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                                   Part 7

                          Resources 2: Non-Internet
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  I1: What magazine resources are there for *D&D?
  I2: What are some good books to read to get good ideas?
  I3: Where should I start looking in a library for more information?
  I4: What are some good fantasy movies to watch to get good ideas?
  I5: What is some good background or inspirational music for *D&D games?

I1:  What non-electronic resources are there for *D&D ?

A:  There are two (aptly named) official *D&D magazines, Dungeon and 
    Dragon, both commonly available at most stores where role-playing 
    games are sold.  Dragon concentrates more the role-playing industry, 
    with news, reviews, and new rules and additions to various games, but 
    especially *D&D.  Dungeon includes new adventures and modules, usually 
    for use with *D&D, but adventures for other games are often included 
    as well.  A third magazine, Polyhedron, is published as part of
    Dungeon; it contains RPGA-related articles chiefly written by other
    RPGA members.
      Here is a short list of subscription addresses for a few fantasy 
    role-playing magazines (prices are subject to change):

        Alarums and Excursions
        Attn: Lee Gold
        3965 Alla Road
        Los Angeles, CA 90066
        Monthly, Postage + $2.50 per issue

        Dragon Subscriptions
        Paizo Publishing, LLC
        3245 146th Place, Suite 110
        Bellevue, WA 98007
        Monthly, $37.95/yr

        Dungeon Subscriptions
        Paizo Publishing, LLC
        3245 146th Place, Suite 110
        Bellevue, WA 98007
        Bi-monthly, $45.00/yr

        Updated weekly, $20.00/yr
I2:  What are some good books to read to get good ideas?

A:  An attempt to list every fantasy book would be suicide, plain
    and simple.  However, what follows is a list of some of the books 
    which D&D was based upon*, as well as some others which are regarded 
    as classics or particularly indicative of the genre.  In general, 
    if you find that a certain book or series listed here strikes your 
    fancy, chances are that the author has written many, many more 
    fantasy novels, as many of these authors are prolific in the extreme, 
    and listing even the highlights of each would be a task in and of 
  Basis for D&D:*,**

    Anderson, Poul. _Three Hearts and Three Lions_; _The High Crusade_; 
      _The Broken Sword_
    Bellairs, John. _The Face in the Frost_
    Burroughs, Edgar Rice. "Pellucidar" series; Mars series; Venus series
    Carter, Lin. "World's End" series
    de Camp, L. Sprague. _Lest Darkness Fall_; _Fallible Fiend_
    de Camp, L. Sprague, and Fletcher Pratt. "Harold Shea" series; 
      _Carnelian Cube_
    Farmer, Philip Jose. "The World of the Tiers" series
    Fox, Gardner. "Kothar" series; "Kyrik" series
    Howard, Robert E. "Conan" series
    Lanier, Sterling. _Hiero's Journey_
    Lieber, Fritz. "Fafhrd & Gray Mouser" series [a.k.a. "Lankhmar" series]
    Lovecraft, H.P. "Cthulhu" series
    Merritt, A. _Creep, Shadow, Creep_; Moon Pool_; Dwellers in the 
    Moorcock, Michael. _Stormbringer, Stealer of Souls_; "Hawkmoon" series
    Offutt, Andrew J., ed. _Swords Against Darkness III_
    Pratt, Fletcher. _Blue Star_
    Saberhagen, Fred. _Changeling Earth_
    St. Clair, Margaret. _The Shadow People_; _Sign of the Labrys_
    Tolkien, J.R.R. _The Hobbit_; "Ring" trilogy
    Vance, Jack. _The Eyes of the Overworld_; _The Dying Earth_
    Zelazny, Roger. _Jack of Shadows_; "Amber" series

    * This list is selected from a list found on p. 224 of the 1st ed. DMG 
    ** According to the authors of the 1st ed. DMG, de Camp & Pratt, 
      Robert E. Howard, Fritz Lieber, Jack Vance, H.P. Lovecraft, and 
      A. Merritt had some of the most direct influences on the direction 
      of the game, and the others had a lesser influence.

