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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.

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.

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!

News – Lankhmar Character Sheets

Ask and ye shall receive.

Since the PDF release, DCC fans have been clamoring for character sheets that reflect the changes found in DCC Lankhmar. Who are we at the Sanctum Secorum to refuse such a challenge. Based on the sheets used in the DCC Lankhmar playtest campaign (and then expanded and polished), these unofficial sheets are released with the blessings of the Dark Master for all you alley-bashers out there! Just click the link below and get them for your campaign!

Lankhmar Character Sheets

News: Gen Con Hiatus

It is that time of year again, Gen Con. A time when we marshal our forces, gather our friends, and invade the Embassy Suites by night. With that in mind, the Sanctum Secorum will be dark for the month of August. We will return in September with Roger Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber.

News: May & June Contest Winners

Our May contest theme was “Maps”, and during the entirety of the contest, we received only a single entry. In the end, there was no need for a random roll.

1st Place – Marc Elsenheimer – The Fate of the Ruthless Wizard

You can find Marc’s entry in Sanctum Secorum Companion #34.

June was our final month and every bit of art entered during the contest was given a chance to win. It was another big drawing and, in the end, we decided to award the main prize to THREE people. Our June winners are:

1st Place (tie): Tom Wendt – The Dreadnaught
1st Place (tie): Mario Garcia – Drowning Man
1st Place (tie): Mars Homeworld – Wishler

You can find all three of those entries in Sanctum Secorum Companion #37.

We would like to thank everyone who took part in this contest. It has been a doozy of a ride and we are working on getting the last of the prize packages shipped out. There were so many entries that we will be featuring more of them in the upcoming months. Keep a sharp eye out for them.

As for what the future holds? We expect to announce our next contest in December so, keep an eye out!

Sanctum Secorum #37 – The Maker of Universes

Get the free Sanctum Secorum #37 Companion HERE!

The story follows Robert Wolff, a man disenchanted with his life and his marriage. One day, while looking at a new house, Wolff discovers a strange horn in the basement. Blowing the horn, Wolff is transported to a strange new world, the World of Tiers. Wolff finds himself initially in an edenic paradise known as Okeanos. This region is the first level of the planet, which contains a number of tiers like a wedding cake, separated by vast mountain ranges. The entire planet is ruled over by a cruel and mysterious lord named Jadawin, who created it. Okeanos consists of a beach, an ocean, and a small forest and is populated by nymph-like humans who originated in and near ancient Greece. In this new world, Wolff regains his youth and vigor and falls in love with a local woman named Chryseis who lived in Troy at the time of the Trojan War.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we discuss the Maker of Universes, the first book in Philip José Farmer’s World of Tiers series and pair it up with The Dread God Al-Khazadar.

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News: DCC RPG is Reddit’s “Game of the Month” for July

Over on Reddit, r/rpg selects a new featured game of the month to shine a light onto in hopes of spreading the good word. Well, this month is DCC RPG so head on over and share your stories. A number of folks in that subreddit have never played DCC and are encountering it, and possibly our community as a whole, for the first time.

Head on over to Reddit and join the discussion.

News: Free RPG Day Companion – Third Party Sampler

In keeping with that holiday spirit, the Sanctum Secorum is releasing another digest-sized, print-copy companion – available from a number of participating judges. Much like the GFA, those Judges have printed those companion issues out on their dime, as an extra bit of awesome for your Free RPG Day. We think that those folks deserve a round of applause.

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