Tomorrow: DCC RPG

Tomorrow nights game is DCC RPG, a game of which I have become increasingly fond of. After playing the game with Harley Stroh at GenCon, I’ve gotten a better feel for running the game for sure. The game flows nicely and has a wonderful Old-School feel. What are they calling this? OSR? Old-School Renaissance? (Ah, Revival, had to look it up) (Update: Nope. Renaissance according to the DCC book) Whatever it is, it just reminds me of playing the game in years long gone by. I started playing in the late seventies and have never forgotten the Basic Rulebook (2nd print). I had been introduced to D and D by then, but this was the first set I bought with my own money (earned selling knives at an early Pennsic War) and it holds a special place in my heart. DCC has this feel, this air about it that lends itself to my style of play more than some others. In any case, we should finish up Doom of the Savage Kings and then be ready for either The People of the Pit, or The Emerald Enchanter. Depends if I level them at the end of Savage Kings or not.

By the way, if you are enjoying Goodman-Games‘ DCC RPG, then you should also check out Crawl! I won a set of the first three issues at GenCon and got a subscription as soon as I got home. I just have to figure out how to order more of the reference sheet pack I also won, I don’t see it on the Crawl! website (Just saw a comment that said they were a GenCon only thing, at least I got one!). But give it a shot, subscribe for under $25, you’ve probably spent that much getting BBQ sauce on Kickstarter that you haven’t even tasted yet.

GaryCon is in my sights…I wanna go just to play with Harley again, we’ll see!

Update: I just booked my room!

More Legos

More of my wife’s post-Gen Con creations including Squanto, “Mayan Apocolypto,” “The Reckoner” and “Bellbottom Bertha.”  Pretty good for still only using the parts largely from several basic random packages.

More Kickstarters.

Other Kickstarter projects of note:

Hollow Earth Expedition: Perils of the Surface World: Jeff Combos, Sechin Tower and the rest of the gang over at Exile Game Studio are my first stop at every GenCon. I was there the first year they brought Hollow Earth Expedition with them and from the moment I punched a T-Rex in the foot, I was hooked on the system, concept and world. (I’d like to also note that the Hollow Earth books have some of the best editing I’ve ever seen in gaming books.) This one is funded already, but we’d all love to see new cover art, wouldn’t we? If you love pulp-era gaming and Jules Verne, check out this project.

Visionary Comics’ Deadlands: Raven Graphic Novel is a project that I’d love to see get funded. Charles Edward Sellner and crew have published some Deadlands comics previously, which were just collected into TPB form. They had set up a pre-order so you could pick up your copy at GenCon and I did just that. It was a pleasure to meet Mr. Sellner and look at some of the art from this Kickstarter. Gaming material for Savage Worlds is included with the trade on sale at GenCon, and the Kickstarter has goals that include the same. Back this one. The Deadlands story is one of the best out there, and Visionary Comics is doing it right. Below we have their booth at Gen Con and the exterior and interior of an amazing French edition of Deadlands: Reloaded that had me in awe.



Thinking about Kickstarters at the moment. The most obvious one to any of you fine folks that have found your way here to the Toxic Swamp is Deadlands Noir. This is one of the first Kickstarters I backed and it’s given me the most return so far. I played in the game at GenCon, I got my dice and badge. I’ve sent out info for my NPC and I’ve met the players behind the scenes. It’s been a glorious experience.

But what other Kickstarters are on my radar?

I backed The Duke from Catalyst Game Labs. At GenCon I was able to see a prototype and they also had Print and Play versions they were handing out. So, I’ve at least seen/held in my hands, parts of the actual game.


Modest Magic. First thing that made me spend money on a Kickstarter. Looking at this fine product, I was sold. You are going to love this stuff. Modular terrain. Quite brilliant. I’m proud to have backed this one and I’m pretty bummed I didn’t locate Nicholas Whitney at GenCon and get to shake his hand and see the Castle he brought with him. He did mention a video though, you should check it out if you want to feast your eyes on some good terrain.

Relic Knights. This one is still going on and I got to see some models and even bought one. (On a side note: I played Super Dungeon Explore at GenCon and loved it. I don’t own the game yet but I picked up Caverns of Roxor to keep me sated.) Not much to say here, it’s still live for Pete’s sake, but I own a model. That’s something.



Cerebus: High Society Digital. I love Cerebus. Cerebus means a lot to me, an old, dear friend. This Kickstarter has had more updates than any other I’m in. Each one informative and uplifting. This is one awesome project. I’m seeing things get packed into boxes, Dave Sim has been working his butt off and work has progressed. Today, there was some bad news. I’m sorry to say that the project has suffered a setback, Sandeep, who has been doing all the scanning of original negatives, suffered a devastating fire and lost all of his possessions, including the new scanners and original negatives. Not only is this a horrible thing to have to happen to anyone, and I pray and wish him well and hope a way to help him surfaces, (HELP SANDEEP BY CLICKING HERE) I am sad for a great loss for the comics community as well. A big chunk of history has been lost. Whatever you do to give someone in distress comfort, please try to do it for Sandeep.

Here is the original post that was sent to backers of the project.

Dave Sim, here:  Just thought everyone should know:  Fisher came over today and asked if I had heard from Sandeep.  No, I hadn’t.  Hands me today’s RECORD.  Front page: Sandeep’s place — and the buildings on either side of him — were gutted by fire yesterday afternoon. He got out in one piece but with nothing but the clothes on his back and his wallet (he had been in the shower and a cop showed up at the door:  “You have the leave. NOW”) The whole place went up in about five minutes.
 All of the negatives for HIGH SOCIETY were destroyed as well as the 11×17 scanner and the new negative scanner.  No insurance.  So, I thought I’d better let everyone know that we’re definitely not on track for the September 12 launch at this point.
I don’t expect that I’ll hear from Sandeep for at least a few days — he’s staying with friends and obviously has a lot more important things to think about than HIGH SOCIETY DIGITAL.  
Okay — gotta run to make my 3:00 prayer.  Please feel free to relay this to anyone you think should know.  Particularly people who are waiting on HIGH SOCIETY DIGITAL.  

Here is a petition I have signed. I have nothing to say, other than I stand by it.

Legos? Oh no, what have we done?!

Playing in Sechin Tower’s Mad Science Institute game for Hollow Earth Expedition last week at GenCon, I discovered lots of cool ways to use Legos in gaming. (Thanks, Sechin!)

Apparently, people have been doing this but I, being an old grognard, just happened to discover this little gaming niche. And I think I like it. Some Legos have now been purchased for the gaming group with group dollars, and we will try them out next Wednesday.

In the meantime, my beautiful wife has decided to create some Characters out of the pieces we have. I present to you: Lego Minis that will be used as Horrible Messengers of Death! (my nomenclature) They are: The Blacksmith. The Most Winningest Female Professional Football Player of All Time! The Tavern Wench with a hotdog, and she’s not afraid to use it. The Zombie Fairy of the Apocalypse! Tyrion Lanister (my favorite)! And…frankly, I don’t know what the heck that is! But it’s gonna kill players!