Adventures In Fiction

One of the main influences on the entirety of Goodman Games are the pulp novels and zines of yesteryear that inspired so many of the creators of early role-playing games. Many of those creators are affectionately referred to as the Appendix N authors.

Appendix N is the section of the original Dungeon Master’s Guide for AD&D where Gary Gygax names the various authors who influenced him when he was working on the game. (Read more about Appendix N here!)

The books in Appendix N are a who’s-who of classic fantasy, sci-fi, and sword-and-sorcery fiction. Many of the authors listed there first made a name for themselves in the pulp magazines of the 1930’s, and were later reprinted in paperback form—which is where Gary Gygax probably read them.

Here at Goodman Games, we explore the authors of Appendix N, as well as their contemporaries and other authors who share the level of influence that these hallowed writers and creators hold.

We call this exploration our Adventures in Fiction. Click on the images below to read articles related to the creator.


The Founding Fathers Of The Gaming Industry

Gary Gygax
Dave Arneson
Bob Bledsaw Sr

Appendix N

Poul Anderson
John Bellairs
Fredric Brown
Edgar Rice Burroughs
Lin Carter
L. Sprague de Camp
Lord Dunsany
Philip Jose Farmer
Robert E. Howard

Howard on our online store

Sterling Lanier
Fritz Leiber

DCC Lankhmar

Abraham Merritt

Merritt on our online store

Michael Moorcock
Andre Norton
Andrew J. Offutt
Fletcher Pratt
Fred Saberhagen
Margaret St. Clair

St. Clair on our online store

J.R.R. Tolkien
Jack Vance
Stanley Weinbaum

Weinbaum on our online store

Manly Wade Wellman

Wellman on our online store

Roger Zelazny

Appendix N Archaeology

Ballantine Adult Fantasy
Algernon Blackwood
William Hope Hodgson
Harold Lamb
Arthur Machen
Edgar Allan Poe
Clark Ashton Smith

Smith on our online store

Zenith the Albino

Other Influences

EC Comics
Hammer Horror
Ray Harryhausen