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DCC RPG: D.A.M.N. Magazine Retrospective

I'm in the process of migrating my old Mystic Bull site content to this one, and it's truly an archeological dig. A bit dismaying to see projects I was touting back in 2015 are still on my mind. But, aside from fever dreams, in reality I did three issues of the DCC Adventure Magazine and News. We even kickstarted one of them with moderate success.

So, here I'm collecting all the info, releases, and previews that we did as those issues were released.

DAMN Magazine is a magazine by, about, and for the DCC community -- one of the best gaming communities I've ever been a part of. In addition to one "long-form" adventure and few short form adventures in each issue, we also included other DCC gaming content, news about the third-party publishing scene, and about the folks in the community, itself.

I really enjoyed putting these issues together, as well as writing for them, but ultimately, it just became too much. If I do it again, I'll probably kickstart the issue with enough income to hire out all of the publishing tasks -- they just chewed up too much of my time. And it made the whole process painful for me.

This issue was a reprint from a previous collaboration with Daniel Bishop and David Fisher. We published the original DAMN magazine in 2013 with another collaborator, but for whatever reason, they weren't interested in continuing. So, Daniel, David and I took it over and issued an enhanced reprint. This issue was published in early 2017.

We have writing from me, Daniel Bishop, Steven Newton, Garett Oliver, Julian Bernick, Godric McKellan, and Thorin Thompson.

Art by David Fisher, Daniel Bishop, bygrinstow, Jordan Boci, and me.

Here's the Table of Contents and editorial:

Download PDF • 2.68MB

How is it possible that Winter comes before Autumn in 2017? I dunno. It was winter when I published the first one (i.e. January). It was autumn when I published the second one. What's amazing is that we put out two issues in 2017. That was a pretty good run.

This issue has one of the best adventures I've very played for DCC -- While the Gods Laugh by Marc Bruner. It's a 10th level funnel that has to be played to be believed.

I also developed out my "DCC Japan" setting with Duel at Midora Temple, as well as added some additional content over here in the web enhancement.

This was also the first time anyone saw Operation Unfathomable: DCC Edition content! Absolutely loved working on that one with Jason Sholtis.

We had additional writing from David Persinger, Jason Sholtis, James Pozenel, James Spahn, Julian Bernick, and the Mongrels from Flammable Hospital.

Art from David Fisher, Thomas Novosel (cover), Jordan G., Doug Kovacs, Jason Sholtis, Stefan Poag, and Marc Bruner.

The Table of Contents and Editorial are down there. And the web enhancement is over there.

Download PDF • 3.84MB

DAMN Issue 3: Spring/Summer 2018

I think this is the one that broke me. I ran a kickstarter for this issue because we wanted to get more art and writing in. The kickstarter did really well, but I overextended myself in the writing, managing, and layout department. I took so long to finish my own adventure, I ended up having to do the layout myself.

But, I'm really proud of this issue. This is the stuff you'll find there:

  • The Balmorphos Dungeon: The Demon Snake of Balmorphos: First part of a multi-part mega-dungeon by Daniel Bishop!

  • Portal to the Plane of Probability: First published adventure by Cory Gahsman!

  • Cannibal Tiger-Women of Tsaru: The spiritual successor to the God-Seed Awakens! by Paul Wolfe. Why am I using so many exclamation points?!

  • Badass gaming articles by Eric Hoffman, Lee Murphy, Ari-Matti Piippo, and Daniel Vance.

  • The very first DCC RPG comic, The DAMNed, by Jason Sholtis!

  • Artist Spotlight: Feliks RK Pyron

  • Third Party Spotlight: Thick Skull Adventures and Divinities and Cults by Dan Osarchuk!

  • And all the regular features.

And we did two covers!

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