Celebrating the new Kickstarter for Bears Want to Kill You, we continue to build on our partnership with Axe Cop co-creator Ethan Nicolle in an effort to warn of the impending bearmageddon as well as bring nightmarish inspiration to your DCC table.
“The Nocturnal bear bat is known for its massive black leathery wings. Bear bats cannot see very well in light and have sensitive ears that can follow the echoes of their roars. The creatures sleep in large caves or hollowed out buildings while hanging upside down. They sleep in groups of ten or more.”
– Dickinson Killdeer, Dickinson Killdeer’s Guide to Bears of the Apocalypse
These fierce and feared creatures descend from the night sky on leathery wings to bring chaos and death in their wake. Even their cubs are known for their especial cruelty, carrying humans aloft only to drop them screaming earthward to their deaths. Frequently encountered in groups of ten or more (referred to as “devastations”) these creatures are reputed to have been magically engineered by a mad wizard determined to commit suicide in the most horrific manner imaginable. If the legend is true, it appears that he succeeded.
Bear bat: Init +3; Atk bite +4 melee (1d14 + poison) or grab +2 melee (1d10 + grab); AC 15; HD 8d8; MV 40’ or fly 60’; Act 1d20; SP breath weapon, poison; SV Fort +8, Ref +6, Will +3; AL C.
Breath weapon: These arcane horrors produce chloroform, which coats their teeth. Once per round a bear bat may exhale at a target within 5′. The victim must make a DC 10 Fort save or be groggy for 1d3 rounds and suffer a -1d penalty to all actions.
Grab: Victims grabbed by the bear bat must succeed in a DC 18 Strength check to break free. While the victim is held, the bear bat automatically hits with its bite attacks.
Poison: Victims bitten by the bear bat must succeed in a DC 15 Fort save or be knocked unconscious for 2d6 rounds and, after waking, continue to be groggy for an additional 1d3 turns.
Bear bat (both art and concept) are the creation of Axe Cop co-creator Ethan Nicolle (@axecop) and is used with his kind permission. These, and a slew of other ursine horrors can be found in the pages of Bearmageddon as well as within Dickinson Killdeer’s Guide to Bears of the Apocalypse. You may follow the nightmarish story of the bearboon at Bearmageddon News Network.
Many use the term “gonzo” when speaking of DCC RPG. It is part of the embraced culture and there are some really great gonzo content creators out there for DCC and beyond. Outside of DCC, there is one name that stands above them all. A man who created a web comic, that went on to be a television series…featuring a character who did things like this…
Axe Cop and Wexter on the Moon © Ethan Nicolle and available HERE
Yes, that is a cop, wielding an axe, riding on a T-rex with chain gun arms, killing aliens on the moon. Do we have your attention yet??!?!
We here at Sanctum put out a monthly e’zine. It is pretty simple and we’re fairly fond of it. That said, our little e’zine takes a great deal of work and we greatly respect the efforts of the other folks out there putting out dead-tree ‘zines, those that work in color, etc.
Paul Wolfe, of Mystic Bull, took on the Herculean task of reviving D.A.M.N. (DCC Adventure Magazine and News), that was originally released as an e’zine, and took it to print. He followed that with a second, massive issue that weighed in at 89 pages of content that spilled over to online content because it was bursting at the seams. Putting something like that together is a massive undertaking. Consider the amount of time that goes into something like a 16 page module – now realize that the issues CONTAIN full modules as part of their content. Right? That’s impressive.
Needless to say, it can be hard to publish something like this on a regular basis when doing all the work oneself. Now Mr. Wolfe is looking to bring in help for layout, editing, etc as well as expanding the amount of art for the magazine. With that in mind, D.A.M.N. is trying out a Kickstarter model for Volume 2: Issue #1.
If you enjoy the thought of a slick publication filled with DCC materials and news? This is certainly for you.
Yes, we’ve already pledged. Now it is your turn.
Created as a “best of” item to give away at the table of a select few judges, you too can now grab the Sanctum Secorum’s Free RPG Day 2017 release. Files were sent out to a handful of judges around the country who were running tables for Free RPG Day. The only way to get it was to be at one of a very limited number of tables. Of course, this might signal that there might be something special to come as the road crew’s ranks swell with Guardian’s of Secrets.
Keep an eye out!
In the meantime – Get the free Sanctum Secorum #25b HERE!
Get the free Sanctum Secorum #34 Companion HERE!
Prospero, a tall, skinny misfit of a wizard, lives in the South Kingdom—a patchwork of feuding duchies and small manors, all loosely loyal to one figurehead king. Along with his necromancer friend Roger Bacon, who has been on a quest to find a mysterious book, Prospero must flee his home to escape ominous pursuers. Thus begins an adventure that will lead him to a grove where his old rival, Melichus, is falsely rumored to be buried and to a less-than-hospitable inn in the town of Five Dials—and ultimately into a dangerous battle with origins in a magical glass paperweight.
Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we look at a work by John Bellairs, The Face in the Frost and match it up with Michael Curtis’ Emirikol was Framed!
We are sad to report that TSR alumnus Laura Roslof passed away this afternoon after a battle with cancer. Our thoughts are with her friends and family at this sad time.
The first round of winners was declared, their monsters triumphant!
The second round of winners was declared, their character classes ascendant!
The third round of winners was announced, their spells truly phlogistonic!
Now we move on to round four of ….
Super Number 1 Contest!!
As rolled at random, our winners are
1st Place – Anton Wilsbach’s Illumination
* 1 copy of Super No. 1 Food Tower
* 1 sheet of pregen characters
2nd Place – Ian Shears’ Sunbolt
* 1 copy of DAW 373 The Keeper’s Price by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Friends of Darkover
Honorable Mention – Christopher Lee’s Drain Vitality
* 1 copy of Ghost Ships, Gales & Forgotten Tales (straight from Bob Brinkman’s maritime research library)
Look for these fantastic entries in the next Sanctum Secorum Companion!
Sad news for the Appendix N community as Karen Anderson passed away yesterday. Karen Anderson, was perhaps most widely known for her collaborations with her husband Poul Anderson, and also as the mother in law to author Greg Bear.
Anderson has the distinction of being the first author to use the term “filk” in print, as well as the first published science fiction haiku. She was a student of Philology (the study of language in oral and written historical sources) and had founded her own Holmesian group, the “Red Circle Society”.
Karen married Poul Anderson in 1953 and moved with him to the San Francisco Bay area. Their daughter Astrid was born the following year (Astrid married author Greg Bear in 1983). At the time of Poul Anderson’s passing in 2001, she and Poul were living in Orinda, California.
News of her passing was announced via the Poul Anderson Facebook Page
“It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Poul’s widow, Karen Anderson. It was a peaceful and unexpected passing — she died in her bed and was found by the Sunday visiting nurse. Memorial gathering plans to be announced later, but in the meantime, raise a glass to the memory of a fine woman. If you are moved to make a donation, please consider the SFWA Emergency Medical Fund or the UCLA Medical School.
This picture dates from the mid-1950s, probably not long after they were married. Photographer unknown.”