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Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG $24.99
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Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Joel W. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/19/2014 21:19:07
This game is Dungeons and Dragons turned up to 11! This heavy-metal flavored fantasy game is what Gygax and Arneson would have written if they had 30 years of RPG game design under their belt in 1974.

The Third Edition of D&D (the same edition that Pathfinder is based on) is the underpinning to this thrill ride. Some of the awesome OSR flavor that this game oozes:

* 3d6 in order stat generation. No swaps, no rolling 4d6, no mulligans.
* High PC mortality. Everyone starts with 4 PCs, with the assumption a few will die during the 1st adventure.
* Each arcane magic spell is customized per wizard using the Mercurial Magic rules.
* Every spell has its own d20 based chart the spellcaster rolls on to determine effect, with higher spell rolls producing bigger, more powerful effects.
* Powerful demi-gods and demons that take a direct interest in the PCs. The PCs may choose to Bond with these Patrons.
* Charisma stat is replaced with Luck stat that PCs can (permanently!) burn to make important rolls.
* Amazing adventure support that keeps the PCs on their toes. No boring empty rooms, bland orc fights, or lame 2000 copper treasures.
* Righteous GM advice to run engaging and fantastic games.
* Classic style art all throughout the nearly 500 page tome. Each picture is a dozen adventures! :)
* Moar dice! Uses standard polyhedrals plus d3, d5, d7, d14. d16, d24, and d30 in a brilliant dice chain mechanic.

I chose this game over Pathfinder, DnD Next, and 13th Age. It gets to the core of what I love without giant skill lists or feat trees. Buy this game!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by David F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 04/18/2014 14:17:00
DCC is one of those systems that'll primarily appeal to all the 40 something people who remember the early RPG games of old and crave for a concise system that takes what is embedded in their long term grey cells and stimulate them enough to start gaming again. Personally I've read many systems and played most of them over my 35 year gaming life and DCC has to rate as one of my all time favourite's.

If you're used to the D&D and AD&D systems c.30 years ago, there is much here that is familiar, but all done in a refreshingly retro style. Goodman Games have created an atmosphere as well which comes through as you delve through the pages and I for one couldn't wait to try out the ideas presented in the book. I especially like the strict '3D6 in the order you've rolled them' character creation system. Indeed, my regular troop of player were very 'on edge' for their first 0 level session, which despite the 70% loss of characters, they all thoroughly enjoyed enough to make the investment in the system.

I cannot recommend this fun system enough for oldies like myself as well as making an excellent introductory system for newbies too.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Patrick D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/01/2014 03:35:54
This game really hit a nerve with me; I found the balance of light mechanics and ingenious mods to a very stripped down 3rd Ed base the perfect balance of old and new.

Yes, there are a good number of tables that you might need to reference for spells, fumbles, crits and deeds...I actually like this...print them off and make each player responsible for one each and you're sorted!

On another note, the philosophy of character death has already changed my group's attitude and style of play so that they now respect the consequences of their actions far more.
The philosophy is that death should be a real risk to PCs; for too long I have watched parties act stupidly and get away with it...no longer!!!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by James L. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 01/17/2014 08:21:38
Even for the artwork alone, DCC is worth purchasing. I had extremely high hopes for this game, and for many items it hits the sweet spot (ascending AC, 3-save system, etc.). I think the magic system could be toned down a bit, and I'm not a huge fan of the funky dice. We already have plenty of dice to use.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Scott D. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/02/2013 00:00:00
I have been looking for something new, but I cannot stand d20 and the D&D 3.0; 3.5; 4.0; D&DNext and blah de blah Prestige Classes/never ending expansion of game system, with its quantum leaps in power every level. This is the ultimate in munchkin/monty haul. And, it gets no fun, fast.

THIS game system is familiar to old school gamers, but with lots of new twists. Cool spin on magic, cool spin on Critical Hits and Fumbles, everything. Everything in one, long, beefy book. No needless complexity, but crunchy complexity where it is needed.

I just bought the Rules and read them, and I am trying to get my group to convert from a retro 1st Ed AD&D game we just started. These rules allow a player to ANYTHING in combat, but flexibly and intuitively and quickly., but in a way which makes sense and seems fair.

Its a different approach that feels familiar, fast to play, and I am pretty excited. Best new rules I've read in a LONG time. Well done, Goodman Games! Highly recommended!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Nicholas J. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/07/2013 00:02:35
There are an awful lot of favorable reviews floating around out there - for good reason. This is an absolutely brilliant system. It's like B/X D&D and D20 had a baby, midwifed by Michael Moorcock, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Clark Ashton Smith.

The positives are numerous, but these immediately stood out to me.
1. This book is packed with fantastic old-school illustrations and many of the classic TSR artists of yore contributed pieces for it (Easley, Otus, Nicholson, Roslof, etc.)
2. System complete. Everything in one book; no need to buy a ton of splat books or accessories to get a complete game.
3. Table heavy, but rules-lite. This might seem contradictory at first, but despite the array of lookup tables for critical hits and spell effects, it plays a lot more intuitively than you would think (especially if you track down some of the excellent player made reference sheets or purple sorcerer's excellent table/smartphone app).
4. Magic done right. It's dangerous, it's unpredictable and it immediately brings to mind the dark sorcery of the Conan or Elric novels.
5. Warriors are finally fun. Too often the humble fighter in RPGs is relegated to simple die rolls and not a lot of flavor, or they are overly burdened with feats and skills that feel rigid and narrow. Not here. The warrior with his "mighty deeds" gets multiple opportunities per combat to shine and the system actively encourages players to be creative, inventing and describing the deeds they want to attempt.
6. Race as class done right. Some people might balk at being "just a dwarf" or "just an elf," but mechanically and stylistically they have just the right amount of flavor and uniqueness to allow a player to really stretch into a role and make it their own.

