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
Aug29

Adventures in Fiction: Jack Vance

In honor of his birthday, we proudly 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 for...

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Gen Con Videos, Part 1: Gaming in the Spirit of Robert E. Howard
Aug24

Gen Con Videos, Part 1: Gaming in the Spirit of Robert E. Howard

Oh yeah, we’re still talking about Gen Con. And in fact, we’ve got not one, not two, but THREE videos that we’ll be posting today that were taken at Gen Con 2019. We start off with a seminar entitled Gaming Appendix N: Robert E. Howard and Sword and Sorcery. It’s a great chance to see how our adventure authors integrate the works of a great writer into their game designs, and the impact he had on their creative...

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Films of High Adventure: H.P. Lovecraft
Aug22

Films of High Adventure: H.P. Lovecraft

Films of High Adventure: H. P. Lovecraft By Bob Brinkman Earlier this year we introduced the Films of High Adventure series, starting out with an article on the adapted works of Robert. E. Howard. This time out, we’re continuing the celebration of H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday with an article on all of his works that have made their way to the big (or small) screen. The works of H. P. Lovecraft are among the most frequently...

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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 129th anniversary of the birth of...

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Adventures in Fiction: Andrew Offutt
Aug16

Adventures in Fiction: Andrew Offutt

Adventures in Fiction: Andrew J. Offutt By Ngo Vinh-Hoi Appendix N of the original Dungeon Masters Guide has become a Rosetta Stone for the study of the literary roots of D&D. One figure carved on that stone is Andrew J. Offutt, who is cited not for his own writing, but for editing the Swords Against Darkness heroic fantasy anthology series. Oddly, only the third volume of the five-book series is singled out and none of the other...

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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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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 release, DCC #97: The Queen of...

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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 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
May22

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 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...

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Adventures in Fiction: Fred Saberhagen
May17

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 was the anniversary of the birth of Fred Saberhagen, a key contributor to Appendix N. Goodman Games has partnered with Saberhagen’s estate to produce DCC: Empire of the East, releasing in late 2019. Here is some more information on this important writer. Science fiction and...

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