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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 with Author Michael Moorcock – Saturday October 8th 4pm EDT/ 8pm UTC

Michael Moorcock’s Elric saga is a fundamental part of Appendix N literature, and the fact that we are getting a brand new Appendix N book this December has everyone here at the Sanctum Secorum quite excited. This rare occasion is one to celebrate and cannot be missed.

Speaking of things that cannot be missed…

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Sanctum Secorum Reading Room – Tuesday, June 21 at 9pm EST

The Keepers of Mysteries return to the Goodman Games Twitch channel with an all-new live show tonight! Join Jen and Bob Brinkman as they take a deep dive into the tomes of Appendix N.

The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room plumbs the depths of Appendix N, introducing readers to inspirational materials. This month, they continue their series of episodes looking at the women of Appendix N (and those who inspired it), examining the classic work Pilgrimage: The Book of the People by Zenna Henderson.

For those looking to read the stories in the collection, see below.

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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 #35 – Hundra

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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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Sanctum Secorum #31 – Jack of Shadows

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In a world half of light, half of darkness, where science and magic strive for dominance, there dwells a magical being who is friendly with neither side. Powerful magical entities live on the night side of the planet, and for the most part the entities’ magical powers emanate from distinct loci. Jack of Shadows (also known as Shadowjack), is unique among the magical beings in that he draws his power not from a physical location but from shadow itself. He is nearly incapacitated in complete light or complete darkness, but given access to even a small area of shadow, his potency is unmatched. Jack is a thief who finds himself betrayed and unjustly punished. So he embarks on a vendetta. He wanders through strange realms, encountering witches, vampires, and, finally, his worst enemy: the Lord of Bats. He consults his friend Morningstar, a great dark angel. He is pursued by a monstrous creature called the Borshin. He journeys from nightside to dayside, casting aside his soul in his quest for vengeance – and possibly redemption.


Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight start our year off  with a work by Roger Zelazny coupled with Harley Stroh’s The Jeweler Who Dealt in Stardust.

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All caught up?

Of course, as we enjoy the holiday season, we may catch up on our favorite podcasts and be left desperately seeking other alternatives. If you are caught up on Sanctum Secorum, here is a short list of other podcasts to check out. We bet you haven’t caught up on all of them.

Spellburn: The ENnie award winning DCC RPG Podcast. The original DCC related podcast, the Judges J (including our own Jen) have built up a library of 60 episodes so far, covering rules, interviewing writers, and creating content. If you are a DCC fan? Check it out.

Glowburn: An RPG Podcast that began before its RPG had even been released, Glowburn discusses MCC RPG (Mutant Crawl Classics) and the post apocalyptic fantasy that inspires it. With 11 episodes so far, it is great fun.

The Appendix N Podcast: “Judge” Jeff Goad of Spellburn has a non-gaming literary podcast devoted strictly to the works of Appendix N. Where we give some leeway and bend in the content that emerges from the Sanctum, this podcast is strictly Appendix N and is rolling along quite well with 17 episodes to date.

The Cromcast: A non-gaming, weird fiction podcast, the hosts of the Cromcast really deep dive into their authors and stories. With more than 100 episodes, the podcast is easy to pick up, and very informative, and fun. It is also the only podcast on this list that comes from wholly outside our known gaming community. Seriously, check it out.

Designers & Discourses: “Judge” Jim Wampler, formerly of Spellburn, creator of MCC RPG, released a 6 episode podcast where he sits and talks to some of the big names in the gaming industry: Tim Kask, James Raggi IV, James M. Ward, Harley Stroh, Luke Crane, and Michael Curtis. Each episode is filled with insights and tips.

Gaming and BS: Brett and Sean talk about games, often. With a library of 167 episodes, featuring a dizzying number of special guests and in-depth commentary, this is a podcast that should be on everyone’s listening list.

Drink, Spin, Run: Billed as the RPG Talkshow Podcast, this 65 episode show certainly isn’t Carson or Letterman. Episodes tend to be in two parts, the first focusing on, exactly what the label says, what folks are drinking, listening too, and playing. The second part of episodes discuss fairly focused topics ranging from investigative RPGs, to specific products.

So there are seven shows. You may have listened to many or most of them, but we aren’t so sure that you’ll be caught up to date on all of them.

What are YOUR favorite podcasts?


News: Appendix N Book Club Podcast goes live

We have often mentioned the upcoming selections of the Appendix N Book Club run in Brooklyn by Spellburn‘s Judge Jeff Goad. Lamentably, a good number of folks who would love to attend those discussions (including our Keeper’s of Mysteries) are not local to the group. This leaves a number of folks hungry for more Appendix N discussions.

Ask and ye shall receive.  Judge Jeff Goad and his co-host Ngo Vinh-Hoi have launched a new podcast, The Appendix N Book Club. We are pleased to welcome this new addition to the Appendix N Podcasting community (seriously, there are very few) and we hope that they have a nice long run.  Be sure to check them out!