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A Fritz Leiber Wiki & RPG Guide to Nehwon

Harlan EllisonOne of the perhaps dozen writers in the history of literature whose command of the language, whose inventiveness, whose shining genius intimidates me.

Welcome to the Scrolls of Lankhmar. This is a community project that does two things. It is a wiki about Fritz Leiber and his writings, and it is the RPG Guide to Nehwon which is a knowledge base for all role-players playing or running in a Nehwon-based role-playing game.

Fritz Leiber

Fritz Leiber Fritz Leiber was born in 1910 and died in 1992. He was considered one of the best genre authors of all time and a pioneer in the field. He was very well respected and admired by his peers, and authors such as Harlan Ellison, Ramsey Campbell, Stephen King, and Neil Gaiman have all remarked on how much authors today owe to him. Among many awards bestowed upon him include Grand Master of Science Fiction, Grand Master of Fantasy, and one of the first Bram Stoker Awards for Lifetime Achievement in horror. He excelled and broke new ground in all three genres–a rarity among authors.

Best Known

Leiber's best known works include his Sword & Sorcery1) series about those two infamous scoundrels, Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser, who not only blazed a trail in S&S parallel to Conan since 1939, but whose exploits were very influential in the early development of the Dungeons & Dragons game.

In Science Fiction his Change War series is known for its originality in time travel fiction, and includes the Hugo winning short novel, The Big Time. John Pelan has stated that Fritz Leiber made Science Fiction grow the hell up…2) with his pivotal story Coming Attraction.

It is in the field of horror that Leiber caused the greatest shift in writing. With Smoke Ghost in 1941 the Jamesian ghost story is laid to rest and modern horror was born with a ghost derived from urban smoke and grit, feeding off of the twisted emotions of the city.

Ramsey CampbellFritz Leiber was the father of modern supernatural horror fiction, and its greatest master. I'll stake my reputation on the belief that once “Smoke Ghost” was published, the field could never be the same again.

RPG Guide to Nehwon

Dark Horse comic This site started well over a decade ago as a simple adjunct to a Lankhmar D&D campaign I was running at the time–it simply detailed the adventures of the players of the game. It soon grew into a guide for gamemasters who were or were planning on also running a campaign based out of Lankhmar, for it seemed to me that accurate RPG information based from the stories was limited. That need has never disappeared, and the RPG Guide to Nehwon has expanded and continues to expand to cover everything that GMs and players need for adventuring in the environs of Lankhmar and over the lands of Nehwon.

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Cavaliers of Mars

Cavaliers of Mars Fellow blogger and Vampire: The Requiem author, Rose Bailey has a Kickstarter for her latest game: Cavaliers of Mars. She is a major Fritz Leiber fan and those influences show up in her world, as well as those of Jack Vance. You may wish to check out her Kickstarter, plus a Jumpstart is available on DriveThru RPG. Also read her short story, “Two Swords of Mars” which may betray some influence from your favorite sword fighting duo. It's a fantastic yarn! Tell her Srith sent you!

Leiber is credited for coining the term Sword & Sorcery.
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