  Other reading:
    [Anonymous.] _Arabian Nights_
    [Anonymous.] _Beowulf_
    [Anonymous.] _The Song of Roland_
    Alexander, Lloyd. _The Book of Three_ and the resultant series
    Anthony, Piers. "Xanth" series
    Anthony, Piers & Robert Kornwise. _Through the Ice_
    Asprin, Robert. "Myth" series
    Asprin, Robert & Lynn Abbey, ed. "Thieves' World" series
    Babbitt, Lucy Lullyford. _The Oval Amulet_
    Barber, Antonia. _Catkin_
    Baum, L. Frank. "Oz" books
    Bradley, Marion Zimmer. _The Mists of Avalon_, "Darkover" books
    Bradley, Marion Zimmer, ed. _Swords & Sorceress_ series
    Brooks, Terry. "Shannara" series; "Magic Kingdom of Landover" series
    Brothers Grimm. _Grimm's Fairy Tales_  [unabridged preferred]
    Brust, Steven. "Jhereg" series
    Burkert, Nancy Ekholm. _Valentine and Orson_
    Cherryh, C.J. "Sword of Knowledge" series; "Morgam" books
    Claremont, Chris & John Bolton. _The Black Dragon_
    Cole, Allan & Chris Bunch. _The Far Kingdoms_
    Constantine, Storm. _Sign for the Sacred_
    Cook, Glen.  "The Black Company" series, "Glittering Stone" trilogy
    Cook, Hugh. "Chronicles of an Age of Darkness" series
    Cook, Rick. _Wizard's Bane_, _Wizardry Compiled_, _Wizardry Cursed_
    Cooper, Louise. "Time Master" trilogy, _Star Ascendant_
    Crawford, Dan. _Rouse a Sleeping Cat_
    Datlow, Ellen, et al., ed. _Year's Best Fantasy and Horror_ series
    De Angeli, Marguerite. _The Door in the Wall_
    DeChancie, John & Martin H. Greenberg, eds. _Castle Fantastic_
    DeLint, Charles. _Into the Green_, _Brian Froud's Faerielands: The
      Wild Wood_
    Devers, Joe. "Lone Wolf" series ("Determine Your Destiny" books)
    Dickinson, Peter. _The Flight of Dragons_
    Dickson, Gordon. _The Dragon & The George_
    Donaldson, Stephen R. _Daughter of Regals & Other Tales_,
      "1st & 2nd Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever" trilogies
    Duncan, Dave. _The Hunters' Haunt_, "Man of His Word" series
    Eckert, Allan W. _The Dark Green Tunnel_, _The Wand_
    Eddings, David. "Belgariad" series; "Mallorean" series; "Elenium" 
    Eddison, E.R. _The Worm Ouroboros_
    Ende, Michael. _Die Unendliche Geschichte_ [Neverending Story]
    Estes, Rose. _The Children of the Dragon_
    Evans, Linda. _Sleipnir_
    Feist, Raymond. "The Riftwar Saga" series
    Feist, Raymond & Janny Wurst. "The Empire Trilogy"
    Foster, Alan Dean. "Spellsinger" series
    Foster, Hal. _Prince Valiant_ 
    Forward, Eve. _Villians By Necessity_
    Friedman, C.S. "Coldfire" trilogy
    Gemmell, David. "Drenai" tales; "Sipstrassi" tales
    Gilliam, Richard, et al., ed. _Grails_ series
    Goodkind, Terry. _Wizard's First Rule_
    Grahame, Kenneth. _The Reluctant Dragon_
    Gray, Elizabeth. _Adam of the Road_
    Gygax,  E. Gary. "Gord the Rogue" series
    Hambly, Barbara. "Darwath" trilogy
    Harrison, Harry. _Warriors of the Way_
    Henderson, Jason. _The Iron Thane_
    Hildick, E.W. _The Case of the Dragon in Distress_
    Hobb, Robin. _Assassin's Apprentice_
    Hodgell, P.C. "Godstalk" series
    Jacques, Brian. _Redwall_ series
    Jones, Diana Wynne, ed. _Fantasy Stories_
    Jones, J.V. _The Baker's Boy_
    Jones, Terry. (of Monty Python fame) _Nicobobinus_
    Jordan, Robert. "Wheel of Time" series
    Kay, Guy Gavriel. _The Lions of Al-Rassan_
    Kelly, Eric P. _Trumpeter of Krakow_
    Kerr, Katharine. "Devery" series
    Knaak, Richard. "Dragon Realm" series
    Knight, Max E., ed. _Christian Morgenstern's Galgenlieder_ [Gallows 
    Koller, Jackie French. _The Dragonling_, _A Dragonling in the Family_
    Kurtz, Katherine. "Deryni" series
    Lackey, Mercedes. "Magic's Dream" series
    ________ & Josephine Sherman _Castle of Deception_ ("Bard's Tale")
    ________ & Ru Emerson. _Fortress of Frost & Fire_ ("Bard's Tale")
    ________ & Mark Shepherd. _Prison of Souls_ ("Bard's Tale")
    Lawhead, Stephen R. "Merlin"; "Taliesin"; "Arthur"
    Lewis, C.S. "Narnia" series
    Llywelyn, Morgan & Michael Scott. "The Arcana" (trilogy)
    McCaffrey, Anne. "Pern" series
    Modesitt, L.E., Jr. _The Magic of Recluse_
    Moon, Elizabeth. _The Deed of Paksenarrion_
    Morgenstern, S. (pseud. for William Goldman). _The Princess Bride_
    Morris, William. _Well at the World's End_
    Newman, Sharan. _Death Comes as Epiphany_, _The Devil's Door_, _The
      Wandering Arm_
    Newton, Joe. (David C. Cook, publisher). _Tullus and the Vandals of
      the North_, _Tullus and the Ransom Gold_; (Chariot Books, publisher).
      _Tullus and the Dark City_, _Tullus and the Monsters of the Deep_
    Niles, Douglas. "The Watershed" trilogy
    Niven, Larry. _The Magic Goes Away_
    Norman, John. "Gor" series
    Paxson, Diana L. & Adrienne Martine-Barnes. "Chronicles of Fionn 
      Mac Cumhal" series
    Peters, Ellis. "Brother Cadfael" series
    Pierce, Tamora. _"Song of the Lioness" series, "Immortals" series
    Piper, H. Beam. _Lord Kalvern of Otherwhen_
    Prachett, Terry. "Discworld" series; _The Color of Magic_
    Priess, Bryon, et al., eds. _The Ultimate Dragon_
    Pyle, Howard. _Otto of the Silver Hand_
    Rawn, Melanie. "Dragon Prince" trilogy, "Exiles" trilogy
    Reichert, Mickey Zucker. "The Last of the Renshai" trilogy; "Bifrost 
      Guardians" series; "The Renshai Chronicles" series
    Roberson, Jennifer. "Chronicles of the Cheysuli" series
    Roberts, John Maddox. "StormLands" series, "Cingulum" series
    Rosenberg, Joel. "Guardians of the Flame" series
    Saberhagen, Fred. "Swords" series; "Lost Swords" series
    Shea, Michael. _Nifft the Lean_, _In Yana, the Touch of the Undying_ 
    Sherman, Josepha, ed. _Orphans of the Night_
    Sim, Dave. _Cerebus_ (1st collection)
    Skurzynski, Gloria. _The Minstrel in the Tower_
    Smith, Clark Ashton. _The Boiling Point_, _Hyperborea_, _The
      Abominations of Yondo_, _Xiccarph_, _Tales of Science and Sorcery_,
    Smith, Sherwood, _Wren to the Rescue_, _Wren's Quest_
    Snyder, Zilpha Keatley. _The Changing Maze_
    Stirling, S.M. & Holly Lisle, _The Rose Sea_
    Swanwick, Michael. _The Iron Dragon's Daughter_
    Turtledove, Harry. "Arhel" series
    Watt-Evans, Lawrence. "Lords of Dus" series, "Legends of Esthar"
    Weber, David. _Oath of Swords_
    Wein, Elizabeth E. _The Winter Prince_
    Weis, Margaret, & Tracy Hickman. "Darksword" series; "Deathgate" 
    Wells, Martha. _Element of Fire_, _City of Bones_
    Westall, Robert. _The Cats of Seroster_
    White, T.H. _The Once and Future King_
    Willey, Elizabeth. _A Sorcerer and a Gentleman_
    Williams, Tad. "Memory, Sorrow and Thorn" trilogy
    Wrede, Patricia C. _Dealing with Dragons_, _Calling on Dragons_
    Yolen, Jane. _Here There Be Dragons_
    Zelazny, Roger & Thomas T. Thomas. _The Mask of Loki_
    [Various.] (Any novel published by TSR)

