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Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG (DCC RPG)

Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG (DCC RPG)

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Glory & Gold Won by Sorcery & Sword

You’re no hero.

You’re an adventurer: a reaver, a cutpurse, a heathen-slayer, a tight-lipped warlock guarding long-dead secrets. You seek gold and glory, winning it with sword and spell, caked in the blood and filth of the weak, the dark, the demons, and the vanquished. There are treasures to be won deep underneath, and you shall have them. 

Return to the glory days of fantasy with the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role-Playing Game. Adventure as 1974 intended, with modern rules grounded in the origins of sword & sorcery. Fast play, cryptic secrets, and a mysterious past await you: turn the page…


DCC RPG is a fast-paced, open-feeling rules set allowing for epic game experiences without unnecessary tethers. It uses modern game-play while paying homage to the origins of role-playing and the fun that it inspired.

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DCC RPG Occupations Spread


Goodman Games supports DCC RPG with adventures, settings, yearbooks, and sourcebooks based on Appendix N authors. Goodman Games has released over 40 adventures for DCC RPG, and more are in the pipeline.

Beyond the core rulebook, there are settings that expand your experience with DCC RPG. These settings include DCC Lankhmar (licensed from the estate of Fritz Lieber), The Shudder Mountains (inspired by the works of Manly Wade Wellman), Mutant Crawl Classics (a stand-alone, post-apocalyptic, science-fantasy setting), and the upcoming Xcrawl Classics, Dying Earth, and Empire of the East. All supplements use the Dungeon Crawl Classics core rules.

DCC Lankhmar Boxed SetThe Chained CoffinMutant Crawl Classics


DCC RPG has an active community fan base. There are many online communities as well as physical gatherings worldwide. Scores of events are run annually at conventions and gatherings around the world, both physical and online, including a massive team tournament at Gen Con each year. A number of fan web sites exist to provide community content, such as character generators, dice rolling tools, and more. (We suggest you start with the Purple Sorcerer’s site!) Our Gen Con booth is the annual gathering of the fans, featuring a Gong of Doom and Obelisks of Doom.

The Gong of Doom


Goodman Games offers a free license that allows fans to create rules and settings that customize the game in amazing ways. With over 200 fan-created products on the market, you can find almost any setting and mod that you desire. Visit for more information on our free license.


Many of the top creators in the industry have lent a hand creating for DCC RPG and the adventures that go with it. The writing team includes  Joseph Goodman, Harley Stroh, Michael Curtis, Brendan LaSalle, and many others. The art team includes Doug Kovacs, Stefan Poag, Peter Mullen, Brad McDevitt, Russ Nicholson, Sanjulian, Jeff Easley, Erol Otus, and many others.


Here's an excerpt from our favorite review (you can find the whole review on our website):

“This isn’t your father’s D&D…it’s your batsh*t crazy uncles’ D&D, straight from the smokey basement with faded black-light posters on the walls and 80’s Manowar blaring on the old tape deck. You might turn up your nose at first, but once the seven-sided-dice start rolling you find yourself sucked in.”

Here are some other reviews.

  • Year of the Dungeon: "Goodman took a very old-school point of view and made a game that manages to offer a fresh perspective on many aspects of the game while loving maintaining all the core tenets of old school play. More importantly, the game doesn’t just provide rules, but it’s a primer on how to get the most out of its chosen style of play."
  • Game Knight Reviews: "The DCC RPG book has a suggested retail price of $39.95, which I think is quite reasonable in an age when smaller hardcover books are going for the same general price point. But when you think about all the art in the book, $40 is a steal. And that’s part of my point about it being distracting. I turn the page and get lost in the art, some of which is amazingly detailed and then I have to reread the page prior to remember what I was reading about."
  • Raven Crowking's Nest: "Having read the Dungeon Crawl Classics core rulebook rather exhaustively now, I am coming to the conclusion that this will be my go-to game for all time.”
  • EN World: “Make no mistake, DCC RPG is not for everyone and it does not try to be. Randomization, heavy use of tables, critical fumbles, and no multiclassing are strong departures from what many new gamers have become accustomed to.”

The current PDF is for the 8th printing of DCC RPG.

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Robert W November 28, 2021 6:03 pm UTC
Where is the link to make use of the printed coupon code in the book for the PDF download?? Seems to not exist anywhere ...
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Joshua C August 19, 2021 8:07 pm UTC
Pg 360, in the 8th printing copy, under Advancing in Level

The following sentence is cut off by the picture below it (you can see the tops of the t's and the h from "ate the process." poking out above the picture).

