Ring Side Report- RPG Review of Dungeon Crawl Classics Dying Earth #1: The Laughing Idol of Lar-Shann

Product– Dungeon Crawl Classics Dying Earth #1: The Laughing Idol of Lar-Shann

System- DCC RPG

Producer– Goodman Games

Price– $7 here https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/393055/Dungeon-Crawl-Classics-Dying-Earth-1-The-Laughing-Idol-of-LarShan?affiliate_id=658618  

TL; DR-Solid adventure with a bit of crazy ending. 97%

Basics–  Who wants a drink?  Drawn to a small town where a particularly special liquor is made, you find a massive idol barking orders.  Can you find the liquor before the idol counts down to… something?

Mechanics or Crunch– Ah first level Goodman Game scenarios!  These guys know their mechanics, so everything is solidly done with the right amount of random and fun monsters to fight.  My players and I all had a blast killing monsters, searching, and finding the secrets of the idol.  5/5

Theme or Fluff– Overall this is fun, but I feel the ending gets a bit off.  There are a ton of fun in this  adventure and has some crazy turns that are just perfect for the Dying Earth.  There is one problem with the adventure.  I won’t spoil anything, but I feel like one enemy would not attack the players at the end.  That said, if you run it how you want, it won’t be a problem!.  4.5/5

Execution– PDF? Yep.  Hyperlinked?  Yep. Solid Art?  Yep.  Good layout? Yep!  This is what I expect from a Goodman Games adventure.  Solid work Goodman games!   5/5

Summary–  Ah crazy Dying Earth fun.  This with all the other adventures makes me want to read more Vance.  I love the crunch and the design, but I have a few issues with the ending.  That said, you write your own story as the Judge, so fix it on the fly!  This is a solid adventure that I loved, and I think you will too!  97%

Daily Punch 5-17-23 Curse cleric spell for DCC RPG

Time to make some people pay!

Level 1 Cleric Spell

Level 1 Cleric Spell


Level: 1 Range: Touch Duration: 1 turn or more Casting time: 1 action Sava: Will

General The cleric asks their god to bestow a horrible curse upon the enemy causing the enemy to fail actions or other misfortunes.

Manifestation Roll 1d4: (1) foul purple light surround the target; (2)the area around the target dims; (3)demonic crows smash into the target; (4) discordant music fill the area round the target.

12-13The target has a -1 penalty to all attack rolls for 1 round
14-17The target gains a -1 penalty to all attack rolls for 1 turn
18-19The target gains a -1 penalty to all rolls and last for 1 turn.
20-23The target gains a -2 penalty to all rolls for 1 turn.
24-27The target gains a penalty to all rolls equal to 1d3+CL and last for 1 turn. In addition all targets friendly to the target with in 5′ gain the same curse while in the area.
30-31The target gains a penalty to all rolls equal to 1d3+CL and last for 1 turn. In addition all targets friendly to the target with in 10′ gain the same curse while in the area.
32+The target is unmade and removed from the stream of time as it is punished for its sins. Only the favor of another god can restore the target to existence. This may upset other gods and powers and the caster may choose a lower result instead.

Daily Punch 10-12-20 Elf and Halfling racial template for Star Crawl

How about some more racial templates for star crawl?

Elf: Long lived, graceful, and aloof, elves have lived long enough for some of the oldest of them to see elves go from living in forest homes to living among the stars. The other races think them haughty, but honestly you deserve to be better then the rest as you are just better.
Stat Adjustments: Stamina -1, Intelligence +2, Agility +1
Special Abilities: Long-lived(Elves live up to 500 years), Magical ( choose one level one wizard spell that you cast as a wizard of your level)

Halfling: Adorable and short, halflings are the vagabonds of humanity. These small explorers took to the skies like fish to water as they drive space caravans across the stars.
Stat Adjustments: Stamina -1, Ability +2, Personality +1
Special Abilities: Lucky( when you spent a point of luck, you gain +1d4 instead), small( you are small sized)


Ring Side Report-RPG Review of Dungeon Crawl Classics #94: Neon Knights

Product– Dungeon Crawl Classics #94: Neon Knights

System-DCC RPG

Producer– Goodman Games

Price– $6.99  here https://www.drivethrurpg.com/product/221855/Dungeon-Crawl-Classics-94-Neon-Knights?affiliate_id=658618

TL; DR-Two tastes that don’t quite go together. 78%

Basics-How do we stop a hoard who feels no pain!  Zombies or unfeeling monsters have surrounded the town, and you are called to aid the defence.  But mid-meeting you are whisked away to do the bidding of a wizard.  Can you save the town and stop being a mister fixit on call?

