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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Adventures in Fiction: Fred Saberhagen
May19

Adventures in Fiction: Fred Saberhagen

Adventures in Fiction: Fred Saberhagen By Jim Wampler At Goodman Games we recognize the importance of Appendix N in the history of D&D and DCC. May 18 marks the 88th anniversary of the birth of Fred Saberhagen, a key contributor to Appendix N. Here is some more information on this important writer. Science fiction and fantasy author Fred Saberhagen was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 18, 1930. Beginning his professional writing...

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Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny
May13

Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny

  Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny and the Chronicles of Amber By Steve Bean Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby, but our lives. The idea of space gods seems somewhat common place today, but Roger Zelazny is the reason that most of us are familiar with them. By virtue of his unusual last name, Roger Zelazny is last...

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What is Appendix N?
Mar26

What is Appendix N?

The story of Appendix N goes with Dungeon Crawl Classics like fish and water. Peanut butter and jelly. Robert E. Howard and Conan. But what exactly IS Appendix N? Appendix N is the list of books that inspired Gary Gygax to create D&D. This bibliography first appeared as an appendix in the AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide—specifically, Appendix N—which is why the list is known by that name. To write DCC RPG, author Joseph Goodman...

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Adventures in Fiction: August Derleth
Feb24

Adventures in Fiction: August Derleth

Adventures in Fiction: Arkham House, Ithaqua, and In-Jokes: The Influence of August Derleth By Bradley K. McDevitt Our Adventures in Fiction series is meant to take a look at the writers and creators behind the genre(s) that helped to forge not only our favorite hobby, but our lives. Most of you probably know the name H.P. Lovecraft, but do you know August Derleth? Bradley K. McDevitt reminds you that you have a good reason to...

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Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair
Feb18

Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair

Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair by Michael Curtis Margaret St. Clair was born 107 years ago on February 17, 1911. Her work appears in Gary Gygax’s Appendix N, and is important for lending a crucial concept to the D&D game: the idea of dungeon levels. Here is Michael Curtis with more information on this important writer… The titles and authors appearing on the Appendix N list are varied. Some are fantasy, others science...

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Adventures in Fiction: Andre Norton
Feb17

Adventures in Fiction: Andre Norton

Adventures in Fiction: Andre Norton by Jim Wampler Famed fantasy and science fiction author Andre Norton was born 106 years ago today, on February 17, 1912. Join us, as we celebrate her birthday by taking a look at her works and their influences on both adventure gaming and genre fiction. Born as Alice Mary Norton in 1912, Norton started writing while she was still in high school in Cleveland, Ohio. In fact, she completed her first...

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Adventures in Fiction: Philip Jose Farmer
Jan26

Adventures in Fiction: Philip Jose Farmer

Adventures in Fiction: Philip José Farmer By Jeff Goad Today we are celebrating the 100th birthday of Philip José Farmer! While he isn’t around to celebrate this day with us, his books are still here inspiring writers and game designers as they have for decades past. Farmer found early acclaim in the pulps, winning the Hugo in 1953 for Best New SF Author only a year after the publication of his first tale in Startling Stories. He...

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Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt
Jan20

Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt

Adventures in Fiction: Abraham Merritt By James Maliszewski Of all the literary influences on D&D and DCC RPG, Abraham Merritt is perhaps the “most-influential of the least-known.” His work is rarely read in this modern time, yet he is named by Gary Gygax as one of “the most immediate influences on AD&D. Today, on January 20, 2018, the 134th anniversary of his birth, we provide a little more insight into this little-read...

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