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Appendix N for 2015


Familiar with Appendix N? The AD&D Dungeon Master’s Guide featured a short essay from Gary Gygax, filed under Appendix N, which was essentially a recommended reading list and a collection of all the influences that Gygax had brought to bear on his foundational role playing game document.

In an act of some might say UNPRECENDENTED narcissism, because I think it might be fun, I thought I might share my current Appendix N going into the new year. Writing two midsized campaigns as well as working on two different new game books, I need a fair amount of fuel for my influence fire.

Here are the things that I’m turning into games at the moment:

Doc Savage: His Apocalyptic Life

Nemo: The Roses of Berlin


The Man Who Was Thursday


Tales from the Crescent City

The Case of Charles Dexter Ward

Mainly this stuff is feeding a campaign that I’ve been writing for a long time – the player characters will play a variety of 1930’s superhero/pulp hero type figures (Flash Gordon! The Shadow! Jill Trent!) and face off against a cabal of supervillains attempting to use Carcosan artifacts to …do evil stuff. I know what happens, I just have to do all the busy work of designing the maps or areas and all that jazz. Since we’re wrapping up Eternal Lies, I need to put something else together, so I figured we’d try out Call of Cthulhu 7th edition… by houseruling it all to hell.

Love to hear what is inspiring you to make games. What’s your Appendix N?

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Pulp Call of Cthulhu Part 2: The Villains

Doctor Mabuse

If you’ve been following us for awhile, you might remember me mentioning I’ve been working on a Call of Cthulhu game where the Player Characters will play as Tarzan, Doc Savage, the Shadow, and other pulp style heroes and characters. (Flash Gordon? Karamenah? The Bride of Frankenstein?)

Lately, I’ve been considering the villains. Reading the latest League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Nemo: The Roses of Berlin, I’ve been inspired by the idea of using the villains of German Expressionist cinema to go against the somewhat more straightforward American heroes.

Think of it: Rotwang, Dr Caligari, Doctor Mabuse. Now, I’m not exactly opposed to throwing in Fu Manchu, Adolph Hitler, and John Sunlight, but I really like the Weirdness of the German contingent – we are still ostensibly dealing with the Cthulhu Mythos here. These are exactly the types to be reading from forbidden tomes.

What do you think? Who are your favorite thirties era villains?