Bibliography for GURPS Fantasy
Fact and Speculation
The New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology (Hamlyn, 1968).
Anglo, Sydney, The Martial Arts of Renaissance Europe (Yale University Press, 2000).
Campbell, Joseph, The Hero with a Thousand Faces (MJF Books, 1996); The Masks of God, in four volumes: Primitive Mythology, Oriental Mythology, Occidental Mythology, Creative Mythology (Arkana, 1991).
Cotterell, Brian, and Kamminga, Johan, Mechanics of Pre-industrial Technology: An Introduction to the Mechanics of Ancient and Traditional Material Culture (Cambridge University Press, 1990).
Daniels, Peter T., and Bright, William, The World's Writing Systems (Oxford University Press, 1996).
de Camp, L. Sprague, The Ancient Engineers (Ballantine, 1963).
Diamond, Jared, Guns, Germs, and Steel (Norton, 1997).
Dixon, R.M.W., The Rise and Fall of Languages (Cambridge University Press, 1997).
Graves, Robert, The White Goddess: A Historical Grammar of Poetic Myth, Amended and Enlarged Edition (Octagon, 1972).
Guadalupi, Gianni, and Manguel, Alberto, The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (Macmillan, 1980).
Jaynes, Julian, The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (Houghton Mifflin, 1990).
Keegan, John, The Face of Battle (Penguin, 1978).
Carter, Lin, Imaginary Worlds (Ballantine, 1973).
Clute, John, and Grant, John, The Encyclopedia of Fantasy (St. Martin's Griffin, 1999).
Fonstad, Karen Wynn, The Atlas of Middle-Earth, revised edition (Houghton Mifflin, 1991). Arguably this ought to go under "Factual Information," as it's a serious scholarly reference work about geography – it just happens to be the geography of Middle-Earth. One of the best models for extracting a detailed description of a setting from a work of fiction.
Frye, Northrop, Anatomy of Criticism (Princeton University Press, 1957).
Hume, Kathryn, Fantasy and Mimesis: Responses to Reality in Western Literature (Routledge, 1985).
Irwin, Robert, The Arabian Nights: A Companion (Allen Lane, 1994).
Jones, Diana Wynne, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland (Vista, 1996).
Le Guin, Ursula K., "From Elfland to Poughkeepsie," in The Language of the Night (HarperCollins, 1992).
Folklore, Mythology, and Classics
Alighieri, Dante, The Divine Comedy (New American Library, 2003).
Barrie, J.M., Peter Pan (Viking, 1991).
Beowulf (Norton, 2001).
Baum, L. Frank, The Wizard of Oz, The Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz, The Emerald City of Oz, Glinda of Oz, and others in the Oz series. The complete series has been reprinted by Dover Publications.
Carroll, Lewis, Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (omnibus edition, Norton, 1999), and The Hunting of the Snark (Norton, 2006). Both of these volumes have been annotated by Martin Gardner.
Chaucer, Geoffrey, The Canterbury Tales (Penguin, 2003).
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," in The Complete Poems (Penguin, 1997).
Egil's Saga (Penguin, 1977).
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang, Faust (Princeton University Press, 1994).
Haggard, H. Rider, She (Oxford University Press, 1998).
Hesiod, Theogony (Ann Arbor Paperbacks, 1991).
Hesse, Hermann, Steppenwolf (Picador, 2002).
Homer, The Odyssey (Penguin, 1999).
Kingsley, Charles, The Water-Babies (J.M. Dent & Sons, 1983).
Kouyaté, Mamadou, Sundiata (Longman, 1995).
Malory, Thomas, Le Morte d'Arthur (Signet, 2001).
Maeterlinck, Maurice, The Blue Bird (Kessinger, 2004).
The Saga of the Volsungs (University of California Press, 1990).
Vālmīki, The Rāmāyaṇa (Penguin, 1998).
Virgil, The Aeneid (Vintage, 1990).
Vyasa, The Mahabharata (University of Chicago Press, 2000).