"No formalized training or other activity is necessary—though, as mentioned above, spending gold on training may acceler-"
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Chris C September 26, 2021 8:56 pm UTC
looks like a typesetting error in the document - the graphic below the text covers up the last line

I get from copy/paste:

Advancing in Level: When a character accrues enough XP
to advance in level (per the XP table on page 26), he automatically
acquires the benefits of that new level. No formalized
training or other activity is necessary—though, as
mentioned above, spending gold on training may accelerate
the process
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Cameron S August 09, 2021 10:03 pm UTC
Kinda crappy that DrivethruRPG has the PDF alone for $25, but you can go to goodman games website and get the PDF and a softcover copy of the game for the exact same price.
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James R July 08, 2021 9:02 pm UTC
The Greatest
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michael M November 17, 2020 2:16 pm UTC
can you guys do a POD version?
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George A July 25, 2020 2:14 am UTC
Best RPG out there hands down for fantasy D&D fans. It will replace D&D for you permanently. 5 stars!
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James S March 06, 2020 12:33 pm UTC
It sounds like this is an evergreen product where new printings are available to past purchasers?
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James S March 14, 2020 7:18 pm UTC
Went ahead and took a risk: purchasing it in March 2020 resulted in a download for both the 4th and 7th printings (7th printing per the back cover and Brett B's comment below).
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jim M December 16, 2019 11:00 pm UTC
my favorite FRPG to date.
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Antonio E September 02, 2019 8:50 am UTC
The file name says "7th printing", but the blurb on the first page says "5th printing", which seems more likely given that the previous version's file name is "4th printing".
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Aaron J October 01, 2019 7:24 pm UTC
Yeah, this is bugging me too. All over the Goodman Games website, including the product catalog and forums, there are references to '7th Printing'.. including the link to this product page, but as you say, the text inside the PDF says 5th. Kinda makes one feel like they're missing an inside joke.

But... the back cover does indeed say 7th Printing right above the ISBN number.
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Antonio E October 10, 2019 11:44 am UTC
That is indeed weird. I just bought the softcover book, and the back lists 7th printing, the first page 5th printing.
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Brett B December 31, 2019 4:59 pm UTC
I can explain. It is the 5th printing of the hardcover edition of the book, and originally we were going to call it the "5th Printing." However, we also had two printings of the softcover in between the hardcover printings, so we decided a more accurate description of the latest printing was the "7th Printing." The mention of it as the 5th printing on the inside is us forgetting to go back and change that. Sorry for any confusion! :)
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Daniel L November 06, 2018 10:49 pm UTC
It'd be nice to get this in hardcover. :(
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Rory K October 31, 2018 7:11 am UTC
When will this be updated to the latest printing version?
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Matthew H September 24, 2018 1:30 pm UTC
How important are miniatures to DCC? Can I play without them? Will I be missing out on a lot of the system if I play without miniatures?
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Dylan R September 27, 2018 3:27 am UTC
Ive played a bunch without it. Its a great system and great game. If your DM/Judge is good you wont need them! :)
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George D February 22, 2018 8:53 pm UTC

I am trying to set up a solo/cooperative game where there is no DM. My aim is to make it similar to the hex crawls of old with dungeon exploration as well. I have all the material I need (hexes, dungeon tiles etc.) minus a good system that is easily adapted for old school Hex crawl. Would this system be a good candidate for solo adventures, i.e does it supply enough random generators to make a hex crawl possible?

Thank you
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September 13, 2018 7:21 am UTC
This PDF supplies rules, not so much generators.
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October 16, 2016 4:56 pm UTC
If this 4th printing or 3rd printing of the PDF?
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Bobby T November 24, 2016 5:50 pm UTC
I was wondering this myself.
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Bobby T November 25, 2016 6:07 am UTC
I just purchased this and it does appear to be the 4th printing!!
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gene C October 01, 2016 3:21 am UTC
First time I played we all started with 4 level 0 characters and they start dropping fast, we pretty much were left with about 1 each(I had two still), the GM let one guy turn his pony into a human character so he basically lost all four characters. It was pretty funny. Quite fun. This is one game where you don't exactly rush to get into the middle of the action, hint, hint.
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Cesar S September 16, 2015 4:42 am UTC
it says the file size is 110mb, but the download is acctually 80mb, why?
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