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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 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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Sanctum Secorum Reading Room tonight 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 and beyond.

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, with a renewed exploration and discussion of Margaret St. Clair’s works with The Dolphins of Altair.

Join them over on twitch and ask your own questions, share your thoughts on the book, and help pick the focus of next month’s show!

Sanctum Secorum Reading Room tonight at 9pm EST

Keepers Bob and Jen will be over on the Goodman Games Twitch channel for the next episode of the Sanctum Secorum Reading Room. This month, they continue our series of episodes looking at the women of Appendix N (and those who inspired it), talking about Leigh Brackett’s Sword of Rhiannon.

Join them over on twitch tonight, March 15 at 9:00 p.m. EST, and ask your own questions, share your thoughts on the book, and help pick the focus of next month’s show!

Sanctum Secorum Reading Room tonight at 9pm EST

Keepers Bob and Jen will be over on the Goodman Games Twitch channel for the next episode of the Sanctum Secorum Reading Room. This month, they continue our series of episodes looking at the women of Appendix N (and those who inspired it) with a renewed exploration and discussion of Margaret St. Clair’s Shadow People.

Join them over on twitch and ask your own questions, share your thoughts on the book, and help pick the focus of next month’s show!

News: What is on the horizon for the Sanctum Secorum

The Keepers of Mystery have been fairly quiet of late. Indeed, the last, regularly released episode was in 2019, with only sporadic specials since then. So…what gives? Obviously, having all three of the Keepers of Mysteries working on DCC Dying Earth has taken up a great deal of time, and free time has been precious, but fear not!

In January 2022, the Sanctum Secorum will relaunch with new episodes, new zines, and new content. As a small preview…

Episode #46 – Dead Birds (2004) w/ Keeper David Baity
Episode #47 – Hills of the Dead by Robert E. Howard w/ special guest: Judge Eric Young
Episode #48 – Night’s Master w/ special guest: Artist James V. West

So, you can see that things are progressing along, plans are being hatched, and the library is stirring back to life. In addition, a few folks have agreed to join our ‘zine’s creative team and, while you might not see them in every issue – you definitely will be seeing them: Daniel J. Bishop, Mike McKeown, James A. Pozenel Jr., and Jim Yoder. We are thrilled to have them aboard as contributors – and are always looking for more hands so that we can bring you more, and better content.

As the Sanctum Secorum celebrates its 50th episode, and the 50th regular issue of its zine, we have so many thoughts on what to do that we’re still in discussions. Additionally, the idea has been floated of perhaps hiring an outside audio editor to aid in getting the show out on a more regular basis again (audio editors truly do the Dark Master’s work) – but those things aren’t set in stone.

What is still set in stone is that the Sanctum Secorum will continue to bring you episodes, and FREE ‘zines chock full of gameable goodness. So, keep your library cards current…you won’t want to miss the new arrivals.

Do you want more episodes of the Sanctum Secorum Reading Room? Let us know.
Do you want more episodes of the Sanctum Secorum Live? Let us know.

There is even yet another Sanctum Secorum podcast lurking in the shadows…wondering what that is? All we can say is that 2022 is going to be a big year!

News: TWO Upcoming Special Episodes – THIS WEEKEND!

The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room Discusses Dying Earth This Saturday

We are kicking off a new show, with a new format. The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room, starting with a focus on Dying Earth. Join the Keepers of Mysteries, and special guest Judge Julian of Spellburn, as they discuss the Dying Earth, focusing on a reader’s eye view of this masterwork of Appendix N literature. No gaming experience required!

This show is all about the books themselves, and an excellent chance for you to share an appreciation of the Dying Earth with other fans of the same. It airs 9:00 PM EST Saturday night, on the Goodman Games Twitch channel. The audio will also be made available via our regular stream.

 

Sanctum Secorum: Live Interviews John Vance This Sunday!

We’re very excited to announce that we’ve been given the special honor of interviewing John Vance, son of Jack and Norma Vance, about his father’s enduring legacy and the special appeal of Jack Vance’s many worlds of imagination. In addition to John we’re thrilled to also be able to host Koen Vyverman of Spatterlight Press, the Jack Vance specialty press dedicated to preserving and promoting Vance’s fiction for new generations of fans.

This special episode of Sanctum Secorum: Live airs on the Goodman Games Twitch channel Sunday at 2:00 PM EST. The Keepers of Mysteries are thrilled for this opportunity to host this special  honoring the extraordinary life and work of Grandmaster of Science Fiction Jack Vance.

News: Artists and Writers Wanted

The Sanctum Secorum Companion is the longest, most prolific, DCC zine out there. With forty three regular issues and six special issues to date, that is a whole lot of free content for the community. That said, it is a great deal of work, and it often falls on only a few people to generate this stream of content.

This is where you come in.

The Sanctum Secorum wants to build a pool of regular contributors,  writers and artists willing to contribute to the companion when it goes back to its monthly schedule later this year.  What’s in it for you? About the same that is in it for us, not much.

Being the longest running DCC ‘zine is great, but we’re also a FREE publication. So, even contributor copies are a bit of a moot point. What you do get out of it is being able to further contribute to our community. To get your work and ideas in front of other people to enjoy. Not for “exposure”, but simply for the love of the game. Of course, you will become part of our team, an insider with more information about upcoming episodes and projects – a part of the Sanctum Secorum.

Are you interested? If so, drop a line to TheHub AT Sanctum.media

We will be talking to interested parties, working to expand our team as we revamp just what the Sanctum Secorum provides. Upcoming features include

  • The Sanctum Secorum: Returning later this year with new monthly episodes.
  • Sanctum Secorum Reading Room: A new series focused on Appendix N literature for those wholly unfamiliar. A crash course for those just beginning to delve into Burroughs, Howard, Vance, and more.
  • Sanctum Secorum Live: More episodes, more special guests!
  • Tales from the Sanctum Secorum:  An actual play podcast featuring some well known DCC Road Crew personalities.

We’re getting ready to really ramp things up, and we’d love to have you aboard!