      There is an excellent reference book available at (or accessible by)
    most libraries, with the self explanatory title _What Fantastic Fiction
    Do I Read Next?: A Reader's Guide To Fantasy, Horror, and Science
    Fiction_.  It is quite sizable and, though not exhaustive nor
    error-free, it can be a great help by providing lists of novels similar 
    to those you may be already familiar with, as well as brief summaries
    of many books with "fantastic" features.
      You may also want to look into the Recommended Fantasy Authors List,
    located at <> as well
    as the Speculative Fiction Authors Bibliography and the Authors list,
    located at <>
    and <>.

      To find out more about current and forthcoming books in the fantasy 
    genre, here are a couple of publishers' web pages to look into:
      The official page for TOR Books, the SF/Fantasy imprint of Tom
      Doherty Associates.
      The official page for Baen Books, a SF/Fantasy publisher.
      The official page for Del Rey Books, the SF/Fantasy imprint of
      Ballantine Books.
      Bantam Spectra, the SF/Fantasy imprint of Bantam Books.
      The official page for Eos, the SF/Fantasy imprint of Avon Books.

      There are many other, non-fiction books out there which tell the 
    history of daily life in the Middle Ages; see the next question or
    ask your local librarian for more information.  However, the following 
    series pretty much sums up everything you ever wanted to know about 
    medieval weapons, armor, and life.

    Oakeshott, R. Ewart.  _The Archaeology of Weapons: Arms and Armor From
    Prehistory to the Age of Chivalry._  Woodbridge, Suffolk, UK; 
    Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 1994.

