More Reviews for Appendix N
October 31, 2017
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Just in the past couple of weeks there has been another spate of reviews for Appendix N pop up on Amazon:
“This is an utterly perfect nostalgic feast for Grognards. Or an archaeological wonderland for those too young to find all those books we saw in the appendix when we were kids.” — Nascendant
“A whirlwind tour through the authors and books of the famous Appendix N of the original Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Dungeon Masters Guide. Not only does author Jeffro Johnson opine on the books he reads (selecting at least one book from authors who were listed in the appendix without any example books), he also talks about their impact on the Dungeons and Dragons game (the first one, released in 1975) and subsequent versions of the game — Advanced or ‘Basic.’ Even more than that, though, Johnson deftly delivers gaming tips to prospective Dungeon Masters who can use plot elements from the books to inform their own games. A terrific work and am positively thrilled that he wants to do what I want to do: preserve literature from the last century and not bury it. Too often people think of D&D as being totally informed by Tolkien and ‘Tolkienesque’ elements when there were several other authors whose works influenced original D&D co-creators Dave Arneson and E. Gary Gygax. This will get a second read, for sure.” — Michael Gross
“Not only was this book highly informative, it is often hilarious. Jeffro Johnson does an outstanding job of breaking down and analyzing the books of Appendix N. Further, I found myself applying some of his thoughts on the matter to many of my games in ways that I never originally did with the original list. Each piece is well-written and as entertaining as the books themselves. Like an excellent critic, he brings new ideas to light about the areas he is reviewing. And while reading, I was often cracking up. His wit is excellent. I can’t recommend this book enough…not just for DnD players or DM’s but regular readers as well.” — J. Gates
This is of course very gratifying and it means a great deal. I really am astonished by this level of praise.
This doesn’t happen very often, but I actually am speechless for once. I don’t know what else to say to this except, “thank you!”
So: thank you!