Appendix N Archeology: Clark Ashton Smith
Nov10

Appendix N Archeology: Clark Ashton Smith

Appendix N Archeology: Clark Ashton Smith      by Michael Curtis Gamers often point to Appendix N and decry the absence of a particular author (or three, or seven, or…), declaring Gygax’s omission of them to be a literary crime of some sort. Putting aside the unbelievable idea that gamers may complain about things for the moment, we must realize that Appendix N is not a list one can argue with. It is a catalogue of all...

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Adventures in Fiction: Zenith the Albino
Oct30

Adventures in Fiction: Zenith the Albino

Appendix N Archaeology: Zenith the Albino by Terry Olson “To this day I advise people who want to write fantastic fiction for a living to stop reading generic fantasy and to go back to the roots of the genre as deeply as possible, the way anyone might who takes his craft seriously. One avoids becoming a Tolkien clone precisely by returning to the same roots that inspired The Lord of the Rings.”           –...

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Learning from Dave Arneson’s Published Works
Oct01

Learning from Dave Arneson’s Published Works

  Learning from Dave Arneson’s Published Works A Dave Arneson Homage, Part 2 of 2 by James Maliszewski David Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, was born on October 1, 1947 and passed away in 2009. This year would mark his 71st birthday. In honor of his contributions to the hobby, we present this two-part essay. The first part can be found here, and here is the second and concluding part. Aside from Dungeons &...

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Who in the World is Dave Arneson?
Sep30

Who in the World is Dave Arneson?

“Who in the World is Dave Arneson?” A Dave Arneson Homage, Part 1 of 2 by James Maliszewski David Arneson, co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons, was born on October 1, 1947 and passed away in 2009. This year would mark his 71st birthday. In honor of his contributions to the hobby, we present this two-part essay. Here is the first part, and the second part will appear on October 1. Like many my age, I was introduced to roleplaying...

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Adventures in Fiction: Edgar Rice Burroughs
Sep01

Adventures in Fiction: Edgar Rice Burroughs

Happy Birthday ERB! A Personal Tale of Turning a Red Planet Purple By Terry Olson September 1 is the birthday of Edgar Rice Burroughs, affectionately called “ERB.” Although he’s best known for his Barsoom/Mars, Tarzan, Pellucidar, and Venus series, he wrote many other works, including historical novels and westerns. It’s beyond the scope of this article to reveal just how influential ERB has been to science fiction, fantasy, gaming,...

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Adventures in Fiction: Jack Vance
Aug28

Adventures in Fiction: Jack Vance

In honor of his birthday, we proudly re-present the Adventure in Fiction that focuses on Jack Vance and his contributions to the role-playing genre. Adventures in Fiction: Jack Vance By Marc Bruner Jack Holbrook Vance was summoned into this world just over a century ago in San Francisco on August 28, 1916. A writer of multiple genres, he is best known to fans of Dungeons and Dragons for his Dying Earth novels, one of the inspirations...

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Adventures in Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft
Aug20

Adventures in Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft

Adventures in Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft by Jon Hook Today we celebrate the birthday of HP Lovecraft, one of the most influential authors of the 20th Century. In honor of this day, we re-present the Adventures in Fiction about his influence on D&D and, of course, Dungeon Crawl Classics. At Goodman Games we recognize the importance of Appendix N in the history of D&D and DCC. August 20 marks the 128th anniversary of the birth of...

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Adventures in Fiction: Ray Harryhausen
Jun29

Adventures in Fiction: Ray Harryhausen

Adventures in Fiction: Ray Harryhausen and the Look of Fantasy by Brett Brooks Here at Goodman Games, we have long honored the role of Appendix N and its influence on not just Dungeons and Dragons, but fantasy role-playing as a whole—including Dungeon Crawl Classics. We also feel that there are others who played a role that deserve the same recognition as those that Mr. Gygax listed in the Dungeon Master’s Guide, and they can come...

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Adventures in Fiction: Lord Dunsany
Jun24

Adventures in Fiction: Lord Dunsany

Appendix N Birthday: Lord Dunsany (also known as Edward John Moreton Drax Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany) by Michael Curtis At Goodman Games, we recognize the influence of Appendix N on the creation of D&D (and of course DCC RPG). Reading the works of Appendix N is a wonderful way to inspire your own games. Today is the birthday of Lord Dunsany, whose Appendix N work also directly inspired our recent release, DCC #97: The Queen...

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Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter
Jun09

Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter

Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter By Ngo Vinh-Hoi At Goodman Games we recognize the importance of Appendix N in the history of D&D and DCC. June 9 marks the 88th anniversary of the birth of Lin Carter, a prolific author with a small contribution to Appendix N. Here is some more information on this important writer. Linwood Vrooman Carter was born on June 9th, 1930 in St. Petersburg, Florida. In the august company of his fellow...

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Adventures in Fiction: Manly Wade Wellman
May21

Adventures in Fiction: Manly Wade Wellman

Adventures in Fiction: Manly Wade Wellman By Michael Curtis At Goodman Games we recognize the importance of Appendix N in the history of D&D and DCC. May 21 marks the 115th anniversary of the birth of Manly Wade Wellman, a unique contributor to Appendix N. Here is some more information on this important writer. Manly Wade Wellman arrived in this world on May 21st, 1903, born literally an ocean away from the place he’d be forever...

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Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox
May20

Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox

Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox By Jeff Goad Today is the birthday of Gardner F. Fox. Most people know him as the legendary and prolific writer for DC Comics who created the Justice Society of America as well as many of the most iconic DC Comics characters including Doctor Fate, the Flash, Hawkman, and Sandman. He also wrote many of the earliest Batman stories and was the first to introduce the Batarang. His contribution to the...

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