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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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Music: Saint Karloff

Recently, it came to our attention that there was a song on Spotify entitled “Spellburn” by the band Saint Karloff. We gave it a listen and had to reach out to them to see if there might be a DCC RPG connection (because “spellburn” isn’t that common of a term).

Well, guess what? At least one of the members of Saint Karloff is one of us!

The term spellburn is something I found in the roleplaying game Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, or DccRpg. It is an ability that wizards have, where they can sacrifice a physical part of their body to call upon the magic energy of the cosmos make their spell stronger. 

And the lyrics in Spellburn is about a wizard who goes too far with this ability, and drains the universe all it’s magical energy, making his spell so strong that it destroys the rest of the universe. Except he’s not really a wizard, he’s a suicidal alcoholic who has distroyed the positivity in his own little universe, and is now going to release the negative energy which will destroy his small universe, by suicide.

The music feels like early Black Sabbath with a decent amount of acid thrown in. With songs like “Spellburn”, “All Hail the Dark God”, and “Radioactive Tomb” (a personal favorite) this is some music to add to your library.

You can check out the video for “Spellburn” HERE
You can check out the rest of Saint Karloff’s music HERE

Sanctum Secorum #41 – Gone with the Gods

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The main character of “Gone with the Gods” would seem to be a thinly disguised Offutt, a writer who turns out a prodigious number of novels at the back and call of his editor, writing in whatever genre is hot at the moment to fulfill the needs of an insatiable audience. When his editor calls him to look into the possibility that a former fraternity brother of the editor’s has invented a time machine, and asks him to check out the possibility that the device is real so the editor can invest in it, the authors finds himself looking into the far-fetched claim. Of course the time machine, disguised as a VW microbus, eventually works and Harvey Moss, the author, Mark Ventnor, the publisher, and Ben Corrick, the inventor, all take their turns traveling in the bus, only to learn its limitations. It can only go one day into the future, but anywhen in the past. Although it remains tied to Earth, so they don’t have to worry about showing up in outer space, they do figure out how to take it to different places on Earth. Eventually, in order to make some money, Moss travels back in time to spur human development and plant evidence that he can use to write a best selling book that Ventnor can publish and sell.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we look to the past while we discuss Andrew J. Offutt’s tongue in cheek time travel story, Gone with the Gods.

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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 #40 – A Martian Odyssey

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Early in the 21st century, nearly twenty years after the invention of atomic power and ten years after the first lunar landing, the four-man crew of the Ares has landed on Mars in the Mare Cimmerium. A week after the landing, Dick Jarvis, the ship’s American chemist, sets out south in an auxiliary rocket to photograph the landscape. Eight hundred miles out, the engine on Jarvis’ rocket gives out, and he crash-lands into one of the Thyle regions. Rather than sit and wait for rescue, Jarvis decides to walk back north to the Ares.

Welcome to the Sanctum Secorum podcast. Tonight we turn our gaze to the red planet, Mars, while we discuss Stanley A. Weinbaum’s, A Martian Odyssey.

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NEWS: DCC Annual (and more) Kickstarter clears second stretch goal

Goodman Games is running a multifaceted Kickstarter to fund the DCC Annual, a hardcover reprint of the Chained Coffin, and the 7th printing of DCC RPG. There is a LOT of amazing goodness in there . So much art, so much content. We could give you all the details but … that is what the Kickstarter page itself is for!

Three weeks remain until the end of crowdfunding and we know that Goodman Games always has some amazing late in the game stretch goals. We cannot wait to see what comes next!

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NEWS: Last call for “Bears Want to Kill You” pre-orders

Creator of Axe Cop and friend of the show Ethan Nicolle’s book, Bears Want to Kill You successfully crowdfunded and will be releasing in Jan/Feb 2019. If you have been enjoying the sporadic Bearmageddon monster write-ups, than this book is for you. If you haven’t been enjoying them but are still wearing a body made out of tasty-tasty meat that a bear might want to devour? This book is STILL for you!

You can pre-order the book now ($20), including the limited, special-edition hardcover with leather slipcase ($40). Show some love to the man who supports the Sanctum Secorum despite never having played DCC (we need to fix that sometime…)

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