We're almost to the final week of the year, which means it's time for reflection and last-minute goals. Let's start out with reminding Road Crew members about their 13-game deadline. We also talk about Dave Baity's charity drive to benefit a no-kill shelter, a new DCC Music article about Michael Moorcock (as well as an Adventure in Fiction about Moorcock!), another Adventure in Fiction about Sterling E. Lanier, a review of the 2019 Road Crew, and...oh, yeah...the forums are back!

For newsletter subscribers, we've also got a few exclusives you can check out: A sneak peek at Tales From The Magician's Skull #3, two great podcasts that feature Goodman Games, and a look at what we're reading right now, starting with The Dark Master himself, Joseph Goodman!

Let's get to it!
Earn your Goodman Games name badge
We’re coming down to the wire. The year will be over in less than three weeks, and that means you are up against the deadline to get your games in to qualify for custom Judge Pin!

As always, you’ve been fabulous ambassadors for the  Dungeon Crawl Classics  and  Mutant Crawl Classics  lines. We salute your passion for our games and the way that you help to spread the gospel in positive ways.

If you aren’t familiar with the Road Crew, a quick reminder that we support the folks who will step out and run  DCC RPG  or any of our products in a public forum—whether it be at conventions, stores, or even online—with swag and other rewards for your time and effort. If you aren’t signed up, it is so easy! Click on over to our  Road Crew page  to get all of the details.

And for those of you who are already a part of the team, this is your final notice to get in your thirteen events and qualifying for a custom Judge Pin! You have until the end of the year to get to thirteen games and finish out the season in style. You need to schedule your events as soon as possible, so we can get everything in place and get your games on our  Events Page .
And with the holiday season upon us, there will be gatherings aplenty allowing you to run a special holiday adventure. And to that end, we’ve got an entire page of our Holiday Adventures to give you some inspiration. Including this year’s release,  DCC Lankhmar #10: Unholy Nights in Lankhmar !

The year will be over before you know it! Get that 13th event scheduled and run so you can show your success right there on your lapel with a custom Judge’s Pin!
It's Dave Baity's annual charity drive for no-kill shelters!
Every year,  DCC  loyalist and all-around great guy Dave Baity runs a charity event to help out a local no-kill cat shelter. And this year is no different. Dave sent us an article about this year’s event, which we share below. And don’t forget to keep your eyes open for Dave’s upcoming release,  Dark Trails , so you can adventure  DCC -style in the old west!

I’ve been so covered up with getting the upcoming “thick start” (thanks to Reid San Filippo for the catchy phrase) version of  Dark Trails  out that I haven’t had much time to focus on something most of you know to be near and dear to me.

Normally, I purchase all things nerdy throughout the year and raffle them off to help local no-kill shelters in my area. I’ve been so distracted with the Dark Trails RPG that I’ve dropped the ball on picking up items this year, soooo, as a quick remedy I purchased a ton of cool Goodman Products and plan to do the raffle over the next two weeks. You’ll find prize packages divided into four groups.  Dungeon Crawl Classics DCC Lankhmar Mutant Crawl Classics , and my own  Dark Trails .
Last year I had to switch the name to Feline Lifeline because the lady that did Kits n Kats retired.

All you have to do to enter is spend $1. Each dollar gets you one ticket in the raffle. The more you enter, the more chances you have to win! I’ll have someone draw the winners on December 23rd, with the 1st winner getting 1st pick, 2nd getting 2nd pick, etc…

Every dollar donated goes to a deserving charity in my area. These folks foster cats/kittens, feed feral colonies, and participate in TNR (trap, neuter, return). They give tirelessly in ways that most of us could never do, so this is my way of saying thanks.

Please consider throwing some bucks in for a chance to win a stack of books! I’ll cover shipping inside the US and a portion for those living outside of the country.

