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26 August 1071, #onthisday the Eastern Roman Emperor Romanos IV was decisively defeated by the Seljuk Turks under Alp Arslan at the Battle of Manzikert in present-day eastern Turkey.


In the last decades of the 11th century, the Seljuk Sultan Diya ad-Din, called Alp Arslan, the brave lion, threatened Anatolia, the heartlands of Eastern Rome, as well as Fatimid Egypt. And while the sultan was actually about to show the latter what was what, the new Roman emperor Romanos IV Diogenes marched towards Edessa and Aleppo to secure his frontiers and re-conquer the fortified Armenian trading town of Manzikert and Alp Arslan marched west to meet him instead. What followed became a turning point in Eastern Roman history.

But read more on:

http://wunderkammertales.blogspot.de/2015/02/the-terrible-day-battle-of-manzikert-in.html

Depicted below is a modern imagination of a captive Romanos in classical Roman garb, led to the victorious Alp Arslan under the large banners with the double eagle symbol of the House of Seljuk by an otherwise unnamed, probably Turkish artist.

#history #medievalhistory #militaryhistory #romanhistory
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Alp Arslan is my superhero
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"This Life"
Plastik, Kunststoff auf Holz, Österreich 2016.
Rufpreis: 16.500 €
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Künstler hätte ich werden sollen.
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Impressions from the Dachstein region in Austria.
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Me: "Hey, what's that on the table? We have to clean that off."
Daughter: "What are you talking about? Cleaning is moms' work, not dads'! (changing voice:) Nonsense! Dads have to clean up, not moms! (third pitch:) You are crazy! Both have to clean up, moms and dads!"
Me: "I've got an idea. You clean it up."
Daughter: "Waaaaaah!" (runs away)
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Of interest: A Fate Accelerated session with four children aged 8 to 12. "Secrets of Cats" is a game world about house cats tasked with clandestinely defending "their" humans against magical threats while navigating normal cat life.
 
Secrets of Cats #rpg in #FAE for four #kids, ages 8 to 12: We had a fun & action-packed session with four cats living close together in four flats in a high rise, (connected via the balconies) who have to do something when they observe a kobold starting some nefarious business in a kids bedroom in the opposite highrise, with unknown but presumably dangerous consequences.

Operating the elevator, leaving the building, not getting caught by the evil Doberman "Saliva" and safely entering the other building to fight the kobold was only one of several sets of challenges.

More problems:
+ The stranger kid that was targeted by the kobold was allergic to cats;
+ their own owner's kids were afraid of strange little puppets, who nevertheless didn't do anything that would warrant a violent response - they were just sitting on a board in the basement, watching with creepy button-eyes.
+ And on the third floor there was living an odd "crazy" lady, which made the players immediately suspect witchcraft, so they were worried they would have to fight her AND the kobold and pondered a preemptive attack. But when they "cat"-burgled into her flat, ready to kill, they found her not cackling and stirring a greenly shimmering pot, but snoring in a rocking chair. Attacking a sleeping old lady was a moral no-go for the players, so they quietly left and concentrated on the kobold.
+ One of the cats attacked an unfriendly neighbour (he was hollering angry shouts at the cats when they crossed his balcony navigating the outside of the building). It attacked with such verve that the human got scratched hard and bloody, so he had to fight the sizzling ball of angry fur in earnest, bringing his superior size to bear and using a piece of wood as an improvised weapon. The cat kept fighting until it suffered a broken hip (a 6 point consequence) and had to be brought to the veterinarian, so the player switched to play a hedgehog - with hedgehog magic being way less potent than cat magic, but to make up for that hedgehogs have tiny hands! So he could craft himself a spear out of a pencil and a paperclip.

In the final confrontation with the kobold, the cats used shadow-walking and kept away from the bed so they would not trigger the cat allergy too much. During the fight one of them tripped the kobold up with random stuff, one tried to take over his mind and one kept him away from the kid. And the tiny hedgehog proved to be a tenacious fighter who constantly harried the kobold and threw himself in the line of fire when the enemy lanced for one of the cats with magic lightning. Finally the kobold set the bed on fire, so one of the cats clawed that kid's sleeping dad in the leg to make him fight the fire with an extinguisher.

Everyone got hurt, but thanks to good teamwork they split the damage pretty evenly.
When the kobold had all his boxes and consequences checked he gave a shout of frustration and conceded, never to be seen again in this area.
--- Curtain -

Out of game trouble: Left uninvolved for too long (five minutes) the older kids would wander off to play Minecraft on their cell phones. Even involved, the lure of the phone would at times prove overwhelming, so it was necessary to decide the issue: FAE or Minecraft - not both. They chose FAE, their phones got collected and safely locked away until after the game.

The youngest went overboard fudging dice rolls or rerolling every die that fell "wrong". Quick & simple solution: Special modifiers for him.
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+Fábio Emilio Costa Not yet, but I have it on my list. :)
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My #favoritebook. The Ill-Made Mute by Cecilia Dart-Thornton. I think I'm going to re-read it soon. Published 15 years ago.
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Has it really been 15 year! It's a good book.
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Read this if you want to know how to control what Facebook thinks you like.
If you’re going to get ads anyway…why not targeted ones? How much pigeonholing is too much?
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Of course that was then... we all know that these days things are different, and we now wage war for freedom, democracy, and the betterment of humankind.
(cue: anthem of choice)
 
Quoting, General Smedley Butler. United States Marine Corps. Major General. Owner of 16 medals and two medals of honor.
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The only GenCon Alternative for those who can't GenCon. Or those who can but want to sprinkle something else in.
 
