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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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...

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Adventures in Fiction: Jack Williamson
Apr29

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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Appendix N Archaeology: William Hope Hodgson
Apr20

Appendix N Archaeology: William Hope Hodgson

Appendix N Archeology: William Hope Hodgson by Michael Curtis In the now famed Appendix N, Gary Gygax lists roughly thirty authors whose works inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. Many luminaries from the fields of both pulp sword & sorcery and horror fiction, as well as some then-current authors fill that list. However, as with any catalogue of inspirational sources, Appendix N is merely representative of what the...

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Appendix N Archaeology: Harold Lamb
Mar09

Appendix N Archaeology: Harold Lamb

Appendix N Archaeology: Harold Lamb By Howard Andrew Jones In the now-famed Appendix N, Gary Gygax lists roughly thirty authors whose works inspired the creation of Dungeons & Dragons. Many luminaries from the fields of both pulp sword & sorcery and horror fiction, as well as some then-current authors, fill that list. However, as with any catalogue of inspirational sources, Appendix N is merely representative of what the...

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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...

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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 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 novel while still...

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Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair
Feb16

Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair

Adventures in Fiction: Margaret St. Clair by Michael Curtis Margaret St. Clair was born 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 fiction, and...

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