Writing for DCC RPG fanzine and Road Crew report – The Carnival is in town.

I like trying to write. So, when the announcement was made that the Gongfarmer’s Almanac, a DCC RPG fanzine was accepting articles for the 2018 volume, I delayed until the last minute. Just what everyone else does, correct? Anyway, I submitted a level 1 adventure with the theme – Keystone cops. “The Heist of the Royal Jewels” has now been edited and is ready for layout. The artwork looks great for this project. Look for this to come out at GenCon 51 coming this August 2018.

With the submission of “The Heist of the Royal Jewels,” the response from the editor was, “Cool!”. And I was asked if I could come up with 12 more. Twelve more! That is a challenge and I’m on my way with an idea for the first of 12. I am gathering information through reruns of a cartoon I watched when I was a kid. The inventions within the storyline give great ideas for weapons. Heroes, villains, innocent dame and really dumb puns. Yes, you can get good ideas from childhood books and cartoons. Ok, so I’m talking about those from the 1970’s and 1980’s.  I find that those from my younger years are the best for creating RPG story-telling. So I have chosen to research the themes from 1907’s and 1980’s cartoons.

Now, I go to the report for the latest DCC RPG Road Crew 2018 games. I run at two FLGSs and both groups are enjoying the carnival that has come to their towns. During the day the carnival is lively, happy and filled with prizes and memories. By night the carnival lures the adventurers’ children with all you can eat candy and games. The adventurers are determined to find their children and bring them back home. To do this they need to help the Black Jester find happiness again.  img_20180418_1135085162150957882237585.jpg

In both groups, they have found some prizes and some evil clowns. The PCs have played games for prizes and have also gotten attacked by rides that have come alive to deter their progress through the evil carnival. Many PCs have died and more villagers join the hunt for the children as the PCs leave one attraction to enter another one.

They have ridden through a tunnel of love, slid down a clown’s tongue and played for prizes in an arcade. One PC has been turned into a chicken which is still the PC and able to talk but must talk with occasional clucking between her words. A few of the important items have been found. The pink mist continues to tingle their skin and smell sweet. Carnival music is eerily heard in the distance throughout the carnival and sometimes lures the PCs into tents or onto attractions.

It appears that both groups are stuck in this eerie carnival for some time yet. So stay tuned for more (mis)adventures by the Thursday Nights @ Better Word Books, Goshen, IN and the SeDoTu Crusaders @ Secret Door Games in the Tutu Parlor, Elkhart, IN.

Beyond the Silver ScreamTomorrow, May 26 from 12-3pm I will be running “Beyond the Silver Scream” by Forrest Aguirre at Secret Door Games in Elkhart, IN. The game shop periodically has “Sword and Sorcery Day”. This event is only $5. You get to play all day and have pizza. The focus on games centers around role-playing games of all kinds.

Later in the day, Marlene will run “The Woeful Tale of Sour Spring HChainedCoffinollow” by Michael Curtis. Her game runs from 7-10pm. Both DCC RPG events are 0-level funnels and fun for all players from beginners to “expert”.


The town’s carnival. It’s creepy. And other things.

“The Carnival of the Damned” by David Baity continues as the Road Crew 2018 event for both Better World Books, Goshen, IN for The Thursday Knights every Thursday evening at 6pm. And for The SeDoTu Crusaders at Secret Door Games, Elkhart, IN in The Tutu Parlor, who meet every Saturday at 6:30pm. Image result for carnival of the damned

Villagers are searching for their children who have vanished in the night. The players have anywhere from two Level 1 PCs to four 0-level PCs. The pink tingling sweet mist lures them from attraction to attraction. With deaths of villagers in some of the attractions, so far, those PCs exiting the attractions meat up with other villagers from there town who are also searching for their children. So, there are always more 0-level PCs for players to play as the children are searched for and hopefully returned to their town.

Related image As I run an open Road Crew DCC RPG table at both Better World Books and Secret Door Games, players are “here and there”.  Last Thursday, three players came for the carnival. Two who had not yet played DCC RPG and a regular. My hope is that the new players will come for some more fun.