Downsides? For me it's possibly the best game I've purchased/played in years. However, no game is perfect for all people and DCC RPG is no exception. If you really enjoy long-lived characters that you carefully plan from level 1 and abhor randomness in an RPG then this probably isn't the game for you. DCC is unabashedly old-school in it's design with it's 3d6 in order, 0-level character (death) funnel, corruption effects for wizards and its utter and complete disdain for encounter and character balance. (Here's a hint: If you feel like you're losing, then run!)

In short, this game is ideally suited for people who love classic swords and sorcery (appendix N) role-playing. If you favor more Tolkien-esque fantasy RPGs, with predictably scaled encounters and magic that functions according to very static and dependable rules, then I'd definitely look elsewhere, because DCC RPG is not that game.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Roger L. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 03/27/2013 07:30:37
Dungeon Crawl Classics (im Weiteren: DCC) erinnert mich an die Zeit, als ich ein ganz altes Dungeons & Dragons Basisbuch bei jemand auf Besuch aufgeschlagen habe. Wie bei einer Zeitreise fühlt man sich zurückversetzt. Als das erste Abenteuer in einen Kerker mit Goblins führte. Als man sich noch nicht fragte, wie Flugdrachen unter die Erde kommen und wo eigentlich das Klo für kleine Monster ist...

Erscheinungsbild
Das PDF ist mit Ausnahme von fünf Seiten in Schwarz und Weiß gehalten.

Die Illustratoren haben schon zu vielen alten D&D-Regelwerken beigetragen. Leider ergibt sich der Eindruck eines Sammelsuriums, und mehrere Stile sind wild durcheinander gemischt. Manchmal untermalen sie den Text, manchmal wirken sie wie Füllmaterial. Da wurde zu viel gemischt, und es ergibt sich keine Stimmung. Viel ist eben auch nicht unbedingt gut. Nostalgie ginge auch anders.

Der Text ist gut gelayoutet und gut zu lesen. Die gewählten Schriften sind ansprechend. Mehrstufig gestaffelte Bookmarks erleichtern das Auffinden wesentlicher Inhalte. Der Index und die Auflistung der Tabellen enthalten nicht die korrekten Seitenzahlen des PDFs, sondern die des Buches (Versatz von drei Seiten). Außerdem sind sie leider im PDF nicht anklickbar, was gerade bei dem Index für Tabellen ein echtes Manko darstellt.

Die Spielwelt

Kurz gesagt: Es wird keine mitgeliefert. Das liegt an der Historie des Systems selbst:

In den ursprünglichen D&D-Regelwerken gab es einen Anhang N. Dieser war eine Bibliographie all der Fantasy-Werke, die als Inspiration für das System gedient hatten. Die gleiche Inspiration liegt auch DCC zugrunde – mit dem Unterschied, dass DCC geschrieben wurde, um in den Welten des „Appendix N“ zu spielen.

Das Setting ist somit variabel und nicht im Basisbuch enthalten. Es gibt ein paar Tipps an den Spielleiter zum Entwerfen einer solchen Welt. Es sind ein paar Gottheiten, Schutzgeister und -dämonen enthalten. Und es gibt drei typische Fantasy-Rassen. (Die man ja auch unterschiedlich ausspielen kann.)

Die Regeln

DCC stellt sich in vielerlei Hinsicht in die Tradition des klassischen D&D. Es gibt Klassen (Warrior, Wizard, Thief, Cleric) und Rassen (Elf, Halfling, Dwarf). Ein Elf ist eine Variante des Magiers, ein Halbling des Diebes, und ein Zwerg des Kriegers. Es gibt ihn also wieder: den Elfen der Stufe 1. Die Rassen bringen noch andere interessante Aspekte ein, setzen sich also von den Klassen etwas ab.

An weiteren Ähnlichkeiten wären da die Zauber, die man pro Stufe lernt. Trefferpunkte, die man auswürfelt und ebenso pro Stufe dazugewinnt. Man hat relativ übliche Hauptattribute wie Strength, Agility, Stamina, Personality, Intelligence und Luck. Diese bringen Zuschläge und Abzüge auf Würfelwürfe. Das Hauptziel ist es für gewöhnlich, eine Zahl mit einem W20 zu erreichen oder zu übertreffen. Auch die Rettungswürfe (Reflex, Fortitude und Will) gegen verschiedene Bedrohungen gibt es. Und auch drei Alignments (Lawful, Neutral, Chaotic) dürfen nicht fehlen.

Soweit recht bekannt und sicherlich nichts Neues.

DCC ist aber kein reiner „Old School Renaissance“-D&D-Klon (im Weiteren: OSR). Die Wurzeln des Produkts gehen bereits auf 2003 zurück, wie der Autor betont. Er sieht es damit zeitlich vor der eigentlichen OSR-Welle. Während viele Spielmechaniken auf Altbewährtem basieren, gibt es doch deutliche Unterschiede im Detail.
Besondere Mechaniken
Zentral für das Spiel ist die sogenannte „Würfelkette“ (Dice Chain), die auch ungewohnte Würfel umfasst:

[box]W3 – W4 – W5 – W6 – W7 – W8 – W10 – W12 – W14 – W16 – W20 – W24 – W30[/box]

Würfel, die im Spiel verwendet werden, werden manchmal „hochgestuft“ (stepped up) oder „runtergestuft“ (stepped down). Damit verschieben sich die Wahrscheinlichkeiten etwas zu Gunsten oder Ungunsten des Spielers. Zum Beispiel können Halblinge mit zwei Waffen angreifen. Sie würfeln dabei aber beide Angriffe mit W16 und müssen doch dieselbe Zielzahl erreichen. Ähnlich wird die zweite Attacke oder der zweite Zauber höherstufiger Charaktere behandelt. Oder das Schießen über große Entfernungen, Geländenachteile und Waffen, mit denen der Charakter nicht umgehen kann. Nicht alle Nach- und Vorteile sind durch ab- und aufsteigende Würfel modelliert, sondern geben feste Abzüge oder Zuschläge.

