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The Dying Earth novels have been adapted into a roleplaying game based on classic D&D

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Explore the expansive universe of The Dying Earth novel series in the Dungeons Crawl Classics roleplaying game adaptation.

Based on the world of The Dying Earth, the boxed collection features three separate sourcebooks designed to enable games masters and players to experience an RPG inspired by the classic science fiction series.

Featured within the Dungeon Crawl Classics: The Dying Earth Boxed Set are the Player’s Libram, which contains all the information players and GMs need on the RPG’s setting and how to create characters, The Primer of Practical Magic - a collection of spells and the history behind them - and The Intimate Anatomy of Several Creatures and Personages of the Twenty-first Aeon, which provides the GM with a bestiary with which to populate their campaigns with.

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Besides the usual classes included within the Dungeon Crawl Classics roleplaying game - which are based on those found in classic Dungeons & Dragons - the Player’s Libram also contains four entirely new character archetypes to play as such as the magician, vat-thing, wayfarer and witch. Players and GMs will also be able to find four additional patrons and 12 new patron spells within The Intimate Anatomy of Several Creatures and the Personages of the Twenty-first Aeon.

Apart from the three main sourcebooks, the DDC: The Dying Earth Boxed Set is also releasing with six adventure modules that can take players from level 0 to level and include The Black Obelisk, The Laughing Idol of Lar-Shan and Mind Weft of the Moonstone Palace. GMs can use these six adventure modules to help shape a campaign, or can devise their own storylines based in the world of the sci-fi RPG.

The Dungeon Crawl Classics Roleplaying Game is a tabletop title that was originally released in 2012 by Goodman Games and is inspired by the original edition of Dungeons & Dragons - with players delving into dungeons and engaging in straightforward combat, rather than complex character interactions. Besides the usual polyhedral dice often used in TRPGs, the DCC RPG also requires players to use the Zocchi dice set which features the likes of the d3, d5 and d7.

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The Dying Earth is a series of sci-fi novels written by Jack Vance and published between the 1950s and ‘80s. The books take place in a far future wherein the moon has disappeared and the sun has almost been extinguished. Whilst the Earth is now a cold and unforgiving planet populated by monsters, people travel to Overworlds and Underworlds and are able access magical abilities. An official roleplaying game based on The Dying Earth was released by Pelgrane Press in 2001.

The Kickstarter campaign for the Dungeons Crawl Classics: The Dying Earth Boxed Set is live until July 22nd, with a pledge of $110 (£80) getting backers a print and PDF copy of all three books and the six adventure modules in September 2022. Alternatively, backers can get a PDF version of the three sourcebooks for $25 (£19).

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After writing for Kotaku UK, Waypoint and Official Xbox Magazine, Alex became a member of the Dicebreaker editorial family. Having been producing news, features, previews and opinion pieces for Dicebreaker for the past three years, Alex has had plenty of opportunity to indulge in her love of meaty strategy board games and gothic RPGS. Besides writing, Alex appears in Dicebreaker’s D&D actual play series Storybreakers and haunts the occasional stream on the Dicebreaker YouTube channel.