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! and be sure to check out these great short stories with which to start your Appendix N journey.)
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
Appendix N Archaeology
Sword and Sorcery Authors
You can also discover more about Appendix N by visiting our Appendix N channel on YouTube. We have posted seminars conducted by Goodman Games there for you to watch and enjoy.
One of those seminars—Sword & Sorcery of Appendix N—also inspired a bibliography of material that includes links to currently available volumes of in-print books.