Goodman Games

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Goodman Games
Type Publisher
Industry Collectible card game, RPG & other assorted media.
Founded 2001
Headquarters Santa Clara, CA, USA
Key people Joseph Goodman: Owner, Aeryn "Blackdirge" Rudel: Staff Writer, Harley Stroh: Staff Writer, Doug Kovacs: Artist
Products Dungeon Crawl Classics, Dragonmech, Etherscope & others

Goodman Games is an American publisher of games, primarily based on fantasy and science fiction themes. Goodman Games is best known as the publisher of the Dungeon Crawl Classics series of adventure modules, as well as the Dragonmech and the award-winning Etherscope role-playing games, and has produced licensed adventures in the following lines: Wicked Fantasy Factory, Judges Guild, Xcrawl, Iron Heroes, Castles and Crusades, and Frank Frazetta's Death Dealer.


Joseph Goodman started the game publishing company, Goodman Games in 2001 and took advantage of the new d20 System license; with his first RPG being Broncosaurus Rex.[1]:386. Goodman Games released a series of Complete Guides beginning with Complete Guide to Drow (2002), and ran through another 10 books, about half of which highlighted unusual races that no one else was covering, such as Complete Guide to Doppelgangers (2002), Complete Guide to Rakshasas (2003), Complete Guide to Treants (2003) and Complete Guide to Wererats (2003).[1]:386-387 Despite success with Broncosaurus Rex and then moving to fantasy dungeon crawls, Goodman did not bring any game designers in house and continued to work with creators on a freelance basis.[1]:387 With Dungeon Crawl Classics, Goodman was trying to publish the sort of intelligent dungeon crawl adventures that he was interested in playing, and he wanted to serve the large part of the demographic market made up of older gamers.[1]:387 Goodman Games has expanded substantially into a wide range of fantasy and science fiction RPG supplements. Their card games include Geek Wars, World Championship Dodge Ball, and Scavenger Hunt.

Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game[edit]

In May 2012, Goodman Games released an original OGL-based role-playing game called Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing Game (DCC RPG). The design intention being "to create a modern RPG that reflects D&D’s origin-point concepts with decades-later rules editions."[2]

Community Activity[edit]

In July 2009, Goodman Games held a contest to award a Game Store with the award of "America's Favorite Game Store", the award went to Yottaquest.[3][4]


  1. ^ a b c d Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7. 
  2. ^ Goodman, Joseph. "DCC RPG: Designer's Blog #1: What It Is And What It Isn't". Retrieved 21 December 2011. 
  3. ^ "America's Favorite Game Store". Goodman Games. Retrieved July 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ Tortora, Andrea (July 31, 2009). "America’s favorite game store". Business Courier. Retrieved July 10, 2010.