Tuesday, 2 October 2012

In the Prison of the Squid Sorcerer

In the Prison of the Squid Sorcerer (And Other Pulp Weird Encounters):

I am once more into the breach, dear friends.

In the Prison of the Squid Sorcerer is an RPG encounters book intended for use with your favourite Old School RPG, including the Dungeon Crawl Classics Roleplaying Game.

The base offering  is a  32-page softbound book containing  12-14 encounters at 1-2 pages each. The encounters, in addition to being very "Appendix N," each will include a unique monster, magical item, god and/or patron for the DCC roleplaying game. That's 12-14 scenarios with an original concept and original, re-usable content for your DCC RPG game.  That's 12-14 adventure hooks for further expansion.

And if you like this idea, it only gets better from there. If we can reach our modest targets, the main book doubles to 64 pages, and then we start adding separate, full- length adventures -- four in total if we meet all of our stretch goals.

I have signed on as one of the lead writers.  As with Angels, Daemons, & Beings Between, the modules I have published thus far through Purple Duck Games, and my contributions to Crawl! Fanzine, my goal in the encounters I'm developing is to bring you new ideas with very clear Appendix N antecedents.  In this case, I have decided to focus on John Bellairs' The Face in the Frost, the planetary romances of Leigh Brackett and Edgar Rice Burroughs, Manly Wade Wellman's Who Fears the Devil?, and Margaret St. Clair's The Shadow People as my primary inspirations.  With more than a dash of Robert E. Howard, H.P. Lovecraft, Fritz Leiber, Abraham Merritt, and L. Sprague de Camp.  After all, these are some of the greats!

In addition, I am doing a "Stretch Goal" module for this campaign, The Tribe of Ogg and the Gift of Suss.  In this 0-level funnel, cave dwellers tackle a crashed space ship. 

Even if you don't contribute, I hope you will look into this project and let us know what you think.  And, of course, please spread the word to others who might be interested!

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