Appendix N

An “Appendix N” is a D&D thing from the original Dungeon Master’s Guide. Here’s Gary Gygax’s introduction and explanation:

Inspiration for all the fantasy work I have done stems directly from the love my father showed when I was a lad, for he spent many hours telling me stories he made up as he went along, tales of cloaked old men who could grant wishes, of magic rings and enchanted swords, or wicked sorcerers and dauntless swordsmen…

The following authors were of particular inspiration to me. In some cases I cite specific works, in others, I simply recommend all of their fantasy writing to you. From such sources, as well as any other imaginative writing or screenplay, you will be able to pluck kernels from which will grow the fruits of exciting campaigns. Good reading!

And here’s my own list of inspirations.

I. When Running & Writing Games

Sagas of the Icelanders edited by Örnólfur Thorsson
Fafhrd & the Grey Mouser by Fritz Leiber
Hav by Jan Morris
The Night Battles by Carlo Ginzburg
Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Gormenghast trilogy by Mervyn Peake

Super Mario World, Super Mario Sunshine
Planescape: Torment
Fallout 2, Fallout: New Vegas
Zelda: Link’s Awakening
Dark Souls
Elder Scrolls writing by Michael Kirkbride

Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui
Witchlight by Jessi Zbarsky
– Sophia Foster-Dimino, especially Tactical: 16 Classes from an Imaginary Tactics RPG
Tom Fowler, especially D&D&D
splendidland (Samanthuel Louise Gillson), especially Apple Quest Monsters
Marras Vedenoja
Disa Wallander

False Machine
From the Sorcerer’s Skull
Goblin Punch
Matt Colville
The Adventure Zone
Friends at the Table, especially “Marielda” and “Twilight Mirage”

Apocalypse World by D. Vincent Baker
The Veil by Fraser Simons
Fiasco by Jason Morningstar
The Quiet Year by Avery Alder
Pasion de las Pasiones by Brandon Leon-Gambetta
Blades in the Dark by John Harper

II. When Reading Comics

– Eleanor Davis
X-Men by Chris Claremont
Gaylord Phoenix by Edie Fake
– 2dcloud
– Walt Simonson
X-Force/X-Statix by Peter Milligan, Mike Allred, et al
– Carta Monir
Usagi Yojimbo by Stan Sakai
– Darryl Ayo, Greg Hunter, Claire Napier, Charlotte Geater

III. Everything Else

Tracks and The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich
Mason & Dixon by Thomas Pynchon
How to be Both by Ali Smith
Iceland’s Bell by Halldor Laxness
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Mumbo Jumbo by Ishmael Reed

Slings & Arrows
The Prisoner