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Episode 40: A Level 1 Wizard’s Primer

This week on Spellburn, we’re going to help out some of the new Wizards out there, by giving you a spell primer! That’s right, we’re going to go over the list of 1st-level arcane spells. Whether you’re new to the game or a long-time judge, some spells just aren’t taken seriously enough because they’re taken at face value. We’re here to offer some clarifications, and to de-mystify some magicks. Links mentioned in this episode: DCC RPG 4th Printing Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1409961192/dcc-rpg-4th-printing Iron Tavern DCC RPG Actual Play Podcast http://irontavern.com/podcast/ Hey folks! The spellburners need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/spellburn-podcast/id661011349?mt=2 Podcast: Download

20 Nov 2015

Rank #1

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Episode 77: The Long-Awaited Annual!

For generations, it has been whispered of in the back-alleys of Punjar… for untold aeons, a secret on the lips of Sezrekan, shared only with the most devoted of his servants…  its power unlocking hidden ways of the Gods, new pacts with mind-bending Patrons, precious artifacts of startling puissance and, perhaps most sanity-stretching of all .. the hirsute glory of THE MUSTACHE…  yes.. From the dark, hideous forges of Northern California, the Dark Master has unleashed a tide of chaos that could only be that legendary work, so long a rumor…. but always FEARED to be real… THE DCC RPG ANNUAL! Adventures mentioned in this episode: Secrets of the World Harvesters Dragora’s Dungeon Riders on the Phlogiston (2018 DCC Tournament) Children of the Fallen Sun (MCC RPG) Links mentioned in this episode: Weird Realms (FLGS in Cleveland) DCC RPG Annual DCC Lankhmar Mothership RPG Star Crawl Unearthed Arcana Lost Continent of Mu New Glitter Wizard Album- Opera Villains The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn! And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com ! Podcast: Podcast

12 May 2019

Rank #2

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Episode 23: Halflings – Twice the Fun at One Half the Footprint

This week our four judges take a look at the Halfling class in DCC RPG. From the halfling’s race-as-class abilities as party luck battery to two-weapon fighting to sneaking and hiding, we cover it all – even the sensitive subject of halfling manscaping! Links mentioned in this episode: Angels, Demons, and Beings Inbetween – http://rpg.drivethrustuff.com/product/109995/Angels-Daemons-and-Beings-Between The Order of the Stick – http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0953.html Judge Jobe’s Two-Handed Weapon Spreadsheet – https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AqqBybuVA0e4dEVkWEhQX3JEeGlUY21GdERGeUNmbXc&usp=drive_web#gid=0 Podcast: Download

28 May 2014

Rank #3

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Episode 73: Acclimating to Lankhmar

Chances are, you’ve heard a ton about the new Dungeon Crawl Classics Lankhmar material. In this episode of Spellburn, we will go through some of the crucial differences from DCC RPG, including steps for character generation and some of the basic things new players can expect in the setting. Whether you backed the Kickstarter, have already explored the City of a Thousand Score Smokes, have fully dipped your toes into the River Hlal (yuck!), or are completely new to Fritz Leiber and his classic urban fantasy setting, we hope to uncover some of the mystery for you – in what is sure to be the first of a series of acclimating to DCC Lankhmar. Adventures mentioned in this episode: Greenwood of the Fey Sovereign Links mentioned in this episode: Con on the Cob 2018! DCC Lankhmar Kickstarter The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn! And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com ! Podcast:Download

11 Nov 2018

Rank #4

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Episode 85: Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies… Oh My!

