About a month ago, I was able to spend a few days at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. While there, I took hundreds of photos of the many, many statues and fountains. The photos are up on Facebook in six albums: one from the first day, one, two, three, and four from the second day, and a last of the zoo portion of the gardens on my third day there. There should be a great deal of inspiration to be had for how to decorate your tabletop roleplaying settings' gardens. Enjoy!
Friday, August 31, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Here's a great idea for a post-apoc setting or even just a near-future setting: adding sails to modern cargo ships. Apparently at least some folks are thinking about doing just that in our real world. Read more here!
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Monday, August 27, 2012
As I work through some of the final terminology for the Grymvald setting, regarding how to generally refer to both player character and nonplayer characters, as humans, elves, etc., I find myself running into a lot of variance in thought in the community as to what is acceptable and what could be and/or should be changed, or not. Then, a few days ago, when I was just about settled on the term "sentient species" as a catch-all that could work, an article appears on io9.com called, "Prominent scientists sign declaration that animals have conscious awareness, just like us" and my thinking has to take some additional turns before I can nail this down. Read more here!
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Saturday, August 25, 2012
Friday, August 24, 2012
On the bbc.co.uk website is an article about a star devouring a planet. There is also a very nice image though it does not appear to be credited. Lots of good information for a sci-fi tabletop roleplaying setting. Read more here!
Thursday, August 23, 2012
You might not need no stinking badges in your tabletop roleplaying setting, but in real medieval times they were quite useful at identifying others in your political faction. There is a new article on the bbc.co.uk website discussing the acquisition of a badge that would have been worn by those in the faction of Richard III. Read more here!
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
There is an amazing place known as the Stone Forest located in Shilin Yi Autonomous County in the Yunnan Province of China that you wouldn't believe existed if someone simply told you so. However, now that you know, you're going to want to add such a place to your tabletop roleplaying setting. Read more here and here!
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
io9.com had a recent article asking "12 Questions to Ask Yourself About the System of Magic in Your Fantasy Novel" that I think translate well to questions one might also ask when including magic in a tabletop roleplaying setting. Read more here!
Monday, August 20, 2012
An excellent article on Scientific American's blog recently detailed some similarities between the Earth and Mars and gave some great information on maps of Mars over the years. If you're a gamemaster who likes to detail more than just one planet in your campaign setting, this is a good article for inspiration. Read more here!
Sunday, August 19, 2012
Sadly, I cannot recall the real world location for this image I saved, so please comment if you know it. It's a bridge between two tunnels coming out of cliff faces and adding something similar to your own tabletop roleplaying setting seems a no-brainer. Check it out!
Saturday, August 18, 2012
My buddy Craig, master of all things undersea, pointed me toward some information on The Pearl of Lao Tze, as well as the world's largest luminous pearl. Read more here and here then add something similar to your tabletop roleplaying setting!
Friday, August 17, 2012
I immediately started thinking of modern day tabletop roleplaying games scenarios when I was pointed toward this story of a 17th century shipwreck being freeze-dried and rebuilt. My first thought involved Old Ones and the accidental freezing and transferring of some nameless horror along with the wreck. Read more here!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
One of the most bizarre creatures you can add to the underwater portions of your tabletop roleplaying setting is the Sarcastic Fringehead. Check it out in this video where it takes on an octopus and other prey. Enjoy!
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
A recent New York Times article delves into what strides the Google X labs have made regarding whether computers can teach themselves. Something to consider for your next futuristic tabletop roleplaying game setting. Read more here!
Monday, August 13, 2012
There is an interesting new technique for drawing Old School maps using Excel and Paint that a Facebook Friend pointed out on The Land of Nod blog (matt-landofnod.blogspot.com) that I thought I'd share. Read more here!
Sunday, August 12, 2012
If you are into using props at the game table, as a way to add some immersion to your tabletop roleplaying game, then the advent of 3D printing will be a very interesting development for gamers. Check out this recent article on boingboing.net regarding "3D Printed Scale Armor." Read more here!
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Friday, August 10, 2012
I often cite real world locations and elements of nature as inspirational to creating good settings, and that's true enough, but for this blog post I thought I would point out an illustrator, David T Wenzel, who has worked for decades producing some very cool work that I want to highlight. See more here!
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Monday, August 6, 2012
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Saturday, August 4, 2012
Over on the io9.com website, a recent article titled "10 Civilizations That Disappeared Under Mysterious Circumstances" might be inspirational to you in developing some pre-history for your own tabletop roleplaying setting. Read more here!
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
There is a new mystery in NYC, being touted as the Beast of Brooklyn. It washed up on shore near the famous bridge and has been described as a "ghoulish carcass" which "has a mutilated face, hairless flesh and five human-like fingers at the end of its limbs." Read more here!
(Local ABC 7 posted a photo)