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Saturday, January 20, 2018

Appendix N in audio

Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons is a detailed and comprehensive investigation of the various works of science fiction and fantasy that game designer Gary Gygax declared to be the primary influences on his seminal role-playing game, Dungeons & Dragons. It is a deep intellectual dive into the literature of SF/F's past that will fascinate any serious role-playing gamer or fan of classic science fiction and fantasy.

Author Jeffro Johnson, an expert role-playing gamer, accomplished dungeon master, and three-time Hugo Award finalist, critically reviews all 43 works and authors listed by Gygax in the famous appendix. In doing so, he draws a series of intelligent conclusions about the literary gap between past and present that is surprisingly relevant to current events, not only in the fantastic world of role-playing, but the real world in which the players live.

Appendix N: The Literary History of Dungeons & Dragons is narrated by Brandon Porter and is 10 hours and 22 minutes long. This is a deep and fascinating dive into the fantasy and science fiction literature behind the landmark role-playing game.

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12 Comments:

Anonymous Asatru Heathen January 20, 2018 1:48 PM  

The best thing about this book was how many quality books and authors it introduced me to. Highly recommended.

Blogger Ceerilan January 20, 2018 2:06 PM  

Given how influential D&D has been in fantasy genre gaming and literature, I feel compelled to seek out a copy. Thanks for the introduction, Vox.

Anonymous Kevin January 20, 2018 2:19 PM  

Biggest discovery was Phillip Jose Farmer.

Blogger Luke Weinhagen January 20, 2018 2:25 PM  

There is a team doing a documentary project on the history of D&D. They've spent the last couple years interviewing all the original (surviving) gamers that were playing in the groups around the twin cities and lake geneva at the time and consolidating the documentation available. They have come across some pretty obscure material and some interesting original documents. They share some of their finds from time to time on their FB page. -
http://www.secretsofblackmoor.com/ | https://www.facebook.com/blackmoorsecrets/

Blogger Edgar Abbey January 20, 2018 3:12 PM  

The list from Appendix N. Enjoy.

(Reposted due to a formatting error.)

Inspirational Reading:
Anderson, Poul. THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS; THE HIGH CRUSADE; THE BROKEN SWORD
Bellairs, John. THE FACE IN THE FROST
Brackett, Leigh.
Brown, Fredric.
Burroughs, Edgar Rice, "Pellucidar" Series; Mars Series; Venus Series
Carter, Lin. "World's End" Series
de Camp, L. Sprague. LEST DARKNESS FALL; FALLIBLE FIEND; et al.
de Camp & Pratt. "Harold Shea" Series; CARNELIAN CUBE
Derleth, August.
Dunsany, Lord.
Farmer, P. J. "The World of the Tiers" Series; et al.
Fox, Gardner. "Kothar" Series; "Kyrik" Series; et al.
Howard, R. E. "Conan" Series
Lanier, Sterling. HIERO'S JOURNEY
Leiber, Fritz. "Fafhrd & Gray Mouser" Series; et al.
Lovecraft. H. P.
Merritt, A. CREEP, SHADOW, CREEP; MOON POOL; DWELLERS IN THE MIRAGE; et al.
Moorcock, Michael. STORMBRINGER; STEALER OF SOULS; "Hawkmoon" Series (esp. the first three books)
Norton, Andre.
Offutt, Andrew J., editor SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS III.
Pratt, Fletcher, BLUE STAR; et al.
Saberhagen, Fred. CHANGELING EARTH; et al.
St. Clair, Margaret. THE SHADOW PEOPLE; SIGN OF THE LABRYS
Tolkien. J. R. R. THE HOBBIT; "Ring Trilogy"
Vance, Jack. THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD; THE DYING EARTH; et al.
Weinbaum, Stanley
Wellman. Manly Wade.
Williamson, Jack.
Zelazny, Roger. JACK OF SHADOWS; "Amber" Series; et al.

Anonymous Man of the Atom January 20, 2018 3:20 PM  

So many things tie back to Pulp, including comic books, which is another reason that Jeffro's Appendix N is so important.

Gardner Fox

Blogger Edgar Abbey January 20, 2018 3:36 PM  

It's also worth mentioning the list was created in 1979.

Anonymous Nathan January 20, 2018 4:01 PM  

"It's also worth mentioning the list was created in 1979."

And that Wizards of the Coast's attempt to expand it into Appendices D and E is mostly trash.

Blogger James Jones January 20, 2018 4:07 PM  

I have the ebook. Easily the best book on D&D I've read.

Blogger Thucydides January 20, 2018 8:46 PM  

Somewhat OT: Every Single One of Marvel's GLAAD Award-Nominated Comics Has Been Cancelled (https://io9.gizmodo.com/every-single-one-of-marvels-glaad-award-nominated-comic-1822238407).

Convergence reaching its climax.

Anonymous Nathan January 20, 2018 9:17 PM  

@10,

If I was a betting man, I'd place $1000 on America Chavez winning the Hugo.

Blogger Were-Puppy January 21, 2018 3:31 PM  

Appendix N was a great book.

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