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The Sanctum Secorum podcast plumbs the depths of Appendix N as it applies to DCC RPG. Each show reviews one piece of Appendix N media — be it literature or film — and then discusses how to bring aspects of it to the table for your DCC game. We explore how the selected piece might already easily fit into particular modules and DCC settings, and we highlight one specific DCC module that really ties into the Appendix N material.

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Sanctum Secorum #43 – The Carnelian Cube

 

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The carnelian cube of the title is a small red “dream stone” confiscated by archaeologist Arthur Cleveland Finch from Tiridat Ariminian, one of the workers on the dig he is supervising in Cappadocia. It bears an inscription in Etruscan that appears to identify its original possessor as Apollonius of Tyana, a wandering ascetic/philosopher/wonderworker who lived from 15-100AD. Supposedly, the stone allows the bearer to attain the world of his dreams. Arthur Finch is a man who *thinks* that he knows what he wants… until he has it. Once he has it, the task becomes how to get rid of it.

To sleep, perchance to …. create a new reality!

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight, the Keepers of Mysteries boldly explore the dream world of The Carnelian Cube by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt.

 

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News: Our Kickstarter Cup Runneth Over (part II)

Yup, you guessed it. The moment we opened up our mouths about the current DCC-related Kickstarters, another one went life (and has already passed its funding goal).

News: Our Kickstarter Cup Runneth Over

There is an amazing array of DCC/MCC and related materials currently up on kickstarter. At the time of writing, ALL of these projects have already met their funding goals and are into stretch goal territory. Here is your quick roundup.

Check This Artifact – Funds Mon, March 4 2019 9:00 AM EST.
Billed as “more deadly artifacts for your mutant crawling game”, this work from Jim Wampler contains 30 new artifacts and a new A.I. for use with MCC or other post-apocalyptic games.

For Glory #1 – Funds Thu, March 21 2019 1:03 PM EDT.
AKA the Hexonomicon, is billed as a setting generator. This looks like it could be really handy for folks getting started with “sandboxing”. Of course, the smell of dittos carries its own nostalgic power.

Ghostlike Crime – Funds Wed, March 13 2019 12:01 PM EDT.
Using DCC mechanics, this game sets players against cryptids, serial killers, hidden cabals, and paranormal threats in a world that is both familiar and yet strange. This looks to be great fun.

The Lesser Key to the Celestial Legion – Funds Thu, February 28 2019 12:00 AM EST.
Donn Stroud (co-host of Drink, Spin, Run and contributor to Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad) and James A Pozenel jr. (author of Angels, Daemons & Beings Between, vol. 2: Elfland Edition) are collaborating to bring greater depth to the religious side of your DCC table. Generating divine messages, religious observances, and a lot more get coverage here. For those who want more depth to DCC Clerics? This is your guide.

Terror of the Stratosfiend – Funds Sun, March 17 2019 12:20 PM EDT.
Quite possibly the most over the top, “gonzo” setting we’ve seen for DCC. This looks like it will be great fun. Our need for this product is summed up in two words, “laser chainsaws”.

HONORABLE MENTION

What Happened at Wyvern Rock? – Funds Sun, March 3 2019 7:36 AM EST.
While not DCC specific, this system neutral zine is meant to introduce “High Strangeness” (aka Swords & Saucery) to your campaign. Aliens, strange livestock behaviors, and more are explored as tools to keep your players guessing, and their characters a little uneasy.

In Honor of Edgar Allen Poe

Today would have been the 210th birthday of Edgar Allen Poe. To celebrate, we here at the Sanctum Secorum would like to remind you of our two Poe-centric trips to the Sanctum’s archives.

Episode #03 – Oct 30, 2015 – The Cask of Amontillado/The Masque of the Red Death
Sanctum Secorum Companion #03

Episode #28 – Aug 31, 2017 – The Raven (1963)
Sanctum Secorum Companion #28

Enjoy!

News: Appendix N find of a Lifetime!

Sometimes something comes along that is jaw-droppingly, gob-smackingly, heart-achingly amazing. Dear readers, this is one such moment.

There are many folks who collect autographed editions by Appendix N authors (the Sanctum archives may hold a few such treasures). For those such collectors, we bring your attention to this ebay item.

Legion of Space, the limited 1st edition, 1st printing of the book – collecting for the first time these stories by Jack Williamson. It is signed, by Jack Williamson (obviously). It is personalized to…

Wait for it…

Wait for it…

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News: Thakulon Prizes STILL Available

Back in October, Goodman Games offered a “secret prize” to the first ten Road Crew Judges to run all three rounds and report their results. Two months later…from what we can tell, four slots remain to be claimed (Keeper Bob ran it twice).

Remember, each slot counts as a road crew game, so a single day of running the tournament’s three rounds earns you three road crew games. What a way to start your year off with a *BIG* bang! Plus, Goodman has mentioned that they might “publish the results and award a prize or two!

So, who is up for running?

Sanctum Secorum #42 – Arena

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Amid escalating conflict between Earth and mysterious alien Outsiders, massive armadas from both sides are set to meet in what looks to be an evenly matched battle. Bob Carson, the pilot of a small one-man scout ship blacks out while engaging with an Outsider counterpart. When he awakens, he finds himself naked in a small enclosed, circular area about 250 yards (230 m) across. In the distance is an Outsider, which Carson labels a “Roller” because its form is that of a red sphere about 1 yard in diameter with several dozen tentacles.

Carson hears a voice in his mind that identifies itself as an evolved intelligence that has decided to intervene because the upcoming war would utterly destroy one side and hurt the other so badly that it would not be able to one day advance into an evolved intelligence like itself. This Entity therefore chose one individual from each species to fight in single combat. The loser will doom its kind to instant extinction. Carson and his opponent discover through trial and error that there is an invisible barrier between them, and that only inanimate objects can cross it. Carson tries to communicate with the Roller, to see if a compromise is possible, but receives a mental message of unremitting hatred. The battle is joined.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we look to the past while we discuss Fredric Brown’s classic story, Arena.

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News: Darwin Bromley (1950-2019)

Darwin Bromley (1950-2019)

We at the Sanctum Secorum are saddened to report the passing of another key figure in gaming history, Mayfair Games founder Darwin Bromley. Mr. Bromley co-designed Empire Builder and was responsible for bringing Settlers of Catan to American audiences in 1996.

Darwin Bromley passed on January 1st. There will be a memorial service at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jacksonville, FL on Saturday at 4:00 PM. We have no further information at this time.