  • To contact David Baity you can email him
  • You can find Feline Lifeline on Facebook and at the Feline Lifelines website
  • If you would like to make a donation, it would be much appreciated.
  • In three years I’ve raised about 7k from awesome gamers. And, I am proud to say that 100% of it goes to Feline Lifelines!
newsletter exclusive!
Words and pictures from our pulp magazine!
Our sword-and-sorcery magazine that harkens to the time of the pulp era has been a huge hit, and we thank all of our readers for their amazing support! If you haven't checked it out yet, though, we'd like to give you a little bit of a teaser to whet your appetite for adventure!

Tales From the Magician’s Skull  is a printed fantasy magazine dedicated to presenting all-new sword-and-sorcery fiction by the finest modern crafters in the genre. These stories are the real thing, crammed with sword-swinging action, dark sorceries, dread, and ferocious monsters—and they hurtle forward at a headlong pace.

The third issue of  Tales From the Magician’s Skull  continues the great material that we put in place with the first two issues. This issue contains 7 new stories by some amazing talent!

And lest we forget, every issue of Tales From The Magician's Skull includes stats of things from each story worked up for Dungeon Crawl Classics ! So it's a fiction magazine and sourcebook all in one!

Below you will find a link to a PDF that teases six of those stories! Plus we've got a some of the artwork linked below for you to check out as well! Enjoy!
newsletter exclusive!
There isn't one Podcast we want to tell you about today—there's two! A pair of RPG-centric podcasts recently turned their attention to Dungeon Crawl Classics, and we want to share some vocal entertainment from the world of Soundcloud and their podcast section with you!
"Some of the greatest stories in the world have been told exactly one time by people with dice in their hands." ~Brendan LaSalle

While attending The Long Con, our very own Judge Brendan LaSalle sat down with the crew from The No Class RPG Podcast to share his thoughts, opinions, and some upcoming info about Xcrawl Classics !

Tune in through the link below to listen to Brendan speak on all things gaming!
From lands abroad, the fine folks at The 3RT RPG Podcast share their opinions of the best from the RPG world for 2019—and Goodman Games and Dungeon Crawl Classics made the list!

Give a listen to these very entertaining lads as they share some viewpoints about the RPG world, and give some very nice props to the work we do here at Goodman Games!
newsletter exclusive!
Edited by Donald A. Wollheim and George Ernsberger. Avon Books, copyright 1969
by Joseph Goodman

I had a long plane flight recently so I selected a paperback novel from my excessively large collection of same. I have to admit that I do judge a book by its cover. I’ve had this book on the shelf a while, tempted periodically by its energetic Gray Morrow cover art, and it was finally time to read it. It is an anthology of previously-published works, and the editors did a great job in selecting their stories. “More crawling horrors and superheroes from the world of the unthinkable,” reads the byline, and that is enjoyably accurate.

The lineup starts with The Blonde Goddess of Bal-Sagoth by Robert E. Howard. I first read this story under an alternate title, so perhaps it’s a variant edit, but my goodness does it deliver. REH is always good, and this story is great. The opening combat scene, narrated in flashes of lightning during a stormy nighttime battle at sea, is one of the most cinematic I’ve ever read. The pace really is headlong from there on in, and Conan never once makes an appearance! It is historical fantasy – or really, just fantasy – and excellent at that.

Next up we have Shambleau, a classic space-fantasy story by C. L. Moore featuring Northwest Smith. I’ve also read this story before, and it follows nicely in the sequence presented. Pulp space-fantasy stories like this are central inspiration for many a DCC game – or at least, should be! “Shambleau” is code for another monster. I won’t spoil it, and you should read it to find out.

The rest of the lineup includes Clark Ashton Smith, Robert Bloch, Donald Wandrei and Sax Rohmer. It’s a well-curated selection of stories. I’d read the REH, CAS and CLM stories before, but the rest were new to me, and they flowed well. It’s a good mix of fantasy, horror, and science-fiction, all true to the book’s byline of “the world of the unthinkable.” 

If you need to kill a couple hours on a plane, you could do way worse than this. It’s a 1969 book, but now that I check, it appears on for $4-10. Pick up a copy if you need a little fantasy reading.
Yes, you did read that correctly! The forums are once again up and running. Come and see the new and shiny look.

