Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Some may have read that an adventure is being written in support of the Ernie Gygax Fire Relief Fund. Here is a preview of that adventure in the form of the map of Gamington, part of the mini-setting location for the adventure. The main body of the map is from The Forge Studies Maciej Zagorski from their fine Stock Art available on RPGNow.com with a background and labeled by Creative Mountain Games. Enjoy!
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
This has been news for a couple of years, and you can read more on Gizmodo, but it presents an interesting potential scenario for a tabletop roleplaying game set in a scifi setting. What if a hidden planet existed and also held the key to the survival of our own? Read more here!
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
There is a new article on the NYTimes.com website titled "Fort Tells of Spain’s Early Ambitions" telling us that the first forts in the "New World" were build by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century. If you're running a tabletop campaign in this period, there are tons of scenarios that this news can inspire. Read more here!
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Monday, July 22, 2013
A couple of recent stories have sprung up online regarding devices designed to assist with mobility. On Gizmodo, there is an article titled "I Wore a Bionic Leg, And I Never Wanted To Take It Off Again" which may be a bit hyperbolic but interesting nonetheless. Also, Business Insider has an article called "Japanese Robot Suit Approved For Worldwide Rollout." Check them out here and here!
Sunday, July 21, 2013
Saturday, July 20, 2013
Over on YouTube, a video was uploaded recently of a family who were allowed to assist a crow in the removal of some porcupine quills. Also, the second video has some information on telling the difference between ravens and crows. Enjoy!
Friday, July 19, 2013
Thursday, July 18, 2013
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The carcass of a baby Woolly Mammoth found in the Siberian ice is now on display in Japan. Apparently, this is the first time that actual blood has been able to be recovered from something so-long dead. Discussions of cloning are naturally in the mix but all I want is a Mammoth steak from one of the clone mega-herd Mammoths engineered to eliminate world hunger. Is that too much to ask? Find out more here!
Monday, July 15, 2013
Over on the Voices from the Dawn: The Folklore of Ireland's Ancient Monuments website, there is an interesting article titled "Burren Forest Giant’s Grave." The stories regarding these megalithic structures can be fascinating and a fine source of inspiration for setting creation. Read more here!
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Saturday, July 13, 2013
Friday, July 12, 2013
Thursday, July 11, 2013
There is a very cool metal dragon sculpture in Sneinton Hermitage commissioned by the Nottingham City Council nearly a decade ago. According to the Shelf3D.com website -
A statue of a dragon by sculptor Robert Stubley is located by the roadside on Sneinton Hermitage. It was commissioned by Nottingham City Council and was unveiled on 21 November 2006. The dragon stands 7 feet tall, has a wingspan of 15 feet and took 3 months to finish. It is made out of stainless steel. During the Christmas period, somebody puts a Santa hat on the dragon. Unfortunately, the hat always disappears a few days later.I can imagine in a tabletop roleplaying setting where a similar statue might be erected to commemorate the slaying of a local scourge, as a tribute to a troublesome dragon landlord, or as a warning to travels not to mess around. Read more here!
Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Tuesday, July 9, 2013
It seem that core samples taken some time back are showing a surprising amount of life in the Antarctic body of water known as Lake Vostok. It wouldn't take much to extend this story into something truly fun for a tabletop roleplaying game with horror or scifi themes. Personally, I'd go with Elder Gods or perhaps some dinosaurs. Read more here!
Monday, July 8, 2013
Suppose you come across an image you find inspirational but it doesn't explain the location, person, or (in the case of a non-photograph) the artist. A friendly Facebook was kind enough to clue me into this useful site called TinEye Reverse Image Search. See more here!
Sunday, July 7, 2013
A recent article on the Live Science website discusses who some cryptozoological finds are often a matter of wishful thinking, a type of pareidolia, as in the article titled "‘Skull’ Claimed as Rock-Solid Evidence of Bigfoot." Read more here!
Saturday, July 6, 2013
Friday, July 5, 2013
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Friend to gamers everywhere, and regular writer for Forbes, Alex Knapp, wrote an article a couple of years ago for the Independence Day (US) holiday titled "The Five Best Inventions of the Founding Fathers" expounding on some ideas of the founding Fathers that could easily port over to many tabletop roleplaying settings. Read more here!
Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Over on the Medievalists.net website, there is a recent article discussing the initial finding of a dungeon while digging a new water main in the town of Faversham.
“The site is beneath where the town’s second Guildhall stood that was built during the mid-16th century. However, use of this Guildhall was short lived, as you can imagine the noise and smell coming from the dungeon meant this wouldn’t have been a pleasant place to work."Read more here!