Saturday, 28 December 2019

Influences and inspirations

As the year draws to a close I wanted to catalogue my current influences and inspirations on my game writing in a post. This is very much a naval-gazing exercise.

Literature and writing

  • Lovecraft
  • M. R. James
  • Arthur Machen
  • Tolkien
  • Dunsany
  • Robert McFarland
  • Robert Chambers
  • Terry Pratchett
  • Leigh Brackett
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Edgar Allan Poe
  • Alan Moore
  • William Blake
  • Sir Thomas Malory
  • Howard Pyle
  • Mary Shelley
  • Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Alex Raymond

Art
  • Aubrey Beardsley
  • William Blake
  • Alphonse Mucha
  • Medieval illumination
  • 17th/18th century chapbook engravings
  • Arthur Rackham
  • Ivan Bilibin
  • Brian Froud
  • Wendy Froud
  • Harry Clarke

Film and Television
  • The Detectorists
  • Mark Gatiss
  • John Carpenter
  • Merlin (BBC)
  • Blackadder
  • Hilda
  • Universal Monster movies

Games designers
  • Simon Washbourne
  • David Black
  • Nate Treme
  • Ken St Andre
  • Ian Livingstone
  • Steve Jackson
  • Dave Arneson
  • Gary Gygax
  • S. John Ross
  • Gavin Norman

The above is very white male dominated, which is something I'm keen to address in 2020, but I do suppose I do have antiquated tastes.