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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Clark Ashton Smith’s Averoigne
Nov06

Clark Ashton Smith’s Averoigne

Clark Ashton Smith’s Averoigne by Bill Ward Today we look at one of the iconic settings created by Clark Ashton Smith: Averoigne. This setting was the basis for Castle Amber, and has proven to be a major influence on much of the fantasy genre. “The very winds appeared to shun the vicinity of the dread castle. An unseen, clammy cloud of paralyzing evil hung removeless upon all things; and the pale, swollen moon, the patroness of...

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Where to Start With Clark Ashton Smith
Nov03

Where to Start With Clark Ashton Smith

Where to Start With Clark Ashton Smith by Bill Ward ‘Barrier to entry’ can be a very real thing standing between newer audiences and writers of the past. Readers used to today’s marketing categories or publication norms can easily be overwhelmed when trying to get a handle on something like the prodigious short fiction of a pulp-era writer with a convoluted publication history. Likewise, they might find themselves...

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Read Magic with Michael Curtis: Frodo Lives!
Jan05

Read Magic with Michael Curtis: Frodo Lives!

Read Magic with Michael Curtis: Frodo Lives! by Michael Curtis Read Magic with Michael Curtis is an occasional feature that explores the connections between the works of Appendix N and fantasy gaming, examining how those stories inspired the many facets of Dungeons & Dragons and Dungeon Crawl Classics. For more than forty years, people have gathered together to play games casting themselves as fantastical heroes facing off against...

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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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Appendix N Archaeology: Clark Ashton Smith
Nov10

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...

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Appendix N Mini-Comics by Stefan Poag!
Oct24

Appendix N Mini-Comics by Stefan Poag!

Yes we’re a gaming company, but we’re heavily inspired by the works of Appendix N and great art—and sometimes our interests stray a bit toward those inspirations. Can you blame us? Today we’ve got two new additions to the online store. We’re happy to announce two mini-comics by Stefan Poag! Many of you will know Stefan’s name from the pages of Dungeon Crawl Classics, where his illustrations regularly appear. You may...

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Vintage Pulp Mags Back In Stock!
Mar20

Vintage Pulp Mags Back In Stock!

From Action Stories to Weird Tales, we’ve gotten in a huge restock on our Vintage Pulp Magazine collection! Goodman Games prides itself on being an advocate of the pulp movement, and of the Appendix N authors in particular. As you probably know, Appendix N is the list of books that Gary Gygax read when he was creating D&D, and it’s the same list of books that Joseph Goodman read when he was creating DCC RPG. And now you can...

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