Friday, September 20, 2019

Flora & Fauna Friday - Rodent Invasion

Over on the National Geographic blog, they've posted that "Viking Invaders Brought Armies of Mice."  Might seem like a no-brainer to surmise but they further state, "Vikings who conquered new lands unwittingly brought with them another sort of invader, a new DNA study says—mice."  Read more here.



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Historical Thursday - Southlake Cinema

Sometimes history is personal and today I am posting as such.  I recently stumbled across a site where they mention that a cinema I knew closed back in 2006.  I had not been there since the late 1970s but recall the place was new back then.  My fondness in remembering Southlake Cinema was because of a number of films I saw there when visiting relatives around the holidays and sneaking off on my own one of the nights to catch a flick.  Several I saw over the years of making that trip were The Lord of the Rings (1978)Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979), and Altered States (1980).  It was a great theater back in the day though I am sure it was well past needing to be closed by 2006.  The days of large screens with tight seating in wide, spacious auditoriums died long ago and such businesses simply haven't been economically sound for a very long time.  Anyway, forgive me for a bit of open-eyed nostalgia and let me know if you saw these movies when they debuted, or since then, and if you recall having seen them in a theater.  I'm curious to know.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The Tuesday Sundries - Dracula's Puzzle Box

Over on the Mr.Puzzle YouTube channel, there is a recent video showing "DRACULAS Secret Box - Straight from TRANSYLVANIA!!"  Enjoy!



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Saturday, September 7, 2019

Saturday in Space - Magnetic 'Bridge' Between Galaxies

Over on sciencealert.com, a recent article proclaimed, "For The First Time, Physicists Have Observed a Giant Magnetic 'Bridge' Between Galaxies."  Read more here!


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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Historical Thursday - Arrows vs Armour

Over on the Medieval Myth Busting YouTube channel, the gang takes on the question of Arrows vs Armour.  Watch and learn!



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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Worldbuilding Wednesday - Medieval Tax Evasion

Over on AtlasObscura.com, a recent article looked at "Found: 2,500 Medieval Coins, and Evidence of Tax Evasion."  Read more here.


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Friday, August 30, 2019

Flora & Fauna Friday - Rat King

I'd heard of Rat Kings years ago and always thought they were some sort of hoax, and I guess they might be still.  Recently, I saw something that reminded that they seemingly exist or existed so I clicked around a little just to see if there was any new info out there.  There's an interesting article on MentalFloss.com from a couple years ago titled, "An (Almost) Comprehensive History of Rat Kings" and it seems to have about as much information as anywhere, so check it out here.

The 1683 rat king, as illustrated by Wilhelm Schmuck
WIKIMEDIA COMMONS // PUBLIC DOMAIN

But I got to thinking that since this phenomenon came about on the tail end (pun intended) of the Late Middle Ages (1564), there's certainly fair reason to work them in to a D&D game.  However, it would hardly do to include a dead rat king in a game when a live rat king, or better a live Giant Rat King, would be so much more fun.  It (they?) would have to be surly, bitey, and very active.  I say this because it would have to be incredibly disconcerting for any rat to be tangled up by the tail and worse, to be tangled up with multiple other rats.  Add in being in a situation where the fight or flight instinct is kicking in, such as anytime any predator (humans and the like included) happens to be nearby and there's nowhere to hide.  When you are vulnerable like that, becoming aggressive is clearly the only option.  I suppose you'd have to still treat it as individual rats but perhaps randomly roll 3d2 for the number appearing as three is as few as you might want but more than six would be so unwieldy as to be little danger to anyone but themselves.  After that, roll HP for each Giant Rat and only allow up to three to attack any single opponent.  Also, for each one that dies, give a minus one to hit for any survivors.  While they might get used to the bouncing around of their live companions, each one that goes down creates dead weight throwing off the whole multi-creature organism.  Well, I know one thing going in my campaign soon.

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