Thursday, November 11, 2010

Inspirational Source Material

"A good D&D campaign is imaginative and creative. Sometimes a little research is useful to improve a dungeon, flesh out a scenario, and provide inspiration for a campaign. Books on folklore, mythology, fairy tales, bestiaries, and knightly legends can often help the DM fill in important details of a campaign, but fictional tales and fantasy novels usually provide the best sources of inspiration. The following list includes some books which might prove useful. A title list followed by 'et al' means that the author has written more fantasy titles than those which can be listed in the limited space available. Note that some books listed as 'non-fiction' are about myths and legends, but are labeled as non-fiction because they are not on the fiction shelves of the library or bookstore.

FICTION: YOUNG ADULT FANTASY

Alexander, Lloyd - The Book of Three; Black Cauldron; Castle of Llyr
Baum, L. Frank - The Wizard Of Oz, The Emerald City Of Oz
Bellairs, John - The Face In The Frost; House With A Clock In Its Walls
Burroughs, Edgar Rice - A Princess Of Mars; At The Earth's Core
Carroll, Lewis - Alice's Adventures In Wonderland
Garner, Alan - Elidor; Weirdstone Of Brisingamen
Le Guin, Ursula - A Wizard Of Earthsea; Tombs of Atuan
Lewis, C.S. - The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

FICTION: ADULT FANTASY

Anderson, Poul - Three Hearts Three Lions; The Broken Sword
Anthony, Piers - A Spell For Chameleon
Asprin, Robert - Another Fine Myth
Brackett, Leigh - The Secret Of Sinharat; People of the Talisman
Campbell, J. Ramsey - Demons By Daylight
Carter, Lin - Flashing Swords; Year's Best Fantasy Stories
Davidson, Avram - The Phoenix In The Mirror
de Camp, L. Sprague - The Fallible Fiend; The Goblin Tower
de Camp and Pratt - The Incompleat Enchanter; Land Of Unreason
Dunsany, Lord - King Of Elflands Daughter; Over The Hills And Far Away
Eddison, E.R. - The Worm Ouroboros
Eisenstein, Phyllis - Born To Exile; Sorcerer's Son
Farmer, P.J. - Maker Of Universes, Gates Of Creation, Private Cosmos
Finney, Charles - The Unholy City; The Circus of Dr. Lao
Heinlein, Robert - Glory Road
Howard, Robert E. - Conan; Red Nails; Pigeons From Hell
Lee, Tanith - Night's Master; Storm Lord; The Birthgrave
Leiber, Fritz - The Swords of Lankhmar, Swords Against Wizardry
Lovecraft, H.P. - Doom That Came To Sarnath; The Dunwich Horror
Merritt, A. - The Moon Pool; Dwellers In The Mirage
Moorcock, Michael - The Stealer Of Souls; Knight Of Swords
Mundy, Talbot - Tros Of Samothrace
Niven, Larry - The Magic Goes Away; Flight Of The Horse
Norton, Andre - Witch World; Year Of The Unicorn
Offutt, Andrew - The Iron Lords; Swords Against Darkness
Pratt, Fletcher - The Blue Star; Well Of The Unicorn
Smith, Clark Ashton - Xiccarph; Lost Worlds; Genus Loci
Stewart, Mary - The Crystal Cave; The Hollow Hills
Stoker, Bram - Dracula
Swann, T. Burnett - Cry Silver Bells; Moondust
Tolkien, J.R.R. - The Hobbit, Lord Of The Rings
Vance, Jack - Eyes Of The Overworld; Dying Earth; Dragon Masters
Wagner, Karl Edward - Bloodstone; Dark Crusade
White, Theodore - The Once And Future King
Zelazny, Roger - Jack Of Shadows; Nine Princes In Amber"

-- T. Moldvay, 1981 D&D Basic Rulebook, p. B62

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