[box]Beispiele:

Ein Bauer, der mit dem Langbogen schießen will, ohne Ausbildung an der Waffe und auf große Distanz, der würfelt eben W14 statt W20. Sein W20 wurde entlang der Würfelkette zweimal herabgestuft: W20 => W16 => W14. (Duckt sich der Gegner dabei auch noch, ist die Formel W14 – 2.)

Ein ausgebildeter Krieger der Stufe 1 kennt den Langbogen. Krieger erhalten keinen festen Attackezuschlag, aber einen Extrawürfel, den Deed Die. Der Krieger schießt auf lange Distanz, also wird sein W20 zu W16. Sein Deed Die auf Level 1 ist W3. Sein Wurf für den Schuss ist W16 + W3. Ein Krieger Stufe 5 dürfte nicht nur mit W16 + W7 werfen, seine zweite Attacke darf er normalerweise mit einem Basiswürfel von W14 durchführen. Also kann er sogar noch einen zweiten Schuss mit W12 + W7 hinterher feuern.

Ein Zauberer der Stufe 5 ist ebenso am Bogen ausgebildet. Er schießt auch mit W16 auf die große Entfernung, darf aber +2 Attacke-Bonus aus seiner Stufen-Tabelle hinzuaddieren. Damit schießt er mit W16 + 2 für den gleichen Angriffsversuch.[/box]

Die zu erreichende Zahl bei solchen Angriffen ist die Rüstungsklasse. Diese verhält sich ganz unklassisch wie bei der 3rd Edition von D&D und steigt an. Der Basiswert ist auch hier ohne Modifikation 10. In der Lederrüstung wäre das schon 12.

Ein ebenso zentrales Element stellen Tabellen dar. Vieles im Spiel wird auf Tabellen ausgewürfelt – der Glücksbonus eines Charakters, kritische Treffer, die Folgen eines leichten Fehlschlags beim Zaubern (Misfire) oder ein echter Patzer (Corruption). Manchmal wird einfach mit einem Würfel passender Größe auf eine Tabelle gewürfelt. Manchmal wird das Ergebnis des vorigen Wurfes modifiziert. Ein paar Tabellen sind dabei so groß, dass sie den W100 verwenden.

Magie

Auch bei der Magie lehnt sich DCC an D&D an, ohne das gleiche System zu verwenden. Zauberer und Kleriker kennen bestimmte, unterschiedliche Zauber. In D&D hatte man Spell Slots - man konnte den Zauber zuverlässig wirken, aber dann war er bis zur Regenerierung verloren. Außerdem musste man sich während einer Rast entscheiden, welche Zauber man sich einprägte. Dies stellte eine wirkungsvolle Limitierung der Macht besonderer niedrigstufiger Zauberer dar, war aber nicht unbedingt die stimmungsvollste Spielmechanik. Sie konnte dazu führen, dass ein Zauberer sich nur einen Spruch merken konnte und dieser eben so gar nicht zur bespielten Situation passte.

DCC verfährt da anders. Es sind dem Wirken von Zaubern, die man schon kennt, erst mal keine Grenzen gesetzt. Solange man Erfolg hat...

Kleriker verlieren die Verfügung über einen Zauber, wenn sie Patzer würfeln. (Normalerweise ist eine gewürfelte 1 ein echter Patzer.) Und jedes Mal, wenn sie bei der Zauberprobe zumindest versagen, steigt die Wahrscheinlichkeit für einen Patzer. Fallen sie mit Patzern bei der Gottheit in Ungnade, heißt es: Buße tun.

Zauberer trifft es sogar schlimmer. Bei einer vergeigten Probe droht der Verlust des Zaubers für den Tag, manchmal schlägt die Magie aber zusätzlich auf ihn oder die Gruppe zurück (Misfire). Und bei mächtigen Zaubern droht sogar dauerhafte Schädigung (Corruption). Wer keine Lust auf dauerhaft entstellende Warzen oder die Abreise in den siebten Kreis der Hölle hat, der lässt von mächtiger Schwarzmagie lieber die Finger.

Zaubernde Klassen wie Magier, Kleriker und Elfen sind also sehr mächtig, unterliegen aber auch wirkungsvollen Einschränkungen. Die Götter sind launisch und die Magie will gebändigt sein. Gerade bei Klerikern ist der Spielleiter dazu angehalten, zu überprüfen, ob das gespielte Verhalten zu den Anliegen der Gottheit passt.

Bei metaphysischen Angriffen muss der Spell Check gegen 10 + 2 * Stufe des Zaubers gelingen. Zusätzlich steigen die Effekte von Zaubersprüchen oft mit höheren Ergebnissen.

Beispiel:

Der gleiche Magier der Stufe 5 darf übrigens auch einen Zauber als zweite Attacke hinterher schleudern – und beginnt mit W14 + 5 als Basiswurf. Er wählt den Zauber Scorching Ray und muss eine 14 erreichen, weil der Spruch Zauber-Stufe 2 hat.

Das Risiko ist nicht besonders groß, weil der Zauber selbst bei 12 und 13 laut Beschreibung zwar fehlschlägt, aber sich nicht verbraucht. Bei 2 bis 11 ist der Zauber laut Tabelle für den Tag nicht mehr verfügbar. Ein Ergebnis, das mit weniger als 50% Wahrscheinlichkeit eintritt (schon eine 7 als Wurf wäre ja eine 7 + 5 = 12). Ein Misfire oder eine Corruption ist sogar nur mit einer echten 1 als Patzer möglich, da ein Ergebnis von 1 in dieser Situation anders gar nicht zu erreichen ist. (Eine 1 beim Wurf bleibt aber ein echter Patzer.)

Eine weitere Abwandlung ist die Mercurial Magic. Für jeden Zauberbegabten manifestiert sich die Magie anders. Für jeden gelernten Spruch wird mit einem W100 geworfen und die Zauberwirkung dauerhaft mit dem Ergebnis aus der Tabelle modifiziert. Dadurch ergeben sich oft mächtige Nebeneffekte. Auch durch hohe Würfelwürfe gibt es ja Seiteneffekte. Nimmt man beides zusammen, gibt es sehr viele Variationen der Ursprungszauber, die besonders beim nächsten Spiel mit neuen Charakteren wieder eine ganz neue Vielfalt ins Spiel bringen.