Thank you to everyone for your patience while we worked on them. It has been a task, but we figured out the bug and have ushered it out the door.

Plus, while we were at it, we updated all of the software to the latest version, giving us more options than ever!
by Dieter Zimmerman
The release of  DCC #100: The Music of the Spheres (is Chaos)  looms on the horizon, so Dieter Zimmerman takes a look at the relationship between  DCC RPG  and music in a series of blog posts appropriately titled “The Music of DCC (is Chaos).” ( Go read the first post now! ) Join him as he decides which Goodman Games person has the most embarrassing taste in music, as he interviews some bands associated with  DCC RPG , and as he examines songs that specifically reference Appendix N authors and some that are written by Appendix N authors...
by Brendan LaSalle
Here at Goodman Games we like to do end-of-year articles to talk about everything that happened to us in the previous three-hundred-and-sixty-five. We feel it’s a service to the gaming community. If you don’t know where you have been, you don’t know where you are going. These articles are fun and important.

But in reviewing the past few years, I note that I sadly ignored a class of people that are more than worthy of celebration and remembrance in the shortening days of the end of 2019...
by Terry Olsen
“I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas—or ideas that have gone bad.”
– Michael Moorcock, 1963

On the 18th of December, we celebrate the birthday of Michael Moorcock—a big writer with big ideas (regardless of what he thought a handful of decades ago). It’s difficult to rank Moorcock’s diverse achievements in terms of importance or influence. He’s impacted gaming through his Elric stories, he’s been a prolific writer of the Eternal Champion and Multiverse themes, he’s been an influential editor that helped change (dare I say, “improve”) the face of science fiction, he’s written comics, and he’s written lyrics for and performed with major rock bands! Perhaps most important of all, he’s inspired generations of great writers, such as Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, and Thomas Pynchon...
by Jim Wampler
This week was the 92nd anniversary of the birth of Sterling E. Lanier. He wasn’t just a favorite author of E. Gary Gygax, nor was he merely a cited influence on both the Dungeons & Dragons and Gamma World role-playing games. For those things alone he would still be notable and of interest to role playing gamers everywhere. Sterling E. Lanier was the quintessential polymath. His personal interests ranged from skin-diving and boating to bird watching and conservation causes. He was also a naval and military history buff.

Graduating from Harvard in 1951, Lanier trained to be an archeologist and anthropologist. He later worked as a research historian in museums in the 1950s. One of his many passions included the speculative field of cryptozoology, which later fueled much of his fiction writing...
We've put them in one place to make them easy to find!
Are you looking for the perfect gift for your dungeon master or the perfect module to play with your gaming group over the holiday season? Well, we have the solution for that! Here at Goodman Games, we have a whole page dedicated to  Holiday modules .

We have everything from the brand new DCC Lankhmar #10: Unholy Nights in Lankhmar Mutant Crawl Classics  ( Home for the Holideath ),  X-Crawl  ( New Year’s Evil ),  DCC  ( Advent of the Avalanche Lords  &  Trials of the Toy Makers ), and the third-party release  World-Quest of the Winter Calendar .

So whatever  horrible tortures  glorious gifts you would like to lay upon your players we have you covered.
The latest online adventure is a horror-filled funnel!
If you use Fantasy Grounds, we’ve put Creep in your hands. More specifically, we’ve put  Creep, Skrag, Creep  into your online game.

Creep, Skrag, Creep  is now available on Fantasy Grounds! One of the newest  Dungeon Crawl Classics  adventures,  Creep, Skrag, Creep  is a great adventure to keep your Fantasy Grounds game going strong.

Here’s what  DCC Horror #5: Creep, Skrag, Creep!  offers:

A level 0 funnel adventure for  DCC RPG .

The ship is adrift and a crew is dead. When the passengers of the Star of Nostro awaken, drugged and bound, and discover the crew is missing, a desperate race for survival begins. The vessel was meant to transport your group of humble villagers to a brighter future. It is now a coffin ship filled with mysterious deaths, dark plots, and a stalking horror that will not stop until it has feasted on every last soul.

