Trying out Real World Occupations for DCC

So, I am very excited about Mike Evans’s latest project, a mega-dungeon for Dungeon Crawl Classics based on The D&D Animated Series.  His first blog post for the project was a table so that the Level-0 characters have real world occupations.  Thus, I am posting today my rolling of a Level-0 character using the table, as well as another article I found useful.

In true DCC fashion, I rolled 3d6 and put them down in order.  I was amazed by the results.

11 Strength
16 Agility (+2)
9 Stamina
9 Personality
9 Intelligence
16 Luck (+2)

However, my real-world luck crapped out on me when I rolled a 1 for my Hit Points.

I could not contain myself any longer after that, and had to try out Mike’s Real World Occupations table.  I rolled a Medium, which starts out with a ceremonial blade (the DCC rulebook comments that ceremonial blades are like daggers), a book of spiritual signs, and a book of (her) horoscopes for the current year (2017).

Next, I was going to roll my Birth Auger, but recalled the article from the Goodman Games Gen Con 2016 Program Guide, 1970’s Earth Characters for DCC by Dieter Zimmerman, had an Astrology Table that replaced the Birth Auger Table.  Due to the horoscope book my Medium was carrying, in true DIY RPG fashion, I decided to roll on the Astrology Table, and found out my Medium was a Leo, which gave a bonus to Hit Points at each level, increasing the Hit Points to 3.

As long as I had the article pulled up, I liked the idea of replacing the starting copper pieces with $, so rolled that up ($38 – good luck with the currency exchange – LOL) and used the article’s Personal Items Table, which got me a notebook and a paperback novel (which I decided to be Almuric by Robert E. Howard).


For finishing touches, I decided to name her Malena.



Got Published!

I found out that Dungeon Lord Magazine came back, and in the Cruel Issue, the article I wrote, ‘Your Animal and You’, was published.  In this article, I give statistics for all of the Dungeon Crawl Classics animals a Level-0 character may start with, along with some ideas on how to make having the animal a more rewarding experience.

This was a lifelong dream for me, and I am so happy that I can now say I am a published author.  I thank Terra Frank of Death Machine Press so much for giving me this opportunity.

Dreamblade to Dungeon Crawl Classics Conversion: Baxar the Soulstitcher

I created this conversion for Doug Kovacs at his request because he is one of the greatest artists of our generation.  Dreamblade will always be important to me, as the volunteer demo work I did for Dreamblade earned me a trip to Wizards of the Coast for the Dreamblade Day event in 2006.

Dreamblade Day

That’s me in the lower right.

Baxar the Soulstitcher is a unique rare from the first Dreamblade expansion, Baxar’s War, which was one of many created by Doug Kovacs.  Some players were disappointed due to the leader of the Stitched not being designated of the Stitched lineage, meaning it would not be affected by the lineage abilities some of the other miniatures had.


The Unwholesome Lord, Baxar the Soulstitcher

Init +5        MV 30′

AC 19          HD 10d10          Act 2d20

AL C           Atk scythe-hand x2 +5 melee (1d10)

SP Soul Stitch

SV Fort +8, Ref +5, Will +10

On late nights, when veteran adventurers are exchanging stories over flagons of sacred mead and by blessed beeswax candlelight to protect them from being overheard by the powers of Chaos, those whose bravery and status which granted them presence will sometimes hear of The Unwholesome Lord, Baxar the Soulstitcher. Described as a monster with a metallic, insectoid exoskeleton, with blades and skulls all over, and the lower body like a giant snake, ending in what appears to be some sort of stinger (but in actuality, it is a spinneret which provides the stitching material), it is difficult to picture the reality of such a thing. It is believed that Baxar holds at least one level of a mega-dungeon deep under the ground as his dark domain. The origin of Baxar is said to be a summoning of dreamstuff from the collective subconscious dream-realm of the Metal Gods of Ur-Hadad and The Great Old Ones, which then used its power to stitch together its own body from those who summoned it.

Baxar enjoys killing, but only because it gives him the materials to soul stitch. At any time out of combat when there are at least two dead creatures that received at least one successful attack by Baxar (or slice after they are dead), Baxar wills the parts it has sliced off to be stitched together into a monster of Chaos, which will be at least a little mad (in both emotional and mental health) due to having not just its bodies, but its souls stiched into one. Such creations, like Baxar, will have stitches visible upon them. It is believed that the stitches are made up of a precious metal, although this could be just a rumor created by Baxar to lure more bodies into his realm.

The statistics for Soul Stitched creatures can be made up in a number of ways, and it is recommended that other Dreamblade miniatures of the Stitched lineage be used as such creatures already created by Baxar, including his greatest creation, Marian, one of Baxar’s few intelligent creations, made up of an angel and a demon, but that will have to be a post for another day.