There is a bizarre little creature native to Madagascar that is called a Tenrac and, though it resembles a tiny hedgehog, is related to whales and sea cows. Go figure then read more here on BBC.co.uk!
Monday, December 31, 2012
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Friday, December 28, 2012
Thursday, December 27, 2012
Earlier this month, Sci-News.com reported the finding of an engraved stone believed to date back 30,000 years. Consider that when writing up the history of your own tabletop roleplaying setting. Read more here!
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Check out the fascinating article on the edmontonjournal.com website about an "18th century Latin dictionary published in Switzerland hides inside the fragments of an early 13th century Italian manuscript of the Justinian Code." Your tabletop roleplaying setting might benefit from hiding some tombs inside of others. See more here!
Tuesday, December 25, 2012
If you like running holiday themed adventures, check out the FREE Harnic Christmas adventure. It's a comfortable eight pages and no doubt it could easily be adapted to many Medieval Fantasy roleplaying settings. See more here!
Monday, December 24, 2012
If you ever wondered how a Medieval Fantasy or Ancient setting might depict a hydra feasting on prey, check out this YouTube video showing a "Two Headed Snake feeding." You might also like to read up a bit on axial bifurcation on the Nerdy Science blog here! Enjoy!
Sunday, December 23, 2012
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Tom Maringer is an artist and craftsman making fantasy coins, some for The Game of Thrones line. Check out his work here and I'm sure you'll find it inspirational in your setting creation work!
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
A new study of 2,000 year old pipestone artifacts found in Ohio in the early part of last century might be revealing something unexpected. The items may have been transported from elsewhere rather than being locally produced as once thought because of similarities in the local stone to that of the stone used in their carving. Something to keep in mind when adding artifacts to a tabletop roleplaying game setting as a possible red herring. Read more here!
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
Over on lifeslittlemysteries.com is a neat pictorial called "Dark Waters: The Most Mysterious Places on the Seas." You can add these places to many tabletop roleplaying campaigns. See more here!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
There is a theory that rather than meteors being responsible for the downfall of the dinosaurs, it may have been volcanoes that caused their extinction. Something to contemplate as you flesh out the deep history of your own setting. Read more here!
Friday, December 14, 2012
There are some very cool statues from the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos that are on display at the British Museum. Original one of thirty-six colossals suspected to have been there, it has a fascinating history. Read more here!
Thursday, December 13, 2012
There is an interesting creatures known as the De Brazza's Monkey that lives in Africa. It has a wise, introspective appearance which would lend itself well to anthropomorphism. See more here!
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
There is a rather interesting website created by someone named (or going by) Grobius Shortling who states that he has been creating related settings since the early Sixties. Check this out for a bit of inspiration (and some lovely ideas for maps). See more here!
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
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Sunday, December 9, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
There is a wiki entry that many tabletop RPG setting creators will find useful. It is on the Barbados Threadsnake and details how this tiny creature can often go unnoticed. Add some lethal venom and put this snake into a lock trap. Read more here!
Friday, December 7, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
No one can ever create everything that is needed for any tabletop roleplaying setting, nor have reasons for everything that happens in the moment at the table or transpires behind the scenes. In a Doctor Who episode not long back, the iconic noises of the Tardis were explained to great comic effect. See how they handled a mystery three decades in the making. Enjoy!
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
It was reported on telegraph.co.uk that "German soldiers [were] found entombed in a perfectly preserved World War One shelter." This might be a scenario idea for a zombie apocalypse game. Read more here!
Monday, December 3, 2012
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Friday, November 30, 2012
I'm not sure on the validity of the techniques shown in the following video but it is interesting enough to watch and maybe even consider as a style for some hidden tribes in a tabletop roleplaying setting or campaign. Enjoy!
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Over on the National Geographic YouTube channel there is a new video showing the Lopburi Monkey Festival in Thailand. Watch, and then add something similar to your tabletop roleplaying setting. Enjoy!
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Well, everywhere might be overkill but no matter where you go you'll find that people like to leave a record of their having been there. We record out history. We leave graffiti in the most intimate places. We seem to need to let others know that we are or were alive. If you approach the addition of Petroglyphs (actual carvings rather than something simply drawn or painted on the surface) to the walls, floors and/or ceilings of some of the places in your roleplaying campaign setting from the perspective of the person making the carving, you'll find it fun when your players become intrigued and eventually figure out what your alter ego has to say. Read more here!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
A little something to liven up any game are sound effects, if they can be non-intrusive to game play. A Facebook Friend recently steered me to the PartnersInRhyme.com site which has a variety of sound files that you can use to really enhance your storytelling. Hear more here!