Von den insgesamt 480 Seiten entfallen allein 173 auf Zauber. Ein Zauber kann ein bis zwei Seiten einnehmen wegen der umfangreichen Tabellen.
Charaktererschaffung
Ein zentrales Spielelement ist „der Trichter“ (the funnel). Damit beschreibt DCC den Prozess der Charaktererschaffung. Jeder Spieler erwürfelt 2-4 Charaktere auf Level 0. Das sind Bauern, Handwerker oder Alchemisten. Sie haben sehr wenige Lebenspunkte (1W4), und werden zufällig mit Attributswerten (3W6 für jedes Attribut) ausgestattet. Auch der Beruf und der Glücksmodifikator werden per Tabelle erwürfelt.

Mit einer entsprechend großen Truppe zieht man dann ins erste Dungeon ein. Ja, ein echtes erstes Abenteuer mit ausgearbeitetem Verließ, Tempel oder sonstiger Kulisse. Diese Ansammlung von Wagemutigen versucht nun, sich einen Schatz anzueignen. Oder fiese Kultisten zu erledigen. Dabei werden zwangsweise einige davon ableben.

Genauso, wie sich ein Trichter verengt, verkleinert sich die Auswahl möglicher Charaktere. Die Auswahl des finalen Charakters für weitere Abenteuer ist dadurch teilweise zufällig und wird teilweise erspielt. Sobald man zehn Erfahrungspunkte in einem Abenteuer gesammelt hat und/oder das erste Abenteuer beendet hat, wählt man eine der verfügbaren Klassen. (Nur den nicht-menschlichen Rassen ist der Weg bereits vorgezeichnet. Erwürfelt man einen Zwerg bei der „Berufswahl“, so bleibt er ein Zwerg auf Stufe 1.)

Dies teilt das Spiel konzeptuell in zwei Abschnitte. Während des Trichters kommt es zur eigentlichen Charakterwahl. Die Charaktere zeichnet noch nicht viel aus, und sie können noch nicht nichts Besonderes. Ein paar Boni durch die Attribute sind die einzigen Unterschiede. Nach dem Aufstieg auf Stufe 1 gibt es plötzlich massive Unterschiede durch die einzelnen Klassen und Rassen.

Der Autor glaubt so, dem Powergaming einen Riegel vorschieben zu können. Dafür soll die Zufallskomponente sorgen. Gleichzeitig soll das Prinzip des Trichters eine Bindung zwischen dem erwürfelten Charakter und dem Spieler herstellen. Schließlich hat man dieses zarte Pflänzchen ja durch sein erstes Abenteuer geschleust.

Ein Charakterbogen fehlt im Grundregelwerk. Aber es gibt sie zum Download (s.u.).

Spielbarkeit aus Spielleitersicht

Die Herausforderung an den Spielleiter ist klar: Bis zum zweiten Abenteuer muss er praktisch alle Regeln intus haben. Das ist beherrschbar, aber doch genauso viel Arbeit wie für alle anderen Spieler zusammen. Mitspieler, die hier aktiv mithelfen und -lesen, sind sicher hilfreich, den Überblick zu bewahren.

Der Spielleiter wird sicher nicht umhin kommen, seinen Spielern Teile des Regelwerks zu kopieren oder auszudrucken. Zumindest die Kurzbeschreibung der Charakterklassen sollte am Spieltisch separat vorhanden sein. Die Beschreibungen bekannter Sprüche sollten zumindest im Buch angemerkt sein. Da so viel im Spiel über Tabellen gehandhabt wird, sind ein paar Lesezeichen von Haus aus hilfreich.

Reichlich Material zum Bespielen gibt es sicherlich über das Grundregelwerk hinaus (s.u.). Allein Goodman Games selbst hat z.Z. 74 Abenteuermodule im Angebot (Klick).

Spielbarkeit aus Spielersicht

Das erste Abenteuer ist für Spieler sicherlich sehr einfach. Da die Charaktere der Stufe 0 keinerlei Sonderfertigkeiten haben, werden die Basisregeln eingeübt, ohne viel wissen zu müssen. Die grundlegenden Spielmechaniken gehen so ins Blut.

Im zweiten Abenteuer hat man im Allgemeinen Stufe 1 erreicht. Dafür sollte man sich das Wissen über die eigene Charakterklasse aneignen. Für Magier ist die Lernkurve sicherlich steiler, aber selbst da bleibt es beherrschbar – man kennt ja nur einige wenige Zauber am Anfang. Nach dem zweiten Abenteuer greift man jenseits der Tabellen eher selten zum Buch.

Vom Gefühl her würde ich sagen, dass jedem Spieler eine gewisse Individualisierung geboten wird. Wirklich auf ihre Kosten kommen natürlich die Magier – jedes Mal anders durch die Unberechenbarkeit magischer Effekte. Zwar hat jede Klasse ihre Stärken, aber so wirr und trickreich wie ein Magier ist keine andere. Sie haben wahrscheinlich die kürzesten und interessantesten Leben... und der Spieler die meiste Mühe, den Überblick zu bewahren
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Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis

480 Seiten sind schon ganz ordentlich. Ein großer Teil davon sind aber einfach nur Tabellen oder umfangreiche Illustrationen. Die Tabellen sind liebevoll gestaltet – z.B. passt jeder Patzer zum jeweiligen Zauber. Die Illustrationen stellen oft jedoch keinen echten Mehrwert dar.

Fazit

Auch wenn DCC nicht das minimalste Regelwerk hat, bleibt es überschaubar. Tabellen erzeugen oft komplexe und immer wieder interessante Ergebnisse ohne eine ebenso komplexe Spielmechanik zu erfordern. Ob man es mag, nach den meisten Würfen in eine Tabelle zu schauen, sei mal dahingestellt. Mit ein paar kopierten Auszügen für die Spieler geht das sicher fix von der Hand.

