Thursday, March 20, 2014

Regarding Appendix N

Appendix N was a section of the original DMG that showcased the works that inspired E Gary Gygax and Dave Arneson during the creation of the D&D game. The below works are where I draw inspiration and help to show case the fantasy tales I enjoy. Feel free to share your own, as a DM it helps to know the type of stories your players like. Also feel free to comment on the things from my list you don't like.


  • Lord of the Rings, Unfinished Tales - JRR Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien
  • Sword of Truth - Terry Goodkind+
  • Kingslayer Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss
  • Harry Dresden Files - Jim Butcher
  • Vlad Taltos aka the Viscount of Adrilanka - Stephen Brust
  • The Last of the Renshai - Mickey Zucker Reichert
  • Dragon Lance Series - Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman
  • Dune Series - Frank Herbert
  • Complete Book of Swords - Fred Saberhagen
  • The Noble Dead Series - Barb and JC Hendee
  • Disc world especially the Watch books - Terry Pratchett%
  • Complete Works of William Shakespeare
  • Complete Works of Edgar Allan Poe
  • Outline of History Part 1 and 2 - HG Wells
  • Harry Potter Series - JK Rowling
  • The Stand; Wizards and Glass - Stephen King
  • Anita Blake and Merry Gentry Novels - Laurell K Hamilton*

*Contains graphic sex scenes some readers will want to skip but most well thought out modern vampire and fairy tales; if you can over look the softcore porn aspects.

+Contains adult themes like torture, murder, attempted rape and modest sexuality.

%A satirical representation of the modern world set in a fantasy setting.

Movies - if I included everything this would be a long list indeed

  • Excalibur
  • Season of the Witch
  • Dragonslayer
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • 13th Warrior
  • Beowulf (Both the animated/cgi version and the Scandinavian version)
  • Earthsea
  • Beastmaster
  • Hawk the Slayer
  • Dragonheart
  • Hobbit Animated
  • Last Unicorn
  • Monty Python
  • Gladiator
  • 300
  • King Arthur
  • Mummy and Mummy 2
  • Constantine
  • Stardust
  • Underworld
  • V for Vendetta
  • Pitch Black
  • Hellboy
  • Both Clash of the Titans
  • Pirates of the Caribbean all but the last one
  • Kingdom of Heaven
  • Van Helsing (though not what I expected when it was announced)

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