Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy Gygax Day!

Lately, my Gamer ADD has been acting up something fierce.  I've been bouncing all over the place, from OSR-ish stuff to superheroes to Pathfinder to Urban Fantasy.  Makes it hard to sit down and actually write about something.

Somewhere in all of that, I started looking at Dungeon Crawl Classics.  It drinks deep from the OSR well, specifically, the famous Appendix N from the original DMG.  For those not in the know, Appendix N is the list of inspirational reading, the fictional works that informed the creation of D&D.  It's a very diverse selection of old school fantasy, with lots of pre-Tolkien stuff and weird fantasy.  DCC fits that bill nicely, reading more to me like early White Dwarf-style D&D adventures.  Reading it got me thinking about the sort of music I'd want to play in that style of game.  Thinking turned to musing, and musing yielded this:

Appendix N: The Soundtrack (requires Spotify)

(Executive Summary:  Classic and Prog rock.  A few formative metal tracks.  Enjoy.)


  1. Excellent playlist! It definitely recreates the mood and tone of gaming and music in the 80's. For me those two are inseparable and your playlist nailed it.

  2. Thanks! I planned on dropping in a couple of Led Zeppelin songs as well ("Rambling On" and "Immigrant Song"), but Spotify didn't have the tracks.

  3. DCC has even caught my attention and I am the last to head off in the direction of a dungeon these days. I think it was the chance to find dice to be unusual again that pushed me over the edge, but the amazing maps and polished, amused tone throughout that makes the core book and modules so much fun to read.

    I may even put up a site for a low-level to explore in a Saturday Seed on Casting Shadows, just to set all the buried bodies spinning.