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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.

©2017 Jeffro Johnson (P)2018 Jeffro Johnson

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Good book, frustrating reader

I really liked Appendix N and will be reading some of the books that I was introduced to here. I think it is worthwhile scholarship that Johnson did. The only downside is the reader who is unfamiliar with many of the words used in the book. This isn't limited to fantastical creations, but even words like "milieu."

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Somebody read all the books I never got around to

I really enjoyed the insights presented in this work. The author takes us on a fascinating dive into the literature of SF/F's past, we get a look back at fandom/geek culture and why these materials were so influential, and he does a good job of critically reviewing all the works and authors listed by Gygax. Furthermore, he hypothesizes and draws conclusions from his investigation as to what parts of those works were most influential in the creation of the game. As a roleplayer who cut his teeth on AD&D, and who has referenced that appendix for reading material, I was fascinated by this book.

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Fun and Easy Read

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.

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A Must Read For Hardcore Roleplaying Gamers

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?

Nope

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