Appendix N and Picaresque
December 18, 2015
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While it’s true I’ve caught my share of unreasonable flak over the course of the year, my ridiculous pseudonym is now so associated with the topic of Appendix N that I’m starting to get credit for writing and research that I didn’t actually do.
Now… to some extent I actually did plan for this. In all of my Appendix N posts I have been careful to credit the many game blogs that did the work that made my series possible in the first place. I fully expected that in bringing these discoveries to an audience outside of the dedicated game blogging scene that this sort of thing could happen. But I while I have uncovered a few things that really are original discoveries and commented on some things that nobody else seems to have wanted to touch, I really don’t want to take credit for someone else’s work.
Now the one guy that has written the most extensively on the topic of Appendix N as a “thing” before me is James Maliszewski. His game blog Grognardia is, even after years of going without new posts, still pretty much the definitive game blog. His megadungeon project Dwimmermount is a big deal for tabletop gamers and is as far as I know the most Appendix N infused adventure product in existence.
Because of that, I am especially keen on clearing up the following minor but significant attribution error. John C. Wright in his post The Canon Gap credits me for bring up the idea of picaresque and its relationship to Appenix N. But it was James Maliszewski that broke that story back in 2008 with Picaro and the “Story” of D&D. I think this mixup might have occurred because both Maliszewski and myself are quoted in an excellent post over at Tales to Astound. (I don’t think that’s happened before now that I mention it…!) But let me make it clear: I don’t know anything about “Picaresque” that I didn’t read at Grognardia!