Beagle, Peter S., The Last Unicorn (Ballantine, 1968).
Bellairs, John, The Face in the Frost (Ace, 1978).
Borges, Jorge Luis, Labyrinths, edited by James E. Irby and Donald A. Yates (New Directions, 1988).
Bull, Emma, War for the Oaks (Orb, 2001).
Card, Orson Scott, Seventh Son (T. Doherty Associates, 1987).
Carey, Jacqueline, Kushiel's Dart (Tor, 2001); Kushiel's Chosen (Tor, 2002); Kushiel's Avatar (Tor, 2003); Kushiel's Scion (Grand Central, 2006); Kushiel's Justice (Grand Central, 2007); Kushiel's Mercy (Grand Central, 2008); Naamah's Kiss (Grand Central, 2009); Naamah's Curse (Grand Central, 2010); and Naamah's Blessing (Grand Central, 2011).
Cherryh, C.J., Rusalka (Del Rey, 1989).
Cook, Glen, "Black Company" series: The Black Company (Tor, 1984); Shadows Linger (Tor, 1984); The White Rose (Tor, 1985); Shadow Games (Tor, 1989); The Silver Spike (Tor, 1989); Dreams of Steel (Tor, 1990); Bleak Seasons (Tor, 1996); She Is The Darkness (Tor, 1998); Water Sleeps (Tor, 1999); and Soldiers Live (Tor, 2000).
Cook, Glen, "Garrett, P.I." series: Sweet Silver Blues (Signet, 1987); Bitter Gold Hearts (Signet, 1988); Cold Copper Tears (Signet, 1988); Old Tin Sorrows (Signet, 1989); Dread Brass Shadows (Roc, 1990); Red Iron Nights (Roc, 1991); Deadly Quicksilver Lies (Roc, 1994); Petty Pewter Gods (Roc, 1995); Faded Steel Heat (Roc, 1999); Angry Lead Skies (Roc, 2002); Whispering Nickel Idols (Roc, 2005); Cruel Zinc Melodies (Roc, 2008); Gilded Latten Bones (Roc, 2010); and Wicked Bronze Ambition (Roc, 2013). These are gradually being collected into three-in-one omnibus volumes: Introducing Garrett, P.I. (Roc, 2011), Garrett Takes the Case (Roc, 2012), and Garrett for Hire (Roc, 2013).
Crowley, John, Little, Big (Bantam, 1981).
Davidson, Avram, The Adventures of Doctor Esterhazy (Owlswick, 1991).
de Camp, L. Sprague, and Pratt, Fletcher, The Compleat Enchanter (Doubleday, 1975).
De Lint, Charles, Moonheart (Ace, 1984).
Eddison, E.R., Mistress of Mistresses: A Vision of Zimiamvia (Dutton, 1935); A Fish Dinner in Memison (Dutton, 1941); The Mezentian Gate (Elek Books, 1958) [reissued in one volume as Zimiamvia]. The Mezentian Gate was published in incomplete form long after Eddison's death in 1945.
Effinger, George Alec, Maureen Birnbaum, Barbarian Swordsperson (Swan Press, 1993).
Ford, John M., The Dragon Waiting (Timescape Books, 1983).
Gaiman, Neil, and Pratchett, Terry, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (Workman, 1990).
Garfinkle, Richard, Celestial Matters (Tor, 1996).
Gentle, Mary, The Book of Ash (Eos, 1999-2000).
Hamilton, Laurell K. A Kiss of Shadows (Del Rey, 2000), A Caress of Twilight (Ballantine, 2002), Seduced by Moonlight (Ballantine, 2004), A Stroke of Midnight (Ballantine, 2005), Mistral's Kiss (Ballantine, 2006), A Lick of Frost (Ballantine, 2007), Swallowing Darkness (Ballantine, 2008), Divine Misdemeanors (Ballantine, 2009), and A Shiver of Light (Berkley, 2014).
