Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Worldbuilding Wednesday - Medieval Places

Over on thevintagenews.com, they tell us about the "Once a magnificent medieval city and home to 200,000 people, the ghost city of Ani is now completely abandoned and has stood empty for centuries" here.


Also, on historyextra.com, they give us "8 facts about Old Sarum – an Iron Age fort, Roman settlement and medieval city" here.


Finally, on medievalists.net, learn about "Medieval Empires" here.


Worldbuilding Wednesday on GRYMVALD.com
The nuts and bolts of Worldbuilding
for our tabletop RPGing.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Tuesday Sundries - Cave of the Mounds

Since moving north a few years ago, I've been meaning to visit Cave of the Mounds.  It's "a natural limestone cave located near Blue Mounds, Wisconsin" and "is named for two nearby hills."  I've been an RPGer since folks first began publishing RPGs but hadn't until this last weekend been underground in a cave complex.


I'm sure true spelunkers would categorize my experience as touristy, and it was, but being in Cave of the Mounds for nearly an hour was one of the highlights of this year for me.  It's not far west of Madison and anyone in northern Illinois or southern Wisconsin could easily make a day trip of it.


It costs less than twenty bucks and just under ten for kids, though I paid the extra six dollars for a one-year membership with the intention of getting back there a couple more times.  Even if circumstances prevent me from returning, I'll feel it was money spent well for the preservation of this beautiful, natural landmark.  More photos from my trip (nearly 200) can be seen in my Facebook album here and Google Plus album here.


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not covered elsewhere or wanting a particular focus.
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Monday, August 22, 2016

Mapping Monday - The Lighter Side of Mapping

I recently ran across an article touting an Old School mapping t-shirt deign on thehalfling.com here.


Also, no humorous post on mapping would be complete without a showing by a Tom Wham Old School TSR ad like the one Shared by oldschoolfrp.tumblr.com here.


Finally, although Matthew Lowes collection of Dungeon Symbols isn't meant to be a setup for an actual dungeon, I thought it would be humorous to think of it as such here.


Cartography and Mapping are the order of the day,
from setting maps to battlemaps, it's all good.
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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Setting & Society Sunday - Medieval Love

Three from the Medievalists.net this week with the first being "Feminine Love in the Twelfth Century – A Case Study: The Mulier in the Lost Love Letters and the Work of Female Mystics" here.


Also, have a look at "Lovesickness: The Most Common Form of Heart Disease" here.


Finally, check out "The Concept of Courtly Love as an Impediment to the Understanding of Medieval Texts" here.


Looking closer at Setting and Society
as a part of what is presented by GMs.
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Saturday in Space - Rockets

Over on space.com, they share a "Career Launch: 50-Foot Rocket Built By Students Breaks Records."  Find out more here.


Also, on space.com, they tell us "Yes, NASA's New Megarocket Will Be More Powerful Than the Saturn V."  Learn more here.


Finally, on sciencealert.com, we're told "NASA's new camera just filmed a rocket plume so we can see it properly for the first time" here.



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What's happening in Space and
what can it mean for our tabletop RPGing?
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Friday, August 19, 2016

Flora & Fauna Friday - Adorable Deep Ones

Three videos from the EVNautilus YouTube channel of adorable Deep Ones.  First up, a "Dumbo Octopus in Action." Enjoy!



Also, watch as a "Shy Octopus Hides Inside Its Own Tentacles."



Finally, check out this "Googly-eyed Stubby Squid."



Examining animals, plants, and the
environments we use for our tabletop RPGing.
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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Historical Thursday - Medieval Battles

Over on medievalists.net, they share their "Top 10 Strangest Battles of the Middle Ages" here.


Also, on historyextra.com, they expound on "9 medieval battles more significant than Agincourt" here.


Finally, on culture.pl, their article "The Battle of Grunwald Explained" has an excellent interactive graphic here.


Sifting through History to
enhance our tabletop RPGing.
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