:::::ANTIGEN CON 3 PLAYER SIGNUP::::: Can't make it to Gen Con this year? Feel like you're missing out on the action? Born on the wrong side of the planet? LIVE IN FEAR NO MORE. ANTIGEN CON 3! G+ RPG THROWDOWN D.I.Y. ONLINE FESTIVAL IS HERE! Check the schedule...:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ui2ignITZlzOWEmtKIH1-x4zW1dVVvfRZzf5lwV2o38/edit?usp=sharing

Then contact the GM to get your spot at the game!

And please, if you make a commitment to play, be there on the day. And if you find out you can't, please let the GM know beforehand so they can organise a replacement.

Awesome!
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Secrets of Cats #rpg in #FAE for four #kids, ages 8 to 12: We had a fun & action-packed session with four cats living close together in four flats in a high rise, (connected via the balconies) who have to do something when they observe a kobold starting some nefarious business in a kids bedroom in the opposite highrise, with unknown but presumably dangerous consequences.

Operating the elevator, leaving the building, not getting caught by the evil Doberman "Saliva" and safely entering the other building to fight the kobold was only one of several sets of challenges.

More problems:
+ The stranger kid that was targeted by the kobold was allergic to cats;
+ their own owner's kids were afraid of strange little puppets, who nevertheless didn't do anything that would warrant a violent response - they were just sitting on a board in the basement, watching with creepy button-eyes.
+ And on the third floor there was living an odd "crazy" lady, which made the players immediately suspect witchcraft, so they were worried they would have to fight her AND the kobold and pondered a preemptive attack. But when they "cat"-burgled into her flat, ready to kill, they found her not cackling and stirring a greenly shimmering pot, but snoring in a rocking chair. Attacking a sleeping old lady was a moral no-go for the players, so they quietly left and concentrated on the kobold.
+ One of the cats attacked an unfriendly neighbour (he was hollering angry shouts at the cats when they crossed his balcony navigating the outside of the building). It attacked with such verve that the human got scratched hard and bloody, so he had to fight the sizzling ball of angry fur in earnest, bringing his superior size to bear and using a piece of wood as an improvised weapon. The cat kept fighting until it suffered a broken hip (a 6 point consequence) and had to be brought to the veterinarian, so the player switched to play a hedgehog - with hedgehog magic being way less potent than cat magic, but to make up for that hedgehogs have tiny hands! So he could craft himself a spear out of a pencil and a paperclip.

In the final confrontation with the kobold, the cats used shadow-walking and kept away from the bed so they would not trigger the cat allergy too much. During the fight one of them tripped the kobold up with random stuff, one tried to take over his mind and one kept him away from the kid. And the tiny hedgehog proved to be a tenacious fighter who constantly harried the kobold and threw himself in the line of fire when the enemy lanced for one of the cats with magic lightning. Finally the kobold set the bed on fire, so one of the cats clawed that kid's sleeping dad in the leg to make him fight the fire with an extinguisher.

Everyone got hurt, but thanks to good teamwork they split the damage pretty evenly.
When the kobold had all his boxes and consequences checked he gave a shout of frustration and conceded, never to be seen again in this area.
--- Curtain -

Out of game trouble: Left uninvolved for too long (five minutes) the older kids would wander off to play Minecraft on their cell phones. Even involved, the lure of the phone would at times prove overwhelming, so it was necessary to decide the issue: FAE or Minecraft - not both. They chose FAE, their phones got collected and safely locked away until after the game.

The youngest went overboard fudging dice rolls or rerolling every die that fell "wrong". Quick & simple solution: Special modifiers for him.
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+Jon Freeman I totally agree! I'm always totally astonished how cretive people are, when it comes to adventure design.
Shame on me that I'm not able for such... 
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Preparing "The Secrets of Cats" for an FAE session with kids (8 - 12). Now I've got to get a good handle on cat magic, so I can explain everything quick 'n' easy. When to use the school itself, when to use stunts.
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I am @ahabicher. 

Fun with Time Zones:
I live in Central Europe, which means: 12:00 (noon) in Seattle or L.A. translates to 9 p.m. for me. Cozy 6 p.m. for the Pacific Coast means 3 a.m. for me.
New York is closer: 12:00 (noon) in NY means 6 p.m. for me. A relaxed East Coast evening meal at 7 p.m. happens at my 1 a.m. the next day.

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I am Andreas Habicher and I like #rpg, that is, not so much rocket propelled grenades, but rather: #pen&paper #roleplaying games. I blog as "Misoskop" (in German), I tweet as @ahabicher and I own a tiny little enterprise called "bichertext". I like literature, words, books, journalism (I've been an online journalist for some years), and I work in marketing & content management. I'm interested in filming and I like movies like the next man, as long as they have some decent dialogue and a good story in them. I also like good graphic novels and I would most certainly be honored to act as a Gentleman Companion to accompany, for a Modest Fee, the daring Aviatrix and accomplished Exploratrix Beatrice Henrietta Bristol-Smythe, DBE, on one of her High-Flying Adventures, when the Occasion warrants her an Escort.
What I don't know is anything about music, or trends, or about being hip or cool.
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