Heinlein, Robert, "Magic Inc.," in Waldo & Magic, Inc. (Doubleday, 1950) and "The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag," in The Unpleasant Profession of Jonathan Hoag (Gnome, 1959) [reissued in one volume as The Fantasies of Robert A. Heinlein (Tor, 1999)].
Howard, Robert Ervin, Conan the Barbarian (Gnome Press, 1954), and Conan the Conqueror: The Hyborian Age (Gnome Press, 1950). The three-volume Wandering Star/Del Rey Conan of Cimmeria set is easier to find and restores the original text: The Coming of Conan the Cimmerian (2003), The Bloody Crown of Conan (2004), and The Conquering Sword of Conan (2005).
Jackson, Melanie, Traveler (Love Spell, 2003).
Karr, Phyllis Ann, The Idylls of the Queen (Berkley, 1985).
L'Engle, Madeleine, A Wrinkle in Time (Ariel, 1962), A Wind in the Door (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1973), A Swiftly Tilting Planet (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1978), Many Waters (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1986), and An Acceptable Time (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1989).
Le Guin, Ursula K., "The Rule of Names," in The Wind's Twelve Quarters (HarperCollins, 1975), A Wizard of Earthsea (Parnassus, 1968), The Tombs of Atuan (Atheneum, 1971), and The Farthest Shore (Atheneum, 1972).
Lee, Tanith, Night's Master (DAW, 1978), Death's Master (New American Library, 1986), Delusion's Master (DAW, 1987), Delirium's Mistress (New American Library, 1986), and Night's Sorceries (DAW, 1987).
Leiber, Fritz, Conjure Wife (Gregg Press, 1977), Swords and Deviltry (Gregg Press, 1977), Swords Against Death (Gregg Press, 1977), Swords in the Mist (Gregg Press, 1977), Swords Against Wizardry (Gregg Press, 1977), The Swords of Lankhmar (Gregg Press, 1977), Swords and Ice Magic (Gregg Press, 1977), and Our Lady of Darkness (Berkley, 1977).
Lovecraft, H.P., "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath," in Beyond the Wall of Sleep (Arkham House, 1943) [also collected in Dreams of Terror and Death: The Dream Cycle of H.P. Lovecraft (Del Rey, 1995)].
McKillip, Patricia, The Riddle-Master of Hed (Ballantine, 1977).
Moon, Elizabeth, Sheepfarmer's Daughter (Baen, 1988), Divided Allegiance (Baen, 1988), and Oath of Gold (Baen, 1989). The trilogy is also available as an omnibus, The Deed of Paksenarrion (Baen, 1992).
Moorcock, Michael, Elric of Melnibone (DAW, 1976), Sailor on the Seas of Fate (DAW, 1976), Weird of the White Wolf (DAW, 1977), The Vanishing Tower (DAW, 1977), Bane of the Black Sword (DAW, 1977), and Stormbringer (DAW, 1977).
Moore, C.L., Jirel of Joiry (Ace, 1996).
Murphy, Pat, Nadya: The Wolf Chronicles (Tor, 1996).
Niven, Larry, The Magic Goes Away (Ace, 1978).
Pratchett, Terry, the Discworld series.
Robinson, Kim Stanley, The Years of Rice and Salt (Bantam, 2002).
Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (A.A. Levine, 1998), Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (A.A. Levine, 1999), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (A.A. Levine, 1999), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (A.A. Levine, 2000), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (A.A. Levine, 2003), Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (A.A. Levine, 2005), and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (A.A. Levine, 2007).
Swann, Thomas Burnett, Wolfwinter (Ballantine, 1972).
Swanwick, Michael, The Iron Dragon's Daughter (Avon, 1994).
Vance, Jack, Madouc (Ace, 1990), Lyonesse (Berkley, 1983), The Green Pearl (Berkley, 1986), The Dying Earth (Underwood-Miller, 1994), The Eyes of the Overworld (1966), Cugel's Saga (1983), and Rhialto the Marvellous (1984).
