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Paige Leitman joins us to discuss Jack Vance's "The Killing Machine", Alexandre Dumas, sexism, interplanetary skin tones, examples of successful worldbuilding, D&D as a western, roleplaying vs rollplaying, planet-hopping revenge games, Star Wars, the OSR community, and much more!By Jeff Goad, Ngo Vinh-Hoi, and special guests
 
Happy ZineQuest season! If you’re anything like us, before long, you’ll be shuffling things around on the shelves, trying to find room for the next batch of arrivals…and you’ll find some treasures from the last two years! We’ve summoned a third-party zine author & illustrator for this episode, and we’re betting you’ll want to revisit some of his we…
 
Jason Ray Carney joins us to discuss Fritz Leiber's "The Big Time", urban modernism, Lovecraft's fear of the other, period slang, the time travel genre, deeply traumatized protagonists, Leiber's understanding of language, being the Black Svengali to one's Trilby, unity of time and space, Conan vs Fafhrd, chronomancy, and much more!…
 
Nicole Emmelhainz-Carney joins us to discuss Robert E. Howard & L. Sprague de Camp's "Conan the Usurper", body horror, de Camp's heavy-handed editing, offensive physical descriptions of black characters, Lovecraft's contemporaries, the experience of talking about problematic elements in the fandom, Howard's creative process, audience analysis in pu…
 
Kira Magrann joins us to discuss Lin Carter's "The Immortal of World's End", LARPing as an awkward teenager, goth teenage years, blending sci-fi and fantasy, tonal shifts, strange metaphors, the cognitive dissonance of glorifying violence after seeing war firsthand, evolving cultural norms, positive inclusions of beasts and animals, sexualizing all…
 
Jason Vey joins us to discuss Fred Saberhagen's "The Black Mountains", owlbears, waiting for the fun evil parts, the Swords trilogy, cold war themes in a post-apocalyptic world, wizards with swords, the root of the lich, making magic unique, designing for 5e vs DCC RPG, mutations tables, and much more!…
 
And today we have a special guest here to help us answer YOUR emails! You may know her from Blades Against Bandwidth, DCC College, or that time she killed all four of your level 0 characters at Gen Con… Judge Haley Skach! Stuff referenced in this episode! Tabletop RPG Pickup Con Shudder Mountains (for DCC RPG!) Yoon Suin by Noisms Games The Emerald…
 
Clio Yun-su Davis joins us to discuss Gardner F. Fox's "Kothar and the Conjurer's Curse", sexual violence, sword and sorcery LARP ideas, non-stop magical hijinx, video game boob physics, the journey in gaming, using the "rule of cool" with cultural sensitivity in mind, monsters that represent human populations, coincidences as plot devices, creativ…
 
Misha B joins us to discuss Jack Williamson's "The Humanoids”, relatable yet opposing idealogies, babies kept in cribs too long, the value of degenerates, the character arch of authors within their careers, morally ambiguous antagonists, superpowered humans overtaking the galaxy, setting ground rules at the table, characters with godlike abilities,…
 
If you are scared to get your sci-fi chocolate in my fantasy peanut butter, turn back now! Tonight we look at the forthcoming Empire of the East product for DCC RPG. Our special guest is none other than RPG writer and designer Jason Vey! Stuff referenced in this episode! Jerry Stefek Memorial Crawl for the Cure 2020! Empire of the East by Goodman G…
 
Our Patron Book Club joins us to discuss Manly Wade Wellman's "Sherlock Holmes's War of the Worlds", classic Sherlock, the Professor Challenger stories, sycophantic women, the differing moral compasses of the characters, the lens of the Vietnam War, tearing down H.G. Wells, undefeatable villains, adding mechanical wings to random encounters, proto-…
 
We have a very special – and overdue – guest for this show! To some, he may be just a mysterious name on the credits page of your DCC RPG core book, or even a guitar-wielding pirate. But we know him as the original embodiment of Hugh Heftblade and the author of the fantastic funnel, “Not in Kansas Anymore.” That’s right — the elusive Dieter Zimmerm…
 
Our Patron Book Club joins us to discuss H.P. Lovecraft's "The Dunwich Horror and Others”, setting construction, Lovecraftian punchlines, Robert Bloch, character development, ancient castles, inescapable monsters, the Whateleys, sudden developments of secret knowledge, characters built on people we know, and much more!…
 
Continuing our Classic Adventure series, we pick up with DCC #80– Intrigue at the Court of Chaos! This adventure has it all– plane-hopping, cosmic entities, potion puzzles and well, lots of intrigue! We’ll talk about how this adventure came to be with none other than its author, Manly Michael Curtis himself! All this and more on this week’s Spellbu…
 