    ________.  _A Knight and His Castle._  Chester Springs, PA: Dufour
    Editions, 1993; London, Beaver Books, 1976.

    ________.  _The Sword in the Age of Chivalry._  Woodbridge, Suffolk, 
    UK; Rochester, NY: Boydell Press, 1994.

    ________.  _A Knight and His Armor._  Philadelphia: Dufour Editions, 
    1961; London, Lutterworth Press, 1961.

    ________.  _A Knight and His Horse._  London: Lutterworth Press, 1962;
    Philadelphia, PA: Dufour Editions, 1964.

    ________.  _A Knight in Battle._  London: Lutterworth Press, 1971.

    ________.  _A Knight and His Weapons._  Philadelphia, PA: Dufour
    Editions, 1964; London: Lutterworth Press, 1966.

      If you are looking for information on mythological beasts, a decent 
    series called _Monsters of Mythology_ was put out by Chelsea House 
    Publishers in the mid-80's; each book detailed one monster.

I3:  Where should I start looking in a library for more information?

A.  What sections of your average library to look in to find reference 
    material for a medieval setting:

      Dewey    Library of
      Decimal  Congress            Subject
      016.2*   Z7721-7865      Religious bibliographies
               Z6876-6880      "
      133.*    BF1001-1999     Occult
      181      B121-163        Ancient (Medieval) Eastern philosophy
      189      B720-765        Medieval Western philosophy
      291.13   BL300-325       Mythology
      321.14   JC101-126       Medieval government
      340.55   K140-165        (Medieval) History of law
      355.009  U29-42          History of military science
      398.2    GR72-79         Folk tales, legends, fairy tales, tall tales
               PN683-687       "
               PN1341-1347     "
      398.204* PJ*, PL*,       "
               PQ*, PT*        "
      398.208* PN905-1008      Folk tales of a specific ethnic group
      398.209* PA3285          Folk tales of a geographic area
               PN905-1008      "
               PT6200-6230     "
               PT9509-9542     "
      398.4*   GR81, GR500-615 Literature of folk tales, horror stories
               GR700-860       "
      615.0902 RM44            Medieval medicine
      615.50902                "
      623.1    UG400-442       Fortifications
      623.441  U800-897        History of arms & armor (pre-firearms)
      709.02   N5940-6311      Medieval art
      723      NA 350-489      Medieval architecture
      734      NB170-180       Medieval sculpture
      725.18   NA490-497       Military use of walls, gates, etc.
      728.81-2 NA 7710-7786    Castles, palaces
      759.02   ND140-146       Medieval painting
      780.0902 ML170-190       Medieval music
      909.07*  D111-203        Medieval history
               CB351-355       "
      940.1    CB351-355       Medieval history
I4:  What are some good fantasy movies to watch to get good ideas?

A:  As above, it would be suicidal to attempt to list every single 
    fantasy movie ever made.  However, what follows is a fairly good 
    listing of the movies most indicative of the genre, as well as a 
    number of turkeys which are fun to watch and get ideas from.

      Warning: Some of these movies are intended for children, some are
    definitely not intended for children, and a couple are almost
    guaranteed to rot your brain.  I take no responsibility for any
    damage done to your sanity by watching some of these films.

      All of these should be available on video.

