Thursday, June 8, 2017

All Beatles Songs From Worst to Best



My good buddy Dave Tice turned me on to this incredible read. I've gotta think this is interesting whether or not you like the Beatles. I'm not sure I agree with it all, but then again I haven't read through it all. Can't wait to burn through the rest of it.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Look Out! Vikings!


More from the folks at Vintage News. Check out this collection of Viking and Norman swords. I'm surprised by the way the hilts and handles look. Read all about 'em right here.

Friday, May 12, 2017

From the River: An Iron Age Helmet


The Vintage News is one of my favorite web sites. Here's something they had to share recently. Not a lot of information on it, but this is an iron-age helmet they found in the River Thames next to the Waterloo Bridge. It's one of only three Iron Age helmets found in England. I don't know who wore this, but he probably felt like a badass every time he put it on.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Burroughs Via Japan


 The Mars novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs were a huge influence on me as a child (and I was about 50 years too late for most of it - hell, guys like Ray Bradbury grew up reading this stuff). Anyway, a FB friend shared some illustrations from this original 1917 Japanese edition of The Gods of Mars. It's great seeing this proto-manga take on John Carter, Dejah Thoris, and the rest. My favorite is this top picture, which shows Carter in his famous pose, arms outstretched, imploring Mars to transport him there. Check out some more below.





Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Because I Love this Photo


...and pretty much no other reason. This is a tread-wheeled motorcycle from the 1930s. It went about 25 miles per hour and was incredibly awkward and unwieldy. Needless to say, it never saw any combat action that I'm aware of. Still - it's pretty cool-looking. :)

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fantasy Language Generator


If you want your imaginary world to have that sense of depth and background you find in, say Tolkien or Frank Herbert, you might want to check out this fantasy language generator. You don't need to be an expert linguist - you just need to be able to click. Of course, it helps if you know a thing or two about your own language. Check it out!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Robotic Fantasy Mapper

On the Old School Gamers Facebook group, I saw a mention of this so I had to investigate. Sure, I like drawing my own maps. But this is worth checking out. It's a bot that spews out a random map of a fantasy world once per hour. How cool is that? I did read a comment from a bitter old grognard that such things would "kill the hobby." Of course, they're always saying that, aren't they? Anything that saves time and energy in a game - that is, pragmatism - gets my vote. Best thing about these maps is that they do have that hand-drawn look. I'm not a fan of those random fractal world generators. They look like satellite images. Cool for Classic Traveller...not so much for fantasy.