Monday, November 26, 2012
Where rivers meet, and where a river meets an ocean or a sea, it is known as a confluence. An article earlier this year on TwistedSifter.com highlights ten such confluences and the effects are dramatic See more here!
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Working on a scifi setting and trying to figure out the movement rate of a quadrupedal robot? DARPA has been kind enough to create one and have it clocked in a speed test. It's called the Cheetah and it's fast. Enjoy!
Friday, November 23, 2012
Thursday, November 22, 2012
There is a new Kickstarter called "Medium Rare and Back Again: A Tolkien Cookbook" that looks like it might be loaded with recipes one could add to a Medieval Fantasy campaign setting. See more here!
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
In the Carpathian Mountains of Romania stands a beautifully constructed castle known as Peles Castle that was constructed in the Renaissance style in the Late 1800s/Early 1900s. Read more here!
Monday, November 19, 2012
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Sometimes it is enough just to roll up some monsters and throw them at the player characters. On the other hand, musing about the origins of the fiercest creatures in your campaign can also be a fun mental exercise. Furthermore, if you sometimes like to throw your player's characters into the prehistoric past of your world, and allow them to discover fossils in the here-and-now of your campaign, then a bit of evolutionary musing can even pay off at the table. A flurry of recent articles on the ancestry of Great White sharks might be just the thing to get your paleontological juices flowing. Read more here, here, and here!
Saturday, November 17, 2012
It was reported on the bbc.co.uk website that a Bronze Age pot was discovered in Jersey containing 21 axe heads. A lesson to GMs that not all treasures need be complete or immediately useful. Read more here!
Friday, November 16, 2012
A recent article on he telegraph.co.uk website drew my attention to the current plight of the currently-functioning, ancient Roman sewer system which is undergoing renovation to prevent its collapse. Of course, there's been some work on it over the years but it amazes me that a mile long tunnel can be maintained for over 2,000 years (it began as a canal around 500 BC, in the time of King Tarquin) with relatively little change to its original engineering. Read more here!
Thursday, November 15, 2012
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Monday, November 12, 2012
The devastation from Hurricane Sandy was terrible and our hearts go out to all who were affected. Another side to that castostrophic event is what happens to the ocean during those violent days. Read and see more analysis on Deep Sea News here!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The Air Force has declassified some schematics for a Flying Saucer that you could easily port over to many types of tabletop roleplaying games. See more here!
Friday, November 9, 2012
The Field and Stream website had an article many years ago of how to make a survival kit that fits in an Altoids tin. This is a good little lesson in what someone might carry in a small space that can prove very useful. Read and see more here!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Recently reported on the ForgottenDM.blogspot.com blog, an Egyptian princess's tomb has been discovered near Cairo. Some of the images are very evocative and should be inspirational for your own setting creation. Read more here!
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
A recent io9.com article shows off a Medieval prosthetic hand. A little something to consider for your tabletop roleplaying setting if you happen to use critical hits tables and the players want replacement parts. Read more here!
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Many Medieval Fantasy tabletop roleplaying campaigns have some form of taxation or tithing as a mechanism to regulate player character wealth. An interesting twist might be to institute a policy of Peter the Great and not only include a beard tax, or something similar, but make sure characters wear a medallion proving they have paid. Read more here!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
If you have never heard them before, or just might enjoy a refresher, here is Isaac Asimov explaining his Three Laws of Robotics. It's the sort of thing he considered when creating settings for his stories. Enjoy!
Saturday, November 3, 2012
Over on the dailymail.co.uk website, they are reporting of an archaeological find of burial sites from 4,700 B.C. where the dead were sliced in half at the waist before being laid to rest. Read more here!
Friday, November 2, 2012
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Earlier this year, on the scishow YouTube channel, they posted a video regarding the extremophile known as Tardigrades, AKA Waterbears or Moss Piglets, stating their amazing ability to exist in some of the most extreme environments on Earth. They also discuss a NASA experiment where they survived in the vacuum of space for ten days. Obviously, for tabletop game setting creators, these creatures represent, if scaled up, a great threat to adventurers which could make their home on nearly any plane. See more here!