Where to Start with the Fantasy Fiction of Poul Anderson
Nov29

Where to Start with the Fantasy Fiction of Poul Anderson

Where to Start with the Fantasy Fiction of Poul Anderson by Bill Ward Poul Anderson (1926-2001) is one of those authors whose prolific output – over one hundred novels and at least as many short stories – is as impressive as it is potentially intimidating. A great many of our contemporary authors tend to stick with one kind of story or book for branding purposes, often adopting new pseudonyms if they dare deviate from the brand, but...

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Appendix N Archeology: The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series
Nov22

Appendix N Archeology: The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series

Our Appendix N Archeology and Adventures in Fiction series are 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. Appendix N Archeology: The Ballantine Adult Fantasy Series by Michael Curtis More than a decade before Gary Gygax assembled...

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Appendix N Archaeology: William Hope Hodgson
Nov15

Appendix N Archaeology: William Hope Hodgson

Our Appendix N Archeology and Adventures in Fiction series are 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. We happily re-present this article to honor the anniversary of the birth of William Hope Hodgson. Appendix N Archeology: William Hope...

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A Look At William Hope Hodgson
Nov13

A Look At William Hope Hodgson

A Look at William Hope Hodgson by Bill Ward The English writer William Hope Hodgson (15 November 1877 – 19 April 1918) is an author whose influence on those that came after him greatly exceeds his current renown among readers. This despite being hailed as one of the originators of Cosmic Horror, the sub-genre of horror fiction most readily associated with H.P. Lovecraft, and The Dying Earth tradition of science fantasy as later...

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Appendix N Archaeology: Harold Lamb
Sep03

Appendix N Archaeology: Harold Lamb

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. 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...

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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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Appendix N Archaeology: Algernon Blackwood
Mar15

Appendix N Archaeology: Algernon Blackwood

Appendix N Archaeology: Algernon Blackwood By Bradley K. McDevitt Contrary to what his name suggests he was, English author Algernon Henry Blackwood (1869-1951) was neither an escapee from a Charles Dickens novel nor a member of the faculty of Hogwarts. What Blackwood was, in fact, was one of the most admired writers of the early twentieth century. H.P. Lovecraft, one of the cornerstone authors of Appendix N, had this to say about one...

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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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Appendix N Archaeology: The Famous Works of Edgar Allan Poe
Jan19

Appendix N Archaeology: The Famous Works of Edgar Allan Poe

Appendix N Archaeology: The Famous Works of Edgar Allen Poe by Bradley K. McDevitt In my previous articles on Poe, which can be found here and here, I discussed first why Poe was worth a second look.  I then did an overview of some of his lesser-known stories and how they could be used as inspiration in a gaming setting before it was pointed out to me that not everyone in the audience has read Poe since they fulfilled their English...

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Appendix N Archaeology: Edgar Allan Poe’s Other Works
Jan19

Appendix N Archaeology: Edgar Allan Poe’s Other Works

Appendix N Archaeology: Edgar Allan Poe’s Other Works By Bradley K. McDevitt Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson did not dream up the background ideas of Dungeons and Dragons out of thin air. Fans of fantasy fiction, they had borrowed liberally from Tolkien, Howard, Lovecraft, Moorcock, Leiber and many others to build their game. These authors were among many the others who inspired Appendix N. But those authors were inspired by other, older...

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Appendix N Archaeology: Clark Ashton Smith
Dec27

Appendix N Archaeology: Clark Ashton Smith

Appendix N Archaeology: Clark Ashton Smith by Michael Curtis Gamers often point to Appendix N and decry the absence of a particular author (or three, or seven, or…), declaring Gygax’s omission of them to be a literary crime of some sort. Putting aside the unbelievable idea that gamers may complain about things for the moment, we must realize that Appendix N is not a list one can argue with. It is a catalogue of all the literary...

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