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.
Fun read in and of itself, but also a great trip through gaming,science fiction, and fantasy history. The chapters are self-contained and easy to read it multiple sittings but I still found myself wanting to read one more chapter every time.
Would you listen to Appendix N again? Why?
Yes just to make a list of books I want to read. I've read about half and have forgotten most of them. Going back and finding these gems will be a pleasure.
What other book might you compare Appendix N to and why?
Which scene was your favorite?
The review of 9 princes in Amber one of a favorite book but he's right it's a 70's period book.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Inspiration Creation and Imagination
Any additional comments?
Love this book