Mechanics or Crunch-This adventure is short!  The major bad guy is the wizard who keeps summoning you.  You can fight the zombies, but the book makes it seem like you will die.  As a DM I would kill you as well.  The tower with the wizard isn’t bad, but he also is pretty much the only thing in it.  It’s a short dungeon with balanced fights, but just not enough of them.  It’s a little too old school as you have to find the fights and the goods here as opposed to them being out in the open for you to pillage and kill.  I didn’t hate it, but it will require you to punch up the adventure to keep your group involved.  4/5

Theme or Fluff-There are not one, but two things for the PCs to face. But, they are tied together.  BUT, only you, the GM, really get that.  The wizard only brings you in when he needs help.  You have to find and explore the place in seven rounds before he sends you back.  The zombies are ok, but why are they here?  I know why because I read the book, but it feels like two different adventures put together.   I didn’t hate this, but even after reveals, my players felt like there were really two adventures here.  Both of the singles are good, but together it’s three Michelen star steak mixed with gold ribbon winning chocolate.  Maybe these two things shouldn’t go together.  3/5

Execution–  PDF?  YEP!  Hyperlinked?  no…That’s honestly my biggest gripe here.  The execution isn’t bad.  I would like clean maps I can show my players without having things marked on the map that they find.  Text read fast and I could play quickly.  It is one of the standard well put together DCC modules I know and love.  4.75/5

Summary-I don’t hate this one, but this might not be the first adventure I show to new players.  I was able to turn this to keeping my players on the purple planet.  It works well that way, but the basic story gets lost in most of the GM fluff.  Not bad, but unless the players work to make friends with their captor, they won’t get it.  The dungeon needs more pieces and stuff to play with in the form of fights or toys.  The presentation is good, but I still want hyperlinks!  Overall, it’s an ok adventure that is maybe a bit too stuffed with disparate things.  78%

Daily Punch 4-8-20 Spell Thief class for DCC RPG

Working on a thing for DCC RPG!  Here is a fun combo class for DCC RPG



Spell Thief

Why work hard when you can get the magic milk for free?  You’ve spent years learning to be the smartest one in the room and along the way you learned a few tricks.  Now you’ve found a way to make a big score. Just a few more rubbes to swindle along the way and you will be set!


Level Attack (Magic Die) Crit Die/ Table Action Dice Known Spells Max Spell Level Ref Fort Will
1 +d3 1d10/III 1d20 3 1 1 1 1
2 +d4 1d12/III 1d20 3 1 1 1 1
3 +d5 1d14/III 1d20 4 1 1 2 2
4 +d6 1d16/IV 1d20 4 2 2 2 2
5 +d7 1d20/IV 1d20 5 2 2 2 2
6 +d8 1d24/V 1d20+1d14 5 3 2 3 3
7 +d10 1d30/V 1d20+1d16 6 3 3 3 3
8 +d10+1 1d30/V 1d20+1d20 6 4 3 4 4
9 +d10+2 2d20/V 1d20+1d20+1d14 7 4 4 4 4
10 +d10+3 2d20/V 1d20+1d20+1d14 7 5 4 5 5
Level Title (all alignments)
1 Spell Swindler
2 Mugger Mage 
3 Sorcery Sneak
4 Hex Hijacker
5 Eldritch Embezzler


Skill\Level 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Backstap 0 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6
Sneak silent 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Hide in shadows 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 8
Climb sheer surfaces 0 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6
Pick locks 0 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6
Find trap 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Disable trap 1 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7
Forge documents 0 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 4
Disguide self 0 0 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4
Read languages 2 3 4 4 5 5 6 6 7 8
Handle poison 0 9 1 1 2 2 3 3 4 4
Bonus on spell theif check and against magic traps 3 5 7 8 9 11 12 13 14 `5


Hit points: A thief gains 1d4 hit points at each level.


