Free RPG Day Adventure Starter

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 you to, with modern rules grounded in the origins of sword & sorcery. Fast play, cryptic secrets, and a mysterious past await you: turn the page…

This adventure module was originally released for free as part of Free RPG Day 2011. A few remaining copies are still available for sale on our web store.

Rules Set: DCC RPG, an OGL system that cross-breeds Appendix N with a streamlined version of 3E.


  • Swords Against The Outer Dark: “It is apparent to me that Goodman has pulled out all the stops here, and is setting a precedent with this Free RPG Day adventure starter. If this is a sign of things to come then it looks like DCC RPG is going to be a huge hit. If ever there was a time for this kind of game I feel this is the time.”
  • Grognardia: “For now, I'll only say that, the more I see of the Dungeon Crawl Classics RPG, the more intrigued I am. I'm starting to think that may prove to be a bigger success than people are expecting.”
  • Living Dice: “But more importantly, it actually feels like old School D&D. It has that familiar friend feeling to it, with something you vaguely know and remember.”
  • RPG.net Fan Review: “Overall, the Adventure Starter. is a very nice little teaser for the Dungeon Crawl Classics Roleplaying Game.. It does a good job of evoking the “Old School” style and giving a taste of what the game itself can serve up.”
  • All Games Considered: Podcast review.
  • RPG Now Fan Reviews: “Two fun little adventure and nice introduction to the DCC system.”
  • RPG.org fan review: “The game mechanic’s are cruel, and fast. For example, you have to roll 3d6, to each ability. No more dice, no more methods, no more change.”
Related Products: Visit the DCC RPG launch page for complete information on every DCC RPG release!

Writers: Joseph Goodman, Harley Stroh
Cover art and cartography: Doug Kovacs
Editing: Aeryn “Blackdirge” Rudel
Cover art and cartography: Doug Kovacs
Interior art: Jeff Easley, Tom Galambos, Doug Kovacs, Peter Mullen, Stefan Poag, Jim Roslof