Review Week 3: The Vengeance of Review Week!

Another half a year has zoomed by, and the archives at Castle North are full of articles requiring a second look and an editorial touch. Funnily enough I tend to read everyone else’s entries with much more scrutiny than my own.

We’re currently working on a number of actual publications based on blog content and new stuff, and there’s a decent buffer of new stuff in the pipeline to keep us going for months.

We’ll post no new articles this week, as I’m dedicating my time on editing the pieces we’ve put out since August (and twiddling with the HTML-stuff to apply download buttons to all of our posts). As usual, a list of edited content can be found at the end of this piece as I get done with it. While I will edit all articles up to last week’s installment only major updates are listed below.


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The Night Soil must be collected.

“Ha, well, someone ‘as to do it.

Shovel what you keep putting out.

They call us gongfarmers.

Us, we’re the heroes

Yous ju’s don’ know it.”

This is an absolutely shameless marketing post: If you haven’t already, do check out bygrinstow‘s Night Soil zine. It’s full of excellent stuff for all you DCC  gongfarmers: magic, monsters and a ton of various discoveries. Bygrinstow is a friend of KitN, and we’ve collaborated on a number of DCC articles in the past year.

You’ll find the zine and the relevant blog though the below links.



Night Soil zine #1


Appendix M


Lady of the Deep Woods

KitN has recently been joined by a masterful artist of magnificent skill and imagination. Here’s what she wanted to tell you about herself:

“Justell Vonk is an artist who brings monsters and creatures from the woods of her subconscious to life on paper.

She is currently working only with traditional media – mostly black ink and paper.

Her visions are folkore and fantasy inspired scenes, often humorous and creepy at the same time.”

For more info please have a look at her artist page and online store!



Justell Vonk Art


Justell Vonk Art on Etsy


It’s been a long year, thank you all!

As the last post of the year I decided to do something different.

This has been a rough year for me, but a good one for the blog. We’ve made many friends, the site looks better than ever, and we’ve put out some great stuff.

In this post I’d like to show special appreciation to our  new guest contributors and participants:

Giles Othen, with his curses for DCC: Curses, foiled again!

Andrew Sternick, with rules for Loptir: Loptir, Lord of Flame

Vegard Stokke, with DCC rules for permanent injuries: Permanent Injuries

Andrew Schroeder, with a way to blow up corpses: Xul’s Carrion Calamity

And obviously, I can never thank Markus, Ville, Joni, Danny and everyone else enough for their support.

Come next year, we’ll keep improving the site and growing our community. There’s some excellent things in the works even now, so stay posted.

And check out our social media links at the top of the page, they’re the best way to stay up to date with what the Lance is up to!

New Year cheers!


Illustration by the mercifully honest Joni Kesti. Apparently that’s what I look like after an 11 hour marathon judging session…

The Knight of Dreams

I have a wife and a big screen TV, some friends and money to spend.

I’ve been playing RPGs since 1991. First DnD and GURPS, then everything else. Having met an impasse, the OSR and especially DCC, was a revelation and sparked a renewed interest in the hobby. Some of the results to be seen here!

Currently residing in Trondheim, Norway.

Stay safe!

Vegard Stokke

A Knightly Anniversary!

“The Lance trundles along triumphantly. What had once been a single knightly form, drunkenly slouched upon a tired destrier has grown into a prolific force sporting many different banners!

Let the windmills of the world be wary, for here come the Knights in the North!”

It is the first anniversary of the site! We’ve grown from a single voice into a veritable group of content producers. In the last year 5 writers and 3 artists have joined the Lance, and I’m overjoyed at what we’ve managed together!

In the last year we’ve had some 15k views all in all, with constantly increasing numbers. Last month an average of 50 visits per day were made to the site. Our core readership seems to come from the US, with Finland, Canada and Spain following fairly far behind.

This is the 92nd post made on the blog, meaning that we average around 50 articles in six months. Out of those 92 articles only 12 are not directly usable in play (11 articles marked with the “Management” tag, and the one campaign chronicle being the outliers), meaning that we’ve successfully kept the 80/20 guideline of playable vs. other stuff I set when I started the project.

As a celebratory show of force I added links to (most?) of our content to the DCC RPG Resource Link spreadsheet (available over here) Hopefully even more readers find us now!

Also, we’ve acquired a fancy new banner from good sir Danny Prescott! Check it out at the front of the shop at your leisure.

The coming year means that we’ll keep doing our thing, and hopefully add more systems to our DCC/OSR heavy catalogue. Suggestions for content are always welcome, as are articles and art (check the contributor guidelines here if you’re interested).

Onwards to bigger and better things!



Header image by the excellent Danny Prescott.