Monday, September 30, 2013

Webster Wagner Mansion

If you're looking for a model for a haunted house, take a look at Webster Wagner Mansion.  See more here!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity from The Great Courses

For those familiar with The Great Courses, you'll be happy to know that a new release looks like a winner for the tabletop setting creator.  It's titled "Writing and Civilization: From Ancient Worlds to Modernity." See more here!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Seeing in the Dark

According to the Why Don't You Try This website, someone in China has been born with the ability to see in the dark.  Imagine what such a development would do to an otherwise real world setting for a tabletop game.  Read more here!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Ancestral Tongue

A recent article on claims we are able to "Listen to what our ancestors' language sounded like 6,000 years ago." Hear more here!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors

A new book has been released that looks just up my alley.  It's called "Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales by English Historical Fiction Authors."
A compilation of essays from the English Historical Fiction Authors blog, this book provides a wealth of historical information from Roman Britain to early twentieth century England. Over fifty different authors share hundreds of real life stories and tantalizing tidbits discovered while doing research for their own historical novels.
 See more here!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wolves Ain't Dogs

Recently on, they posted an article titled "A fascinating difference between pet dogs and tame wolves." Read more here!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

A Virtual Prehistoric World You Can Explore

There is a recent article up on titled "A Virtual Prehistoric World You Can Explore." See more here!

Monday, September 23, 2013

The 7 Most Terrifying Archaeological Discoveries

Last year, there was an article on titled "The 7 Most Terrifying Archaeological Discoveries." See more here!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Music from Ancient Rome

Over on the Inbal Augustus YouTube channel are a few videos with "Music from Ancient Rome." Enjoy!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

15 Strange Places That Are Actually Real

Over on is a new pictorial called "15 Strange Places That Are Actually Real." See more here!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Ireland's Oldest Burials

Over on is a recent article titled "A Mesolithic cemetery: Ireland’s oldest burials." See more here!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Swords & Stitchery Highlights The Moon Maid by Burroughs

Swords & Stitchery - Old Time Sewing & Table Top Rpg Blog has posted a feature highlighting The Moon Maid by Edgar Rice Burroughs, great inspiration for many tabletop RPG settings. Read more here!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Leopard Seal Encounter

Although this National Geographic video from their YouTube channel was uploaded about four years ago, it's fascinating.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Now and Then

Over on, there is a recent pictorial article where old images were joined with new to present an interesting perspective on time.  I could see these being used for a tabletop scenario where a modern detective or team needed to delve directly into cold cases by time shifting.  See more here!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Caminito del Rey

There is a fascinating and dangerous place named "Caminito del Rey" that boasts a ridiculously scary haking trail. See more here!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Translucent Snail

A recent article on tells of a "Beautiful Translucent Snail Discovered In The Deepest Cave In Croatia." Read more here!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Punt Gun

There was an unusual weapon used in the early Twentieth Century called a Punt Gun.  Read more here!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Maijishan Grottoes

There is an interesting area of China called the Maijishan Grottoes where nearly two hundred caves, rock cut architecture, contain over seven thousand sculptures and over one thousand square meters of murals.  See more here!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Travels of Ben Seeley

Tons of inspiration can be had from the travels of Ben Seeley through his many photos in his albums on See more here!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Pictish Grave

A grave, believed to be that of a Pictish noble family member, was discovered in Aberdeenshire.  Read more here!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The 5 Most Terrifying Civilizations In The History of the World

An article from a handful of years back on was titled "The 5 Most Terrifying Civilizations In The History of the World." Read more here!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Medieval Animal Trials

There is a wonderful article over on the website recounting how animals were sometimes put on trial in Medieval times. Read more here!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Lindybeige on the Indoor Use of Torches

The fun-loving Lindybeige posted a video on his YouTube channel earlier this year on the indoor use of torches.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Ancient Art Podcast

When looking for some inspiration for ruins and treasures, you might try some of the archives in the Ancient Art Podcast (YouTube videos with pictures).  See more here!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Dinosaur Names

Almost a year ago, on, they mentioned that a recently-named dinosaur had been dubbed Sauroniops pachytholus in honor of Sauron from the Lord of the Rings, or more aptly to honor Tolkien who penned the character and story. In any event, it reminded me of a TED Talk, also from time ago, about the number of baby dinosaurs in the record and the naming spree that accompanies this oversight. As to how this all fits with setting ideas for tabletop games, perhaps it is but a cautionary tale for how special and prolific naming conventions become during the creation process. See more here and here!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Fonts Make the Handout

If you're looking to spice up your game handouts, one way is to use a font that evokes a certain feeling.  Over on the website, there is a page denoting many of the fonts used to make the tabletop gaming hobby what it has become.  See more here!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Ancient Fish Downsized

Over on the website, there is a recent article stating "Ancient Fish Downsized But Still Largest Ever." Read more here!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Algae Food Helmet

Over on the website, a recent article highlights a "Food Helmet (that) Sustains You With Algae." See more here!

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Ninja's Six Items for Travelling

There is an article on the Phil Osophy webblog titled "Six Items for Travelling." Read more here!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

25 Artistic Views of Ancient Beasts

Over on the Live Science website, there is a pictorial article on artistic interpretations of how various ancient beasts may have appeared.  See more here!