Escape from the Shrouded Fen Status

Progress on Terry Olson‘s combo funnel/1st level sandbox adventure has been excellent! Writing and the primary edit are complete, and I’m well into the layout process. Escape from the Shrouded Fen is really a cracker-jack adventure set in a dangerous and unique locale, featuring very cool art from Benjamin Marra, and maps from Dyson Logos.

I think the setting will serve well as a place to kick off a campaign: It’s packed with content, at last count coming in at over 100 digest-sized pages. But Terry’s also made it easy to break things out into either a stand alone funnel or a quick-play 1st level adventure. He’s really focused on supporting flexibility in player styles, and it doesn’t sound like any of his playtest groups have tackled things in remotely the same way!

I can’t wait for everyone to see it: happily it’s coming along far faster than I would have guessed, and there’s a good chance it will be in everyone’s hands in print and PDF before December. (Members of Nardgrog’s Secret Circle will see the PDF even sooner).🙂

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Uncovering a Treasure

While digging through the garage trying to find old pc2-6400 memory for my wife’s computer (no joy), I stumbled upon this: I believe it is the first ‘production’ character sheet ever generated by the 0-Level Party Generator. (Pre-background image, pre-info line across the top). I have this bizarre motivation to frame it.😉

I was going to do something fun when we passed 1 million characters created, but as I did some deeper digging inside our web analytics I realized we are likely closer to 10 million characters created. (Especially since folks can now create 50 sheets with a single click). I like to imagine there’s one hoarder somewhere with ceiling-high stacks of sheets filling his house, but things are actually spread about pretty well: in the last year over 8000 unique users visited the page over 50,000 times. I still can’t quite wrap my mind around that! 

I’ve got some code in the script tracking sheets created exactly now… And something fun will happen for some lucky user at some outrageous count in the future. :) 

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Goodman Games 3rd-Party Storefront

It’s just so cool how The Dark Master and Goodman Games support their DCC third-party publishers with the new 3rd party category on their site! Very soon the complete lineup of Purple Sorcerer adventures will be available on the site, but the selection is already awesome. Go! Buy! Support Goodman Games for the way they invest in, support, and cultivate this incredibly creative Dungeon Crawl Classics community. 

(Also, the new site looks great).

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The Frost Fang Expedition Now Available!

I’m thrilled to announce that Mark Bishop’s The Frost Fang Expedition, the latest Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure from Purple Sorcerer Games is now available in PDF and print from RPGNow!

The adventure challenges PCs to reach the top of a frozen and treacherous peak on a mission of discovery: why have huge chunks of a mysterious sorcerer’s floating castle begun raining down on the once quiet village of Neverthawes? The quest for answers will uncover hidden motives, fearsome foes, and deadly environments galore.

Features include:

  • 72 digest-sized pages of level one Dungeon Crawl Classics carnage!
  • Easily adaptable to any old school system.
  • An ‘instant action’ adventure with tips to play in a single 4-hour session (perfect for cons or demos), but with enough backstory for extended campaign play.
  • Includes a 40 page appendix PDF containing judging tips, patron sheets, a host of paper miniatures, and easily printable versions of every map and image in the adventure (to be used as handouts or judge’s aids).
  • From the author of the best-selling Nebin Pendlebrook’s Perilous Pantry (including tips on how to link the two adventures).

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Crawler 1.5 Introduction

Here’s a quick overview of what’s new in version 1.5 of the Crawler’s Companion.

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The Crawler’s Companion Versions

With the new version of the Crawler going out to the stores, I thought it might be helpful to shine some light on all the versions that are available.

Store Versions: The most current version is now up on the Apple App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. These versions are built on SDK’s that generally require newer devices. (iOS 8 and Android 4.0 or better).

Android Sideload Versions: I also make the Crawler available as a download from my website in three versions. You can download the same version that is in the stores. You can also download a legacy version that has all the functionality of the new version, but is built on older SDK’s that should let it work on older devices. Finally there is an Old Legacy version that doesn’t have the latest features, but might work on the oldest of devices.🙂

Web Version: This version can be access from your browser. Unfortunately, because of Flash restrictions, it can’t access the campaign data features. Other than that it works like any other version. (Also quickly added a compact version for smaller screens)

Windows Desktop Version: I’ve quickly whipped out a couple of windows executables on a whim. They use goofy Air installers, and Windows will squawk and try to keep you from installing them because the apps are unsigned. So you’ll have to trust me. On the plus side, the desktop version is super quick, and lets you access your campaign data, something the web version can’t do. The two version are ‘normal’ size, and a smaller version for folks on tiny laptops. 

Everything is available on my site. I hope folks find the various versions useful. Time to go to bed.🙂

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The Frost Fang Expedition Proof

The first print proof of the Frost Fang Expedition is in the mail from the printers, and should likely be in my grubby mitts in a week or so. I’ve never had a print process that required less than 3 proofs… But I’ve got a good feeling about this one. If it takes two proofs the adventure should be available in about 2 weeks.🙂

Guess I’d better get onto producing some battle maps!

The 68 page, digest-sized adventure is designed for 1st level PCs, challenging players to reach the top of a frozen and treacherous peak on a mission of discovery: why have huge chunks of a mysterious sorcerer’s floating castle begun raining down on the once quiet village of Neverthawes? The quest for answers will uncover hidden motives, fearsome foes, and deadly environments galore!

Here is the adventure cover and some of the included paper miniatures:

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