Monday, June 30, 2014

RPG Media Monday - Medieval-Style Tolkien Illustrations

A recent pictorial on shows off some artwork by Ukrainian artist Sergei Iukhimov which was used in Russian-language editions of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.  They are fascinating takes on the work and I find them to be quite breathtaking.  See more here!

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Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Funnies - Strange Magic Items recently ran an article titled "The 20 Most WTF Magical Items in Dungeons & Dragons."  See more here!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

What Is a Planet?

Yesterday's article from must have caused a few folk to re-raise the discussion of "What is a Planet?"  Read more here!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Gliese 832c is a Potentially Habitable Planet

Over on, they have posted an article titled "Nearby Alien Planet May Be Capable of Supporting Life."  See more here!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Artifacts from Ur Discovered in Bristol

Over on, based on a Press Release from the University of Bristol, there is a recent article titled "Artifacts from Ur Discovered in Bristol."  See more here and here!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Polar Bear POV

The National Geographic YouTube channel has a new video titled "Polar Bear Eats Seal in First Ever POV Video."  It's not really gruesome.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Temple of Quetzalcoatl

As per the news on, the ruins of a Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the Aztec god of wind, has been discovered.  See more here!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Clown Motel

It's hard to imagine a story with a more ready-made horror location than the intriguingly titled "America's scariest motel is haunted... by hundreds of clowns."  See more on here!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Mysterious Alabaster Skull

A recent article on asks the question "Is Leonardo da Vinci behind a mysterious alabaster skull bought for $400 in a curio shop?"  See more here!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Underworld Ocean

Not quite as advertised but this underworld ocean concept on Live Science is a rather amazing one.  Read more here!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Top 10 Medieval Castles in Ireland

The website recently ran a pictorial titled "Top 10 Medieval Castles in Ireland."  See more here!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Elixir of Long Life

Over on the New York branch of the website, there is an article titled "'Elixir of Long Life' Recreated From 1800s Bottle Unearthed on Bowery."  Read more here!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Remains of 'End of the World' Epidemic Found in Ancient Egypt

Over on Live Science, there is a recent article titled "Remains of 'End of the World' Epidemic Found in Ancient Egypt."  Read more here!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

More Than 100 Han Dynasty Tombs Discovered in China

It's been reported on that "More Than 100 Han Dynasty Tombs  [were] Discovered in China."  Read more here!

Monday, June 16, 2014

Oak Chapel

ChĂȘne chapelle, the Oak Chapel, is located in France and is actually two chapels in one oak tree.  Read more here!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Power of Lightning

Recently on, they ran a little featuring explaining "This is Why You Don't Hide Under a Tree During a Lightning Storm."  See more here!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Swords in Mountain

Toward the southwest end of the Norwegian coast, there is a place with a mountain known as Swords in Mountain.  Read more here!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Top 10 Medieval Castles in Wales

The website recently ran a pictorial titled "Top 10 Medieval Castles in Wales."  See more here!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Viking Ice Skates

Over on, there is a neat article on Viking Ice Skates.  Read more here!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

NASA's Enterprise Concept

Over on, there was a recent article titled "NASA's real life Enterprise concept may take us to the stars one day."  See more here!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Exploring Gold Mines

Over on the National Geographic YouTube channel, they added a Diggers video called Gold Mines where "KG and Ringy are headed west to explore three mines that produced a fortune in silver and gold during the prospecting frenzy of the 1800s."  Enjoy!

Monday, June 9, 2014

Monster Croc

Early this month, ran an article titled "900-Lb. Ancient Croc Tore Through Turtles, Battled Monster Snakes."  See more here!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Underwater Exosuit

They're going after more pieces or information regarding the Antikythera device from the Aegean Sea and they're using an underwater Exosuit to do so.  Read more here!

Saturday, June 7, 2014

The Peoples of the West by Yu Huan

Over on the website, there is a fascinating Third Century account from Yu Huan, a historian of the state of Cao Wei during the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, regarding the Roman Empire.  Read more here and here!

Friday, June 6, 2014

Oldest Known Pants

According to an article on, the oldest known pants seem to date back about 3,000 years to the horse riders of Central Asia.  Read more here!

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Jaguar Attacks "Crocodile" Video

Over on the National Geographic YouTube channel, there is a video of a jaguar making short work of  caiman (not a croc as the video title suggests).  Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Mega-Earth Discovered

If you are creating a fictional universe and want to add a Mega-Earth, it will no longer be quite as fictitious.  Read more here on

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Murder in Medieval London

The website has begun a new series taking a look at "Medieval London Murders: Joice de Cornwall."  See more here!

Monday, June 2, 2014

Mutant Future Wilderness Generation

Over on the Castellan's Corner, there are free Expanded Wilderness Rules for those who might want to generate some Mutant Future (or similar) wilderness areas, either in advance or on the fly.  See more here!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Top 10 Medieval Castles in Scotland

The website has delved into the Top 10 Medieval Castles in Scotland.  See more here!