Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Modern Appendix N Reading List

I stumbled on an interested thread over at ENWorld that mentions creating a modern updated reading list similar to the one Gary Gygax included in Appendix N of the 1st Edition AD&D Dungeon Master's Guide. I think that's a great idea! I can see lots of possible candidates, including Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company series, George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire books and a lot more. What books would you include? Comment up with your choices.


Wickedmurph said...

Glenn Cook's Black Company, George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire, Steven Erikson's Malazan Book of the Fallen, The Wheel of Time, R Scott Bakker's Prince of Nothing series, Harry Turtledove's The Legion of Videssos, The Belgariad and the Mallorian by David Eddings, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Weiss and Hickman's Dragonlance series, A Dream of Eagles by Jack Whyte. I could go on, but I won't.

Chris Tregenza said...

I wonder how much fantasy the writers of 4e have read?

Gygaxian D&D was heavily based on various books. You just look at the races and classes used to see that.

Compare that to the new races in the 4e PHBII. Where have they come from? Unlike the classic races, the new races have been created by Wizards, no doubt with an eye towards copyright and marketting.

What about the Points of Light world setting. Where has that idea come from?

The original appendix gave players an idea where the ideas in the game came from. Can that really be done with 4e?