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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: 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!

Announcing Skull & Crossbones Classics #1

1650-1720: The Golden Age of Piracy, a time where the seas were ruled by those with
the most powerful fleets – but those desperate (or greedy) enough could live like kings.

You are no hero…

You’re a pirate: a corsair, a buccaneer, a sea-beggar, a whipcord-tough cutthroat plying the
devil’s trade. You seek gold and glory, taking it with sword and cannon fire, awash in the
blood of those who would oppose you, and the tears of those too weak to stop you.

There are treasures to be won upon the seas, and you shall have them.

Issue #1

  • Core Rules – Character Basics
  • Mechanic – Star Signs
  • Character Class – The Jonah
  • Mechanic – The Devil’s Own Luck
  • Inspirations – Sailing Superstitions
  • Mechanic – Ill-Fortune
  • Monsters – Sea Beggar’s Bestiary
  • Inspirations – Appendix S

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$5 + $1 S/H

  

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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

Get the free Sanctum Secorum #45 Companion COMING SOON

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

In Honor of Edgar Allen Poe

Today would have been the 210th birthday of Edgar Allen Poe. To celebrate, we here at the Sanctum Secorum would like to remind you of our two Poe-centric trips to the Sanctum’s archives.

Episode #03 – Oct 30, 2015 – The Cask of Amontillado/The Masque of the Red Death
Sanctum Secorum Companion #03

Episode #28 – Aug 31, 2017 – The Raven (1963)
Sanctum Secorum Companion #28

Enjoy!