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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.


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.


That's a really fun one. There's so many things in there that clearly inspired Gygax -- regenerating trolls, paladins losing their powers due to impure thoughts or actions, the cosmic war of law v. chaos... good times.
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GURPS Swashbucklers has a great bibliography that introduced me to Sabatini's Captain Blood and Anthony Hope.

I think I only started reading the Dresden Files after I heard about the RPG (although I don't own the RPG).

As a kid I was into Dragonlance, but I think my Mum picked Legend of Huma second hand somewhere as my introduction thinking about it, so that doesn't really count.
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I didn't see the nonfiction part before. I didn't necessarily discover anything because of RPGs, but I read a lot of things that I might not have because of wanting to know something about them in running RPGs.

Such as, about 1/3 of the Encyclopedia Britannica I was looking for tech info, government options, etc. Then I read a bunch of "Foxfire" books, which are about hand crafts from a later era than I usually run, but still interesting for possibilities on what might be occurring in a society.

Finally, I really enjoyed Naval Warfare Under Oars. Most nautical books for the layman are heavy on pictures, short on explanations, or are focused on modern sailing. Rodgers book is an exception to that trend.
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dysjunct wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
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.


That's a really fun one. There's so many things in there that clearly inspired Gygax -- regenerating trolls, paladins losing their powers due to impure thoughts or actions, the cosmic war of law v. chaos... good times.


Yeah, that troll is scary!
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Already knew about Tolkien (Hobbit/LOTR) priorate AD&D. I went for the reference section and quickly added these favorites (in order of preference) to my reading list:
Conan series by Robert E. Howard
John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice Boroughs
Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser series by Fritz Leiber.
the books about Elric of Melniboné by Michael Moorcock
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The Warhammer Gotrek & Felix series I found very enjoyable.


Oh yeah now that you mention it I've read the first in the Gotrek & Felix series (an anthology I think it was?), as well as the Dan Abnett first of the Horus Heresy books (there's 40+ of them??)
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dysjunct wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
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.


That's a really fun one. There's so many things in there that clearly inspired Gygax -- regenerating trolls, paladins losing their powers due to impure thoughts or actions, the cosmic war of law v. chaos... good times.


I tracked it down and read it due to knowing its influence, but I wasn't very impressed with it as a novel. It was a bit neat seeing all the random one-off things that got codified as D&D tropes, but it was kind of plodding, suffers from the common fantasy problem of being a succession of set-pieces which are fine individually but don't add up to an interesting plot, and, like most SF/F pre-1980, has some issues with the characterization of women.
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Poul Anderson was pretty dialed into the ancient Nordic mindset, and was able to portray it from multiple angles. But he wasn't limited to that. The "Kingdom of Ys" is a fantasy early dark ages tale that particularly does a good job of getting into different mindsets. (Fair warning, it's a bit brutal, and there is no sugar coating some of it.)

He also has a set of collected essays and short stories, called, "On Fantasy," which is thought provoking at times and hilarious at others.
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In addition to Larry Niven & Lovecraft, I got to quite a few books from the bibliography of the GURPS Horror sourcebooks (both editions).
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Fiction:

Michael Moorcock's Eternal Champion series and other works; I started the Elric stories after reading about them in Deities & Demigods, and just went on from there.

H. P. Lovecraft's entire corpus; he was mentioned in Deities & Demigods as well, but I wasn't inspired to try him until I bought Call of Cthulhu (2nd edition)

I only started reading Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur after acquiring King Arthur Pendragon.

Do tie-ins count? I've read a handful of Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay tie-in books (of variable quality) to get a better feel for the Old World... and I bought and read a Dragon Age tie-in, of which the less said the better. And I guess I'd have to include the Dragonlance novels and short-story collections I bought, as I got DL1 Dragons of Despair and DL2 Dragons of Flame long before I knew there would be fiction to go along with the game adventures.

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Nothing's leaping immediately to mind, though I'm sure there must have been at least one book discovered in this way. RPGs have certainly inspired me to pick up a lot of books on history (Penguin Historical Atlas books, Osprey books, etc.), but I can't think of any cases where these books were mentioned explicitly in a game.
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Benevolentgamemaster wrote:
Lovecraft here as well...


While gaming caused be to read HPL, reading HPL caused me to detest his writing.
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aramis wrote:
Benevolentgamemaster wrote:
Lovecraft here as well...


While gaming caused be to read HPL, reading HPL caused me to detest his writing.

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I find I prefer other writers who took his ideas and made them their own.
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