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vgunn

Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« on: June 15, 2013, 07:39:24 PM »
I'm looking for some old school dungeon crawl novels. Can be from any setting, so if you know of some good ones please let me know.

Thanks in advance!



magisensei

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2013, 07:53:45 PM »
In general you could check out the following series:

Dungeons and Dragons

Forgotten Realms

Dragonlance

GreyHawk

Pathfinder

--- they are all based on RPG - while the stories vary in quality - most of the older ones (before 2005) are quite good. 

Some authors to check out: RA Salvator, Douglas Niles, Elaine Cunningham, Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman, Ed Greenwood, Gary Gygax.   

e.g. Paul Kidd's White Plum Mountain trilogy is quite good and fun

- you might also consider the Conan novels

- Elizabeth Moon's Deeds of Paksenarrion
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Fellshot

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2013, 08:14:26 PM »
To narrow down that list a lot:

White Plume Mountain
by Paul Kidd. Because it is hilariously self depreciating at times.

Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickam First of that trilogy, the characters are pretty well done although in retrospect the world building is rather meh.

Everything Elaine Cunningham wrote for the Forgotten Realms, but Elfshadow and Thornhold are good places to start and can stand alone.

Swords of the Eveningstar by Ed Greenwood. Also the first of a series and I found the characters much more down to earth than the Elminster books.


C.Hill

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2013, 08:18:46 PM »
I haven't read it yet, but a self-pubbed author who helped me early in my writing has a D&D-esque book out that plays with the tropes and clichés of Dungeon Crawlers. Filed under comedic fantasy, though probably pretty dark and adult from some of the snippets I read.

Critical Failures by Robert Bevan.
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DjangoWexler

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2013, 03:50:29 AM »
There's a few good RPG parody-humor books that use this -- I *highly* recommend Greg Costikyan's "Another Day, Another Dungeon" and Eve Forward's "Villains By Necessity".
The Thousand Names -- released July 2!
http://djangowexler.com/book-info/

Eclipse

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2013, 09:08:04 AM »
how about  warhammer novel series I heard The Chronicles of Malus Darkblade is supposed to be good by Dan Abnett
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Gariath

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2013, 10:39:34 AM »
Dude, SAM SYKES!  Adventurers fighting monsters and retrieving magical artifacts!
The last Rhega.

Sean Cunningham

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2013, 10:51:02 AM »
Dragons of Autumn Twilight by Margret Weis and Tracy Hickam First of that trilogy, the characters are pretty well done although in retrospect the world building is rather meh.

I really enjoyed the Dragonlance Trilogy and the follow-up War of the Twins trilogy, far more than any of the other D&D novels I tried. It's been a long time since I read them though. No idea how well they hold up.

But the first book at least was based on Dragonlance adventure modules, so it's got a bit of proper dungeon crawling in it. Also - Draconians! (Man, were those Baaz Draconians a pain in the neck to fight or what? You needed to have at least seven spare swords on you.)
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Charlemagne

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2013, 05:18:57 PM »
My two favorite Forgotten Realms series (pretty much based off of D&D) would be R.A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt, and Paul S. Kemp's Erevis Cale Trilogy. Both good, neither wonderful. Both are like a superhero movie, a nice, easy way to shut your brain off for some time, and just have some fun.
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vgunn

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #9 on: June 16, 2013, 10:32:13 PM »
Thanks for the responses!

EricaDakin

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2013, 08:55:47 AM »
This isn't a book, but The Order of the Stick is a webcomic that started off as a humorous take on dungeon crawling. It's evolved into something far bigger than that (and still good), but if you start at the beginning it should give you a few laughs.

http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0001.html
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Hearthweru

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2013, 12:25:48 PM »
I don't like to spam my own stuff, but this is free, and on topic, so I think I can away with it this once.

Anyway, I have a tongue in cheek Tunnels and Trolls dungeon crawl short story called "Tall Tales from the Trollstone Caverns" it's in Trollzine!#5 and which is available for a free download here.

pornokitsch

Re: Recommend some Dungeon Crawl novels
« Reply #12 on: June 18, 2013, 11:54:18 AM »
This isn't a book, but The Order of the Stick is a webcomic that started off as a humorous take on dungeon crawling. It's evolved into something far bigger than that (and still good), but if you start at the beginning it should give you a few laughs.

http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0001.html

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