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When DCC came out, I finally had a reason to use those weird dice that I had already purchased from Game Science, strictly because they were weird!
I know that yesterday I posted a relatively contentious post about naming monsters, ending with the thought that I'd dive back into the topic soon. Well, now is not soon enough, since it's DCC Donnerstag and I've got some bad...
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Attention any Pittsburgh DCC Fans:

Tomorrow (August 23, 2014) at Phantom Games on Craig Street I'm going to be running a zero level Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game funnel as part of CMU's Freshman Orientation Craig Street Block Party.

Geoff (the store owner) will be out on the street with giveaways for students from 3-5 PM. In addition to the DCC game, there will be someone doing some board game demos. We'll be starting the games between 12:00 & 1:00 and running until at least 5:00.

The game events are definitely open to the public, so if you have any interest, try to stop by. Not sure what board games are up for demo, but the plan with the DCC game is to get a character and play until I kill that character, then the next person jumps in (inspired heavily by  Harley Stroh's GenCon DCC Tournament - "The Seven Pits of Sezrekan"). You can jump to the end of the line and grab a new character when a slot opens up. It's my first time trying something like this, so we'll see how it goes. No experience with DCC RPG or RPGs. We'll have the weird dice ready for you. You just need to show up.
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+Crawljammer Zine displayed prominently at my FLGS, Phantom of the Attic Games in Pittsburgh. Putting it right in front of the Mindjammer RP& might not have been the best spot but people will figure it out. +Tim Callahan
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Yep. All the other DCC adventures and a core rulebook are just out of sight on the bottom left. 
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All set up and ready to run DCC RPG at Phantom of the Attic Games in Pittsburgh. 
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Yep. I got mine from Think Geek. Totally love it for quickly sketching rooms, runes and other weird markings. 
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I'll be running Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG from 2:30 - 6:30. Depending on interest from the players, we can either roll up some townsfolk and run zero-level funnel or use some pregenerated characters and run second level adventure. No experience necessary in either case.

If you're not familiar with the game, here's some copy from the good folks at Goodman Games:

You’re no hero. 

You’re an adventurer: a reaver, a cutpurse, a heathen-slayer, a tight-lipped warlock guarding long-dead secrets. You seek gold and glory, winning it with sword and spell, caked in the blood and filth of the weak, the dark, the demons, and the vanquished. There are treasures to be won deep underneath, and you shall have them.

Return to the glory days of fantasy with the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game. Adventure as 1974 intended you to, with modern rules grounded in the origins of sword & sorcery. Fast play, cryptic secrets, and a mysterious past await you: turn the page...
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Just played yesterday (as the DR). We had most of the rules right but I picked up a couple things I'll need to review before the next game. Thanks!
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You skipped mentioning the DCC game you ran at the hotel for our roommates!
   I've been traveling to the bowels of the Midwest for the past 4 (or is it 5?) years to meet up with my good friend +Matthias Weeks (and a cast of other obsessed gamer friends from across the country) for Gen Con. My feelin...
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You are right Bolam! I'll include it in part 2.
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Any DCC fans in the Greater Toronto Area? I'm here (in Scarborough) until Friday for work. Curious if there are any game shops that I should hit. I'm also interested in board games (Euro and otherwise), war games (not minis). Don't really care about CCGs or Comics or other stuff that sometimes takes up space in game shops. 
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That is correct; I am in the GTA.  You can email me at ravencrowking at hotmail dot com if you like.
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Great job with the rules overview for this game. I'd seen a few other reviews/overviews that made the game sound significantly more confusing than it is. You nailed it, though. I just played LoV for the first time about a month ago, and ran to the game store right after the meetup to pick up my own copy (along with Up!). Just played my first game with the expansion this past Sunday. Four rookies, two people that had played once, and no one had played the expansion. Watching this video between my first play and the most recent definitely kept the rules fresh in my head. Thanks!
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I appreciate that Michael, thanks for the kind words! Glad it helped you out :)
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We end up with a lot of "I'm up for whatever" or "I'm up for anything", and I think it's often for the exact reasons you mention. People don't want to be responsible for what might happen, or in the case of more casual gamers, they may be afraid of mentioning something the more hardcore folks will think is "lame".. We've been joking about making a game of it. If you say "I'm up for whatever", you get stuck punching out and organizing somebody's new game.
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Aaron looks like he's dressed up as a bottle of Crown Royal.
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