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Adventures in Lankhmar Episode 1: I’ll Just Get My Violin From My Backpack

By April 1, 2020April 10th, 2020Roleplaying Games

I’m wearing blue and I’m pulling down blue, man!

A bunch of old friends play Dungeon Crawl Classics: Lankhmar in an audio-only EOG first!

DCC Lankhmar

We didn’t plan to start an online roleplaying game at the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, but it was good timing. This regular Sunday afternoon game is only two sessions in, and it’s already become a highlight of the week and an excellent antidode to the constant doom and gloom.

The four of us have known each other since high school—about 40 years—and played RPGs many times together over the years. But it’s been a while since the last game, and this is the first time we’ve all sat at our own houses to play together online with the help of Roll20 for dice rolling and shared illustrations, and Blue Jeans for the video conferencing. In fact, we had no plans to record this; it was a last minute decision. So I decided to do a bit of editing and share it with you all, in the hope that you’ll find it entertaining, despite the lack of background music, sound effects, and all the other hallmarks of a professional production!

We’re playing Dungeon Crawl Classics: Lankhmar. Dungeon Crawl Classics is an old-school roleplaying system in the grand tradition of the Advanced D&D we all grew up with; heavy on dice-rolling and luck and ‘theatre of the mind’ rather than tactical combat maps. Lankhmar, of course, is the famous city of fantasy adventure in the world of Newhon, background to many of the adventures of Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser by American author Fritz Leiber.

The players: Myself (Peter) as Game Master; Will (whom of course you know well from my battle reports) as scrawny thief Ivlis; Andrew as battleaxe-wielding warrior Far-feared; and Chris as blue-clad wizard Teebeedee. Join them as they attempt to crack open a merchant’s basement vault and steal a fabled artifact!

Unavoidably of course, there are spoilers here—specifically for the introductory DCC: Lankhmar adventure The Masks of Lankhmar. You have been warned!

If you enjoy listening to this, please let me know! Depending on how many people find it entertaining, I will continue to share our game sessions… or not. Now let’s enter the foggy, dangerous, adventure-haunted streets of Lankhmar!

Oh, and if you’re worried about such things, here’s your naughty language and occasional slightly tasteless joke warning.

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