Tuesday, June 23, 2020

141 World Building+

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After gaming discussion with JJ and Angus that ranges all over the place: immersion, world building, super hero gaming...

Monday, June 15, 2020

140 Problematic Works, The High Crusade, The Fallible Fiend

Listen to episode 140.

I talk about the problematic nature of Appendix N, thanks to a call-in from Chris Shorb. Then I discuss the two works I read recently: The High Crusade by Poul Anderson and The Fallible Fiend by L. Sprague de Camp. To make a long story short, I liked Crusade better but Fallible Fiend has more "D&D" stylings. Both are short, easy to read, and humorous.

Friday, June 5, 2020

139 Appendix Not?

My latest episode is a run through of Appendix N, trying to single out the things I enjoyed vs. the rubbish and characterizing authors so you can make the call on whether you are interested.

Episode Link: https://anchor.fm/plundergrounds/episodes/139-Appendix-Not-eee7a6

RSS: https://anchor.fm/s/6e8a2b4/podcast/rss

My own checklist:

Anderson, Poul:
[x] THREE HEARTS AND THREE LIONS;
THE HIGH CRUSADE; (hardback, mobi on Kindle)
[x] THE BROKEN SWORD

Bellairs, John:
THE FACE IN THE FROST (sample on Kindle)

Brackett, Leigh
[x] (Sword of Rhiannon a.k.a. Sea-Kings of Mars)
[x] (Ginger Star: Skaith #1)

Brown, Frederic
[x] ("Arena")

Burroughs, Edgar Rice:
[x] Pellucidar series (read all 7)
[x] Mars series (read 9 of 11)
[x] Venus series (read 1 of 5)

Carter, Lin:
"World's End" series (Warrior at the World’s End on Kindle)
(Thongor)(on Kindle)

de Camp, L. Sprague:
LEST DARKNESS FALL;
THE FALLIBLE FIEND; (scan, in Audible library)
et al

de Camp & Pratt:
"Harold Shea" series; (The Compleat Enchanter available on Audible)
THE CARNELIAN CUBE

Derleth, August
[x] (See H. P. Lovecraft)

Dunsany, Lord
(King of Elfland’s Daughter) (on Kindle)
[x] (Sword of Welleran and Other Stories) (on Kindle)
[x] (Gods of Pagan) (on Kindle)

Farmer, P. J.:
"The World of the Tiers" series;
[x] et al (The Other Log of Phileas Fogg)
[x] et al (Dark is the Sun)
[x] et al (The Stone God Awakens)
[x] et al (The Green Odyssey)

Fox, Gardner:
"Kothar" series; "Kyrik" series; et al (on Kindle)

Howard, R. E.:
[x] "Conan" series (read all of the de Camp/Carter series and the 3 Howard-only compendiums)
[x] (The Savage Tales of Solomon Kane)
[x] (Kull: Exile of Atlantis)
[x] (Almuric)
[x] (Beyond the Borders - collection of weird tales)
[x] (Trails in Darkness - collection of weird western)
[x] (Skull-Face)

Lanier, Sterling:
HIERO'S JOURNEY (scan)

Leiber, Fritz:
[x] "Fafhrd & Gray Mouser" series; (read all 7)
[x] et al (Gather, Darkness!, "Pail of Air," "The Moon is Green," etc.)

Lovecraft, H. P.
[x] Everything

Merritt, A.:
CREEP, SHADOW, CREEP; (on Kindle)
[x] MOON POOL;
[x] DWELLERS IN THE MIRAGE;
et al

Moorcock, Michael:
STORMBRINGER; (scan)
[x] STEALER OF SOULS;
"Hawkmoon" series (esp. the first three books) (scan)
[x] (Chronicles of Corum 1: Knight, Queen, & King of Swords)
[x] (Elric of Melnibone, Sailor on the Seas of Fate, Weird of the White Wolf)

Norton, Andre
[x] (Gryphon in Glory)
[x] (Witch World, Web of the Witch World)
[x] (Star Man’s Son a.k.a. 2250 AD)

Offutt, Andrew J.: editor of
SWORDS AGAINST DARKNESS III
[x] (Swords Against Darkness I)

Pratt, Fletcher:
BLUE STAR; (on Kindle)
et al (Well of the Unicorn on Kindle)

Saberhagen, Fred:
CHANGELING EARTH; (scan, mobi on Kindle)
et al

St. Clair, Margaret:
THE SHADOW PEOPLE;
SIGN OF THE LABRYS

Tolkien, J. R. R.:
[x] THE HOBBIT;
[x] "Ring trilogy"
[x] (Silmarillion)
[x] (Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Smith of Wooten Major, Farmer Giles of Ham, Letters from Father Christmas, etc.)

Vance, Jack:
[x] THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD;
[x] THE DYING EARTH;
[x] et al (Cugel’s Saga)
[x] et al (Rhialto the Marvellous)
[x] et al (Trillion: Alastor 2262)

Weinbaum, Stanley
[x] ("A Martian Odyssey")

Wellman, Manley Wade
[x] ("Straggler from Atlantis")

Williamson, Jack
(Darker Than You Think) (scan)
[x] ("With Folded Hands")

Zelazny, Roger:
[x] JACK OF SHADOWS;
[x] "Amber" series; (All 10)
[x] et al (Damnation Alley)
[x] et al (Lord of Light)

Friday, May 22, 2020

Thursday, May 21, 2020

137 Chaos vs. Law, Leaky Vessels, Rungood, etc.


Friday, May 15, 2020

136 Catching Up




GYGAX 75 PROJECTS IN PROGRESS

Lonely Adventurer
"The "fantasy world" is actually a derelict O'Neill cylinder that suffered a calamity a thousand years ago. So it's a miles long/wide hexagonal box, full of tiny hexes inside. 
The residents don't understand that they are on a space station, though there is much lore and myth about the artificial nature of their world. 
No matter where you stand the ground is always sloping up and away from you, so they call the place The Perpetual Valley."

What the hell, Lonely? Way to show us all up!


Rob A.

Rob's Page 1

Rob's Surrounding Area

Rob's Dungeon

Rob's Town


Shane Ward
Shane's Surrounding Area


JASON

JOSH BECKELHEIMER

Thursday, May 7, 2020

135 Bringing the Tactile to the Virtual

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In which I ruminate on re-creating the feel of a face-to-face game in a virtual table top, how and why.

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