Friday, May 08, 2009

Personal Appendix N

Because I try and keep track of stuff going around in the RPG blogosphere, I became aware of the challenge thrown out there to put down your "personal appendix N." The original Appendix N was part of the original First Edition Dungeonmaster's Guide and as such, was basically list of stuff that Gary Gygax saw as important source material for the game, either in that something was borrowed directly from it, or in that the feel, vibe or what-have-you owes a debt of gratitude to the work listed.

I made my own Appendix N as part of this challenge. Some of my entries aren't books (I've got several movies, a TV show or two, and several series of books) and many of them are not "genre." Some of them are recent, and therefore may be more reflective of what I like rather than formative. Despite that, they bring something to the table that I've seen as what I want my games to have.

Anyway, without further ado:
  • Alexander, Lloyd: The Chronicles of Prydain
  • Asprin, Robert: Myth Adventures series
  • Brackett, Leigh: "The Book of Skaith" and other Eric John Stark stories
  • Burroughs, Edgar Rice: Tarzan series, Pellucidar series, Barsoom series, and various other series and stand-alone novels.
  • Butcher, Jim: Harry Dresden series
  • Carter, Chris, et al.: The X-files series
  • Cook, Glen: The Black Company series
  • Curtiz, Michael, et. al: "The Adventures of Robin Hood"
  • Dickens, Charles: "Oliver Twist"
  • Dumas, Alexandre: "The Three Musketeers", "The Count of Monte Cristo"
  • Fiest, Raymond: Riftwar Cycle
  • Harrison, Harry: Stainless Steel Rat series
  • Homer: "The Iliad"
  • Howard, Robert E.: Conan stories, Kull stories, Solomon Kane stories, various other stories.
  • Kripke, Eric; et al.: The Supernatural series
  • Leiber, Fritz: Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series
  • Leone, Sergio: "A Fistful of Dollars", "For a Few Dollars More", "The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly"
  • Lovecraft, Howard P.: "The DreamQuest of Unknown Kadath" and other short stories and novellas
  • Lucas, George, et al: Star Wars series, Indiana Jones series
  • Ludlum, Robert: "The Holcroft Covenant", "The Matarese Circle", "The Bourne Identity" and others
  • Sabatini, Rafael: "The Black Swan", "Scaramouche", "Captain Blood", etc.
  • Scott, Sir Walter: "Ivanhoe"
  • Sommers, Stephen: "The Mummy"
  • Smith, Clark Ashton: Hyperborea series, Averoigne series, Zothique series
  • Stoker, Bram: "Dracula"
  • Sturleson, Snorri: "The Prose Edda"
  • Tolkien, J. R. R.: "Lord of the Rings" and other stories
  • Unknown: "Beowulf"

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