• Jessica Morgan

Guest Judge Set to Host Dungeon Crawl Classics Day Games


This year, Collector's Connection is excited to bring Dungeon Crawl Classics (DCC) Day to our tabletop game-playing customers. The virtual games will be hosted by Kleighton Smoniewski, who enthusiastically reached out to us about getting our store involved.

Smoniewski, or "Judge Kleighton," has been playing and running games for three years. He has hosted games for conventions and runs a role-playing game and Dungeon Crawl Classics club at DECS North Star Academy where he teaches seventh grade.



"Original Adventures Reincarnated #1: Into the Borderlands" is one of five books of updated and re-imagined classic Dungeons and Dragons games.

The series of role-playing modules published by Goodman Games offers a classic gaming experience similar to a Dungeons and Dragons campaign. Participating in DCC Day comes with the opportunities to get copies of exclusive gaming modules.


And in spirit of DCC Day, our store has stocked volumes 1-5 of the Original Adventures Reincarnated, the first of which is "Into the Borderlands." These modules are compatible with fifth edition Dungeons & Dragons rules. One of the things Smoniewski likes about these updated versions is that they are "like a 'rules light' version."


Describing how the Dungeon Crawl Classics games are different from Dungeons and Dragons campaigns, Judge Kleighton says that "there is a lot of communication on the table" and "a lot less staring at your character sheets." The rulebook itself "is about 300 pages, but about 150 of those pages are spells and the rules section itself is only 20-30 pages... so the main difference is that you can try whatever you want and there is a lot of openness for interpretation of the rules."


Instead of having more of the game mechanics laid out, "there is a focus on rulings instead of rules." As a judge, "you have to constantly make calls," and run through their head all of the different directions that each ruling can make.


These loose rules lead to more creative play as a participant, too. Players can make arguments as to why their character can overcome a particular obstacle or not. For instance, Kleighton described that a wagon engineer can vouch for their ability to fix a wagon wheel or other transferable skills that might come up during gameplay.


"Instead of sitting down and creating a backstory, your table is created throughout the game and your playing. And I think that's a lot more valuable because people get a lot more attached to their characters."


Another reason Kleighton described an appreciation for role-playing games was the way that it causes players to work towards a collective goal in a playful setting. He described how his diverse group of students "were super quiet at first and super tentative to talk." But over time, he saw how the game brought them together outside of their playgroup, and became friends during other parts of their school day.


DCC Day is open for both new and seasoned players. Pre-made characters are ready for participants to jump in. Stop into the store to sign-up for your free spot and get materials. Games are played on June 26 at 12-3 p.m. and at 5-8 p.m.

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