Insgesamt wirkt DCC gut spielbar. Nicht so simpel, dass es nicht fordern würde. Nicht so komplex, dass es überfordern würde. Die halb-willkürliche Charaktererstellung inklusive später Berufswahl ist definitiv Geschmackssache. Mit wenigen Ausnahmen dominiert das Würfelglück das Spielgeschehen.

Ein Spiel, dem man mal eine Chance geben sollte. Vielleicht wächst einem ein grässlich mutierter Magier einfach ans Herz.

Bonus/Downloadcontent

Charakterbögen gibt es zum Herunterladen (Klick). Sie sind eher einfach gestrickt.
Unsere Bewertung

Erscheinungsbild 3/5 Viele Illustrationen, wenn auch nicht unbedingt gute. Gut zu lesen.
Spielwelt Keine. Fließt in die Wertung nicht ein.
Regeln 3,5/5 Nicht immer innovativ, aber dem Thema angemessen.
Charaktererschaffung 3/5 Eine Mischung aus Willkür der Würfel und Spielerentscheidung.
Spielbarkeit aus Spielleitersicht 3,5/5 Zu Beginn ist es schwierig, die Übersicht zu bewahren.
Spielbarkeit aus Spielersicht 4/5 Als Spieler wird man graduell ins System eingeführt.
Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis 4/5 25 Seiten pro USD beim PDF.
Gesamt 3,5/5

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by James F. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/14/2013 06:16:16
I enjoyed the beta-test but wasn't too sure about what the final result would look like. I'm really happy with the end result. It's a flashback to 1st Ed D&D without the annoying negative armor classes and confusing saving throws.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Jobe B. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 03/05/2013 13:32:14
DCC RPG is absolutely my favorite fantasy roleplaying game now. I like it so much I own 3 copies of it. You can't go wrong giving this book as a gift to your DM. The artwork alone is worth the price of admission.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by James M. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 12/14/2012 14:55:33
Initially reluctant to go the retro clone route (even though I loved OD&D and 1st edition AD&D), I decided to to finally purchase DCC. I'm glad I did. You should too. The wealth of adventure modules alone is astounding!
Buy it, you'll enjoy it!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Ted C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/19/2012 22:40:20
I've been playing RPG's since 1981and have experience a lot of rules systems. This is an excellent system that blasts pulp Sword & Sorcery right back into your gray cells. There is fantastic retro styled S&S art on almost every page and the rules are designed around busy people who want memorable adventures to remember rather than min/max accounting sessions.

The XP system is dead simple to understand and use.
The funnel system of character creation is brilliant!

This game is about adventure and making the most of your play sessions, with minimal down time crunching numbers and bookkeeping. It's based on the Appendix N 'Inspirational Reading' of the original Gary Gygax AD&D and it shows. Very inspired RPG and I highly recommend checking it out.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Jason H. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 08/09/2012 09:39:02
We finished the 0-level funnel adventure, Perils of the Sunken City, and ready are to dig into SC2: The Ooze Pits of Jonas Gralk with actual class level characters. Aside from these 3rd party adventures being outstanding, this review is for the DCC ruleset itself, which is such a lovingly crafted game one cannot help but admire the craftsmanship, time and thought that went into it.

First off, the art is reminiscent of 70s and 80s era artwork, and for me, i love that. I think a lot of older gamers will feel that same nostalgic tug. It even has a few silly cartoons thrown in there.

What is similar to current edition D&D? Fighter, Thief, Wizard, Cleric. D20 rolls. Skill DCs.

What is different? LOTS. The 7 main classes, fighter, thief, wizard, cleric, elf, halfling and dwarf, all have very, very different abilities. Magic is powerful and mysterious in this game, and can actually corrupt a wizard physically and spiritually. Clerics call upon divine intervention, but can possibly displease their deity and must make appeals and sacrifices. Thieves have the standard set up thief skills everyone is used too, but they have special Luck recharging bonuses that most other classes lack. The fighter is special too, not just a dude who swings a sword, he has a special ability called Mighty Deed of Arms, which basically means, "If the player can think of something cool to do in combat, here's his chance at success." Thsi can be anything from plucking out the eyeball of a basilisk, parrying an attack, kicking someone down a set of stairs, swinging across a chandelier and impaling the black knight, etc.

The racial classes are interesting too: elves are essentially fighter-mages, halflings are thiefy, and dwarves make excellent fighters.

What else is different? The Critical Hit and Fumble charts. This game is DANGEROUS. Losing limbs and organs can be a common occurrence. For me, i think i might tone down some of that lethality just so the PCs can survive a little longer, but the system is imminently tweakable, i don't think any gamemaster in the world could resist putting his own stamp or twist on the rules.

There is more, but in the end i just have to say...buy it. You won't regret it.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by James C. [Verified Purchaser]
Date Added: 07/20/2012 12:23:34
This is one of the better Original Edition Inspired RPGs I have seen hit the market in awhile. While I have a great love of Lamentations of the Flame Princess, Castles and Crusades, and Swords & Wizardry DCC has a vibe all its own. Some people might say the game is crunchy, but that is where the fun begins. No one session is alike, the play is very random and keeps the players and referee on his/her toes. The game is class and level based and really takes the classic Appendix N to heart. Herein you will find true classic Swords and Sorcery handed over on a unique and well crafted plate. Also the third party support on this game is amazing!

If you do not own DCC and you are a fan of classic D&D or Swords & Sorcery, you need to pick this up now!

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Megan R. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 07/19/2012 13:11:04
Back in the mists of time, I wandered into a meeting of the university's then wargames club and over the sound of jawbones hitting the floor at the sight of a woman, a lanky fellow asked "Would you like to play D&D?"