The moon is full, the wind is howling through the cemetery, and what was that noise? Did I just hear a scream come from that mad doctor’s laboratory? Today Spellburn is getting ooky spooky and discussing Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies… oh my! Adventures mentioned in this episode:Daniel Bishop’s Campaign ElementsTransylvanian AdventuresBook of Treasure Maps (Judges Guild)DCC RPG AnnualLinks mentioned in this episode:Darker Than You Think by Jack WilliamsonCon on the CobWashington Post ArticleCrawl for the Cure at GameHoleCon!How to Write Adventure Modules That Don’t SuckFear Itself RPGOrigins Game Fair 2020The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn!And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com !Podcast: Podcast

28 Oct 2019

Rank #5

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Episode 16: Transylvanian Adventures

“Enter freely, and of your own will…” This week on Spellburn, we have a special guest for just in time for “Fangsgiving.” Our summon patron spell went awry and opened a portal to an alternate universe… a new world of gods and monsters! Tonight we’re interviewing one of our most requested guests – Scott Mathis, the creator and publisher of the latest Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG supplement, Transylvania Adventures! Links mentioned in this episode: Land of Phantoms blog – http://landofphantoms.blogspot.com Transylvanian Adventures – RPGNow The Iron Tavern DCC RPG Live Play podcast – http://irontavern.com/podcast/ And don’t forget to check out this week’s winning entry in our Dungeon Denizens contest! Podcast: Download

25 Nov 2013

Rank #6

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Episode 30: Advanced DCC Magic

This week on Spellburn we do something that wizards in the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game absolutely, never, ever do. We’re going to share some of our knowledge of advanced magic. Beyond simple spellchecks or spellburn, we’re going to delve deep into and talk about the lesser-known areas of the DCC magic system, including ritualized magic, group casting, unfamiliar familiars, and more. Links mentioned in this episode: Diogo Nogueira’s DCC RPG Character Sheet https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/55247082/DCC%20RPG%20Char%20Sheet.pdf Podcast: Download

23 Sep 2014

Rank #7

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Episode 37: Magic Items

This week on Spellburn your hardy hosts delve into the treasure vaults to uncover every adventurer’s favorite loot: magic items! We’re going to dive deep into the rules for potions, scrolls, magic staffs, magic swords, rods, wands, and more… Links mentioned in this episode: The Crawler’s Companion (free DCC RPG dice roller app) http://purplesorcerer.com/crawler.php Podcast: Download

11 Jul 2015

Rank #8

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Episode 59: Make Your Own Patron

This week on Spellburn we take a look at how to create a supernatural Patron!  Patrons are one of the coolest and most unique aspects of Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG.  Every Judge will have a reason to make one as a foil, as a PC ally, and of course just for the fun of it!  We’ll talk about how to generate them, how to fine-tune them and what distinguishes them from other fickle entities like the GAWDS.  All this and more on this week’s episode of SPELLBURN! Patron write-up: W.I.G.H.T. Adventures mentioned in this episode: Shadows Under Devil’s Reef (2017 Halloween Adventure) Sinister Sutures of the Seamstress (2016 Halloween Adventure) They Served Brandolyn Red Tower of the Black Pearl Links mentioned in this episode: Clark Ashton Smith Robin Hobb Michael Chabon Ready Player One Swords Against Death Angels Daemons and Beings In Between Don’t miss the latest Dungeon Denizen contest with art by Stefan Poag!  Follow this link, enjoy the image, and send your entry to theband@spellburn.com by Mid-November! New Dungeon Denizen contest! The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn! And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com ! Podcast:Download

13 Nov 2017

Rank #9

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Episode 51: Third Party Classes!

This week on Spellburn we discuss some of the many third-party classes available for DCC RPG. When you deviate from the core book, you can find all manner of strange, exciting, and bizarre classes. Some of them emulate classes from the various editions of the world’s most popular fantasy roleplaying game, others are templates for futuristic or modern day settings, and some are just plain gonzo. We’ll be discussing this and more in our 51st episode of Spellburn! Links mentioned in this episode: Judge Jeff’s DCC Spotify Playlist Paladin Class (Crawl #6) Clownight (Crawling Under A Broken Moon #12) Calavera (Dark Trails G+ community) Marauder (Tales from the Fallen Empire) Faerie Animal (Creeping Beauties of the Wood) Ratfolk (Dungeon Lord – The Wayne Con Issue) Blood Witch (Hubris: A World of Visceral Adventure) Yolovar (Crawljammer #6) Chakas (Goblin Mini Mart blog) Purple Sorcerer Online Game Aids DCC Reference Booklet Assassin Class (Gongfarmers’ Almanac 2015) Nowhere City Nights DCC Lankhmar Kickstarter Noah Stevens’s Great DCC 3P Class List Adventures mentioned in this episode: Tower of the Black Pearl Frozen in Time Boston Crawl The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn! And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com ! Podcast:Download

15 May 2017

Rank #10

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Episode 26: Who Judges the Judges?

