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RPGaDay – Day 10: Favourite tie-in Novel / Game Fiction

11/08/2014
Extraordinary Zoology Cover

Short Answer: Extraordinary Zoology, Skull Island eXpeditions.

Long Answer: Game fiction is something I’ve never really gotten into. I know there are hundreds of books out there, many based off popular D&D campaign settings like Forgotten Realms, but I’ve never had the desire to get past page 1 on any of them. I’d probably enjoy some of them if I did try, but I have plenty of other books to read.

The closest I’ve come to reading game fiction would be the books put out by Skull Island eXpeditions. Most feature characters and stories from Warmachine and Hordes, but a few are more closely tied to their Iron Kingdoms RPG. Choosing a favourite from the list is difficult, so I’ll go with the one with the most direct ties to the RPG – Tales from the Monsternomicon Volume One: Extraordinary Zoology, written by Howard Tayler (Schlock Mercenary).

Anyone familiar with the first edition of the IKRPG will probably have a good idea of what to expect from this novella before getting past the cover. The Monsternomicon is not on the IKRPG equivalent of D&D’s Monster Manual, but an actual book that exists within the game setting. It is a scholarly work penned by former soldier, adventurer, and professor Viktor Pendrake. Extraordinary Zoology takes us on an adventure with the good professor and his assistants as they pursue a mysterious monster through the wilds. I would go into more detail, but I’ll save that for a proper review.

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