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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.

Enter the Sanctum Secorum… and be inspired.

Sanctum Secorum LIVE: John Vance and Koen Vyverman

Join the Keepers of Mystery for a special episode of the Sanctum Secorum, recorded live. Joining us for a discussion on the Dying EArth and the life of Jack Vance are our special guests, John Vance (son of Jack and Norma Vance) and Koen Vyverman of Spatterlight Press International.

Originally broadcast live on the Goodman Games twitch channel on July 11, 2021.

The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room: Dying Earth

Join the Keepers of Mysteries, along with special guest Judge Julian Bernick of Spellburn, as they discuss Jack Vance’s Dying Earth in this inaugural episode of the Sanctum Secorum Reading Room.

Originally broadcast live on the Goodman Games twitch channel on July 10, 2021.

News: TWO Upcoming Special Episodes – THIS WEEKEND!

The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room Discusses Dying Earth This Saturday

We are kicking off a new show, with a new format. The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room, starting with a focus on Dying Earth. Join the Keepers of Mysteries, and special guest Judge Julian of Spellburn, as they discuss the Dying Earth, focusing on a reader’s eye view of this masterwork of Appendix N literature. No gaming experience required!

This show is all about the books themselves, and an excellent chance for you to share an appreciation of the Dying Earth with other fans of the same. It airs 9:00 PM EST Saturday night, on the Goodman Games Twitch channel. The audio will also be made available via our regular stream.

 

Sanctum Secorum: Live Interviews John Vance This Sunday!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve been given the special honor of interviewing John Vance, son of Jack and Norma Vance, about his father’s enduring legacy and the special appeal of Jack Vance’s many worlds of imagination. In addition to John we’re thrilled to also be able to host Koen Vyverman of Spatterlight Press, the Jack Vance specialty press dedicated to preserving and promoting Vance’s fiction for new generations of fans.

This special episode of Sanctum Secorum: Live airs on the Goodman Games Twitch channel Sunday at 2:00 PM EST. The Keepers of Mysteries are thrilled for this opportunity to host this special  honoring the extraordinary life and work of Grandmaster of Science Fiction Jack Vance.

News: Artists and Writers Wanted

The Sanctum Secorum Companion is the longest, most prolific, DCC zine out there. With forty three regular issues and six special issues to date, that is a whole lot of free content for the community. That said, it is a great deal of work, and it often falls on only a few people to generate this stream of content.

This is where you come in.

The Sanctum Secorum wants to build a pool of regular contributors,  writers and artists willing to contribute to the companion when it goes back to its monthly schedule later this year.  What’s in it for you? About the same that is in it for us, not much.

Being the longest running DCC ‘zine is great, but we’re also a FREE publication. So, even contributor copies are a bit of a moot point. What you do get out of it is being able to further contribute to our community. To get your work and ideas in front of other people to enjoy. Not for “exposure”, but simply for the love of the game. Of course, you will become part of our team, an insider with more information about upcoming episodes and projects – a part of the Sanctum Secorum.

Are you interested? If so, drop a line to TheHub AT Sanctum.media

We will be talking to interested parties, working to expand our team as we revamp just what the Sanctum Secorum provides. Upcoming features include

  • The Sanctum Secorum: Returning later this year with new monthly episodes.
  • Sanctum Secorum Reading Room: A new series focused on Appendix N literature for those wholly unfamiliar. A crash course for those just beginning to delve into Burroughs, Howard, Vance, and more.
  • Sanctum Secorum Live: More episodes, more special guests!
  • Tales from the Sanctum Secorum:  An actual play podcast featuring some well known DCC Road Crew personalities.

We’re getting ready to really ramp things up, and we’d love to have you aboard!

News: Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride Kickstarter

Friend of the show Levi Combs from Planet X (does that make him a Lectroid?) has a new product up on kickstarter right now and it looks amazing!

Literally.

With art by folks such as Diogo Noguiera, Adrian Landeros, Karl Stjernberg, and others, the Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride is chock-full of eye candy the likes of which we’ve rarely seen. Of course, the adventure sounds like a great time too.

Tales of the accursed pyramid and the trap-filled tomb of the infamous Mummy Bride have long been a traveler’s tale, passed along by wayward explorers and greedy plunderers alike. Deep within the verdant jungles of the south, amidst a Green Hell of impenetrable jungle, bloodthirsty cannibals and ancient myth, lies the shattered remnants of a once-powerful civilization and the terrible gods who ruled over them. Rumors swirl of untold riches and un-plundered magic for those brave (or foolish!) enough to claim it. Will your players survive… and what will be left of them?

Inspired by the pulp weird fantasy of Gary Gygax’s infamous Appendix N, Jungle Tomb of the Mummy Bride is designed for a group of four to six 3rd level characters.

You can jump aboard and join the adventure by backing it here. We have, of course, backed it at the hardcover level with enough of an add-on for the paperback as well. The library of the Sanctum Secorum looks forward to this latest addition to our collections.

Road Crew: Pickup Con III

There are still slots available for players at TTRPG Pickup Con III, the free online mini-con!

Saturday, August 15, 2020
10:00 CST – Reliquary of the Ancient Ones (MCC)
20:00 CST – What Lurks Between (DCC)

Sunday, August 16, 2020
10:00 CST – Perils of the Sunken City (DCC)

First off, the con is free, and is being run by someone who we happen to think is pretty awesome.

Secondly, we happen to think that these judges are also pretty awesome.

Thirdly, this is a great excuse to get out of mowing the lawn this weekend!

https://www.ttrpgpickupcon.com/

Sanctum Secorum #44 – The High Crusade (The Lost Episode)

Get the free Sanctum Secorum #44 Companion HERE!

It is the year 1345 and, upon having his wedding day interrupted, Sir Roger, Baron de Tourneville, prepares to lead a military force to the Holy Land. Late that night, an enormous silver spacecraft lands outside the town. It is a scouting craft for the Wersgorix Empire, a brutal dominion light years from our solar system. The aliens destroy a tower, kill a watchmen, and flatten a pony. That dead pony is a step too far!

The Wersgorix attempt to take over Earth by testing the feasibility of its colonization. However, the aliens, having forgotten hand-to-hand combat since it was made obsolete by their advanced technology, are caught off-guard by the angered Englishmen. The villagers and soldiers in Ansby storm the craft and kill all but one Wersgor, Branithar. The band of Crusaders find themselves in possession of an Alien ship and the Alien to pilot it. Armed with the means to conquer the Holy Land, the naive Crusaders set off on a grand crusade, only to find themselves not in Jerusalem, but at the mercy of their entire captive/pilot….heaven help the Aliens.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight, we present the LONG LOST episode in which the Keepers of Mysteries examine the pythonesque adventure film, The High Crusade – based upon  the novel by Poul Anderson.

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