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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 #41 – Gone with the Gods

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The main character of “Gone with the Gods” would seem to be a thinly disguised Offutt, a writer who turns out a prodigious number of novels at the back and call of his editor, writing in whatever genre is hot at the moment to fulfill the needs of an insatiable audience. When his editor calls him to look into the possibility that a former fraternity brother of the editor’s has invented a time machine, and asks him to check out the possibility that the device is real so the editor can invest in it, the authors finds himself looking into the far-fetched claim. Of course the time machine, disguised as a VW microbus, eventually works and Harvey Moss, the author, Mark Ventnor, the publisher, and Ben Corrick, the inventor, all take their turns traveling in the bus, only to learn its limitations. It can only go one day into the future, but anywhen in the past. Although it remains tied to Earth, so they don’t have to worry about showing up in outer space, they do figure out how to take it to different places on Earth. Eventually, in order to make some money, Moss travels back in time to spur human development and plant evidence that he can use to write a best selling book that Ventnor can publish and sell.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we look to the past while we discuss Andrew J. Offutt’s tongue in cheek time travel story, Gone with the Gods.

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News: Sanctum Secorum Companion Bundles

Just starting out with the Sanctum Secorum? Looking at that long list of downloadable ‘zines and thinking about how much you have missed? Well, catching up on your reading is easy now that the Sanctum Secorum has made annual bundles available via Drivethrurpg!

Grab them for free and bring some new life to your table!

2015 Bundle
2016 Bundle
2017 Bundle

Sanctum Secorum #40 – A Martian Odyssey

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Early in the 21st century, nearly twenty years after the invention of atomic power and ten years after the first lunar landing, the four-man crew of the Ares has landed on Mars in the Mare Cimmerium. A week after the landing, Dick Jarvis, the ship’s American chemist, sets out south in an auxiliary rocket to photograph the landscape. Eight hundred miles out, the engine on Jarvis’ rocket gives out, and he crash-lands into one of the Thyle regions. Rather than sit and wait for rescue, Jarvis decides to walk back north to the Ares.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we turn our gaze to the red planet, Mars, while we discuss Stanley A. Weinbaum’s, A Martian Odyssey.

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NEWS: DCC Annual (and more) Kickstarter clears second stretch goal

Goodman Games is running a multifaceted Kickstarter to fund the DCC Annual, a hardcover reprint of the Chained Coffin, and the 7th printing of DCC RPG. There is a LOT of amazing goodness in there . So much art, so much content. We could give you all the details but … that is what the Kickstarter page itself is for!

Three weeks remain until the end of crowdfunding and we know that Goodman Games always has some amazing late in the game stretch goals. We cannot wait to see what comes next!

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NEWS: Last call for “Bears Want to Kill You” pre-orders

Creator of Axe Cop and friend of the show Ethan Nicolle’s book, Bears Want to Kill You successfully crowdfunded and will be releasing in Jan/Feb 2019. If you have been enjoying the sporadic Bearmageddon monster write-ups, than this book is for you. If you haven’t been enjoying them but are still wearing a body made out of tasty-tasty meat that a bear might want to devour? This book is STILL for you!

You can pre-order the book now ($20), including the limited, special-edition hardcover with leather slipcase ($40). Show some love to the man who supports the Sanctum Secorum despite never having played DCC (we need to fix that sometime…)

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Sanctum Secorum #39b – Halloween 2018

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It has been far too long since the Sanctum Secorum unleashed a special, holiday episode. So, just in time for Halloween, the Keepers of Mysteries present a trio of sinister stories pulled from the pages of Tales from the Magician’s Skull. Each macabre story is paired with its own adventure, to help you cause even the boldest player to shudder.

Issue #0, “The Way of Serpents” by Howard Andrew Jones.
The story begins with the hero, Hanuvar, as a captive of a kingdom of islanders. A great raid is coming and Hanuvar is offered his freedom if he will travel to the lair of the great winged serpent and ask it to recall an ancient bargain to protect the kingdom.

Issue #1, “There Was an Old Fat Spider” by C. L. Werner.
Karl, a penniless trapper, comes across the ultimate trap. He befriends it to do his bidding, studying its feeding cycles and leading those who’ve bullied him the most straight into its lair. Losing livestock was bothersome, but when people start going missing, Rudolph, Beastcatcher Royal, is sent to the hamlet to investigate.

