End of Year Organizing

A Year in Review.

A Year in Review.

Spread out on our dining room table are, what I believe to be, all of the books that I had scattered throughout our house. On a cursory glance I have read to completion 40 or so of the books.

The surprise of the year has been “Shakespeare’s Restless World” by Neil MacGregor. Twenty chapters each with an artifact as the focal point of the chapter: food, plague, espionage, national pride, religion, etc.

This is not all of the books that I’ve read or worked on during the year. I also read:

  • The first 5 books of Roger Zelazny’s Chronicles of Amber
  • “The Search for Wandla” by Di’Terlizzi
  • Autobiography of Mark Twain (started)
  • Several short stories of Borges (thank you Zak S for those recommendations)
  • and re-read parts of Beowulf as translated by JRR Tolkien and Christopher Tolkien

This coming year, I plan to spend more time reading and creating. This past year has felt as though much of my time has been spent idling away on social media, checking for new content.

As you can see, I have in front of me the raw materials for most any kind of euro-centric medieval-ish role-playing game I’d ever want; And plenty of fodder to make things unique.

For those keeping score at home, from bottom right corner, reading “up” the photo, then starting in the next column from at the bottom:

  • “Master of Shadows: The Secret Diplomatic Career of the Painter Peter Paul Rubens” by Mark Lamster
  • “Scourge of the Demon Wolf” by Robert S Conley
  • Dungeon Master’s Guide 5E
  • “Advanced Edition Companion” by Goblinoid Games
  • “Epyllion: A Dragon Epic” by Marissa Kelly
  • “Labyrinth Lord” by Goblinoid Games
  • “The One Ring Roleplaying Game” by Francesco Neptello
  • “Grim World” by Deanna Nygren and Trenton Kennedy
  • “Cortex Hacker’s Guide”
  • “Mind Jammer” by Sara Newton
  • “Ars Magica 5E” by Atlas Games
  • “Dwimmermount” by James Maliszewski, Alexander Macris, Tavis Allison
  • “The Legend of Sigurd and Gudrun” by JRR Tolkien
  • “Demonspore: The Secret of the Shrooms” by Matthew J Finch
  • “No Salvation for Witches” by Rafael Chandler
  • “A Red and Pleasant Land” by Zak S
  • “Tower of the Stargazer” by James Edward Raggi IV
  • “Geek Sublime” by Vikram Chandra
  • “The Greatest Knight” by Thomas Asbridge
  • “Castles” by CharlesStephenson
  • “Fritz Leiber’s Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser” by Howard Chaykin, Mike Mignola, and Al Williamson
  • “The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights” by John Steinbeck
  • “Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Grindhouse Edition” by James Edward Raggi IV
  • Torchbearer Gamemaster Screen
  • Dwimmermount Map
  • “A Mighty Fortress: A History of the German People” by Steve Ozment
  • “The Clay that Woke” by Paul Czege
  • “The Dungeon Dozen” by Jason Sholtis
  • “Narcosa” by everyone
  • “Diaspora” by B. Murray, O.W. Marshall, T. Dyke, and B. Kerr
  • “The Broken Sword” by Poul Anderson
  • “Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of an Era” by Neil MacGregor
  • “The Majestic Wilderlands” by Robert S. Conley
  • “The Burning Wheel Gold” by Luke Crane
  • “Kagematsu” by Danielle Lewon
  • “Reign Enchiridion” by Greg Stolze
  • “Sword and Wizardry: Complete Rulebook” by Matthew J Finch
  • “Apocalypse World” by D. Vincent Baker
  • “The Dead of Winter” by Oliver Kapp and Frank Bohnsack
  • “Call of Catthulhu Deluxe: Book I the Nekonomikon” by Joel Sparks
  • “Dread” by Epidiah Ravachol
  • “Better than Any Man” by James Edward Raggi IV
  • “The Idea from Space” by Simon Carryer
  • “Lamentations of the Flame Princess: Player Core Book” by James Edward Raggi IV
  • “Torchbearer” by Thor Olavsrud and Luke Crane
  • “Fate of the Norns” by Andrew Valkauskas
  • “A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe” by Expeditious Retreat Press
  • “The Metamorphica” by Johnstone Metzger
  • “The Seclusium of Orphone of the Three Visions” by D. Vincent Baker
  • “Kingdom” by Ben Robbins
  • “Chronica Feudalis” by Jeremy Keller
  • “Neoclassical Geek Revival” by Zzarchov Kowolski
  • “The Fall of Arthur” by JRR Tolkien
  • “Sagas of the Icelanders” by Gregor Vuga
  • “Collapse” by Jared Diamond
  • “Inverse World” by Brandon Schmelz and Jacob Randolf
  • “Deep Carbon Observatory” by Patrick Stuart
  • “Iron Empires: Void” by Christopher Moeller
  • “Magical Theorems and Dark Pacts” by Dyson Logos
  • “In Search of Unknown” by Mike Carr
  • “Castle Amber” by Tom Moldvay

2 thoughts on “End of Year Organizing

    • “Diaspora” and “Mindjammer” are the two sci-fi RPG books. As to why Diaspora snuck in? Its a terrific system with some fantastic mini-games. The writing is crisp and concise, with enough mechanisms to collaborate on game development.

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