Vicki Lalonde joins us to discuss Edgar Rice Burroughs's "Back to the Stone Age”, damsels in distress, messages of empathy, shedding the bonds of the civilized world, the power of friendship, Barsoom, slavery as a plot device, large megafauna, fighters with six-shooters, foreshadowing villains, and much more!…
 
Chris Wolf joins us to discuss A. Merritt's "The Ship of Ishtar", slaves in pulp fiction, magic hair-growing shrubs, film noir femme fatales, early wargaming, magic compasses, epic death as a story ender, the Mega Dumb Cast, playing on the Spaceship of Ishtar, and much more!By Jeff Goad, Ngo Vinh-Hoi, and special guests
 
We’ve made it two-thirds of the way through the year. Most of us are stuck in the land of online gaming for the foreseeable future, there’s a slight chill to the air in some regions, and you all know the impending nightmare that awaits us … It’s the REVENGE of the MAILBAG! Stuff referenced in this episode! Star Crawl Ziggurat of the Mega-Maiden The…
 
Members of our Patron Book Club (Jeremy Harper, Christopher Murrie, and Adam Styers) join us to discuss Robert E. Howard's "Conan the Warrior", the Conan paperback publication history, Conan's rapey inner-dialogue, the "barbarism is the natural state of mankind" quote, the roles of priests in sword and sorcery, Red Sonya and Dark Agnes, the strengt…
 
Sharang Biswas joins us to discuss L. Sprague de Camp's "The Clocks of Iraz", Indian classics, wights, internal logic, stories within stories, female characters who entirely exist as sex objects, queer bashing, unified tonal through lines, pre-skill system play styles, diversity in medieval simulationism, magic as a source of law or chaos, how to s…
 
The continuation of Episode #100. Judge Jen runs us through part of DCC #100 “The Music of the Spheres is Chaos!” Featuring original Spellburner, Judge Jeffrey Tadlock! Links to adventures and other stuff in this adventure: Jeffrey Tadlock’s Iron Tavern Podcast (DCC Actual Play!) Journey to the Center of Aereth A prototype of the spinning wheel use…
 
Jerry D. Grayson joins us to discuss Michael Moorcock's "The Vanishing Tower", discovering gaming as a kid, fantasy reading as a kid, comics, looking for representation, Elric as pulp, the grab-bag style of old-school gaming, morose scenery-chewing, the other Eternal Champions, Elric's childhood education, DMG relics, how you too can make hundreds …
 
What better way to celebrate the 100th episode of Spellburn than by showcasing some of the upcoming 100th Dungeon Crawl Classics adventure! And how are we going to showcase it? With some ACTUAL PLAY! That’s right folks, the day our listeners have been clamouing for and Judge Jen has been dreading! Links to adventures and other stuff in this adventu…
 
Becky Annison joins us to discuss Roger Zelazny's "Sign of the Unicorn", female authors, murder-mysteries, audiobooks, characters with godlike powers, world-building, rooting games in a setting, one-on-one gaming, making allies out of enemies, using player imagination, gaming in the era of Critical Role, and much more!…
 
Brian Murphy joins us to discuss Andrew J. Offutt's "Swords Against Darkness", reading fantasy fiction as a kid, writing about swords and sorcery, second generation sword and sorcery authors, the understated prose of Poul Anderson, O. Henry's sword and sorcery, multiclass characters, the collected Ryre stories, elves and dwarves in swords and sorce…
 
We’re approaching DCC# 100 and we’re also approaching Spellburn 100! What better way to celebrate an anniversary than to reflect on some great stuff of the past 8 years! I want to do a series of episodes on classic (and maybe even new and unsung!) adventures and there’s obviously no better place to start than Sailors on the Starless Sea! We’ll find…
 
Jamila R. Nedjadi joins us to discuss Philip José Farmer's "Behind the Walls of Terra”, World of Darkness games, the false divide between the OSR and indie games, simulacrums, motorcycle gangs, one's own mother as a romantic love interest, hippie culture, fiction written by random tables, GMs building on what players give them, PBtA moves, describi…
 
We let our blessings get mouldy, and then call them curses.” What’s in a curse? At most gaming tables, they’re uttered by players when critical failures pop up. But curses in DCC are an under-utilized mechanic! They’re not just for the Shudfolk! If you’re looking to switch up your NPC casters to make them unpredictable, offer a touch of magic to pl…
 
“Hello DCC Days! For those listening on your podcatchers, this was a very special LIVE episode where we are answering emails in addition to any questions folks wanna ask us on Twitch!” Stuff referenced in this episode! Spellburn Live @ DCC Days – Twitch DCC Days – June 11-14, 2020 Blades Against Bandwidth Empire of the East for DCC Creep, Skrag, Cr…
 
