Showing off some Pre-Production DCC Lankhmar Maps

I want to share what I got in the mail today. I previously wrote about the 2018 Purple Sorcerer Pledge drive. What a great, free, resource! You should check it out. Well, I am thankful to have been one of the folks who received a special prize for donating πŸ™‚ All of prizes listed were really cool, but I happen to have received exactly the one I was most hoping to see! This is listed as “An amazing collection of hand-drawn pre-production maps created by the one and only Harley Stroh for an upcoming Lankhmar adventure!”

WARNING: SPOILERS!

Unfortunately, I hadn’t heard of DCC RPG at the time of the DCC Lankmar Kickstarter campaign. My guess is that these maps are for this box set, which the Kickstarter site says is to fulfill later this year? Maybe all this is ironic, but I happen to be finishing up the Fafrd and Grey Mouser series at this time (I’m on The Swords of Lankhmar); I’m really stoked to look at these. And, I can’t wait to see the final box set; I guess I’ll be trolling the eBays for anyone selling their print stretch goals πŸ˜‰

I believe this is a street level map of an area in Lankhmar. It is sketched in pencil over two separate pages. I’ll give you one guess as to which street I’d be eying to purchase some prime property πŸ˜‰

And then 3 detailed maps of “Grindstone” which is listed as 1-1.

You’ve got to love the comment in the corner “weakass attempt at a dirk”ROFL!

And then 2 pages for 1-2, “Dogfish”. I’m thinking this is a tavern? And, the name matches a theme I see now in the naming of other taverns of Lankhmar named after aquatic animals/fish?

And, 1-3, “The Hole”.. surely there’s nothing bad down there for the PCs?

3-1 is “The Aerie”. From my reading so far, I have no idea what this would be. My guess? This is where the military keeps highly trained and armored, man-eating, war wyverns that they ride into battle? Or, maybe this is like a local animal shelter and there is a social program to domesticate and save injured pigeons? I’m betting neither of these are correct πŸ™‚

And, lastly, Sewer Tunnels!

Looking at these sewer tunnels, I notice what look like numbered spots, and then I look at the main map, and Yep, there are the same things there. Then I suspect the little dots look like manhole covers. I wonder if they match up?… Yep! So, a judge has a direct way to guide PCs who wish to go underground and do such things as run away from the guard, or sneak up on a villain, or… you get the idea!

Thank you Harley Stroh for donating these for the Purple Sorcerer campaign. Thank you Jon Marr for creating your free web resources. And, thanks to anyone else who donated this year!

Kickstarter: The Peasants’ Fell Bargain – A DCC RPG Zero Level Funnel

Let me tell you. I just love these things. I love seeing other people create interesting things. That’s why I like hobbies like tabletop gaming, why I am more and more interested in “OSR” styles of TTRPGs and why I’m a sucker for Kickstarters.

So far there is no sway in my obsession with DCC RPG, and there have been some good 3rd party Kickstarters lately (for zines and for adventures). This one strikes me as particularly interesting. It’s a 0 Level Funnel titled “The Peasant’s Fell Bargain“.

The two things that catch my attention:

First, I love the idea of “striking a bargain with the devil”. Just on the way to work tonight, I was listening to a Podcast about paranormal experiences in Rock & Roll, and of course the idea of Selling Your Soul at the Crossroads came up (See one of my all time fav’s Robert Johnson). This is one of my all time favorite legends!

Second, you can’t watch this video and not want to play anything these guys have cooked up. Seriously, you they just look fun. So, I’m glad to give my twenty bucks. I’m signing (in blood) on the dotted line!

#ConManKen

This is a PSA of sorts. If you follow a lot of RPG Kickstarters, maybe you already know about this guy, Ken Whitman. For some reason, I didn’t know about him and his scams until just recently. And now the more I read about this guy, I am completely amazed. I’d seen a few of these, only posted a single $1 for the KODT KS (now I know why I never got that PDF…)

I guess I’m not surprised, some asshole out there was gonna be “that guy” and do something as easy as abuse the crowdfunding model. But like a lot of things, it’s the story that is the most interesting. This video kinda says it all and is hugely entertaining as well. Another source is this blog “Not Another Dime“. Lastly, Tenkar’s Tavern covers this guy a lot.