      A: Animated

    The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1989)
    The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
    Aladdin (1986, 1992A)
    Aladdin and His Magic Lamp (1968A, 1976)
    Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp (1982) A
    Alakazam the Great (1961) A
    Alexander Nevsky (1938)
    Ali Baba and the Forth Thieves (1944)
    Amazons (1986)
    Archer: The Fugitive From the Empire (1981)
    Arkenstone Fantasy (1974)
    Army of Darkness (1993)
    Arslan Senki (pt. 1-4) (a.k.a. Heroic Legend of Arislan) (1991-93) A
    Ator the Fighting Eagle (1983)
    Barbarian Queen (1985)
    Barbarian Queen II (1992)
    Barbarians (1987)
    Baron Munchausen (1943)
    The Beastmaster (1982)
    Beauty and the Beast (1946, 1983, 1991A)
    Black Adder (1983)
    Black Adder II (1985)
    Black Arrow (1948, 1984)
    The Blade Master (a.k.a. Ator the Invincible) (1984)
    Bladestorm (1986)
    Braveheart (1995)
    Brothers Lionheart (1977)
    Cadfael (vol. 1-4) (1994-1996)
    Camelot (1967)
    Captain Sinbad (1963)
    Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (1988)
    Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (1988)
    Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader (1989)
    Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair (1990)
    Clash of the Titans  (1981)
    Conan the Barbarian (1982)
    Conan the Destroyer (1984)
    A Connecticut Yankee (1931)
    A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949, 1970A)
    The Court Jester (1956)
    Curse of the Undead: Yoma (1989) A
    The Dark Crystal (1983)
    Deathstalker (1984)
    Deathstalker II: Duel of the Titans (1987)
    Deathstalker III: The Warriors from Hell (1988)
    Deathstalker 4: Clash of the Titans (1991)
    Doctor Faustus (1968)
    Donkey Skin (1970)
    Dragon Half (pt. 1-2) (1993) A
    The Dragon Who Wasn't (Or Was He?) (1983) A
    Dragonheart (1996)
    Dragonheart: A New Beginning (2000)
    Dragonslayer (1981)
    The Dungeonmaster (1985)
    Dungeons & Dragons (2000)
    El Cid (1961)
    Erik the Viking (1989)
    Excalibur (1981)
    Faerie Tale Theatre: Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1984)
    Fantastic Planet (1973) A
    Faust (1926)
    Fire and Ice (1983) A
    First Knight (1995)
    The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
    Flesh + Blood (a.k.a. The Rose and the Sword) (1985)
    Flesh and Blood (1951)
    Flight of Dragons (1982) A
    Fury of Hercules (1962)
    Gate of Hell (1954)
    The Giants of Thessaly (1960)
    Gnomes (1980) A
    Gnomes Great Adventure (1987) A
    The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974)
    Goliath Against the Giants (1961)
    Gor (1988)
    The Greenstone (1985)
    Grendel, Grendel, Grendel (1982) A
    Hamlet (1948, 1990)
    Hawk and Castile (19??)
    Hawk of Castile (1964)
    Hawk the Slayer (1980)
    Hearts and Armor (1983)
    Heaven and Earth (1990)
    Henry V (1944, 1989)
    The Hidden Fortress (1958)
    Highlander (1986)
    The Hobbit (1978) A
    Hong Xiguan (a.k.a. The New Legend of Shaolin) (1994)
    The Iron Crown (1941)
    The Iron Mask (1929)
    Iron Warrior (1987)
    Ironmaster (1983)
    Ivanhoe (1952, 1982)
    Jabberwocky (1977)
    Jack the Giant Killer (1962)
    Jason and the Argonauts (1963)
    Kagemusha (1980)
    King Arthur, the Young Warlord (1975)
    King Lear (1971)
    Knights of the Round Table (1953)
    Kriemhilde's Revenge (1924)
    Krull (1983)
    Kull the Conqueror (1997)
    Labyrinth (1986)
    Ladyhawke (1985)
    Lancelot of the Lake (1974)
    The Land of Faraway (1987)
    The Last Unicorn (1982) A
    Legend (1986)
    Legend of Lyon: Flare, pt. 1-2 (199?) A
    The Legend of Suram Fortress (1985)
    The Lion in Winter (1968)
    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1979) A
    Lord of the Rings (1978) A
    The Magic Flute (1973)
    The Magic Fountain (1961)
    The Magic Sword (1962)
    The Magic Voyage of Sinbad (1952, 1962)
    The Man In The Iron Mask (1939, 1977)
    Masters of the Universe (1987)
    Mazes and Monsters (1982)
    Men of Sherwood Forest (1957)
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974)
    The Name of the Rose (1986)
    Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (a.k.a. Warriors of the Wind) 
      (1985) A
    The Navigator: A Medieval Odyssey (1989)
    Neverending Story (1984)
    Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter (1991)
    Neverending Story III (1994)
    Ninja Scroll (a.k.a. Jubei's Ninja Chronicles) (1993) A
    1001 Arabian Nights (1959) A
    Outlaw of Gor (1987)
    Petronella (1985, 1990)
    The Phantom Toolbooth (1969) A
    Pippin (1981)
    Prince Valiant (1954)
    The Princess Bride (1987)
    Princess Mononoke/Mononoke Hime (1997/1999)
    Quest for the Mighty Sword (a.k.a. Ator, l'Invincible) (1990)
    Quest of the Delta Knights (1993)
    Ran (1985)
    Rashomon (1951)
    Record of the Lodoss War, pt. 1-13 (199?) A
    Red Sonja (1985)
    The Return of Jafar (1994) A
    The Return of Martin Guerre (1983)
    The Return of the King (1980) A
    Return to Oz (1985)
    RG Veda, pt. 1-10 (1991-96) A
    Robin and Marian (1976)
    Robin Hood (1922, 1973A, 1991)
    Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
    Roland the Mighty (1958)
    Rumik World: Fire Tripper (199?) A
    Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1955)
    Samurai II: Duel at Ichioji Temple (1955)
    Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
    Scaramouche (1952)
    Seven Magnificent Gladiators (1984)
    Seven Samurai (1954)
    The Seventh Seal (1956)
    Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (1958)
    Shogun Assassin (1980)
    Shogun's Ninja (1983)
    Siegfried (1924)
    Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977) A
    Sinbad of the Seven Seas (1989)
    Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
    Sleeping Beauty (1959A, 1983, 1989)
    Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937A, 1983)
    Son of Ali Baba (1952)
    Son of Sinbad (1955)
    Sorceress (1983, 1988)
    The Sword and the Dragon (1956)
    The Sword and the Sorcerer (1982)
    The Sword in the Stone (1963) A
    Sword of Doom (1967)
    Sword of Heaven (1981)
    Sword of Lancelot (1963)
    Sword of the Valiant (1983)
    The Thief of Baghdad (1920, 1924, 1940, 1961, 1978)
    A Thousand and One Nights (1945)
    The Three Musketeers (1933, 1948, 1974, 1994)
    Throne of Blood (1957)
    Time Bandits (1981)
    Viking Massacre (1965)
    The Vikings (1958)
    The Virgin Spring (1959)
    The War Lord (1965)
    Warlock (1991)
    The Warrior and the Sorceress (1984)
    Warriors (1955)
    Weathering Continent (1992) A
    Willow (1988)
    Windaria (1986/1992) A
    The Wind and the Lion (1975)
    The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    Wizards (1977) A
    Wizards and Warriors (1983)
    Wizards of the Demon Sword (1991)
    Wizards of the Lost Kingdom (1985)
    Wizards of the Lost Kingdom II (1989)
    Xiao Ao Jiang Hu (a.k.a. Swordsman) (1990)
    Xiao Ao Jiang Hu Zhi Dong Fang Bu Bai (a.k.a. Swordsman II) (1991)
    Yojimbo (1961)
    Yotoden (pt. 1-3) (19??) A
    Zardoz (1973)

