This week on the Vintage RPG Podcast, we journey deep under the earth to read the novel The Shadow People, by Margaret St. Clair. The bonkers 1969 sci-fi/fantasy novel was included in Appendix N of the Dungeon Masters Guide, a list of literature Gary Gygax cited as being particularly inspirational to the creation of Dungeons […]

Margaret St. Clair’s The Shadow People (1969) is one of those refreshingly odd books that came out in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s that defies genre – there is a little bit of dystopia, horror and fantasy here, all rolled up in one distressing package. The protagonist, Dick, is not a hippie despite his […]

This is The Spire: The City Must Fall, written by Grant Howitt and Christopher Taylor. I love this damn game. The titular Spire is a massive vertical city, once ruled by Drow and now held by Aelfir, the high elves  who have subjugated the native population. Players are a cell of a secret society of […]

There were only four Ruins box sets, so I had to find another Forgotten Realms box to grumble about. Menzoberranzan (1992) seemed like a good choice. So, Drow. The evil dark elves have been a weird player obsession since they became a (ill-advisedly) playable race in Unearthed Arcana (1985) and it only got worse with […]