Classics Appendix N
In the original Appendix N, and in personal appendixes N from various OSR blogs, contemporary and modern fantastic literature dominates the reading list. Given the selection you’ll find in a bookstore’s fantasy section, that’s not surprising, but I wonder what an Appendix N would include if limited to pre-1900 literature?
- Arabian Nights
- Voltaire’s Candide
- Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
- Cervantes’ Don Quixote
- Stoker’s Dracula
- Grimm’s Fairy Tales
- Spenser’s Faerie Queen
- Goethe’s Faust
- Machen’s The Great God Pan
- Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels
- Homer’s Iliad
- Dante’s Inferno
- Ovid’s Metamorphoses
- Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur
- Homer’s Odyssey
- Edgar Allan Poe’s short stories
- Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen
- The Song of Roland
- Stevenson’s Treasure Island
A D&D campaign drawn from this Appendix N would have a distinctive flavor, although you could find a basis for many of the traditional D&D tropes in those pages.
Geoffrey October 29, 2010 at 12:05 PM
Also include the pre-1900 fantasy works of:
migellito October 29, 2010 at 1:14 PM
I like this take on the old idea Paul! I hadn’t thought of something like this. It very definitely would give a singular (and quite nice) flavour to a campaign.
Paul October 29, 2010 at 1:22 PM
Yes, agreed, Geoffrey. Can’t believe I forgot MacDonald, as I have a particular fondness for The Princess and the Goblin.
Jeff Rients October 29, 2010 at 3:39 PM
Lucian of Samosata’s True History
David January 8, 2011 at 7:25 PM
You reminded me of a few books I need to add to my Kindle, thank you!
And it would be interesting to see an alternate reality version of D&D from 1900… hmmm…
Paul January 8, 2011 at 7:42 PM
@David, much might be the same, although you wouldn’t have the inspirations of Vance for the magic system and Three Hearts for alignment.