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Currently reading The Treason of Isengard. Looking for another good historical fiction or fantasy series. I tried the first book in the Arthur series by Bernard Cornwell, but only got through a bit before putting it down. It was disappointing compared to the Last Kingdom series, which I loved.

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Nice; I've tried reading a bunch of the Appendix N fiction the past year that I hadn't read before, but I must admit that I haven't been crazy about much of it. Recently read the first five John Carter novels and found them to be basically Vin Diesel movies in print. Lots of crazy action and set ups just leading to chase scenes. Then I read The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson and that felt like one of The Avengers movies. Tons of characters, convoluted plot, some cheesy romance, super powers and over the top fight scenes. Still cool to see where all these RPG tropes came from.
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Dave Arneson's Blackmoor. I'm reading it mainly for the lore.

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How is this version of Blackmoor? What system is it written for, if any?

I liked the DA module series, again because I thought the lore was pretty cool. Only "Temple of the Frog" was really good as an adventure.
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Persimmon wrote:
Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:51 am
How is this version of Blackmoor? What system is it written for, if any?

I liked the DA module series, again because I thought the lore was pretty cool. Only "Temple of the Frog" was really good as an adventure.
This was put out by Zeitgeist and then in partnership with Goodman Games. It's a fun book once you read past the 3.5 specific content. I'd say about 30 percent of the book is crunch, the rest is lore. I ran Temple of the Frog as my first C&C adventure way back as a tribute to Arneson after he passed. It was quite a lot of fun. There's a Zeitgeist version of Temple of the Frog as well that I haven't checked out yet, I've heard that it's pretty good.

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So my current reading list is:

Dune
Shogun
Dark Force Rising
The Quick and The Dead
The Secret Teaching of All Ages (This is gonna take awhile)
Lord Skystorm

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Wish me luck I just started Edward Gibbon's classic "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire". I have the modern library's three volume unabridged version. So far very interesting and the archaic language is definitely forcing my brain to fire up all cylinders.

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dachda wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 5:31 pm
Wish me luck I just started Edward Gibbon's classic "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire". I have the modern library's three volume unabridged version. So far very interesting and the archaic language is definitely forcing my brain to fire up all cylinders.
Nice; I cheated and read the 1100 page single volume abridged version back in the day. Re-reading The Silmarillion now.
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Sat Jan 30, 2021 6:06 am
I'm reading The Accursed Kings series. Good stuff! I'm ready to begin book 4.

The Accursed Kings (French: Les Rois Maudits) is a series of historical novels by French author Maurice Druon about the French monarchy in the 14th century. Published between 1955 and 1977, the series has been adapted as a miniseries twice for television in France.

Set during the reigns of the last five kings of the direct Capetian dynasty and the first two kings of the House of Valois, the series begins as the French King Philip the Fair, already surrounded by scandal and intrigue, brings a curse upon his family when he persecutes the Knights Templar. The succession of monarchs that follows leads France and England to the Hundred Years' War.

American author George R. R. Martin called The Accursed Kings "the original game of thrones", citing Druon's novels as an inspiration for his own series, A Song of Ice and Fire.
It took a bit longer to get started than I planned but a couple of weeks back I finished The Royal Succession, book 4 of The Accursed Kings series. It weighs in at 308 pages with historical notes expanding it to 325 pages. I can absolutely see where GRRM got some inspiration for the Queen of Thorns in his Song of ice and Fire series!

From the back cover of the book:

Louis X is dead, poisoned, murdered, by the hand of Mahaut d'Artois. Her plan is simple - to clear the path to the throne for her son-in-law, Philippe. However, there is the small matter of Queen Clemence and her unborn child.

As the country is thrown into turmoil, Philippe of Poitiers must use any means necessary to save his country from anarchy. But how far is he willing to go to clear his path to the throne and become king in his own right?


Good stuff, The Accursed Kings! I'll be starting book 5 fairly soon.
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Just finished "Empire of the East" by Fred Saberhagen. Now I'm back into "The Hobbit," which I'll follow with LOTR, of course. I used to read them nearly every summer & I realized that I hadn't read them since before the LOTR movie trilogy came out, though in that interim I have read all the posthumous stuff edited by Christopher Tolkien. And since I backed the new One Ring RPG KS which will be released in late fall, I thought it would be fun to re-read the books that got me into RPGs in the first place.
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Reading the Book of the South, a compilation about the Black Company. Not bad so far.

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Just started the Wheel of Time Series. I had read the first book 20 years ago and thought it was okay, but I was abroad at the time and getting English novels in Taiwan wasn't cheap. So I never continued. Upon re-reading I'm enjoying it more now, at least the first book. Hopefully I'll make it all the way through the series. It has given me some cool ideas for how to incorporate some of the quirkier Adventurers Backpack classes into my game at least.
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Thu Jul 08, 2021 2:50 pm
Just started the Wheel of Time Series. I had read the first book 20 years ago and thought it was okay, but I was abroad at the time and getting English novels in Taiwan wasn't cheap. So I never continued. Upon re-reading I'm enjoying it more now, at least the first book. Hopefully I'll make it all the way through the series. It has given me some cool ideas for how to incorporate some of the quirkier Adventurers Backpack classes into my game at least.
I liked this series a lot. There were a few books in the middle that got tedious, but the series had a strong finish. The world as a whole is a great example of a population concentrated in a few big cities and towns, and lots of sparsely/uninhabited wilderness. Jordan handles magic much different than Vance. I like blend of these styles in my C&C games.

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