Well, after seeing the epiloge at the end of Conan the Barbarian back in the mid eightees, a young easily influenced 8th grade mind went out the next week to Waldenbooks to buy his first Conan novel, to see if Conan did indeed become a king by his own hand. I think the first novel I picked up was one of Jordan's conan tales. From that day on I was hooked. Ten years later, I now own just about every Conan title ever pubished (in one form or another), and have enjoyed them all heartily. Personally I think no one matches the sheer grittyness and grim determination of the Howard works, but the patiches by De camp and carter, and the novels by the new age authors should not be discarded out of hand. Many have wonderful tales sticking to the true Conan form (others are really really bad), and make wonderful sources of information for the Coan world. For thousse of you out there who have palyers who have read all the REH tales, the recent novels are great recources to draw from to confound the player who has read everything. Im my campaign Im currently drawing on "conan and the Spider god" for information on the religious cult of Zath. My players, old REH fans, and newbies alike are having a blast. It doesnt matter the soure of the tale, as long as you maintain the REH conan style.
Anyhow, thanks mongoose for publishing the Conan product, youve made this Sword and sorcery fans day.
Erlik the Red, reaver of the Vanir