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Ran THREE sessions of DCC/Crawljammer at Dexcon this weekend. Here's how it went down:

SESSION 1: "Red Planet Rendezvous" -- at one point, the Wizard had summoned 8 giant ants and a giant eagle as the party prepared to bust down the door to battle Queldoz and his minions, convinced that this was going to be the finale. It was not! But the party completed the mission at exactly 6 PM, just as the session time came to an end. On the dot!

SESSION 2: "Space Pirates from Beyond the Grave" -- +Michael Curtis  joined in and played the first-ever PC yolovarian (aka the best and greatest new character class for DCC, look for it later this year in Crawljammer issues something-or-other), who was a fly-man who dreamed of eating the world, but ended up guiding the rag-tag crew on a disguise mission into the Hellscape night club, while dressed like Sonny Crockett.Everything after the white blazer and pink tee shirt was an anticlimax, though they did manage to save the Earth, mostly.

SESSION 3: "The Thrall of the Space Gods" -- This was a crew of seriously experienced gamers who had lots of experience with all versions of D&D and Dungeon World and Burning Wheel and Fate but little-to-no experience with DCC, and they loved it. They riffed off each other, bellowed through the halls of the sunken temple to draw out their enemies, and the psychic knight rode a giant snake down the spiral staircase while firing an asp from his longbow. And that was BEFORE they tracked down the necromancer. 

I highly recommend Dexcon (and Oswarp, the OSR con within the bigger con), and look forward to spending a few days down there next year! My thanks to everyone who played!
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Thanks +Andy Vann!
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Because +Michael Curtis demanded it!

(See you at Dexcon!)
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According to my lawyer, it is not. It is a completely original property in every way. The part about character class spitting energy balls is a crazy coincidence!
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My Free RPG Day session -- running +Jobe Bittman's The One Who Watches from Below -- a quick report:

It was AWESOME.

A thief, a halfling, a wizard, an elf, a psychic knight, and a cleric of Cadixtat went into the Cave of Secrets and a third of them never made it out alive. My daughter got cursed. And she had crazy fun role-playing what happened to her.

My son's friend, playing in that adventure, his first-ever RPG session, declared that he wants to play all the time even though his character died in the end. He bought his first set of dice that night. He is now a gamer forever.

Thanks Jobe! Thanks DCC!
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+R.S. Tilton I don't mind at all.
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Hey, this is officially available for sale! You may have seen it already, but I didn't make an announcement about its release, so here it is! The best issue of Crawljammer yet! 

(But I am super-biased.)
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Definitely the best yet! Thanks!
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Shhh...I've added links to the blog so you can buy Crawljammer #3 now. It's the best issue so far, but I don't want to wake everyone else up in the house yelling about how good it is. More details to come later this week.

Or, you could just buy it because you want it right now.
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Just want to say, I saw these at the North Texas RPGCon, and I was very impressed with them. The look, the feel and its content, all top notch.
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77 minutes to go on this, as of this second. If you didn't get in on this Chained Coffin BOXED SET, then you must not love the same stuff I love. Because I love everything about this.
I don't ever post about a Kickstarter multiple times - well, at least not the "good" ones, but with The Chained Coffin I'm making an exception. Here's what you currently get with your $30 pledge: Level 5 DCC RPG adventure mo...
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Snagged a player into it today. The fact that he can easily get 5 sessions out of $30 sold him.
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Don't tell my players, but 99.325% of my RPG ideas are lifted from 1970s Jack Kirby comics. And now you can get all of Devil Dinosaur in one paperback. So you can steal those ideas for your own nefarious gaming purposes. 
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Stuff I picked up at Dexcon today!

Also: the 2 PM Crawljammer game was a huge hit, and for the first time ever, the PCs actually retrieved the Incandescent Box without destroying it.

Nicely done, adventurers!
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Glad to see some classic West End Games Star Wars RPG supplements in there....
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Official Judge. See you all at Dexcon next weekend! 
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If I could play in a in Spelljammer: Space Truckers I would be the happiest boy in Puppetland. My oh my. I would shake the pillars of heaven.
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I'll be running a July 4th Crawljammer game and two other July 5th Crawljammer games at Oswarp this year. It's part of Dexcon in New Jersey, and it's looming! Check out all the cool games and sign up now to save your spot!

+Michael Curtis is running some DCC stuff too! Sign up for all of it, and when you find his stuff booked, then my game can be your consolation prize! (If there's still room!)
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Great!
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Update: Crawljammer 1 and 2 are now available in PDF form at RPGNow for folks who have been waiting for their appearance on that site. 2 bucks each! With issue 3 coming next week!

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Sketching up the beginnings of a whole pantheon of Space Gods for Crawljammer issues 5 + 6. Divine Space Magic and cosmic deity intervention is coming later this year!

Because +Jim Wampler, +Jobe Bittman, +Jeffrey Tadlock, and +Jen Brinkman sort of demanded it (indirectly). Listen to the new Spellburn podcast if you have no idea what I'm talking about, and just imagine my wheels turning as I thought about the role of divine magic in Crawljammer.
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+Tom Tyson, I like those names!
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I write about comics and play a lot of games and help to educate the world. Right now I'm publishing the bi-monthly CRAWLJAMMER zine for the DCC RPG.
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