Saturday, March 31, 2012

Prehistoric Animals

Oddly written, there's a very cool website called Prehistoric Animals that simply must be viewed, at least for the pics.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Birds vs. Crocodiles

National Geographic's YouTube channel has a new video called, "Birds vs. Crocodiles."  Stay toothy, my friends!

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Krasna Horka, a 14th Century Castle, Destroyed by Fire

It's a shame that the 14th century castle Krasna Horka will liklely not recover completely if ever from the devastating fire in early March 2012 but that's no reason not to become familiar with its rich history and port it to your tabletop roleplaying game setting.  Read more here and here!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Glasgow Highland Games

Every tabletop campaign setting needs games and entertainments and none are more easily adapted from our own world than The Glasgow Highland Games.  Check them out and port them over for your players.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Treasure Hoard Generator

Thanks to the Wayback Machine, a good site to bookmark in any case, a nifty little Treasure Hoard Generator is still available.  Check it out here!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Istanbul Yields Ancient Treasure After Drought

Back in January, the New York Times posted an article on their website about an ancient discovery revealed after the 2007 drought around Istanbul.  I dug it up for you, so to speak.  Enjoy!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Blue Planet Pics

There's a neat article over on called "New Satellite Takes Spectacular High-Res Image of Earth" with some excellent photos that should inspire you while setting up your game world.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Ruin - Short Film from Wes Ball (Post-Apoc)

If you're looking for a little inspiration in setting creation for a post-apocalyptic campaign, check out this short film called Ruin from Wes Ball.  Pretty cool!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Fire Photo Effects

If you're looking to make some killer handouts for your campaign setting with fire, check out this article called "40 Beautiful Fire Photo Manipulation Showcase" and you'll have a fire in your belly!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Drawing Roof Tiles in Adobe Illustrator

YouTube's lonetreegames channel has a cool video on how to draw roof tiles in Adobe Illustrator.  Add some unique character to your campaign setting maps by watching, learning, and doing the details yourself.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My What Big Eyes

Scientists are now thinking that the eye of the Giant Squid is big for a particular reason.  If you're adding some undersea encounters to your campaign, find out more here!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Artificial Elephant

I stumbled across a very cool sight, a mechanical Elephant, over on, and it just struck me as a very cool idea for a scenario in a tabletop roleplaying game setting. Just imagine a whole unit of these "creatures" in some warlord's army. Check it out here!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Hard to Kill - People Edition

An article at from about a year week ago highlighted "5 People From History Who Were Absurdly Hard to Kill" (ed.) and it's worth a read for, perhaps, adding their traits to some creatures people in your tabletop roleplaying setting. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Saint Patrick and Traditions

On this most crazy of USA holidays, Saint Patrick's Day, it might be nice to take some time to read up on the venerable Saint Patrick and fashion a few traditional luminaries for your own tabletop roleplaying setting on which to base holidays.  Naturally, the man and the holiday need hold little in common, as we know from our real world history.  Read more here!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hard to Kill - Animals Edition

An article at from about a year ago highlighted "5 Animals That Are Terrifyingly Hard to Kill" and it's worth a read for, perhaps, adding their traits to some creatures in your tabletop roleplaying setting.  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Middle Earth Comes to the Midwest, and the Whole USA

Over on is a cool article on how someone remapped the USA in the style of Middle Earth maps.  Something to consider as you plan your next tabletop roleplaying game setting.  Read more here!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Terrifyingly Huge

A brief word of warning about the article entitled "The 7 Most Terrifyingly Huge Things in the History of Nature," it's humorously candid about one of its entries in a way that might make some feel a bit put off.  However, there are some very cool details about some of these things that many tabletop roleplaying campaign creators will just love having in their games.  So, with that caution, have a laugh and enjoy being made to feel squeamish if you dare to read more here!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sunless Valley

It's not all that uncommon for a town or village to be built at the bottom of a valley between mountains.  Often the reason for this is a water source that flows there.  One such place in Italy, according to a recent article, found themselves without sunlight for several months out of the year and finally decided to do something about it, building a giant mirror to capture sunlight and redirect it into the town.  Think about what some enterprising folk in your tabletop roleplaying setting might do along these lines as you check out the trailer for a movie made on this situation.  Enjoy!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Oldest Pre-Cambrian Organism Discovered

There's a new article over on called "Oldest Pre-Cambrian organism with skeleton found in Australia" that discusses a 550 million year old skeletal fossil that sets a new beginning point for such organisms.  While you might not want to detail your tabletop roleplaying setting all the way back to that time, it does give some food for thought as to just how old a setting can be.  Plus, if you are including time travel, the implications of what might happen if things go wrong are rather severe.  Read more here!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Solar System Scale Model

If you are creating a tabletop roleplaying setting and want to get some idea of the distances between our own planets beyond just the numbers, check out this web page with our sun and planets in relative size and proximity to one another.  Be ready to scroll to the right for quite a while before reaching the end of the page.  Enjoy!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Friday, March 9, 2012

World's Biggest Cave

Well, a new World's Biggest Cave has been identified and somewhat explored.  Check out the pictures on the National Geographic Website and see if this location inspires some underground adventures for your tabletop roleplaying campaign.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Solar Flares

One of the phenomena that tabletop roleplaying games sometimes need to address are solar flares.  There's a great article on from Alex Knapp entitled "NASA Reports That Solar Flares Could Disrupt Power, Communications" that deals with the solar flares from yesterday and today for our real world selves.  NASA also has a very cool video showing how they manifest.  Enjoy and stay safe!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Sawfish Attacks has a cool article and an amazing video of a sawfish in action.  But to call them "striking creatures" is a bit on the nose.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Lonely Pool

Today, I share a simple image from the National Geographic website, as inspiration to those who build settings for their tabletop roleplaying games.  Use this for any genre in any time period: a lonely pool with lifesaving water, a hiding place for an item of incredible power, an entrance to some underground lair, or anything that strikes your fancy.  Have at it!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Invasion of the Jellyfish has an article called "Thousands of Man-of-War Wash up on South Padre Island" detailing a recent phenomenon that is quite spectacular and dangerous.  Not all of the beasties are dead, so watch your step.  There are some cool pictures over on as well.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Prometheus Promos

One of the cool things being done to promote the new movie Prometheus has been to create a viral video that mimicks the TED Talks series, set in the future in the time of the movie setting.  This is also a trick one can do to add some real world relationships between a tabletop roleplaying game setting and out own world.  Take a look at how they do it.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Games within Games

Every tabletop roleplaying game needs to have depth for the sake of immersion.  One way to add that to the game is to include a game within the game, getting the players to play the game as their characters.  This is often done in Medieval Fantasy roleplaying games through the use of tourneys but it can be ven more simple than that.  Here's a basic game that gets used on a popular television show with some changes (popularized through an Internet meme) but incorporated into the sho.  No only does this tie the characters of the show to the real world, helping the audience identify with them more readily, but it accentuates their character traits.  Enjoy!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Walking with Walking Sticks

There's a fascinating story on of a Giant Walking Stick that was thought to be extinct that is making a comeback thanks to some industrious scientists.  What is just as fascinating to me is where the insects were rediscovered and what someone might do with such an environment for a tabletop roleplaying scenario.  Read more here!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Giant Jurrasic Fleas

A recent MSNBC article called "Scientists say giant fleas feasted on dinosaur blood" details how the tiny flea wasn't always so tiny.  Read more and add these thirsty bloodsuckers to your tabletop roleplaying games.