This week on the show we discuss, dissect, and maybe even disagree about the best practices for the superior judging and running of DCC RPG games. What are the most important Judging “do’s and don’t’s”? That’s what we’ll try and answer on this episode of Spellburn… And don’t forget to check out this episode’s winning Dungeon Denizen entry by Mighty Mike Loew! Links mentioned in this episode: Bittman-Inspired Generalized Two-Handed Weapon Math by Terry Olson http://spellburn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Bittman-Inspired-Generalized-Two-handed-Weapon-Math-by-Olson.pdf Goodman Games Peril on the Purple Planet kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1409961192/dungeon-crawl-classics-peril-on-the-purple-planet Iron Tavern Press at Lulu.com http://www.rpgnow.com/browse.php?manufacturers_id=6192&term=iron Podcast: Download

19 Jul 2014

Rank #11

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Episode 13: Like a Thief in the Night

This week on Spellburn we continue our basic survey of characters classes with the thief class. Not the rogue, not the reprovisioner, not the specialist… the thief! And as you might expect, in Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG the thief class is everything fun you remember about classic RPG thieves turned up to an 11. Links mentioned in this episode: DCC Free RPG Day Adventures (The Jeweler That Dealt in Stardust)  – RPGNow Podcast: Download

1 Nov 2013

Rank #12

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Episode 66: Life on Aereth

Like many listening, I first encountered the mysterious world of Aéreth in the pages of the DCC RPG Core Book. Many others listening will remember the world of Aéreth from back in the days when Dungeon Crawl Classics wasn’t the name of a roleplaying game but was instead the name of a line of adventure modules written for the world’s first fantasy roleplaying game. Today we are lucky enough to have the man who quite literally wrote the book on the topic of Aéreth back in those days of yore. He’s here to talk to us about the system’s default setting and how it has changed since DCC RPG was launched. Adventures mentioned in this episode: One Who Watches from Below Doom of the Savage Kings Hive of the Overmind Incursion of the Ultradimension The Portsmouth Mermaid Dragora’s Dungeon Sailors on the Starless Sea The Emerald Enchanter Links mentioned in this episode: Book of Treasure Maps Gazetteer of the Known Realms Curator of Earth (MCC Character Genreation on Twitter!) Interactive Aereth Map on Goodman Games site James Mishler maps James Mishler blog The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn! And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com ! Podcast:Download

12 Mar 2018

Rank #13

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Episode 57: Appendix H is for HORROR

This week our episode is on the Appendix H… H for horror films! Horror films have been inspiring fantasy roleplaying from its inception. It is widely believed that the Cleric class’s main inspiration was Peter Cushing as Dr. Van Helsing in the 1950s and 60s Hammer Horror films, and that the Magic Missile spell came from the 1963 movie “The Raven” with Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff. Today we will focus on content creation and share ideas we have from some of our favorite horror films for how you can spice up your game!  Judge Michael Bolam joins us for another Horror classic! Films mentioned in this episode: The Abominable Dr. Phibes An American Werewolf in London Bone Tomahawk Cabin in the Woods Death Bed: The Bed that Eats! Demons Event Horizon From Beyond Hellbound: Hellraiser II The Masque of the Red Death Night of the Living Dead Phantasm The Reconstruction of William Zero Street Trash Tombs of the Blind Dead Twin Peaks (2017) THE MOST HEAVY METAL SCENE EVER IN A MOVIE EVER Playlists mentioned in this episode: Judge Jeff’s DCC Playlist James MacGeorge’s Witch Metal Playlist Judge Julian’s Nostaliga “Playlist” Adventures mentioned in this episode: DCC Tournament 2017! Tower of the Black Pearl Sky of the Crimson Flame The Vile Worm The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn! And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com ! Podcast:Download

