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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.

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The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room: The First Book of Swords

Join two of our Keepers of Mysteries as they examine The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen.

The books are set far into the future. Approximately 50,000 years before the story, sometime during the third millennium, mankind was almost driven to extinction by a global apocalypse brought on by a nuclear World War prior to the events in Empire of the East. By the time the events recorded in The Books of the Swords occur, ARDNEH has passed into legend, worshiped as a benevolent god.

The gods of the Swords universe are based on various mythological deities, with most coming from the Greco-Roman and Hindu pantheons. They are elements of human hope and imagination that were made real approximately one thousand years after the destruction of ARDNEH, when a group of humans donned Mark VII suits created by ARDNEH and a djinn as a possible defense against demons. The gods, having become bored with mankind, created Twelve Swords of Power, and scattered them throughout the world, as a grand game of survival of the fittest to be played out on earth.

For those wishing to support Ashraf Braden’s first RPG release – click here!

Plus, tune in for our latest fantasy book give away!

Originally broadcast live on the Goodman Games twitch channel on January 24, 2023.

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The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room Returns Tonight, January 24th (9pm EST/2am UTC)

Tonight, the Keepers of Mysteries return to the Goodman Games Twitch channel with an all-new season of The Sanctum Secorum Reading Room! This month, Jen and Bob Brinkman explore and discuss The First Book of Swords, by Fred Saberhagen.

Set in the same universe as the Empire of the East, and taking place 50,000 years after the events described in those novels, the Books of Swords blends fantasy and science fiction in a way that has delighted readers for 40 years.

So, join us as we begin our second season of the Sanctum Secorum Reading Room, with our trademark discussions and listener giveaways.

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Content from Ugandan Game Designer, Ashraf Braden

Sanctum Media, in its partnership with Ugandan game designer, Ashraf Braden, has released the first in a line of DCC micro-releases. To be released monthly, each of these mini-zines is a single, double-sided page, appropriate for printing and folding.

The first release is the Kakondo, a monster torn from African urban legends and folklore. The Kakondo prey on the life energies of sleeping children, and are whispered of often in boarding schools in Uganda. Filling out the write-up is a short write-up on the yakoma, a sickle-sword historically used in the region.

Ashraf has been working on the next few months of releases, and there are other potential projects in the works, beyond the scope of we here at Sanctum Media, that are all quite exciting. So, join us in celebrating new content from a new voice in the RPG community.

All of Sanctum Media’s proceeds from the purchase of this, and future releases created by Ashraf, go directly to the author. You can purchase it here!

The Sanctum Secorum – Season 3 Premiere Tuesday, January 10th (9pm EST/2am UTC)

At long last, Keeper Marc Bruner has returned from his voyage to a dreamlike world underneath a dying sun. The library doors of the Sanctum Secorum are once again thrown wide as the Keepers of Mysteries explore The Dolphin Cross, an unfinished work by John Bellairs, discussing how best to incorporate its ideas into your DCC RPG table.

We look forward to seeing you all over on the Goodman Games Twitch channel!

Contributors and Submissions Wanted

Hey everyone, with the Sanctum Secorum zine returning as a quarterly in 2023, I thought I’d reach out and explain what we are all about, and see if anyone else wants to pitch in.

From the get go, the zine has always been, and continues to be, absolutely free. It is all in support of the community and no money changes hands. This isn’t about working for “exposure”, it is about giving something to the community that supports us all.

There are already plenty of ways to get “seen” in the DCC community. Artists can bring their portfolios to conventions, authors can get in front of Joseph simply by creating something and submitting it for FREE DCC 3rd party licensing. Flat out, nobody in the DCC community NEEDS to do anything for anyone else in order to get exposure.


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Sanctum Secorum Reading Room – Tuesday, Nov 15 at 9pm EST

The Keepers of Mysteries return to the Goodman Games Twitch channel with an all-new live show on Tuesday, November 15th at 9pm! Join Jen and Bob Brinkman as they take a deep dive into the progenitors and contemporaries of Appendix N.

Prior to Appendix N were the authors who inspired the names we know so well. The Keepers of Mysteries sit to discuss William Hope Hodgson’s The House on the Borderland. Praised by H. P. Lovecraft as “perhaps the greatest of all Mr. Hodgson’s works”, there is much to unravel here. While the terrors of All Hallow’s Eve may be behind us, here is still terror ahead.

Enter the Sanctum Secorum… and be inspired.

Sanctum Secorum Reading Room – Sunday, Oct 30 at 9pm EST

A chill wind rustles through the trees and a lonely hound howls at the moon. It is that marvelous time of year, the Halloween season. Join the Keepers of Mysteries as they return to the Goodman Games Twitch channel for a special episode devoted to, arguably, the finest Halloween novel on Appendix N. Join Jen and Bob Brinkman as they discuss A Night in the Lonesome October, by Roger Zelazny.

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Only 6 Hours Until The Sanctum Secorum Live with Author Michael Moorcock – Saturday October 8th 4pm EDT/ 8pm UTC

We are just six short hours away from our live interview with author Michael Moorcock! Mr. Moorcock will be talking with us about his new book, answering some questions, AND answering questions from the viewing audience as time allows, so be sure to log into Twitch so you can join us in the chat stream.

The show will be broadcast live on the Goodman Games twitch channel, and will also be rebroadcast via the Sanctum Secorum podcast feed as well as the Goodman Games Youtube channel. The show is being broadcast at 4pm EDT, allowing the entirety of the global Goodman Games fan base to take part and have your voices heard (figuratively at least).

So, join David, Bob, Jen, and Marc this afternoon for a one of a kind episode of Sanctum Live!