This evening, the group will again be attending the carnival. Hoping to maybe ride the “Tunnel of Love” or maybe “The Bone Roller Coaster”. Or maybe play some of the carnival games to win some prizes. Ah, prizes.

From “The Carnival of the Damned” the plan is for the group to wander the Shudder Mountains deeper in “The Chained Coffin” boxed set by Michael Curtis. I am looking forward to getting back into reading and preparing the adventures from this boxed set. Image result for chained coffin boxed set

Our other judge, Marlene runs games on Saturdays where I am not able to be the judge. She and the group are having a blast traversing the “Perils on the Purple Planet” boxed set.Image result for perils of the purple planet I have played as a Cleric in a few of these sessions. My cleric’s name is Ollie Flagon once a Wainwright in his peasant days. He had with him a cart for the dead. This was turned to kindle in the last session. If able, Ollie might be able to craft another wagon during some time in the mountains.

My library of DCC RPG resources has a multiplication spell cast upon it. Wow, I started looking for a module and realized that I have a few piles to organize. I have to say that it all started with friends who gifted me DCC RPG modules for my birthday last September. I think they were the ones who put the multiplication spell on my library. Then with .pdf modules in three-ring binders, I am trying to get organized. Well, if there is a trick to organize and ever-growing DCC RPG library, I could you some insight. Have you put your library in an Excel file or Sheets file? What is your favorite way of categorizing your DCC RPG resources?

I am also trying to put a list together of what to read. With the desire to read Appendix N books, I have got a lot to do. I also listen to DCC RPG podcasts. Sanctum Secorum, Spellburn, and Appendix N. Another podcast getting my time is Glowburn as it talks about MCC RPG (Mutant Crawl Classics).

Another big thing for me is that I submitted an article to be included in the Gong Farmer’s Almanac 2018 to be available at GenCon 51 in August. My article is a Keystone Cops level 1 adventure. Image result for 1900 police box black and white“The Heist of the Royal Jewels” takes place in Anglend where it is reported in “The News” that the royal jewels are to be moved to the Crown Bank of Hertlepoole. The royal constables are the guards and caretakers of the royal jewels as they are taken from Lundin.  The bobbies of Hertlpoole are to be assisting the safe arrival of the royal jewels to the bank. This is where the adventure begins. Players may play as the bobbies or as townsfolk. Several locations have been suggested with a few NPCs thrown in. You, as the judge may add slimy creepy creatures in the sewers below or traps to locations to possibly through off the PCs from the trail of the royal jewels. How you get to the ending is up to you.



Writing and submitting for an RPG fanzine

So, I put myself out there with an actual article submission to an RPG fanzine. When I read that The Gong Farmer’s Almanac wanted article submissions for the 2018 edition, I thought how fun it would be to write something for it. 

The Gong Farmer’s Almanac is a free fanzine for Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG and it is published with monetary donations from the DCC RPG community. The year after Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG was published, The Gong Farmer’s Almanac fanzine was created. In the link above you get a glimpse at the first volume and issue in a blog by Daniel Bishop. Mr. Bishop writes prolifically about DCC RPG and is an author of several adventures for DCC RPG.

Image result for nanowrimoAs for me, I’ve been interested in writing since the mid-80’s but have not really done anything except in 2011 when I took on the challenge of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which occurs in November. I was able to write 50,000 words in 25 days. I wrote, “by the seat of my pants”. And I was delighted to see that I could come up with a story for what I have discovered has become a genre called “cozy mysteries”. Attempts at editing the novelette gave gone by the wayside.

Yesterday was the deadline for article submission to The Gong Farmer’s Almanac. My submission was, again, something written: “by the seat of my pants”. A Keystone Cop Image result for keystone copsthemed jewel heist. I wrote stats for the NPCs and gave some locations to be explored. Police boxes. A clock tower. A bank vault. A police paddy wagon. And a few weapons used by the illustrious bobbies and constables.

For the record, it is my first time offering up something for publication. Am glad that it will be in a free fanzine. And I can see some slimy creatures and gonzo stuff happening in this Level 1 adventure. The Gong Farmer’s Almanac is printed and distributed at GenCon. So for those of you interested in what kind of writer I am, you will just need to wait until August. *wink* *wink*