Not exactly a retro-clone but suffused with old-timey brio, DCC RPG glories in its own loopy and lurid, giddy and gaudy aesthetic. Its inspiration — the most colorful sources in Gary Gygax’s “Appendix N: Inspiration and Education Reading” in the original AD&D Dungeon Masters Guide — shows in DCC RPG module titles like The Sinister Sutures of the Semptress, The Corpse That Love Built, The Accursed Heart of the World Ender, The Croaking Fane, The Dread God Al-Khazadar, and Creep, Skrag, Creep! In all these heady adventures it’s easy to stay focused on DCC RPG‘s goal: “Adventure as 1974 intended you to.”
1. DUNGEON CRAWL CLASSICS
2. DCC LANKHMAR
Authorized by the Leiber estate, Goodman Games funded the Dungeon Crawl Classics Lankhmar line in a March 2017 Kickstarter campaign (1,838 backers, US$187K). The 2018 boxed set expands the DCC RPG rules to match the tone of Leiber’s most exciting stories. A new “Fleeting Luck” mechanic lets good fortune blesses your characters one minute, only to dash their hopes the next. Goodman has followed up with a typically strong support line of a dozen Lankhmar modules, as well as several interesting blog posts about Fritz Leiber and his work.
Ten percent of each payment for these two Dungeon Crawl Classics offers (after gateway fees) goes to the charity chosen by DCC RPG designer Joseph Goodman, San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. For more than 30 years the SF-Marin Food Bank has worked to end hunger in the San Francisco Bay Area, where one in four neighbors is at risk of hunger.
These two Dungeon Crawl Classics offers vanish together into the lowest levels of the labyrinth Monday, May 10. Before then — let’s get crawling!
2. DCC LANKHMAR