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
Nov24

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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The Best Of The Conan Pastiche Novels
Nov21

The Best Of The Conan Pastiche Novels

The Best Of The Conan Pastiche Novels By Howard Andrew Jones If I didn’t love the writing of Robert E. Howard I would probably never have bothered with any Conan pastiche. As a matter of fact, those Conan novels on store shelves in the ’70s and ’80s made me so skeptical of Conan that I didn’t try Robert E. Howard’s fiction until years later. I wrongly assumed that because the series looked cheap and...

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Appendix N Archaeology: Edgar Allan Poe
Oct14

Appendix N Archaeology: Edgar Allan Poe

Appendix N Archaeology: Edgar Allan Poe, Part One By Bradley K McDevitt Ok, class, before we start… let’s have a show of hands. Who here thinks about reading Edgar Allan Poe and gets traumatic flashbacks to seventh grade English? I thought so. Having the father of the modern horror story force-fed us tends to have that effect, as opposed to other lesser writers like Lovecraft, Howard, or Tolkien, all of whom we had to discover on our...

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Learning from Dave Arneson’s Published Works
Sep30

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. 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 & Dragons itself, the first work I ever owned...

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Who in the World is Dave Arneson?
Sep29

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. 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 tomorrow. Like many my age, I was introduced to roleplaying games through the Dungeons & Dragons Basic...

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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
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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