White, T.H., The Once and Future King (Putnam, 1958).
Williamson, Jack, Darker than You Think (Fantasy Press, 1948).
Windling, Terri, and Sherman, Delia, The Essential Bordertown (Tor, 1998).
Zelazny, Roger, The Chronicles of Amber, containing Nine Princes in Amber (Doubleday, 1970), The Guns of Avalon (Doubleday, 1972), Sign of the Unicorn (Doubleday, 1975), The Hand of Oberon (Doubleday, 1976), and The Courts of Chaos (Doubleday, 1978) [reissued in expanded form as The Great Book of Amber, The Complete Amber Chronicles 1-10 (Eos, 1999)].
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (Terry Gilliam, 1988).
Beauty and the Beast [La Belle et la bête] (Jean Cocteau, 1946).
Bell, Book, and Candle (Richard Quine, 1958).
Big Trouble in Little China (John Carpenter, 1986).
Clash of the Titans (Desmond Davis, 1981).
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon [Wo Hu Cang Long] (Ang Lee, 2000).
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (Gordon Hessler, 1973).
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Peter Jackson, 2012); The Desolation of Smaug (Peter Jackson, 2013); and The Battle of the Five Armies (Peter Jackson, 2014). Extended versions of the first and second movies are also available.
Jabberwocky (Terry Gilliam, 1977).
Jason and the Argonauts (Don Chaffey, 1963).
The Last Unicorn (Jules Bass, Arthur Rankin, Jr., 1982). Animated.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Peter Jackson, 2001); The Two Towers (Peter Jackson, 2002); and The Return of the King (Peter Jackson, 2003). Extended versions of all three movies are available in a boxed set.
A Midsummer Night's Dream (Michael Hoffman, 1999).
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, 1975).
Photographing Fairies (Nick Willing, 1997). [PAL-format DVD]
The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987).
Princess Mononoke [Mononoke Hime] (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997). Animated.
Prospero's Books (Peter Greenaway, 1991).
Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950).
Return to Oz (Walter Murch, 1985).
The Seventh Voyage of Sinbad (Nathan Juran, 1958).
Shrek (Andrew Adamson/Vicky Jenson, 2001).
Siegfried [Siegfried, die Nibelungen] (Fritz Lang, 1924).
Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (Sam Wanamaker, 1977).
Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001).
The Thief of Bagdad (Raoul Walsh, 1924).
The Thief of Bagdad (Ludwig Berger, Michael Powell, Tim Whelan, 1940).
Time Bandits (Terry Gilliam, 1981).
Topper (Norman Z. McLeod, 1937).
Wings of Desire [Der Himmel über Berlin] (Wim Wenders, 1987).
The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939).
Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990).
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003).
Fushigi Yugi (1995). Animated.
The Heroic Legend of Arislan [Arisuran no Senki] (1991). Animated.
Record of Lodoss War [Lodoss to Senki] (1990). Animated.
Slayers (1995). Animated.
The Vision of Escaflowne [Tenkuu no Eskafuroone] (1996). Animated.
Xena, Warrior Princess (1995-2001).
Wyrd Sisters (1996) and Soul Music (1996) [reissued together as Terry Pratchett's Discworld Collection]. Animated.
Gaiman, Neil, The Books of Magic (DC, 1990-1991).
Gaiman, Neil, The Sandman (DC/Vertigo, 1988-1996).
Holguin, Brian, Aria (Image, 2000-2003).
Moore, Alan, Promethea (America's Best Comics, 1999-2004).
Nelson, Arvid, Rex Mundi (Image, 2003-2004).
Pini, Wendy, and Pini, Richard, Elfquest (WaRP Graphics, 1981-1984).
Sakai, Stan, Usagi Yojimbo (multiple publishers, 1984-2004).
Smith, Jeff, Bone (Cartoon Books).
Wagner, Matt, Mage: The Hero Discovered (Comico, 1984-1986).
Wyman, Vicki, Xanadu. (MU, 1993, 1994).
