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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: Bradley K. McDevitt at the Black Swamp Arts Festival

Have you been wanting to lay hands on some original DCC art, but you don’t make it to the “big four” (Gen Con, Gary Con, Gamehole, and North Texas RPG) cons? Well, if you are near Bowling Green, Ohio? Well, you are in luck!

Saturday, beginning at 10am, Bradley K. McDevitt will be selling original art at the Stacked Deck (Bowling Green’s FLGS) during the Black Swamp Arts Festival. So head on out and say hi, pick up some art, and support our DCC community of artists and FLGS.

News: Rick Loomis (1947-2019)

The Sanctum Secorum is saddened to hear of the passing of another gaming legend. It is being reported by Full Metal RPG that Rick Loomis has passed away. Rick was one of the founding members of GAMA and served as its President several times. He founded Flying Buffalo Games in 1970, publishing Tunnels & Trolls, the Nuclear War Card Game, Grimtooth’s Traps and so much more.

Worse, even though he has passed, his struggles continue. In February he was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer. Even though he is a US army veteran and qualifies for medicare, his portion of the medical bills are in the tens of thousands of dollars placing a burden on his family and threatening the future of Flying Buffalo Games.

His family has started a GoFundMe to help cover the medical bills and Bundle of Holding currently has a bundle available to help defray these costs as well.

The passing of Rick Loomis diminishes us all.

 

News: Spreading the Joy

While DCC has had some appearances on the Free RPG Day Schedule, there have been no official events. Author/Artist Diogo Nogueira has been responsible for shouldering the effort of Free RGP Day Brazil but, this year, other obligations prevented him from doing so.

So, while speaking with New Order Editora, the Sanctum hatched a plan. So, with the aid of DCC’s Portuguese licensee, the Sanctum Secorum is sending our own little PDF care package.

The Tribe of Ogg & the Trials of Moss / A Tribo de Ogg e os Desafios de Moss has become the first Sanctum Secorum adventure to be translated into another language.  Sanctum Secorum Companion #41 is being made available in Portuguese for Free RPG Day in Brazil!

We would like to thank the folks over at New Order Editora who, while discussing the workings of Free RPG Day in Brazil simply asked “Do you have an adventure to publish?” In less than a week, the issue has been translated, laid out, and is ready to go. We would also like to thank Daniel J. Bishop (who originally created the Tribe of Ogg in The Tribe of Ogg and the Gift of Suss) and Paul Wolf of Mystic Bull Games for having allowed us to create this authorized sequel to their adventure in the first place.

We had hoped to provide a direct link to the official announcement of the release but, due to time zone differences, we are heading out the door shortly to go run a days worth of games (at Dungeon Games – Estero, FL). So, keep an eye on their Facebook page for more details!

So….want to see more translations of the Sanctum Secorum?

Sanctum Secorum #45 – The Mound

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The story is narrated by an ethnologist who visits the town of Binger, Oklahoma in 1928 to investigate certain stories related to a certain nearby mound, which is said to be haunted by a strange Indian man by day and a headless woman by night. The local people avoid the place, and there are strange stories of those who dared to venture there either disappearing, or returning insane and inexplicably altered. Being initially quite skeptical, the narrator brings some archaeological tools and visits the mound, noticing that the man pacing it appears closest to the native Indians, but cannot be identified with any known Indian tribe. Through a talisman made of a strange metal given to him by a local chieftain, he unearths a strange cylinder made of the same unidentifiable metal full of hideous engravings and strange hieroglyphics.

Upon discovering a scroll written in Spanish in the cylinder, the narrator returns to his host and begins to translate it. The contents of the scroll, covering a large part of the narrative, describe the travels of one Pánfilo de Zamacona y Nuñez, an asturian explorer, almost 400 years prior. Zamacona recounts how he was a part of an expedition from Mexico to North America, and how, through the help of a native Indian, he discovered a vast underground world filled with grotesque temples, and populated by strange beasts and a highly advanced telepathic civilization who worshipped Cthulhu, Yig, Shub-Niggurath -and, until a certain incident, Tsathoggua. The members of the underground race -who lived in what they called the kingdom of K’nyan- welcomed him, but the more Zamacona learned about them, the more fearful he became.

The narrator is shocked by this scroll but remains skeptical, so the next day he goes to the mound again for further investigation, repeatedly telling himself that this is an elaborate hoax. Upon digging in a depression on the mound, he discovers a staircase leading deep underground…

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight, the Keepers of Mysteries saddle up and head West to explore H.P. Lovecraft’s The Mound.

What’s that? What about episode #44? Well, its coming folks – just like those missing companions but, as you can see, one of our own having a Kickstarter takes precedence. 😉

Seriously, the Dark Trails Kickstarter is live, Pledge NOW!

 

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News: Return to Umerica

Return to the gonzo post-apocalyptic world of Umerica with two new titles being kickstarted right now!

The Umerican Road Atlas, written by Reid San Filippo and Bob Brinkman, expands vehicular mayhem with new vehicles, classes and feats. It includes more details on the gangs of the Wasteland and beyond. It includes a generator to help you breathe life into your own gangs, as well as a roadside attraction generator for the creation of even more interesting places to die. If you run Umerica? You want this book.

Umerica Unnatural, writted by Reid San Filippo and Forrest Aguirre, brings to the table over a dozen new spells; revised psionic rules; eerie new classes; and strange tech, artifacts, and salvage. If you run Umerica? You want this book too.

Good thing they are being kickstarted together, and there is potentially more to come (including the adventure combo of Mall Maul/Under Plunder)! Already closing in on its modest funding goal, you have until Mon, May 6 2019 10:00 PM EDT to back the project.

PLEDGE HERE