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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 #50 – The Tower of the Elephant

Tonight, in their 50th episode, the Keepers of Mystery are joined by guests Stephen Newton, Francis Roberts, and the Dark Master himself – Joseph Goodman. The Keepers and their guests discuss Joseph Goodman’s favorite Appendix N work, Robert E. Howard’s The Tower of the Elephant.

In the Zamorian city of Arenjun,also known as the “City of Thieves,” a young Conan  is drinking in a rowdy tavern when he overhears a Kothic rogue describe a fabulous jewel known as the “Heart of the Elephant,” which is kept in a tower by an evil sorcerer named Yara, of whom even the King of Zamora is afraid. Conan ventures into Yara’s garden to steal the jewel and encounters Taurus of Nemedia, known as the “Prince of Thieves,” who has the same agenda. Taurus is wily and fat, but amazingly agile. Impressed by Conan’s daring, Taurus agrees to work together.

Also, be sure not to miss the information on how you may win the very last unclaimed copy of the Shadowed Grimoire, #10 of 10.

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Join the Team of Sanctum Secorum Quarterly

Hey everyone,

As we previously announced, the Sanctum Secorum Companion ‘zine is transforming into a brand new form, Sanctum Secorum Quarterly. With this, we are broadening our content and opening our pages to adventure reviews, DCC-oriented fiction, regular columns, as well as our traditionally gameable content.

Our first issue will be released in March and each issue will continue to have a section devoted to materials from the show. Even so, other submitted content does not need to follow a particular theme. Have you created a new spell that you really love? Well, rather than wait for us to have a show that may be appropriate, go ahead and send it on in. Recurring features such as Appendix N(ightmares) and the Shrouded Grimoire will be ready to deliver, now monsters, spells, and more, each issue.

Are you a 3PP preparing to launch a kickstarter or a new project? Reach out to us and tell us about it so we can help spread the word.

With all that we want to do, we are hoping to find a few more volunteers to join our creative team. Sanctum Secorum Quarterly, like the Companion ‘zine, is a free PDF publication. So, this is not a paying gig – just a fun one.

Whether you are interested in contributing once or coming aboard the team, drop an email to with “Submissions” in the subject line.