Weapon training: A spell thief is trained in these weapons: blackjack, blowgun, crossbow, dagger, dart, garrote, longsword, short sword, sling, and staff. Thieves can’t use any armor besides leather armor.


Alignment: Spell thieves walk a hard line between the order needed to cast magic the the disorder needed to steal.  Most spell thieves tend to be neutral.


Thieving skills: A spell thief learns certain skills that aid his illicit pursuits. A thief can pick locks, find and disable traps, sneak silently, hide in shadows, climb sheer surfaces, forge documents, pick pockets, handle poison, and a bonus against magic trips and spell thief checks.  These function as a theif’s skills.


Magic: A spell thief cast spells as a wizard.  At 1st level a spell thief determines 2 spells that he knows.  To cast a spell the spell thief makes a 1d20 + Intelligence modifier + magic die.


Spell Thief: A spell thief gains the ability to negate and learn a spell cast against him.  If the subject of a spell, the spell thief can choose to make a 1d20 + Intelligence modifier + spell thief check + magic die.  If the spell thief succeeds, the spell thief learns the spell in addition to its normal spell amount. If the spell thief fails, he is subject to the spell as normal.


Luck: A spell thief’s Luck modifier applies to rolls for checks to steal spells.
Action Die:  A thief uses his action dice for any normal activity, including attacks, skill checks, and spells.





Daily Punch 3-4-15 Mystic Arcanist Class for Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG

You know what I haven’t done for a long time?  Made a class for DCC RPG!  Let’s mix the wizard and the cleric and see what falls out?

Mystic Arcanist

Hit Points: A mystic arcanist gains 1d6 hit points per level.

Armor and Weapon training: A mystic arcanist is proficient with all armors and weapons a cleric is proficient with.

Alignment: Mystic arcanists are called from all alignments as the gods grant power to all who serve them as they serve them.  Depending how they see themselves, they may choose to name themselves based on the names for wizards or clerics of their same level.

Cleric and Wizard Powers:  A mystic arcanist gains all the powers of a cleric, but does not gain the turn ability using personality for all cleric spell  and lay on hands checks.  A mystic arcanis gains the magic abilities of a wizard using intelligence to cast all the wizard spells.  A mystic arcanis may never have a patron that is not a greater devil, greater fiend, or  a god as those are the creatures that grant the mystic arcanist his/her spell casting ability.

Disapproval and Corruption: When a mystic arcanis gains disapproval or corruption from a cleric or wizard spell, the mystis arcanis also gains the other effect.  If a wizard spell causes corruption, he or she also gains disapproval.  When a mystic arcanist gains disapproval, the mystic arcanis chooses an equal leveled known wizards spell and gains the corruption effect of that spell.  If unable to choose a spell of the same level, the next highest level spell is chosen instead.


Luck: A mystic arcanist’s luck score is added to all spell casting checks for both divine and arcane magic.


Level Attack Crit Die/ Table Action Die Wizard Spells Known Max Wizard Spell



Cleric Spells Known Level 1 Cleric Spells Known Level 2 Cleric Spells Known Level 3 Cleric Spells Known Level 4 Cleric Spells Known Level 5 Ref Fort Will
1 0 1d7/II 1d20 2 1 2 0 0 1
2 1 1d7/II 1d20 2 1 3 1 1 1
3 1 1d8/II 1d20 3 2 3 2 1 1 2
4 2 1d10/II 1d20 3 2 3 2 2 2 2
5 2 1d10/II 1d20 4 3 3 3 1 2 2 3
6 3 1d12/II 1d20+1d14 4 3 3 3 1 2 2 4
7 3 1d12/II 1d20+1d16 5 4 4 3 2 1 3 2 4
8 4 1d14/II 1d20+1d16 6 4 4 3 2 1 3 3 5
9 4 1d14/II 1d20+1d20 7 5 4 3 3 2 1 3 3 5
10 5 1d16/II 1d20+1d20 8 5 4 4 3 2 1 4 4 6