Issue #2, “Stolen Witness” by James Enge.
When a pair of thains of the sorcerous order of the Graith of Guardians are discovered dead and the powerful relic they were set watch over known as the Witness Stone goes missing, Morlock Ambrosius, a low ranking member with a blemished past, is tasked to help with the investigation into the very highest members of the order itself. The task is not an easy one – the stone can be used by powerful seers to compel those who have touched it into acting on their behalf, even wiping the memories of those under its sway. And little does Morlock suspect that the Defender brought in by the order to solve the crime, Naevros syr Tol, hopes to use him as bait to lure the various suspects into revealing the true thief…

In addition to a special show with a special format, the Sanctum Secorum’s library is pleased to unleash Appendix N(ightmares), a compilation PDF of every new monster presented within the pages of the Sanctum Secorum Companion ‘zine. This FREE PDF volume places more than 150 monsters at your fingertips, to terrify, befuddle, and perhaps even TPK your party.

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Sanctum Secorum #39 – Greyfax Grimwald

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Drawn together by an enchanted summons, three loyal friends — Bear, Dwarf, and Otter — bid farewell to their fair home in the kingdom of Lorini and embark on a magical journey to the fabled World Beyond Time. A place where glows the ageless Circle of Light.

Along the way they meet many marvelous friends, including the mighty wizard Greyfax Grimwald. But little does the trio realize the dangers that await them: the gloomy border of the Northerland … the green fires of the Palace of Darkness…evil spells and dark enchantments … the dread city of Humans and — most fearsome of all — the evil Dark Queen.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we take a walk on the wild side with a special-length episode where we discuss Greyfax Grimwald, the first of the Circle of Light series and pair it with Primal Tales.

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News: Greg Stafford (1948-2018)

We at the Sanctum Secorum are shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Chaosium founder Greg Stafford. He passed away on October 11th, in the sweat lodge at his home in Arcata, CA. The “Grand Shaman of Gaming”, always questing for enlightenment.

In 1975, after several receiving several rejection notice, Mr. Stafford created Chaosium and published his first game, White Bear and Red Moon – the game that launched Glorantha. RuneQuest, Pendragon, Ghostbusters, HeroQuest, and so much more. Greg Stafford was as prolific as he was talented, contributing to nearly 100 game releases and winning a number of awards. Among his awards, Greg Stafford was inducted into the Origins Hall of Fame in 1987  and, in 1999, was named one of the Millennium’s Most Influential Persons, “at least in the realm of adventure gaming,” by Pyramid magazine.

Realizing that many gamers were only familiar with H.P. Lovecraft through Chaosium’s Call of Cthulhu, Stafford launched Chaosium’s popular fiction line. These books have introduced Lovecraft, his contemporaries, and a number of up and coming authors to the gaming community. Unwilling to simply sit back, he spread the gospel of dark literature. Chaosium continues to publish weird horror, and there are so many brilliant tales to yet be discovered.

Returning to Chaosium in 2015 as President and CEO, Greg Stafford also continued his journeys as a practicing shaman. He was a member of the board of directors of Shaman’s Drum, a journal of experiential shamanism, and devoted much of his time to bettering himself and others spiritually.

Truly, another giant of the industry is gone, and our hobby is forever diminished for his passing.

Chaosium has created a special Condolence Thread at BRP Central – The Chaosium Forums for messages from the gaming community of condolence, and remembrance, and celebration, about Greg Stafford.

“If you would like to show your appreciation for his life and legacy, or express your feelings, or pay your respects, please feel free to leave a note there. Greg’s wife Suzanne and his family know that he was greatly loved, respected and revered in the gaming community all over the world, and they have the link to this thread to read your posts when they are ready. Greg’s family request that you respect their privacy in this time of grief.”

https://basicroleplaying.org/topic/8417-greg-stafford-condolence-thread

News: Duke Seifried 1935-2018

We are sad to report the passing of Duke “Uncle Duke” Seifried at the age of 83. Mr. Seifried was the first Executive VP at TSR and was a true renaissance man (game designer, artist, writer, musician, music composer, and public speaker). During his career he sculpted over 10,000 miniatures, including a one-of-a-kind piece that was made for Gary Gygax, and which was placed in Gary’s suit pocket for his memorial service.

Our thoughts are with his friends and family at this sad time. Another legend of the industry is gone.

News: Sanctum Secorum Companion

The Sanctum Secorum Companion ‘zine has just surpassed the 20,000 downloads mark!

We would like to thank all of our listeners and readers for helping up hit this milestone achievement!
Thanks also to all of the writers and artists whose creations have graced the pages of the companion!
The gracious efforts of the community have helped shape the companion into what it is today!

Haven’t read them yet? Head over here to lay your digital hands on them!