Will your characters’ ingenuity be quick enough to find a means to survive, or will you too fall victim to what creeps in the shadows?

The line of  Dungeon Crawl Classics  material on Fantasy Grounds is growing at a steady pace!  Be sure to check all of our material at their site , and you can add  Creep, Skrag, Creep  to your library today!

Creep, Skrag, Creep  is available for Fantasy Grounds on both their home site and through the popular Steam online engine. Take your online game to the next level, and see what  Creep, Skrag, Creep  might have in store!
An illustrated adaptation of a classic tale of the macabre
Stefan Poag’s illustrated horror comic,  The Yellow Sign , is now for sale alongside  The Hobonomicon !

Many of you know about Doug Kovacs’ under-the-radar web site where he sells copies of  The Hobonomicon  and his sketchbook,  The Drain Chamber . Stefan Poag has joined the revolution and you can now buy copies of Stefan’s illustrated horror comic,  The Yellow Sign , on the same site!

Stefan Poag’s illustrated horror comic,  The Yellow Sign , is based on a story by Robert Chambers. While you are there, you can pick up a  Hobonomicon , too! You may have heard references to Carcosa and “The Yellow King” in TV shows like  True Detective . Chambers was the originator of these horror themes in his highly original book of short stories,  The Yellow King , published in 1895. H.P. Lovecraft considered Chamber’s work to be a major inspiration.

Stefan Poag’s illustrated adaptation of  The Yellow Sign  is 16 pages plus cover, digest-sized, and signed by the artist. Stefan Poag regularly contributes illustrations to many of your favorite Goodman Games publications—including the  Dungeon Crawl Classics  line.

Click the button below to head over and grab a copy of Stefan’s latest!
Three-packs of artwork available for a limited time
Late-breaking news! All copies of the Stefan Poag art packs have sold out! We still have a few remaining copies of the Brad McDevitt art pack - but order now, they’re going fast!

Looking for a Christmas gift for that special someone? Give them original art by  Dungeon Crawl Classics  artists Brad McDevitt and Stefan Poag! For a limited time, both of these experienced artists are offering three-packs of original interior illustrations for only $25!

Both Stefan and Brad have been working on the  DCC  line for many years, with their works appearing in dozens (possibly hundreds) of Goodman Games titles. For the dedicated gamer—or your tireless judge—original art makes a unique and special gift.

As you may know, Goodman Games is committed not just to classic gaming, but also to classic art techniques. All art in the  DCC  line leaves behind a physical artifact—there is “actual original art” on which the image is based. We don’t publish digital “ghost art” in the  DCC  line. What this means for you is that you have the chance to buy this original art.

As a limited-time offer, Brad and Stefan have selected sets of original art three-packs that are value-priced at only $25. Each pack has three pieces of original art, ranging from 1/8 to 1/4 page pieces. These are black and white images, mostly inkwork with some brushwork. All of them are published images, mostly from the  Dungeon Crawl Classics  line, with some from  Original Adventures Reincarnated  or other lines we publish.

For $25 you will get three pieces of original art by Brad or Stefan, all of them from published works and at least one from a published  DCC  product by Goodman Games!

We have a fixed number of these packs prepared. Once they’re gone, they’re gone!
Head on over and pick up your original  DCC Three-Pack by Stefan Poag  or  DCC Three-Pack by Brad McDevitt  today!
Get your orders shipped in style
If you’ve ordered something from our online store over the last few months, you already know this secret—but if you haven’t, we’re letting you in on it!

Any order large enough for a box (which really means orders of hardcovers or “a lot of modules”) now ships out in our custom-printed shipping boxes! Plus of course, we throw in freebies—Goodman Games Gazette or posters or whatever else we have handy!
Looking for a great game this weekend? Always remember to check out our Events Page! Below is an excerpt of what is available in the next few days, but for the full schedule click on the image!