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Which fiction books have you discovered and enjoyed only after first learning about them from playing or reading an RPG?

Which non-fiction books have you discovered and enjoyed only after first learning about them from playing or reading an RPG?




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Lovecraft - I would probably never have read it if not for Call of Cthulhu (1st Edition).

The Princes of Amber - great series of novels that I started reading after getting the brilliant Amber Diceless Role-Playing.

As for non-fiction, not much that I can think of, really...
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I have read a lot of Lovecraft as a result of playing Call of Cthulhu (2nd - 6th Edition).
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ElfQuest - I found the game in a bargain bin. Licensed game.
Albedo - I found the game in a bargain bin. Licensed game.
Lensmen - References in Traveller.
Ringworld - References in Traveller.
Bill the Galactic Hero - References in Traveller
Vance's Dying Earth - after many years, I finally saw the DE RPG, grabbed it to see what Vance was REALLY about, which lead me to read 3.5 books in. Cugel is NOT clever, Rhialto is NOT magnificent.
Mouse Guard - bought the RPG on preorder because I loved the other BW line games. Got into the comics from there.


Elric I learned about from a boardgame. Same with Dune... and Aspirin's Myth series. And Dragonriders of Pern.

I read a couple of Vondra McIntire's Trek novels because I'd seen her on the forums for SFB...

I read one of Bill Kieth's novels because of his work in Traveller. I prefer his traveller writing to his novels. (Sorry, Bill.)
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Not much, really. Long before the first RPG was published, I grew up reading all the classic fiction that influenced it.

I had to rack my brain to think of a book that does answer this question, and finally came up with Nor Crystal Tears, which I was inspired to try after reading GURPS Humanx. And it's a pretty good first contact novel, so that was a bonus. I did start a novel by Paul Kidd based on his Lace & Steel RPG, but it wasn't very good so doesn't qualify for the "... and enjoy" part of this question.

I did discover and read a ton of non-fiction in order to write many of my books, but that's not quite the same thing as is being asked.
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Certainly Vance, but other than that its much harder say. I had read LOTR before finding D&D, and read HPL before I actually played CoC. I think I even read some Dragonlance books before I actually played, but the past appears but darkly.
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A friend ran a D&D campaign based on Bridge of Birds. Without having read the book (or knowing the campaign was based on a book), I played a character who wound up being a lot like Number 10 Ox, one of the protagonists of the novel.

Once the first story arc finished I read and loved the book.
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I had already read some of the classics, Lord of the Rings, and some of Vance's Sci/fi, but most of the rest of Appendix N was new to me when I first got the AD&D DMG. Vance and Poul Anderson are probably my favorites from that list. Where I was at the time, you couldn't get much fantasy. They'd have an occasional book in the sci/fi section of a bookstore, and nothing in the libraries.

I envied my cousin. His gaming group all volunteered to work in their school library. The librarian appreciated their effort so much, she gave them a lot of leeway in what the school ordered. I think that little country school probably had the best fantasy section in a 100 mile radius.
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AlexFS wrote:
The Princes of Amber - great series of novels that I started reading after getting the brilliant Amber Diceless Role-Playing.


Yup!
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I read the first two books of the Dark Elf Trilogy which are Drizzt books. I wanted to make a story as close to the "canon" as possible and I really enjoyed reading them. I should probably get around the reading the final installment in the trilogy soon
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I've discovered the Forgotten Realms thanks to D&D, but haven't read any of the novels yet. I'm intrigued and would like to discover more, but the sheer number of offerings in that setting makes getting into it seem a bit daunting. I wouldn't know where to begin, and reading all of the books would take up WAY too much time.
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Lovecraft here as well...
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The only series that springs to mind are The Laundry Files by Charles Stross
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I haven't actually read them yet, but I'm interested in reading the Mistborn books as a result of the RPG. I backed the dice on kickstarter, because they looked cool and I like pretty dice, and they included the PDF of the RPG, which I read, and I liked the setting, especially the detail that there's shapeshifter, but they have an ironclad religious prohibition on killing, to immediately circumvent the obvious plots and force the story in more interesting directions, like a Three Laws of Robotics for doppelgängers. That bit of worldbuilding got me sufficiently interested to want to read the books. (Also, my brother is an author who learned to self-publish and attended a seminar with Brandon Sanderson, and says he's a great person.)
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Space Viking by H Beam Piper
Shadow of the Storm Martin J Dougherty
Shadowrun novels
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Fiction

Amber
Weapons of the Gods


Non-fiction

Some astrophysics, and a bunch of history that I likely would have never read otherwise.
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Lovecraft, and following from there, Lord Dunsany. Discovering Dunsany is the greatest thing reading Lovecraft has done to me.

Dragonlance. I read the first three books and decided not to go any further.
Our Lady of Darkness by Fritz Leiber.
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Which fiction books have you discovered and enjoyed only after first learning about them from playing or reading an RPG?

I wouldn't say I enjoyed them, but Lovecraft's works and the DragonLance Forgotten History series are the only ones. In the case of all the other RPGs I've played/read, I've read the source material long before I've played the RPGs which use said material!

And I can't think of any non-fiction books I've learned about from playing RPGs.
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None from RPG's, but I did read the Bolo series after playing playing OGRE.
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So, so many. I'd read a lot of the popular stuff before I got into RPGs (Tolkien, Dragonlance, Asimov, etc.).

But during my GURPS obsession in the late 80s through early 90s, I bought tons of sourcebooks. And one of the many excellent things about GURPS sourcebooks (in addition to the otherwise general high quality of them) is their extensive bibliography. I used that as a jumping-off point for years of reading. Among others:

Lovecraft (leading into other Mythos writers)
Zelazny
Pohl
Bester
Stephenson
Le Guin
RA Wilson (and Discordiana in general)

... and many, many more.
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The Warhammer Gotrek & Felix series I found very enjoyable.

And I probably wouldn't know or have read Lovecraft without the Call of Cthulhu RPG.
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I've been reading the Appendix N novels from AD&D recently. It's really cool to read fantasy before D&D codified everything and fantasy changed to fit D&D.
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Which fiction books have you discovered and enjoyed only after first learning about them from playing or reading an RPG?

I've read the Hobbit, Song of Roland, and Beowulf after I started playing D&D.

Later I read Lovecraft and Clarke Aston Smith because of Call of Cthulhu.

I haven't read any non-fiction books per se. I've done extensive reading and research on the web for Call of Cthulhu about The Great War and the 1920s in Cuba.
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quozl wrote:
I've been reading the Appendix N novels from AD&D recently. It's really cool to read fantasy before D&D codified everything and fantasy changed to fit D&D.


Interesting, I didn't even remember that appendix. In it Three Hearts and Three Lions by Paul Anderson has piqued my interest. I may have to put that into my queue.
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