2 Oct 2017

Rank #14

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Episode 38: Monster Mash

Today on Spellburn, your intrepid hosts take a look at monsters and DCC. From a look at some of our favorite monsters in the core rule book to making monsters mysterious and even a look at incorporating the Monster Alphabet into your game! Links mentioned in this episode: Appendix M http://appendixm.blogspot.ca/ The Crawler’s Companion (free DCC RPG dice roller app) http://purplesorcerer.com/crawler.php DCC Monster Helper https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2qlP_VOf718LTFEc05ZVlpIU0U VOID LICH The Void Lich is a decrepit-looking humanoid completely encloaked in a shaggy coat of fur. The tufts just barely obfuscate deadly rows of quills lurking along its arms and torso. Even more disturbing, its body is pocked by large holes, nearly fist-shaped, within which moving swirls of an interplanar palette of blue can be seen. Void Lich: Init +2; Atk barbed quill +4 melee (1d6+2 and grappled, then impaled) or dimensional claw +5 melee (1d8, special); AC 13; HD 8d12+8; MV 20’; Act 2d20; SP damage reduction 5, spellcasting (+7 spell check), grappled targets must make DC 14 Strength check to escape, impaled victims must make DC 15 Reflex save to disengage from quill barbs, vulnerable to fire, interdimensional claw attacks (see below), un-dead traits; SV Fort +5, Ref +3, Will +6; AL C. The Void Lich’s preferred attack is to grab opponents and impale them repeatedly with its razor-sharp, barbed quills. The fist-sized craters marring the Void Lich’s shaggy coat are connected to a pocket dimension. A hideous, ravenous abomination dwells within the demiplane. When the Void Lich is in melee combat, blue-tinted finned tendrils and skeletal ten-fingered claws quickly stab their prey. Roll 1d6 each round of attack: (1-3) abomination makes two claw attacks (may exceed normal Act dice); (4-5) tendril wraps around target’s limb and victim is held, DC 15 Strength check to escape; (6) a claw tries to grab a random item and drag it back into the pocket dimension. Podcast: Download

24 Jul 2015

Rank #15

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Episode 32: Invoke Joseph Goodman

This is it, Burners! It took us to 1 and 1/2 years to make our spellcheck, but we’ve finally summoned Goodman Games head honcho and the creator of the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, Joseph Goodman to the podcast! Join us for a candid conversation with the canny creative force behind the fantasy role playing game that parties like it’s 1974, as he shares the secret origin and history of DCC RPG, how the creative cabal behind the game was formed, and even speculates about his own nick name, “The Dark Master.” Links mentioned in this episode: Goodman Games http://www.goodman-games.com Dinosaur Planet: Brontosaurus Rex RPG http://tinyurl.com/kd4bd7m WoTC Market research http://trustrum.com/wotc-market-research/ Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG beta rules http://www.goodman-games.com/downloads/DCCRPGBeta060811.pdf Podcast: Download

3 Nov 2014

Rank #16

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Episode 67: Gary Con X Wrap-up!

Another Gary Con has come and gone and what a grand con it was!  One of the few things missing was the “What’s New with Goodman Games?” seminar.  Yes, for the first time in over 5 years, we got no seminar.  This means that this is also the first time in 5 years that Spellburn has been unable to share that recording with those who were unable to join us in Lake Geneva!   So in its stead, we have gathered to share some of our standout moments of the week as well as some of the things coming along down the pipeline from both the official and the third party publishing quarters! Adventures mentioned in this episode: Shadow Under Devil’s Reef Neon Knights Tower of Faces (Sanjulian cover!) Hive of the Overmind Warlords of ATOZ Links mentioned in this episode: Crawl-Thulhu #1 Red Dragon Inn Delta Green Top Secret the RPG DCC Lankhmar Dark Heresey Umerican Survival Guide (Crawling Under a Broken Moon, 2nd edition!) Hobbs & Nemesis “The Bathroom Interviews” – Not Safe For Work Darlene (classic RPG artist!) Tomb of Horrors The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn! And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com ! Podcast:Download

