Friday, May 8, 2009

My Own Private Appendix N

Zachary the First over at RPG Blog II hearkens back to the old AD&D DMG, specifically Appendix N (in which E. Gary Gygax Himself lays out the literature that influenced the development of his campaign) and challenges his readership to discuss their own private Appendix N: "What fiction has influenced your campaigns, play styles, and writings? If you want to include TV or movies, by all means."

The Hobbit by Rankin-Bass
The Adventures of Robin Hood
John Coyne's Hobgoblin
Stephen King's The Stand
The Talisman by Stephen King & Peter Straub
Michael Moorcock's Elric, Hawkmoon, and Corum books
Tom Baker-era Dr. Who
The Prisoner
Sir Walter Scott's Ivanhoe
DC Comics Warlord
The Savage Sword of Conan
Both Conan movies
BBC's The Chronicles of Narnia
Epic Illustrated
Heavy Metal: the movies, the soundtrack, and the magazine
Jonny Quest
The music of Blue Oyster Cult
The music of Saxon, especially the Crusader album
Ronnie James Dio-era Sabbath
Jack Vance's Lyonesse books and, to a lesser extent, the Dying Earth
Werner Herzog's Nosferatu
The Star Wars trilogy
Raiders of The Lost Ark
George Romero's zombie movies
David Lynch's Dune
Land of The Lost
The works of J. R. R. Tolkien
Robert E. Howard's Solomon Kane stories and, to a lesser extent, his Conan stories
Robert Asprin's Thieves World
Fritz Leiber's Fafhrd & Gray Mouser tales
Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber
The art of Los Hermanos Hildebrandt
The Wild Palms comic strip from Details magazine
John Carpenter's They Live
Overdose levels of Mountain Dew
The works of Clark Ashton Smith
The works of China Mieville
The works of Gene Wolfe
Magic: The Gathering
Planet of The Apes
The Shannara stuff by Terry Brooks
Piers Anthony's Xanth series
Hammer horror films, especially Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter

The Who's Who of Modern Gaming give their "Appendix N". And so do Jeff Rients and Matthew Conway

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