Friday, September 2, 2016

Flora & Fauna Friday - Hibernation

My blogs and Facebook will be (mostly) dark for the next couple of weeks so I leave you with some sleepy creatures to tide you over.  First, check out the wiki entry on hibernation here.

Also, on, have a look at "10 Animals That Hibernate" here.

Finally, on, check out the "Top Ten Coolest Hibernating Animals" here.

Examining animals, plants, and the
environments we use for our tabletop RPGing.
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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Historical Thursday - Ancient Egypt

Most of what we know about Ancient Egypt, what came before Alexander of Macedon conquer Egypt in 332 BC, comes from the archaeological record and even the paleontology.  There are a fair number of written accounts from Egyptian sources as well as from other contemporary kingdoms but the existence of Egypt stretches back so far that much of the history is still rather mysterious.  We get accounts of who was in control and the wars that were fought, and some record keeping regarding building projects, but nowhere near what one might consider detailed history from year to year or regarding all strata of society.  For a brief overview, check out the first half of this article on Live Science here.

Also, on, there's a pretty good timeline here.  The first two-and-a-half pages of their six-page Timeline are devoted to the pre-Alexandrian period.

Finally, on, there are some fun tidbits in their article "The big questions of ancient Egypt" here.

Sifting through History to
enhance our tabletop RPGing.
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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Worldbuilding Wednesday - Lucy's Death

Since 1974, "Lucy" has been perhaps the most famous  Australopithecus afarensis fossil ever known.  This week, everyone is writing about her probably cause of death.  Three such articles include one over on titled "Iconic Fossil Assigned Probable Cause of Death: A Big Fall" here.

Also, on, they ask, "Did Anthropologists Just Solve the 3-Million-Year-Old Mystery of Lucy’s Death?"  They discuss the answer here.

Finally, on, they write "ASU experts dispute study that says Lucy fell from tree" here.

Worldbuilding Wednesday on
The nuts and bolts of Worldbuilding
for our tabletop RPGing.
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Tuesday Sundries - Secret Doors

Over on, they have a number of idea on ways you can have a secret door in your own home.  Find out more here.

Also, on, they show you how to make your own secret door bookcase here.

Finally, from the peterjb62 YouTube channel, a clip from Young Frankenstein (1974) showing the late Gene Wilder and the great Teri Garr searching for a secret door with varying degrees of success.  Enjoy!

The Tuesday Sundries on
Essentially, a clearinghouse for topics on
not covered elsewhere or wanting a particular focus.
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Monday, August 29, 2016

Mapping Monday - Earth, Africa, & Mars

Three from this week with the first being "These Rarely Seen Maps Turn Earth Into A Land From A Fantasy Novel" here.

Also, have a look at "A Map Of Colonial Africa Just Before The Outbreak Of World War I" here.

Finally, check out how "These Insanely Detailed Maps Of Mars Are The Most Accurate Yet" 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 28, 2016

Setting & Society Sunday - Medieval Humor

Over on, they give us "The Fool as Entertainer and Satirist, on Stage and in the World" here.

Also, on, they look at "Kidding/not kidding: a medieval sense of humour" here.

Finally, on, we're shown "Dark Humor in the Dark Ages" here.

Looking closer at Setting and Society
as a part of what is presented by GMs.
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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday in Space - Discoveries in Space

Three from Science alert this week with the first being "After 300 years, scientists think they've finally solved the mystery of 'eclipse wind'" here.

Also, have a look at "An Earth-like planet has been found in our closest neighbouring star system" here.

Finally, check out "Astronomers have discovered a massive 'ghost galaxy' that’s 99.99% dark matter."  Learn more here.

Saturday in Space on
What's happening in Space and
what can it mean for our tabletop RPGing?
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