Opening this work takes me back to the sheer wonders and excitement that followed. The whole style, the artwork, the words, are redolent of those early books that soon found their way onto my bookshelves alongside the botany textbooks... and yet, this isn't merely another retro-clone, it is a coherent game in its own right, bringing its own freshness and elegance to the core of fantasy role-playing: the small band of adventurers battling enormous odds and terrifying monsters in search of awesome magics and heaps of treasure.

The opening pages include myriad armies of humanoids bearing the credits aloft on banners, passing a list of playtesters and even some photos of early games on their way to the introduction... or at least an admonitory page that lists what you are expected to bring to a reading of this tome, along with a large fire-breathing dragon to deal with those who come unprepared!

Then on to the Introduction, where the core mechanic of a single d20 roll is explained with sections detailing the differences and similarities depending on which rules systems you already know. That one page pretty much sets you up, the remaining hundreds supply the fine detail, the meat for the bones.

So, on to Chapter 1: Characters. Herein is the first novel concept, the 'Character Creation Funnel' where instead of labouring over a finely-honed character long before you get to adventuring, you create a handful of completely random Level 0 characters for each player, and run the whole lot through an adventure or two, unprepared as they are. Those that survive are rewarded with a proper character class and all the other stuff that most of us reckon belongs on a character sheet and, armed already with tales of the overwhelming odds that they have overcome, they'll be ready for the real adventures to begin. It's different, it sets the style of a game in which it is less important what awesome stats or cool gear you have than it matters what you do with it, an acknowledgement of the staple of fantasy fiction where some gawky unprepared farmboy or alley rat finds himself thrust into epic adventures and makes good.

These basic characters are described by their ability scores that represent their Strength, Agility, Stamina, Personality, Intelligence and Luck; all rolled in that order with 3d6. Game balance? Character concept? Pah! Roll your bones and live with what you get. Or not, this Level 0 fellow may not have a long life... but maybe he'll be a legendary sword-swinger or spell-caster before you are done with him. This new-spawned character is supplied with a random occupation (the trade he plied before some whim sent him adventuring) complete with appropriate trade goods and a weapon that he's learned to use, at least well enough to be more of a menace to monsters than to his friends. The 'occupation' table includes demi-human races, and in this game those who survive long enough to get a character class will find that their class is Dwarf or Elf or Halfling, rather than Wizard, Warrior, Cleric or Thief... each has its own section explaining what they can do, the abilities and resources on which they can draw as their career progresses.

Next comes Chapter 2: Skills. As well as being able to fight, and maybe cast spells or thieve, characters have skills pertaining to whatever occupation they had before they started on the road to fame, fortune or an early grave as an adventurer. If a skill is appropriate to what you are trying to do, and you can argue the case for someone of your trade knowing that skill, you can roll a d20 to attempt it, else you roll a d10 to represent 'untrained' use of that particular skill. Yet these skill checks are best kept for when abstraction seems appropriate - if players can describe clearly what they are doing in the given situation, the results may well be obvious to the referee and the dice won't be needed. So this is a short chapter, and we move on to Chapter 3: Equipment.

Starting characters of Level 0 are regarded as peasants who have probably never seen, let alone possessed, a gold piece in their lives (apparently the offspring of nobility or even wealthy professionals never go adventuring!) and are gifted a basic weapon from their former occupation, so will not be buying much. However, those who survive long enough to amass some loot are likely to want to spend it on gear so weapons, armour and some basic items of equipment are to be found here with prices and other details. For those wishing to start at higher levels, there are suggested 'starting gold' figures as well.

Next is Chapter 4: Combat. This covers the basics of the combat resolution system, with the assumption that the referee already has a fair idea of what he is doing from other similar games. One refreshing point is that the use of miniatures and battlemaps is, if not actively discouraged, regarded as optional. Combat is turn-based, with group initiative at low levels (moving to character-based initiative once the surviving few are all that remain of the original mob). Most characters can undertake but one action - fight, cast a spell or the like - as well as move when it is their turn. Normal attack rolls, along with criticals and fumbles (ranging from making yourself the laughing stock of the party to stabbing yourself and falling flat on your back!) are covered in sufficient detail to empower the orderly running of a combat encounter. Whilst the main focus is on melee, ranged and mounted combat are also detailed. Characters who fancy having songs written about them have a chance at performing a Mighty Deed of Arms - provided that they say so before rolling their dice, and roll well when they do so. Characters are encouraged to devise a 'Signature Deed' that they specialise in, although this is as much for colour than it is for mechanical effect!

All this skill at arms has the inevitable result of dealing damage and even causing death, so this is the next topic to be discussed. When a Level 0 character runs out of hit points that's it, he's dead; but as characters rise in level they get a bit tougher and there's a window of opportunity to save them before they bleed out entirely... although it is likely that they will suffer permanent damage and have a fine scar to show the grandchildren! Healing and other combat-related matters are dealt with here as well, from fighting two-handed to turning undead by use of a holy symbol and even spell duels!

Appropriately, then, next comes Chapter 5: Magic. This starts with an awful warning: magic is not something to be meddled with lightly. It's dangerous, hard to control and can levy a heavy price on those who dare to wield it. Hence, there are no casual, off-the-cuff small magics, the sort to make life convenient, just the big spectacular spells. The source of magical power depends on what sort of spell-caster you are. Clerics, naturally, draw on their deities. Wizards may practise white magic (or enchantments), elemental magic or consort with demons to learn black magic. In game mechanical terms, however, they work if you make a spell check, a d20 roll with appropriate modifiers, which you have to roll every time you want to cast a spell. Wizards desperate to succeed can engage in 'spellburn' which is a process to enhance capabilities by sacrifice (i.e. gain some extra positive modifiers!). Spellcasting takes a lot out of you, which is why wizards can only cast a limited number of spells a day. Moreover, no two wizards are the same and they don't cast identical spells - each time you learn a new one you roll on a table to determine how that spell works in your hands... an interesting and novel way to ensure that magic users are not clones, but individuals with signature abilities. But beware: while low-level wizards pack quite a punch, as they rise in level and power so do they run greater risks as insiduous corruptions beset them (especially whenever a spell check is fumbled!). Clerics, on the other hand, have to beware of gaining the disapproval of their deity. In classic style, there are numerous tables on which the GM can roll to determine precise effects. In time, it may be hard to distinguish between spell-user and monster!

