The original Dungeon Master’s Guide had numerous appendices but perhaps the most well known is the legendary Appendix N. Gary Gygax was a voracious reader, his father having filled his childhood with numerous stories and tales told to him & his siblings. Gary felt that this was one of the strongest sources of inspiration for Dungeons & Dragons, so when writing the Dungeon Masters Guide he included a list of authors who helped build his love of fantasy and science fiction.
I believe it is important for every DM to have his/her own list of books that inspire them and help them in their work as masters of the game. Here’s my own version of that list. Some of these are directly related to running the game while others are just good stories that fill me with ideas.
Robin’s Laws of Good Game Mastering by Robin Laws
Role-Playing Mastery by Gary Gygax
Master of the Game by Gary Gygax
Dungeon Masters Guide from Advanced Dungeons & Dragons
Dungeon Master’s Guide 2 from Dungeons & Dragons 4rth Edition
The Elric Series by Michael Moorcock
The Conan the Barbarian series by Robert E. Howard, L. Sprague De Camp and Lin Carter
The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski.
What books are on your Appendix N? Share your list in the comments.