’s DCC Quick Start Rules is slightly different than the previous year. The flip side of the book features a brand new adventure! Geas of the Star-Chons is an all-new level 1 Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure by Julian Bernick. The DCC Quick Start Rules also features the classic adventure, The Portal Under The Stars, so this book gives you two adventures to get things off to a great start. This is the one day of the year you can visit your FLGS to discover free RPG products and help spread some role-playing game love. Goodman Games has supported the event since its inception in 2007, and we are excited to announce our release for this year. Visit the Free RPG Day web site for a complete list of participating retailers. Mark your calendar now for Saturday, June 15, and plan to get your free RPGs! WHAT: Origins Game FairWHEN: June 12 – 16WHERE: Greater Columbus Convention Center WHAT: Free RPG DayWHEN: Saturday, June 15thWHERE: Games Stores...

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North Texas RPG Con Recap!

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North Texas RPG Con Recap!

Another NTRPG has come and gone, and like the ones before it, it was AMAZING! From everyone who stopped by to see “Taco” Jon Hershberger at the booth, to those who visited Doug Kovacs at his booth (or at his North Texas Dougcon!) everyone was amazing. And let’s not forget the multitudes of folks who attended the various Dungeon Crawl Classics events held throughout the show. A huge thanks goes out to all of the organizers and volunteers who made the show fantastic. North Texas RPG Con is always a joy to attend, and once more everyone made this event one to remember. Now let’s look at some pics from the show! [Show...

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Dark Trails Kickstarter Ends Soon!

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Dark Trails Kickstarter Ends Soon!

Listen up, hombres! Time is runnin’ short, and you’ve got to make a decision or two about what’s right and what’s wrong. And it’d be pretty wrong to ignore what’s happenin’ here…. The Dark Trails Kickstarter has entered its final week! Dave Baity’s full-on weird west third-party DCC-based adventure RPG is burnin’ up the trails, but there is only a limited amount of time for you to be a part of the initial offering for this fantastic setting. Dark Trails is a hardcover role-playing game that uses the Dungeon Crawl Classics rules at its core, and layers on a thick coating of Lovecraftian horror to create a unique experience all its own. Published through Stiff Whisker Press, Dark Trails offers a ton of great material. From the Kickstarter: As a player, you’ll find a wealth of material that allows you to assume the role of one of 11 unique classes, with descriptive names like: the Calavera, the Bedlamite, and the Sin-Eater.   As a Judge, you’ll find over 400 pages of material giving you a wealth of resources for designing and running fantastic adventures set against the haunted landscapes of an unforgiving weird West. But all of this is ending in just a few days! If you want to be a part of this new game setting using the DCC RPG rules, this is your chance to get in on the Kickstarter and get all of the stretch goals and Kickstarter options that are gonna be right hard to find later on. So what are you waitin’ for, pardner? Strap on your shootin’ irons and click on over to the Dark Trails Kickstarter and stake your claim! The Rangers would be proud to call you one of their own. The Dark Trails Kickstarter ends soon! Show your support...

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Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter

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Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter

Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter By Ngo Vinh-Hoi At Goodman Games we recognize the importance of Appendix N in the history of D&D and DCC. June 9 marks the anniversary of the birth of Lin Carter, a prolific author with a small contribution to Appendix N. Here is some more information on this important writer. Linwood Vrooman Carter was born on June 9th, 1930 in St. Petersburg, Florida. In the august company of his fellow Appendix N authors, Lin Carter is a figure both of high esteem and some controversy. As an editor and critic, he is indispensable, most notably for his role in editing the landmark Ballantine Adult Fantasy series (BAFS), which ran from 1969-1974 and re-introduced such luminaries as Lord Dunsany, William Hope Hodgson, and Clark Ashton Smith to the fantasy-reading public. As the series gained traction, Carter also championed newer writers such as Joy Chant and Katherine Kurtz, whose long-running Deryni series was first published under the BAFS imprint. On the other hand, as a writer Lin Carter has often been painted as a hack who was unable to transcend his many influences. He has also been slammed as an opportunist for his “posthumous collaborations” with Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith. These stories were presented as newly rediscovered works that Carter completed, but they were usually entirely new pieces derived from Howard and Smith’s unfinished drafts and story fragments. Lin Carter was hardly alone in this practice however, as he was following a precedent set in the 1950s by August Derleth and L. Sprague de Camp in relation to the works of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard respectively. You get the sense though that Carter’s “posthumous collaborations” were just as much about getting to play with the characters and settings of his literary idols as they were self-promotion. Where then does Lin Carter stand in relation to Appendix N and Dungeons & Dragons? He was first and foremost a superfan, starting from his discovery of Edgar Rice Burroughs’s The Master Mind of Mars as a boy. He became a voracious reader of science fiction and fantasy and was regular writer of fan letters to pulp magazines such as Startling Stories as early as 1943. Lin Carter’s short fiction and poetry began appearing in fanzines by 1949, much of it influenced by the otherworldly prose of Lord Dunsany. This progression from reader to commenter to full-on creator should be familiar to all dedicated RPGers. Lin Carter wrote unabashed homages to the writers he loved, but he delighted in re-combining his influences in novel ways. This was very evident in his only Appendix N-cited works, the World’s End/Gondwane Epic series. The series starts with Giant of World’s End(Belmont Books, 1969) and is set 700 million years in the future when the continents have drifted back together into the supercontinent of Gondwane and the Moon has fallen in its orbit to the point where it will soon collide with and destroy the world. The World’s End series sits squarely in the Dying Earth fantasy sub-genre epitomized by Clark Ashton Smith and Jack Vance but it is also full of sly allusions to L. Frank Baum’s Oz books. It’s not clear if Gary Gygax ever read let alone liked any of Lin Carter’s work beyond the World’s End...

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