So, on to the spells themselves, a full 716 of them for wizards alone, plus an assortment for clerics. Wizards, apparently, are a bit like trainspotters, almost in competition to find as many of those 716 spells - first described by a list-obsessed wizard who woke a somnolent elder deity to ask! - as they can! Each is described in detail, with tables to roll upon to determine the results of casting them successfully... or what will happen when you botch your casting. GMs will have hours of fun telling the party what happens each and every time magic is performed.

After delighting my way through that lot (and I shall be hoping to get a wizard character if I get a chance to play rather than GM!), Chapter 6: Quests and Journeys looks at the sort of things our intrepid characters might get up to in the course of their adventures. It carries with it an exhortation: to lift the game away from pure mechanics and die-rolling, and to turn to a quest format whenever someone wants to gain something or achieve a goal. Quite a few examples are given, and could provide scope for epic adventures in place of mere mechanics: if you wish mastery of a certain weapon, say, seek out a master and study under him, rather than select it at your next level-up! Then comes a discussion of the conceptual differences between the real modern world and the cod-mediaeval fantasy one the characters inhabit, and how to use it to good effect to make adventure out of a mere trip to the next town to seek out a swordsmith or a new mount. Travel is an adventure in its own right - even when you remain on the surface of your game world... and then there's underground or even other planes of existence to explore!

Next, Chapter 7: Judge's Rules opens by suggesting that rules should bend to the GM's whim, not the other way around! Other suggestions follow thick and fast, including maintaining openness and real risk, no die-fudging to keep characters alive: dungeon-crawling classic style is a dangerous occupation. There's a lot more about the underpinning logic to magic, how to design new spells, where wizards will find spells to learn (and how to make them work at learning, not just scribble down spell names as they come across them or level up). Details of wizard's familiars and how to make them intersting and unique in their own right... even some patrons and the benefits and drawbacks of associating with them. Magic in this game has the potential to be far more potent and powerful and story-driving than in many games. Clerics and theurgy gets the same kind of treatment, before the discussion moves on to heroes, experience points and luck.

This is followed by Chapter 8: Magic Items. Don't expect to get them out of a catalogue, each is unique and brings its own flavour to the game... and there are tables to roll upon and advice to help you come up with your own items that will feature large in the legends of your world. Swords, scrolls, potions, wands... the usual items, but with a certain spin to them that makes them truly remarkable, as they ought to be. You are encouraged to create backgrounds, provenance, personality, for each and every magic item you place.

And where would we be without Chapter 9: Monsters? Monsters are not the catalogue of adversaries you might expect. They are mysterious, and knowledge about them can be as valuable as slaying them outright. Referees are urged to describe them as they appear, not baldly name them as an orc or ogre. And they are not alike. The orcs hereabouts may be quite different from the ones two valleys over - and as likely to fight each other as to lay in to the characters. Oh, and they do things their way, have powers or skills that characters do not. Then a real shocker for many modern gamers: no encounter balance. In this game, it is not only all right to run away, that may be the best option if you want to stay alive. Plenty more tables to roll on here to help you make this all come about. Example monsters are provided, along with notes on what treasure they might have. The worst monsters - the ones who ostensibly are 'people' just like the characters - are also included. And now, we are ready to begin. Rolls your bones and face the funnel...

This does indeed do what it says on the tin: the full heady flavour of early fantasy gaming coupled with elegant thoughtful rules that show considered understanding of a good thirty years of game development. And it comes redolent with images of the kind that take you right back to those early days.

Rating:
[5 of 5 Stars!]
Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG
Publisher: Goodman Games
by Cedric C. [Featured Reviewer]
Date Added: 06/20/2012 22:54:56
Introduction: Dungeon Crawl Classics has been making some buzz on the RolePlayingGeek forums. The "not just another return to old school" RPG comments and Goodman's reputation made me take a closer look at this highly thematic fantasy RPG.

Art: Probably what hits you first is the "old school" art. It's not the slick Magic the Gathering art that's been infecting coffee table RPG's, but art last seen in the old first edition Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. I'm namedropping, but Erol Otus, Jeff Dee, and Jeff Easley are contributing artists. And, yes, the art still has no relevance to the text the page is on, comsuming gobs of laser printer ink if you're even thinking of printing this out. I *REALLY* wish a printer-friendly PDF version of this book was released.

Core Mechanic: It's OGL.

Differences from other systems: Basic D&D's Cleric, Thief, Warrior, Wizard, Dwarf, Elf, and Halfling classes. Surviving 0th level. The Luck ability score. Spell checks -- which work differently for wizards versus clerics. Critical hit tables, fumble tables, and other tables of thematic fury. No prestige classes, attacks of opportunity, feats, or skill points.

Organization: The book is pretty intuitive to use. For example, character generation comes first (because all the old school gamers did that sort of thing), before the actual combat mechanics. It's also a PDF, so searching is easy. While it has a simple Table of Contents, it has no index. Chapters are Characters, Skills, Equipment, Combat, Magic, Quest snad Journeys, Judge's Rules, Magic Items, Monsters, and two Adventures.


Characters:

You start at to 0th level, with its high mortality rates. The book states upfront you'll generate -- and play -- several characters and see who survives. The core book comes with a 0th level adventure so DMs will have an idea of how to design one. And there IS a random character generator at Purplesorcer.com. Still, you can easily make first and higher levels if you want to do boring things like survive.

In addition to the standard platonic solids (and the heretical d10), the game calls for Zocchi dice: d3, d5, d7, d14, and so on. They'll set you back over $20 on Amazon.com. Rather than just using positive and negative modifiers, you will "step up" and "step down" dice. A d8 might be stepped up to a d10, or stepped down to a d7, for example. Unfortunately, for those of us who own iPods, there's no app for this (yet). But see Purplesorcer.com for a web die roller and KickStart app.

