DCC Days Online Seminar: Sword & Sorcery of Appendix N
Jun20

DCC Days Online Seminar: Sword & Sorcery of Appendix N

As most of you likely know, the roots of Dungeon Crawl Classics are seated in the depths of Appendix N. This section of the AD&D Player’s Handbook lists some of the influences that Gary Gygax credits towards the creation of Dungeons and Dragons.  And it’s also something we like to talk about. One of our most popular seminars at DCC Days Online was Sword & Sorcery of Appendix N. At this seminar, our own Dark Master—Joseph...

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Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter
Jun11

Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter

Adventures in Fiction: Lin Carter By Ngo Vinh-Hoi 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. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. June 9 marks the anniversary of the birth of Lin Carter, a prolific author who contributed to Appendix N. Here...

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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 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. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. May 21 marks the anniversary of the birth of Manly Wade Wellman, a unique contributor to Appendix N. Here is some...

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Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox
May19

Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox

Adventures in Fiction: Gardner Fox By Jeff Goad 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. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. May 20th is the birthdate of Gardner F. Fox. Most people know him as the legendary and prolific writer for DC Comics who...

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Adventures in Fiction: Fred Saberhagen
May18

Adventures in Fiction: Fred Saberhagen

Adventures in Fiction: Fred Saberhagen By Jim Wampler 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. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. May 18 is the anniversary of the birth of Fred Saberhagen, a key contributor to Appendix N. Goodman Games...

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Adventures in Fiction: Roger Zelazny
May12

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. We invite you to explore the entirety of the series on our Adventures In Fiction home page. The idea of space gods seems somewhat commonplace today, but Roger Zelazny is the reason...

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Adventures in Fiction: Jack Williamson
Apr30

Adventures in Fiction: Jack Williamson

Adventures in Fiction: Jack Williamson By Ngo Vinh-Hoi In the storied list of Appendix N authors, there is one name that encapsulates nearly the entire course of modern American science fiction and fantasy: Jack Williamson. John Stewart Williamson was born on April 29th, 1908 in an adobe hut in what was then still the Arizona Territory. Seeking to better themselves, the Williamson family travelled by horse-drawn covered wagon to New...

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Adventures in Fiction: Fletcher Pratt
Apr25

Adventures in Fiction: Fletcher Pratt

Adventures in Fiction: Fletcher Pratt By Jeff Goad The Appendix N is a list of prolific authors of science fiction and fantasy. But Fletcher Pratt is not one of them, at least not in comparison to most of the authors on the list. He primarily wrote historical nonfiction about the Civil War, Napoleon, naval history, rockets, and World War II. So why is Fletcher Pratt listed in the Appendix N and why does he have the coveted “et al”...

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Adventures In Fiction: Stanley Weinbaum
Apr04

Adventures In Fiction: Stanley Weinbaum

Adventures in Fiction: Stanley G. Weinbaum By Ngo Vinh-Hoi Not many authors can be credited with changing the entire trajectory of a genre, yet Stanley Grauman Weinbaum managed to do so with his very first published science fiction story A Martian Odyssey. The story first appeared in the July 1934 issue of the science fiction pulp magazine Wonder Stories, which was a distant third in popularity to Astounding Stories and Amazing...

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Adventures in Fiction: Zenith the Albino
Mar09

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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Appendix N Archaeology: Arthur Machen
Mar03

Appendix N Archaeology: Arthur Machen

Appendix N. Archaeology: Arthur Machen By Bradley K. McDevitt This article is part of a series where I shine the spotlight on some authors that inspired the writers we acknowledge today as influencing the creation of Dungeons and Dragons. For those unfamiliar with his fiction, the late Victorian era Welsh author Arthur Machen was admired by contemporaries like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and William Butler Yeats. Further relevant for this...

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Ghosts, Ghouls and Little Green Men: E.C. Comic and Appendix N
Mar01

Ghosts, Ghouls and Little Green Men: E.C. Comic and Appendix N

Ghosts, Ghouls and Little Green Men: E.C. Comic and Appendix N By Mark Bishop “Drag over a casket kiddies and place your palpitating body upon it… being careful not to jar it, otherwise its unfortunate occupant might GO TO PIECES! If you have time to KILL, let’s have a chat…” Thus begins the Crypt-Keeper’s Corner, the letters page in the June-July 1950 edition of E.C. Comics Crypt of Terror. You could be forgiven if you mistook that...

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