      You can use the Internet Movie Database at
    <> or the AllMovie Guide at
    <,16> if you wish to search
    for information on any of these movies, or for any movies not already
    listed here.

I5: What is some good background or inspirational music for *D&D games?

A:  As with books and music, the total list of possible musical selections
    is vastly larger than will fit in this document.  What follows is a
    selection of the most commonly-suggested answers to this question,
    as well as some other possibilities, included to round out the list.
      Note that, while fantasy movies or classical music would seem to be
    the "most appropriate" areas to look in, music can often cross "genre"
    boundaries in ways books or movies cannot; thus, while the following
    selections do include a significant number of suggestions culled from
    fantasy movies and classical composers, there are also a number of
    rock musicians, science fiction movies, and so forth represented.
      For the music purists among us, please note that I use "classical"
    here not as a technical musical term, but rather in the music-store
    sense of a catch-all term for medieval, renaissance, baroque, rococco,
    classical, romantic, modern classical, etc. music.
      For those albums which have not generally been recorded
    so frequently that endorsing one version over another would be
    difficult at best, and are not single-movie soundtracks, the
    publisher has been given (where known), to hopefully make it easier
    to find the album and know when one has found the right album.

      (From movies & TV; "instrumental" indicates an orchestral/
      instrumental score, as opposed to the "rock songs featured in or
      inspired by" soundtrack for the same movie)
    1492: Conquest of Paradise
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    Alien Resurrection
    Army of Darkness
    Batman: Original Motion Picture Score (instrumental)
    Ben Hur
    Big Trouble in Little China
    The Bitter Suite: A Musical Odyssey (from Xena: Warrior Princess)
    Blade Runner
    Das Boot
    Bram Stoker's Dracula
    Conan the Barbarian
    Conan the Destroyer
    The Crow
    Dances with Wolves
    Dark City
    The Dark Crystal
    Doctor Zhivago
    Due South
    Edward Scissorhands
    Empire of the Sun
    The Empire Strikes Back
    Far and Away
    The Fifth Element
    First Knight
    The Four Musketeers
    The Fugitive
    Halloween 2
    Halloween 3
    Halloween 4
    Halloween: The Revenge of Michael Myers
    Heavy Metal
    Heavy Metal: The Score (instrumental)
    Henry V
    Heroic Legend of Arislan
    Highlander 2
    Highlander 3
    Hunt for Red October
    Independence Day
    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
    Interview with the Vampire
    Jacob's Ladder
    John Carpenter's The Thing
    Jurassic Park
    Kull the Conqueror
    Last of the Mohicans
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Legends of the Fall
    Lord of the Rings
    The Man in the Iron Mask
    Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
    More Music from Braveheart
    Mortal Kombat: Original Motion Picture Score (instrumental)
    The Name of the Rose
    Out of Africa
    Patriot Games
    Raiders of the Lost Ark
    Record of the Lodoss War, vol. 1
    Record of the Lodoss War, vol. 2
    Record of the Lodoss War, vol. 3
    Return of the Jedi
    Rising Sun
    Rob Roy
    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
    The Rock
    Schindler's List
    The Shadow
    Silent Moebius, vol. 1
    Silent Moebius, vol. 2
    Somewhere in Time
    Speed: Original Motion Picture Score (instrumental)
    Star Trek: The Motion Picture
    Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Best of Both Worlds
    Star Wars
    The Ten Commandments
    Terminator 2
    The Three Musketeers
    The Usual Suspects
    Vampire Hunter D
    Vampire Princess Miyu
    Xena: Warrior Princess
    Xena: Warrior Princess, vol. 2
    Young Sherlock Holmes

    _The Big Picture_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc)
    _Chiller_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc)
    _Fantastic Journey_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc)
    _Fright Night_, by the Orlando Pops (Excelsior)
    _Great Fantasy Adventure Album_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc)
    _Halloween: The Best of John Carpenter_ (Silva Screen Records America)
    _Music for a Darkened Theatre, vol 1_, by Danny Elfman (MCA)
    _Music for a Darkened Theatre, vol 2_, by Danny Elfman (MCA)
    _Summon the Heroes_, by the Boston Pops (Sony)

