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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.

Holiday Contest from the Prize Closet of Mystery!

We here at the Sanctum Secorum love a good holiday giveaway as much as the next bibliophile. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Festivus, Hanukkah, Kwanza, the Winter Solstice, Wolfnoote, or something else – we want to help someone celebrate big time.

So, straight from the Prize Closet of Mystery comes 12 lbs. (5.4+ kg) of books – give or take a few ounces. Weighing it angered our postal scale and there is no one in the library willing to grab the package and step on a regular scale right after Thanksgiving.

For the BIG box, winners must be in the US. HOWEVER….

One lucky winner overseas will win their own surprise package from the Prize Closet of Mystery (details are still being worked out but, due to shipping costs, contents will vary based on the recipient’s home country).

How can you enter? All one needs to do is drop an email to with the subject line “Holiday Contest” and please include your name and mailing address. The deadline for entry is December 15th.

Those listening to our live show on Tuesday Dec 20th, never fear, there will be ANOTHER box giveaway (albeit a bit smaller) for the live audience.

As always, no purchase necessary (or really, even possible), contest is void where prohibited.

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: May Contest Information

The first round of winners was declared, their monsters triumphant!
The second round of winners was heralded for their character classes ascendant!
The third round of winners was announced, their spells truly phlogistonic!
The fourth round of winners reported, their creativity having run amok!
Now we move on to round five of ….

Sanctum Secorum’s
Super Number 1 Contest!!

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News: April Contest Winners

Our April contest theme was “Gonzo”, an anything goes sort of category. We were wholly unprepared for the amount of submissions that we would receive. Seriously, we will have content from the April entries popping up for a long time because…Wow! Several folks certainly wanted to be sure of a win and avalanche of content was the result (we should have contests more often). After being up all night, the drawing is finally done and soon I will enter the Prize Closet of Mysterytm to select our runner up’s prize.

As rolled at random, our winners are

1st Place – Daniel J Bishop’s The Altar of Woeful Consumption
* 1 copy of Super No. 1 Food Tower
* 1 sheet of pregen characters

2nd Place – Ian Shears’ Patron spell, Infernal Voice
* To be determined by the Prize Closet of Mysterytm

Look for these fantastic entries in upcoming Sanctum Secorum Companions!

Sanctum Secorum #35 – Hundra

Get the free Sanctum Secorum #35 Companion HERE!

Born in a tribe of fierce warrior women, Hundra has been raised to despise the influence of men. An archer, fighter and sword fighter, Hundra is superior to any male. Hundra finds her family slain and takes a vow of revenge until one day she meets her match.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we discuss the 1983 film Hundra and pair it up with The Trolls of Mistwood!

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News: March Contest Winners!

As rolled at random, our winners are

1st Place – Anton Wilsbach’s Illumination
* 1 copy of Super No. 1 Food Tower
* 1 sheet of pregen characters

2nd Place – Ian Shears’ Sunbolt
* 1 copy of DAW 373 The Keeper’s Price by Marion Zimmer Bradley and the Friends of Darkover

Honorable Mention – Christopher Lee’s Drain Vitality
* 1 copy of Ghost Ships, Gales & Forgotten Tales (straight from Bob Brinkman’s maritime research library)

Look for these fantastic entries in the next Sanctum Secorum Companion!

News: Contest Entry Uncensored

To be allowed to place the DCC logo on any product, there are only a few restrictions. Chief among them is that all content must be family friendly (including no nipples). Because of that, while not offensive or in poor taste, we needed to show only detail from Jon Hook’s entry for the Harringo in issue #32.

Before taking that measure we reached out to Jon for his permission to do so, which he readily granted.  Below the jump is his entry, accompanied by the entire illustration.  Enjoy the nightmare fuel!

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