Jack Vance’s Influence on Dungeons & Dragons
Mar11

Jack Vance’s Influence on Dungeons & Dragons

Jack Vance’s Influence on Dungeons & Dragons by Bill Ward “Turjan … descended to his study … The tomes which held Turjan’s sorcery lay on the long table of black steel or were thrust helter-skelter into shelves. These were volumes compiled by many wizards of the past, untidy folios collected by the Sage, leather-bound librams setting forth the syllables of a hundred powerful spells, so cogent that Turjan’s brain...

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Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season
Oct08

Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season

Ten Sword-and-Sorcery Tales For the Haunting Season by Brian Murphy On a blog such as this, I doubt I’m alone in my irrational love of Halloween, a holiday for me that, more than Thanksgiving or Christmas, evokes a Ray Bradbury-like level of nostalgia and anticipation. Here in New England, I find that as the leaves begin to turn and October shadows lengthen, so too do my thoughts drift from my natural sword-and-sorcery bent toward the...

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Adventures in Fiction: Jack Vance
Aug28

Adventures in Fiction: Jack Vance

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. Last month Goodman Games had a tremendously enthusiastic response to the kickstarter for the forthcoming DCC Dying Earth. In honor of Vance’s birthday, we...

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Classic Covers: More From Jack Vance
Jul27

Classic Covers: More From Jack Vance

With hundreds of titles in dozens of editions in as many different languages, a catalog of Jack Vance’s prolific output is a feast of diverse and changing visual styles over many years. With cover illustrations as varied as Frazetta-style sword-and-sorcery, heady new age semiotics, surreal horror, literal Tolkien fantasy, and nuts-and-bolts high technology science fiction, Vance has inspired numerous creative interpretations of...

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Words Weird and Wonderful: Jack Vance’s Dying Earth
Jul16

Words Weird and Wonderful: Jack Vance’s Dying Earth

It’s ‘Talk like Jack Vance Week’ all this week at Goodman Games in honor of DCC Dying Earth! With our kickstarter in its final days, we’re kicking things into linguistic overdrive with a week-long celebration of the stylishly unique language of Jack Vance. Words Weird and Wonderful: Jack Vance’s Dying Earth by Bill Ward By no means secondary to his innovations in diction, Jack Vance’s exacting employment of...

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DCC Dying Earth Trivia Show Airs Tonight on Twitch
Jul15

DCC Dying Earth Trivia Show Airs Tonight on Twitch

It’s ‘Talk like Jack Vance Week’ all this week at Goodman Games in honor of DCC Dying Earth! As our kickstarter enters its final week we’re kicking things into linguistic overdrive with a week-long celebration of the stylishly unique language of Jack Vance. A challenge is brought forth to test your knowledge of those things arcane and wondrous. Every circumstance shall be scrutinized until a true prizeman arises on display. This very...

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Vancian Quotations
Jul13

Vancian Quotations

It’s ‘Talk like Jack Vance Week’ all this week at Goodman Games in honor of DCC Dying Earth! As our kickstarter approaches its final week we’re kicking things into linguistic overdrive with a week-long celebration of the stylishly unique language of Jack Vance. Vancian Quotations by Bill Ward “When you want to describe something that’s flamboyant, weird and strange, anything a little bit outrageous, wicked or nasty, you don’t do it by...

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Interview with John Vance to Air on Twitch Sunday Night!
Jul09

Interview with John Vance to Air on Twitch Sunday Night!

Sanctum Secorum is bringing you an amazing weekend of Jack Vance shows—including one that we haven’t announced until this moment! On Sunday afternoon on Twitch at 2:00 p.m. EST the crew of Sanctum Secorum will be interviewing John Vance, son of Jack and Norma Vance, about his father’s enduring legacy and the special appeal of Jack Vance’s many worlds of imagination. In addition to John, we’re thrilled to have...

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A Personal Look at Jack Vance’s Dying Earth: The Eyes of the Overworld
Jul06

A Personal Look at Jack Vance’s Dying Earth: The Eyes of the Overworld

A Personal Look at Jack Vance’s Dying Earth: The Eyes of the Overworld by Fletcher Vredenburgh I’m uncertain as to when I first read Jack Vance’s The Eyes of the Overworld (1966). It was sometime during high school I’m sure, but an unapprehended brush with the story came several years earlier. The first roleplaying book I ever bought was the Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes supplement for D&D. Under the section titled “The New...

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Where to Start With Jack Vance
Jul02

Where to Start With Jack Vance

Where to Start With Jack Vance by Bill Ward John Holbrook “Jack” Vance (1916-2013) was an extraordinarily prolific and award-winning author across multiple genres, but it is for his work in the science fiction field that he is most celebrated. ‘Science Fiction’ as a genre and marketing category is an extremely big tent—including everything from nuts-and-bolts stories describing the physics of orbital bodies to...

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Howard and James’ Ten Vance Favorites
Jun29

Howard and James’ Ten Vance Favorites

Howard and James’ Ten Vance Favorites Recently the Skull issued a decree to various minions, bonded thralls, pseudo-sandestins, and temps from the secretarial pool to provide for his edification a list of their favorite works from the great and powerful wordsinger Jack Vance. Much of these replies were inferior, riddled with wrong opinions and bad taste, and those responsible were punished with hideous thoroughness for their...

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The Dying Earth: A Case for Sword-and-Sorcery
Jun25

The Dying Earth: A Case for Sword-and-Sorcery

The Dying Earth: A Case for Sword-and-Sorcery by Brian Murphy Travel into the future: to an earth with a dwindling red sun that meekly fills a dark blue sky; an earth that is on the brink of dying out; an earth where science and magic mean the same thing. ~ back cover blurb, Tales of the Dying Earth, Tor Books In 1950 sword-and-sorcery was at a particularly low ebb, barely registering a pulse. Weird Tales was on its last legs, and had...

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