      (Composers for whom one can generally pick up almost anything they
      have written for this use; some specific suggestions will follow)
    Johann Sebastian Bach
    Ludwig van Beethoven
    Hector Berlioz
    Anton Bruckner
    Claude Debussy
    Franz Liszt
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    Carl Orff
    Nicolo Paganini
    Arvo Part
    Camille Saint-Saens
    Peter Tchaikovsky
    Richard Wagner
    John Williams

      (single, shorter pieces--not likely found by themselves as an
    J.S. Bach, "Toccata and Fugue in D minor" (BWV565)
    Ludwig van Beethoven, "Symphony No. 2 in D major, op. 36", "Symphony
      No. 5 in C Minor, op. 67", "Symphony No. 7 in A major, op. 92",
      "Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, op. 125"
    Aleksandr Borodin, "Polovetsian Dances", from Prince Igor
    Antonin Dvorak, "Symphony No. 7 in D minor, op. 70", "Symphony No. 8
      in G Major, op. 88", "Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, op. 95" (New World 
    Charles Gounod "Funeral March of a Marionette"
    Edvard Grieg, "In the Hall of the Mountain King", from _Peer Gynt, 
      Suite No. 1, op. 46_
    Bernard Herrmann "Sleigh Ride", from _The Devil and Daniel Webster_
    Gustav Holst, "Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity", from _The Planets_;
      "Mars, the Bringer of War", from _The Planets_; "Saturn, the Bringer
      of Old Age", from _The Planets_
    Aram Khachaturian, "Sabre Dance", from _Gayne_; "Symphony No. 2" (The
    Franz Liszt, "Les Preludes", "Totentanz"
    Gustav Mahler, "Symphony No. 2 in C Minor" (The Resurrection)
    Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, "Symphony No. 4 in A major, op. 90" 
      (Italian Symphony)
    Modest Mussorgsky, "Night on Bald Mountain", "Pictures at an
    Carl Orff, "O, Fortuna", from _Carmina Burana_
    Gioacchino Rossini, "Overture to William Tell", "Overture to La Gazza
    Camille Saint-Saens, "Danse Macabre, op. 40", "Symphony No. 3 in C
      Minor, op. 78", "Carnival of the Animals", "Bacchanale", from
      _Samson and Delilah_
    Franz Schubert, "Symphony in B Minor, D.759" (Unfinished Symphony)
    Jean Sibelius, "Finlandia"
    Richard Strauss, "Also Sprach Zarathustra"
    Igor Stravinsky, "Rite of Spring", "Firebird Suite"
    Franz von Supp'e, "Light Cavalry Overture"
    Peter Tchaikovsky, "1812 Overture", "Symphony No. 6 in B Minor,
      op. 74" (Pathetique Symphony), "Marche Slav"
    Richard Wagner, "Ride of the Valkyries", from _Der Ring Des
      Nibelungen_; "Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla", from _Der Ring
      Des Nibelungen_; "Siegfried's Funeral Music", from _Der Ring Des
      Nibelungen_; "Chorus of the Damned Sailors", from _Der Fliegende
    Ralph Vaughan Williams, "English Folk Song Suite"

      (Collections or long pieces--likely found by themselves as an
    Hector Berlioz, _Symphonie Fantastique, op. 14_
    Diamanda Galas, _Masque of the Red Death_ (Mute Records)
    Edvard Grieg, _Peer Gynt_
    Josef Haydn, _The London Symphonies_ (Philips; Sony)
    Gustav Holst, _The Planets_
    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, _Requiem in D Minor, K. 656_, _The Magic
      Flute_, _The Marriage of Figaro_
    Carl Orff, _Carmina Burana_
    Sergei Rachmaninoff, "Isle of the Dead, op. 29"
    Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, _Scheherazade, op. 35_
    Peter Tchaikovsky, _Nutcracker Suite_
    Richard Wagner, _Der Ring Des Nibelungen_ (pt. 1: _Rheingold_, pt. 2:
      _Siegfried_, pt. 3 _Die Walk"urie_, pt. 4: _G"otterdammerung_),
      _Tristan und Isolde_, _Lohengrin_, _Parsifal_, _Tannh"auser_
    Antonio Vivaldi, _The Four Seasons_

    Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, _Chant I_ (Angel)
    Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, _Chant II_ (Angel)
    Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos, _Chant III_ (Angel)
    _Best of the Boston Pops, vol. 1_ (Deutsche Grammophon)
    _Classical Thunder I-II_ (Time-Life)
    _Classics Go to the Movies, vol 1-5_ (LaserLight)
    _Classics from the Crypt_ (RCA Victor)
    _Extreme Classics_ (RCA Victor)
    _Fright Night: Music That Goes Bump in the Night_ (CBS)
    Led Zeppelin & London Philharmonic, _Kashmir: Symphonic Led Zeppelin_
      (Point Music) 
    _Masters of the Royal Chapel, Lisbon_, by A Capella Portuguesa 
    David Munrow and the Early Music Consort of London, _Music of the
      Gothic Era_ (Archiv Produktion); _Music of the Crusades_ (London)
    _Orchestral Spectaculars_, by the Cincinnati Pops (Telarc)
    Pink Floyd & London Philharmonic, _Us and Them: Symphonic Pink Floyd_
      (Point Music)
    _Power Classics_ (RCA Victor)
    Thomas Tallis, _Choral and Organ Works_ (Chandos)
    Thomas Tallis, _The Complete Works, vol. 1-3_ (Signum)
    _Troubadour Songs and Medieval Lyrics_ (Hyperion)
    Vangelis, _Themes_ (Deutsche Grammophon)
    _Very Best of the Boston Pops_ (PolyGram)

    David Arkenstone, _Quest of the Dream Warrior: Kyla's Journey_
    Baltimore Consort, _The Art of the Bawdy Song_ (Dorian Recordings)
    Bel Canto, _Shimmering, Warm and Bright_ (Dali Records)
    Capercaillie, _Delirium_
    The Chieftans, _The Celtic Harp_ (BMG)
    Clannad, _Legend_ (RCA Victor)
    Glenn Danzig, _Black Aria_ (Plan 9/Caroline)
    Deep Forest, _Deep Forest I-III_ (Epic)
    Enigma, _MCMXC a.D._ (Virgin)
    Brian Eno, _Ambient 4 On Land_ (Editions EG), _Apollo: Atmospheres
      and Soundtracks_
    Enya, _Shepherd Moons_ (Reprise), _Watermark_ (Geffen)
    Matt Fink, _Music of the Vampires_ (K-Tel)
    Robert Fripp, _1999 Soundscapes_ (3 vols.) (Discipline), _Bridge 
      Between_ (Discipline)
    Robert Fripp and Brian Eno, _The Essential Fripp and Eno_
      (Plan 9/Caroline)
    Peter Gabriel, _Passion: Music For The Last Temptation of Christ_
      (Geffen), _Passion Sources_
    Hawkwind, _The Chronicle of the Black Sword_ (Gopaco)
    Kodo, _The Best of Kodo_ (Tristar)
    Jean-Michel Jarre, _Waiting for Cousteau_, _Rendez-vous_ (Polydor)
    Jethro Tull, "Sonds from the Wood"
    Ray Lynch, _Deep Breakfast_ (Music West)
    Manowar, _Kings of Metal_ (Atlantic), _Secrets of Steel_ (Geffen?)
    Loreena McKennitt, _To Drive the Cold Winter Away_ (Quinlan Road)
    Metallica, _Master of Puppets_ (Elektra)
    Nine Inch Nails, _The Downward Spiral_ (Interscope), _Broken_
    Pink Floyd, _Animals_ (Columbia), _Meddle_ (Capitol), _Relics_
    Satyricon, _Nemesis Divina_ (Century Media)
    _The Sounds of Demons & Dementia_ (Bainbridge Records)
    Tangerine Dream, _Canyon Dreams_ (Miramar), _Tyranny of Beauty_
    Bill Whelan _Riverdance: Music from the Show_ (Celtic
    Yes, _The Yes Album_ (Atlantic), _Fragile_ (Atlantic), _Symphonic
      Music of Yes_ (BMG), _Tales From Topographic Oceans_ (Atlantic)

    Black Sabbath, "The Mob Rules", "Fairies Wear Boots"
    Blue Oyster Cult, "Black Blade", "Veteran of the Psychic Wars"
    Depeche Mode, "Pimpf", "Fpmip"
    Enya, "Orinoco Flow", "Cursum Perficio", "Pax Deorum"
    Robert Fripp, "Threnody for Souls in Torment"
    Metallica, "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
    Pink Floyd, "One of These Days", "Dogs", "Careful With That 
      Axe, Eugene", "Signs of Life", "Run Like Hell"
    Queen, "Who Wants to Live Forever"
    Michael W. Smith, "Ashton"

    Alien Logic (SSI)
    Betrayal at Krondor
    Castlevania IV (Konami)
    Cutthroat Island (Acclaim)
    Dungeon Keeper
    Final Fantasy 2 (SquareSoft)
    Final Fantasy 3 (SquareSoft)
    Final Fantasy 4 (SquareSoft)
    Final Fantasy 5 (SquareSoft)
    Final Fantasy 6 (SquareSoft)
    Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest (SquareSoft)
    Neverhood Chronicles (Dreamworks Interactive)
    Red Steel (TSR)
    Quake (id Software)
    Savage Baronies (TSR)
    Sword Coast (TSR)
    WarCraft II: Tides of Darkness (Blizzard)

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