These of the sources for my Gygax 75 Challenge. Technically this post belongs to Week One. At first I wasn't going to post my sources, but I changed my mind. Future blog posts will have tons of spoilers in them anyway so I figured I might as well show my inspirations.
H. P. Lovecraft – Kingsport and Dream Cycle
- The Terrible Old Man
- The Festival
- The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath
- The Silver Key
- The Strange High House in the Mist
- The Case of Charles Dexter Ward
- The Thing on the Doorstep
Notes: When I was first thinking about the dungeon I would need to build later on I thought of a mist shrouded city. The dungeon would be a mythic underworld connected to a land of dreams. This would explain the weirdness as one descended deeper into a place where dreams and nightmares gained a stronger foot hold on reality.
- The Three Musketeers (Movie and T.V series)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (Movie)
Notes: Watching the BBC Three Musketeers was what got me excited about this setting. I have not read the actual novels written by Dumas. But these are two of the many movies that I have seen that provide the basis of inspiration.
Clark Ashton Smith – Averoigne Cycle
- The End of the Story
- A Rendezvous in Averoigne
- The Maker of Gargoyles
- The Mandrakes
- The Beast of Averoigne
- The Holiness of Azedarac
- The Colossus of Ylourgne
- The Disinterment of Venus
- The Mother of Toads
- The Enchantress of Sylaire
- The Saytr
Notes: I wanted there to be weirdness beyond Lovecraft in the setting. Because of the French setting the Averoigne cycle seemed to be a perfect fit.
Tom Moldvay –X2 Castle Amber
Notes: This is a classic D&D module. It also has ties to Clark Ashton Smith and Averoigne. I haven't actually read it but the little I have read about it reminds me of Maure Castle which I think is an amazing dungeon. I figure this should provide some old school inspiration when needed during the creative process.
All For One – Regime Diabolique 2nd edition
Published 2019 by Triple Ace Games, Paul “Wiggy” Wade Williams
Notes: When I was thinking about swashbuckling musketeer action it occurred to me that savage worlds would probably be perfect for this type of roleplaying. A search lead me to discover this really cool pdf. It basically mashes the musketeers up with some fantasy and horror elements. This should provide a great source of stuff to adapt and use for this project.