Stacy Dellorfano joins us to discuss Leigh Brackett's "The Best of Leigh Brackett", the OSR, Boris Vallejo, women writing for male audiences, early antiheros, Eric John Stark as the outsider, Pocahontas, using life experiences in monster design, the balance of crunch and fluff, underwater adventures, Lovecraftian horror, and the future of Contessa …
 
Evey Lockhart joins us to discuss Clark Ashton Smith's "Poseidonis", dark + quirk, Northern California as Mythic Greece, pulp colonialism, circus folk, horny 15 year olds, Irony as a rollable stat, Troika's resolution system, bug collecting magic, Pathfinder vs. Dungeon World, the joy of a well-designed wizard's tower, and much more!…
 
No matter what your tenure as a fan of DCC RPG, you know that this gaming community embraces fan-made material like few others. And that means we also embrace those creators! Our guest for this show has been drafting & sketching DCC monsters since 2012 on his “Appendix M” blog. Until now, we’ve all known him as the silent “Bygrinstow”, the madman b…
 
Angela Murray joins us to discuss Fritz Leiber's "Swords and Ice Magic", avoiding the GM system mastery trap, unlikable protangonists, women as sex objects, learning more about characters than just their physical descriptions, Norse mythology, Death as an adversary, being upfront about campaign setting elements, the player's role in story generatio…
 
Carmin Vance joins us to discuss L. Sprague de Camp and Lin Carter's "Conan the Buccaneer", barriers for entry into the hobby, weird descriptions of breasts, sword and sorcery as escapism, black amazon warriors, reading non-Howard Conan stories, the man-eating trees of Nubia, ritual magic, the bellybuttons of the Easter Island statues, reading with…
 
Gary Con may have been cancelled but Virtual Gary Con seemed to be quite the hit! And now Goodman Games is hosting its own online convention this weekend – Cyclops Con! So today we’re talking about online gaming in the world of Social Distancing! Stuff referenced in this episode! CYCLOPS CON! Con of Champions Sailors on the Starless Sea DCC: The Pu…
 
Chris Holmes joins us to discuss Edgar Rice Burroughs's "Tarzan at the Earth's Core", contemporary fantasy fiction, the Holmes Basic set, the varying levels of dignity given to the black characters, IP crossovers, surprisingly positive depictions of Germans, "Mahars of Pellucidar", magic dirigibles, the developmental biology of reptiles, informal v…
 
The Spellburn podcast is now on its 93rd episode! It’s hard to believe, but it’s true! Back when Judge Jim, Jeffrey and Jobe started Spellburn, they were mainly setting out to verbally pore over the new Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG. Eight years later, Spellburn is here to stay, but there are other great podcasts about DCC out there, including the For…
 
Shanna Germain joins us to discuss Lord Dunsany's "The Charwoman's Shadow", Dunsany's evocative prose, shadow magic, fairy tales, the impetuousness of youth, walking 25 miles in a day, love potions, esoteric prices, the lifelong pursuit of magic, the value of reading something you normally wouldn't, and much more!…
 
Hubris, noun: excessive pride or self-confidence that leads a person to disregard the divinely-fixed limits on human action in an order of chaos. While defying the gods is no longer viewed as a crime, as it was in ancient Greece, it is regarded as a tragic flaw in the human psyche. That said, if you’ve read anything on the Land of Hubris, World of …
 
Humza Kazmi joins us to discuss Andre Norton's "Web of the Witch World", elven fighters, mind reading, the power of love, reclaiming lost power, the culture of Estcarp, domain game play, internal consistency, talismans, character agency, and much more!By Jeff Goad, Ngo Vinh-Hoi, and special guests
 
Do you guys remember the year 2016? Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump competed for Mr. and Mrs. America, Justin Beiber was the top of the charts, and people were gleefully wandering into traffic while playing Pokemon Go. And if you were anything like me, you weren’t paying attention to any of that, because you were OBSESSED with DCC RPG. So today, we…
 
Daniel J. Bishop joins us to discuss J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Return of the King", the fundamental misunderstandings of the Peter Jackson movies, Tolkien's Christianity, Frodo and Sam's gay love, the racist legacy of the Lord of the Rings, bringing our own life experiences to what we read, the value of gaming post-climax, "useless" characters, the app…
 
Go to the cons, hang out on the Tweeters and the Faceboxes, and sooner or later, you’ll hear some internet guy or black-tshirt person making the assertion that “DCC is great for one-shot games, but it would never work for a campaign.” IS IT TRUE? We’re going to find out with none other than Andy Action, campaign OSR Judge extraordinaire as well as …
 
Spellburn is back with another first-time guest, an author of third-party DCC adventures that have already become cult classics. Players who’ve tried to escape an insane computer while fighting a yeti, explored temple ruins while beset by giant hamsters, or failed to leave an evil, sentient inn once getting sucked in, will know the press name: Vanc…
 
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