Adventures in Film Fiction: Hammer Films and the Cleric Class
Jan08

Adventures in Film Fiction: Hammer Films and the Cleric Class

60 Years of Hammer Horror’s Dracula – And the Creation of the Cleric Class By Bob Brinkman The year 2018 marks the 60th anniversary of the Hammer Horror film Dracula. Why is this so important? You can thank Dracula for the creation of the cleric class, and the Hammer Horror series in general for influencing several aspects of Dungeons and Dragons (and later the Dungeon Crawl Classics role-playing game). The history of Hammer films is...

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Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien
Jan03

Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien

Adventures in Fiction: J.R.R. Tolkien By Chris Doyle John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on January 3, 1892 in what is now South Africa. His parents, both English, had re-located so his father could accept a promotion with his current employer, a bank. He returned to England at the age of three, but his father succumbed to fever and never made the journey. Tolkien was a soldier (in the First World War, eventually reaching the rank of...

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Adventures in Fiction: Fritz Leiber
Dec24

Adventures in Fiction: Fritz Leiber

Adventures in Fiction: Fritz Leiber By Michael Curtis We’ve talked a lot about Fritz Leiber, whose birthday we’re celebrating today, over the last few years. Leiber, born December 24th, 1910, is most widely known among gamers as the man responsible for the fantastic Fafhrd and Gray Mouser stories. In the years running up to the looming-ever-larger-on-the-horizon release of DCC Lankhmar, a lot of ink has been spilled discussing...

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Adventures in Fiction: Michael Moorcock
Dec19

Adventures in Fiction: Michael Moorcock

Adventures in Fiction: Michael Moorcock By Bob Brinkman It is hard to speak of Michael Moorcock’s career without first acknowledging a great debt owed by the Sword & Sorcery community. It was Michael Moorcock and Fritz Leiber who originally coined the term now used to refer to works such as the Conan stories of Robert E. Howard, and so it is only fitting that “Sword & Sorcery” now encompasses the works of Moorcock himself....

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Adventures in Fiction: Sterling E. Lanier
Dec18

Adventures in Fiction: Sterling E. Lanier

Adventures in Fiction: Sterling E. Lanier By Jim Wampler Today is the 90th anniversary of the birth of Sterling E. Lanier. He wasn’t just a favorite author of E. Gary Gygax, nor was he merely a cited influence on both the Dungeons & Dragons and Gamma World role playing games. For those things alone he would still be notable and of interest to role playing gamers everywhere. Sterling E. Lanier was the quintessential polymath. His...

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Adventures in Fiction: Leigh Brackett
Dec08

Adventures in Fiction: Leigh Brackett

Adventures in Fiction: Leigh Brackett By Michael Curtis The sad truth is that Appendix N is overwhelmingly a boys’ club. Much of the blame can be assigned to the fact that science-fiction and fantasy writers prior to 1960s were by and large white men. It was a tough club for a woman to break into, resulting in many female authors with an interest in writing science-fiction and fantasy to work under either pen names (such as Andre...

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Adventures in Fiction: Poul Anderson
Nov25

Adventures in Fiction: Poul Anderson

Adventures in Fiction: Poul Anderson By Michael Curtis Poul Anderson was a prolific author who penned almost two hundred short stories and novels that ran the gamut from science fiction to fantasy to historical fiction to non-fiction during his lifetime. The seven-time Hugo Award winner was renowned for his exploration of politics and social issues in his stories, and for his larger-than-life heroes who seemed to fail as often as they...

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“Appendix N” Podcasts!
Nov19

“Appendix N” Podcasts!

With the holidays approaching and cold winter days spent indoors beside a toasty fire, it’s going to be a great time to brush up on your Appendix N reading! Appendix N is the classic bibliography of D&D inspirational sources that Gary Gygax printed in the 1979 edition of the Dungeon Master’s Guide. There are a lot of books on that list, so if you want to someone to help guide you – and perhaps a community to read them with...

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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, 2017, is the one hundred forty-second 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...

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Adventures in Fiction: Jack Vance
Aug28

Adventures in Fiction: Jack Vance

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 for the magic system, often called ‘Vancian’, in which magic-users memorize spells from their librams, and once cast, forget them for the day. Magic...

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RIP Brian Aldiss
Aug27

RIP Brian Aldiss

Science fiction author Brian Aldiss died Saturday in Oxford, England hours after celebrating his 92nd birthday. Mr. Aldiss is the author of Starship, the novel credited by James M. Ward as being a large influence on the first science fiction RPG, Metamorphosis Alpha. Starship was first published in the UK under the title Non-Stop. Brian Aldiss is also the author of Hothouse (later re-published as The Long Afternoon of Earth), a novel...

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Adventures in Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft
Aug21

Adventures in Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft

Adventures in Fiction: H.P. Lovecraft by Jon Hook At Goodman Games we recognize the importance of Appendix N in the history of D&D and DCC. August 20 marks the 127th anniversary of the birth of Howard Phillips Lovecraft, a key contributor to Appendix N. Many Goodman Games products are based on the works of H. P. Lovecraft, including our Age of Cthulhu series and several of our horror-themed DCC modules. Here is some more...

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