30 Apr 2018

Rank #17

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Episode 27: Perils of Harley Stroh

This episode we welcome DCC RPG writer and game designer Harley Stroh back to the show, and ask him all about his latest adventure, “Peril on the Purple Planet.” Harley tells us what’s new under a weirdling sun with Goodman Games’ latest all-star box set kickstarter, as well as sharing the goods with us on lots of forthcoming Gen Con DCC RPG events, including the notorious Doug Con, “Castaways of Catastrophe Island,” and “The Seven Pits of Sezrekan!” Links mentioned in this show: Goodman Games Peril on The Purple Planet kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1409961192/dungeon-crawl-classics-peril-on-the-purple-planet The Iron Tavern Actual Play Podcast http://irontavern.com/podcast/ Stormlord Publishing’s The Well of Souls DCC RPG adventure http://stormlordpublishing.com/product/the-well-of-souls-print-and-pdf-combo/ DCC RPG g+ Community https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/105339967712243499289 Podcast: Download

31 Jul 2014

Rank #18

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Episode 55: DCC Fan Favorites

Special thank you to James V. West for this episode’s banner! Welcome to Spellburn! There’s been a lot of phlogiston in the air recently, as the 2017 ENnie Award nominees were announced…and to our humble surprise, Spellburn was on that esteemed list! To get into the spirit, we asked the community to do a little pre-ENnie voting. We’re going to go over some of those results this week — there are some really entertaining ones in the list! — and we’ll share some of our personal favorites, from the perspective of both player and judge. Links mentioned in this episode: Ennead Games Random Generators and GM Aids (fr. DM Cojo) Tome of Adventure Purple Sorcerer’s DCC (and MCC) Tools Sanctum Sanctorum podcast Crawl #2 Crawling Under a Broken Moon Gongfarmers Almanac Vote Spellburn for the 2017 Ennies! Adventures mentioned in this episode: Against the Atomic Overlord The Apocalypse Ark Attack of the Frawgs Barrowmaze Beneath the Comet Black Sun Death Crawl Blades Against Death BostonCrawl Bride of the Black Manse Beyond the Black Gate Carnival of the Damned Chaos Rising (including Elzamon and the Blood Drinking Box, the Imperishable Sorceress, the Tower Out of Time.. and more!) The Croaking Fane Death by Nexus Doom of the Savage Kings Dragora’s Dungeon DungeonBattle Brooklyn Escape from the Shrouded Fen Free RPG Day 2016 (Including Museum at the End of Time) The Frost Fang Expedition Frozen in Time GENCON 2016 Program Guide (including Not in Kansas Anymore) Grimtooth’s Museum of Death Jewels of the Carnifex Journey to the Center of the Aerth Making of the Ghost Ring The Meat Grinder One Who Watches from Below Revenge of the Over-Kobold Sailors on the Starless Sea The Shambling Un-Dead Silent Nightfall Theater of the Hammed Tower of the Black Pearl The Vile Worm The Witch of Wydfield Wizardarium of Calabraxis The Spellburners always need more reviews on iTunes. Can you help us out by giving us some stars? Click here to support Spellburn! And send us some email!  Send your questions to:  Theband@spellburn.com ! Podcast:Download

18 Jul 2017

Rank #19

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Episode 11: Spell Duelists – Fight!

Welcome to our greatest episode yet! Tonight we’re going to take a look at one of the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG’s defining game mechanics. When two wizards meet in a world where magic is wild, dangerous, and often barely understood by mere mortals, chaos quickly ensues. Two wizards go in, and only one wizard walks back out. Somebody’s going down. That’s right, with the help of very special guests Goodman Games writers Harley Stroh and Michael Curtis, we’re talking about the Spell Duel. Links mentioned in this episode: • Stonehell Dungeon: http://www.lulu.com/shop/michael-curtis/stonehell-dungeon-down-night-haunted-halls/paperback/product-5974479.html • The Sea Queen Escapes: http://www.goodman-games.com/5076preview.html Podcast: Download

30 Sep 2013

Rank #20