DCC pretty much uses the standard six ability scores and modifiers. Personality replaces both Charisma and Wisdom. Luck is a new ability score used for a variety of skill checks and other rolls. You can burn Luck for a one-time bonus on a roll (typically life-or-death) and gain it back through roleplaying to your alignment. Your character will roll on the Luck Score table to see what special ability they can modify with Luck (eg. The bull: Melee attack rolls).

Character generation consists of: 3d6 for each ability. 1d4 hit points, modified by Stamina, one randomly determined piece of equipment, one randomly determined occupation, and zero XP. On the character Occupation tables, you roll your character's occupation and if their character is a non-human (such as a halfling chicken butcher). You get to choose your alignment: Law, Chaos, or Neutral.

PDF Notes: Character generation is only twelve printed pages long, so you can print this section as a handout for players.


Classes: As said, the classes are Basic D&D's Cleric, Thief, Warrior, Wizard, Dwarf, Elf, and Halfling. Each class has its OGL level progression table, but also have special abilities that set them apart. Clerics and Wizards cast spells (that's a whole chapter in itself). Thieves have thief-related skills and can better use Luck than other classes. Warriors can make cinematic Mighty Deeds of Arms, such as blinding or disarming an opponent, and have improve critical hit tables. Dwarves and halflings are fighters while Elves are fighter/wizards. Besides racial abilities, dwarves have a shield bash attack, and halflings can fight two-handed and serve as a party good luck charm! The non-spellcasters are easier to play. Each class's section is only a few pages long so you can print out these sections as player handouts. (Spell casters, however, will need to know the Magic rules.)

Combat: Combat is pretty much OGL with chromey tables and without a grid. Roll for Initiative, roll for your Attack, roll for damage. A Natural 1 results in a roll on the Fumble table, and a Natural 20 means rolling on your classes' Critical Hit table (yes, there's more than one Critical Hit table!). Warriors and Dwarves have their Mighty Deeds. NPCs have Morale Checks. Characters can fight two-handed with penalties, and clerics can turn unholy opponents. DCC also has a complex Spell Duel subsystem that can accomodate multiple spellcasters -- and can result in nasty eldritch side-effects (demonic invasion, anyone?). With the grid gone, combat has been simplified back to AD&D.

Magic: Magic is dangerous. Spellcasters make a spell check, and each spell has its own results table. The higher the result, the better effect the spell has. Critical failures and successes add highly thematic penalties and consequences. A cleric's failure reduces his chances of casting spells until the next day (his deity's busy fighting a holy war) and a roll on the disapproval table (eg. a test of humility). Wizards have the far worse (and amusing) miscast and corruption failures. Miscast an Animal Summoning spell, and your familiar might disappear and come back very very angry. An example of a minor corruption would be ears mutating, major corruption corpulence, and greator corruption tentacles replacing limbs. Wizards' spells are further individualized with side effects ("Mercurial Magic"). Spellburn rules allow wizards to temporarily sacrifice ability points to add to his spell check or recover cast spells. Wizards have familiars, can consult spirits, and can even acquire supernatural patrons. These effects are handled by extensive but uncomplicated tables in the book. Unfortunately, the magic rules and spells are not well layed out for printing from a PDF. The magic section mixes rule players *must* know (eg. descriptions and ranges of spells) with information a gamemaster may wish to keep from the players (eg. the various tables of effects). Spells are about a page long, but some spells wrap to the next page, making printing of individual spells inconvenient. Clerical spells and wizard mechanics and spells differ enough that I would have preferred to see a different chapter on each.

Magic Items and Monsters: In the DCC world, magic items are rare and unique, monsters mysterious and heresay. Swords receive an extensive treatment of tables to personalize them. Rules for scrolls are provided. Potions have a table in under the Make Potion spell, but that's about it. Magical items are more like the One Ring than Home Depot. Although a monster bestiary is included (they get their own Critical Hit tables, too!), so are suggestions to make a stock creature unusual enough for players to be unsure what they're facing. Stat blocks are also included for human non-player characters. Treasure is relegated to an opinion piece against the conventional "monster guarding a pile of coins". If you (and particularly your players) don't like this aspect of the game, it shouldn't be too hard to change.

Adventures: The core book comes with two adventures, The level 0-1 Portal Under the Stars, and 5th level Infernal Crucicable of Sezrekan the Mad. These adventures were also released at the 2011 Free RPG Day, so do not purchase the Free RPG Day product. True to its lethal character generation, Portal is designed for fifteen to twenty 0th level characters, with each player definitely controlling more than one character. The author's playtests show games of up to 28 players and a 50% mortality rate, with only one TPK. Infernal is more conventionally suited for 4-8 5th level characters. Portal has nine encounters and Infernal three. I haven't played them, so don't have a sense how long the adventures take or how "meaty" they are.

Support: Despite the new release of the core books, DCC already has some adventures and other support available. Purple Sorceror Games has a free character generator and dice roller. Their first adventure, Perils of the Sunken City for 0-1 level, is available on DriveThruRPG and has free paper miniatures and battlemaps at the website. Goodman Games has released two DCC adventure: Dungeon Crawl Classics #67: Sailors on the Starless Sea, and Dungeon Crawl Classics #68: People of the Pit(previous DCC adventures are for other game systems). Other 3rd party companies (even Paizo) are advertised with the PDF but their websites don't show product released yet. DCC is OGL, so, except for 0th level 15+ character adventures, I don't think it would be difficult converting from D&D 3.x to DCC.

Conclusion: Dungeon Crawl Classics puts a fantastic spin on generic fantasy roleplaying. Those of us who remember "old school" games with their extensive critical hit tables and other wild ideas have them again. Spells are no longer lifeless stat blocks but are to be feared, even by those who wield it. With D&D Next returning back to its "old school" roots, Dungeon Crawl Classics is definitely worth a look at.

Rating:
[4 of 5 Stars!]
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