April 27, 2014 · 1:00 PM
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For long years, you labored in the fields like all the peasants, sweating hot and dirty in the summer, only to shiver under threadbare hides when winter came. This year’s harvest ended like all the rest, and autumn’s work was hard on Old Man Roberts. When you visited his bedside at the end, he spoke in labored breaths of constellations that hadn’t been seen since he was a young lad. The last time the Empty Star had risen in the sky, it was more than fifty winters past, he said. Under the light of that strange star a portal had opened by the old stone mounds. He’s seen jewels in there and fine steel spears and enameled armor, but he’d run when the iron men had attacked. Now, old and dying, he wishes he’d taken the chance on a lifetime of adventure. The Empty Star is once more rising, and a young man with courage could be more than another peasant—if only he’d take the chance Old Man Roberts hadn’t.
You stand before the monolithic rocks of the old stone mounds, under the dark light of a starry sky. The Empty Star is clear and bright above you. Three of the large stone blocks lean haphazardly together to form an upright rectangular portal about the size of a man. They seem to be placed directly beneath the star’s path. As the Empty Star ascends to its brightest point, its light catches in the portal, and a shimmering stone-lined corridor is visible through the stones, but only from one side of the opening. Grasping your makeshift weapon with white knuckles, you step into the starlit portal which was not there before today, thoughts of jewels and scorching wheat fields foremost in your mind.
DCC is D&D turned up to 11! This is an introductory adventure, which in DCC language is a "Character Funnel." You will start with four 0-level peasants each ("I'm a radish farmer! I have a hoe and a bag of radishes!") and from those that survive you will pick your 'real' character. This generally means that your first-level character already has a an interesting background and history, thanks to their 0-level adventure. If you've ever played any edition of D&D before then you already know how to play DCC, but it is generally based on Third Edition. And if you don't know how to play that's ok also; it's trivially simple.
Onward! To Adventure!
You shall suffer the vile creatures no more! Mob, assemble! To the castle!