Barker, M.A.R. Empire of the Petal Throne (TSR, 1975). A new treatment of the same setting is Tekumel (Guardians of Order, 2004).
Brucato, Phil, et al. Mage: The Ascension (White Wolf 2nd ed., 1995). Fantasy-relevant supplements to this epic game of modern magic include Phil Brucato's The Book of Crafts (White Wolf, 1996) and The Book of Worlds (White Wolf, 1996), and Dragons of the East (White Wolf, 2000) and Dead Magic (White Wolf, 2000), both developed by Jess Heinig.
Brucato, Phil, et al. Mage: The Sorcerers Crusade (White Wolf, 1998).
Crossby, N. Robin. Hârnworld (Columbia Games, 1990).
Grabowski, Geoff, et al. Exalted (White Wolf, 2001).
Halliwell, Richard, et al. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (Games Workshop, 1986).
Laws, Robin D. The Dying Earth Roleplaying Game (Pelgrane Press, 2001).
Long, Steven S. Fantasy Hero (Hero Games, 2003).
Pearcy, Derek. In Nomine (Steve Jackson Games, 1997). R. Sean Borgstrom and David Edelstein's Ethereal Player's Guide (Steve Jackson Games, 2003) adds pagan gods and spirits to this religious fantasy.
Perrin, Steve, et al. RuneQuest (Chaosium, 2nd ed. 1980). A new treatment of the same setting is Robin D. Laws and Greg Stafford's Hero Wars (Issaries, Inc., 2000).
Simbalist, Edward E., and Backhaus, Wilf. Chivalry & Sorcery (Fantasy Games Unlimited 1st ed., 1977). The 4th edition is supported by Brittannia Game Designs, Ltd.
Stafford, Greg. King Arthur Pendragon: Epic Roleplaying in Legendary Britain (Chaosium, 4th ed. 1993); James Palmer et al. focus on fiefs and feudalism in Lordly Domains (Green Knight, 1999).
Tweet, Jonathan, et al. Dungeons & Dragons (Wizards of the Coast, 3rd ed. 2001, 3.5 ed. 2003). Among the excellent supplements to Gygax and Arneson's classic fantasy RPG are Jeff Grubb, et. al's Manual of the Planes (1987, rev. ed. 2001) and Nigel Findley, et al.'s Draconomicon (1990, rev. ed. 2003).
Wujcik, Eric. Amber Diceless Role-Playing (Phage Press, 1991).
Yee, Suzy, and Browning, Joseph. A Magical Medieval Society: Western Europe (Expeditious Retreat Press, 2003).
GURPS Third Edition
Many of the supplements to the previous edition of GURPS contained fantasy material. Much of this is usable with any system, and most of the rest can be adapted to GURPS Fourth Edition fairly easily. The following supplements are especially recommended as sources of inspiration:
GURPS Cabal. Horror-conspiracy setting in which the Earth – in fact, the entire universe – is controlled by a secret alliance of powerful wizards and demigods. Contains a variety of alternate and modified magic systems.
GURPS Celtic Myth. Britain and Ireland, from prehistory up to the 5th century, with special emphasis on folklore and myth.
GURPS Dragons. Dragons and other serpentine and reptilian races, both as monsters and as civilized beings.
GURPS Faerie. Dwellers "under the hill" and their cousins in folklore.
GURPS In Nomine. Roleplay agents of Heaven or Hell, or pagan gods and spirits with no ties to either side. A GURPS treatment of extremely powerful supernatural beings as player characters.
GURPS Places Of Mystery. Locales with mysterious or unusual histories, from all over the world and from every historical period.
GURPS Shapeshifters. Beings that can change form, from werewolves to far-future constructs of liquid metal.
GURPS Spirits. Entities that embody abstract concepts such as "nature" and "divine will."
GURPS Technomancer. Alternate Earth where magic awakens in 1945, changing the world.
GURPS Undead. The living dead – ghosts, mummies, wraiths, zombies, etc.