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 91st 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
Dec07

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: L. Sprague DeCamp
Nov27

Adventures in Fiction: L. Sprague DeCamp

Adventures in Fiction: L. Sprague de Camp By Jeff Goad Did you know that L. Sprague de Camp coined the terms “extraterrestrial” and “E.T.”? It’s true! While the noun existed before de Camp, he was the first to use it to describe alien life in a 1939 article for Astounding Science Fiction. This is one of many examples of how De Camp’s impact on the genres of science fiction and fantasy far exceed his level of...

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Adventures in Fiction: Poul Anderson
Nov25

Adventures in Fiction: Poul Anderson

In celebration of the birthday of Poul Anderson, we re-present this article. Enjoy! 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...

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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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