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Pi day?

It takes a weird set of priorities to list the month before the day before the year in a date. You'd have to be English-speaking...

Over here on the European continent, it is 14.03.15. The only circular thing in here is the leading zero for the month.
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Good bye, Sir Terry. I wonder whether Binky's rider had a bananana daiqiri waiting for you.
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While it might be lame to use such a well-known place for a Vingkotling Age stone fortress, I think that Machu Picchu or the somewhat less known Chachapoya fortresses like Kuélap (photo) would be good models. While we are relishing in the newly rediscovered "Bronze Age feel", let's take from these pre-metal cultures what they have to offer.
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+Mark Mohrfield The Incas did have bronze and used it for special purposes, probably including the incredible masonry found in Machu Picchu. On the whole, their culture still relied on stone for blades, though. Bronze would have seen the same distribution as in Balazar, I suppose.
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#3x3RPGs  
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What are the three RPGs you played most recently, that you've most enjoyed (ever) and that you most want to play?
 
Most Recently: HeroQuest Glorantha, Call of Cthulhu, Midgard
Most Enjoyed (over a period of 20+ years): RuneQuest, Paranoia, Mage
Most Want To Play: Th#3x3RPGs  
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What are the three RPGs you played most recently, that you've most enjoyed (ever) and that you most want to play?
 
Most Recently: Der eine Ring, Trail of Cthulhu, Call of Cthulhu
Most Enjoyed (over a period of 20+ years): Savage Words, Mage the Ascension, RuneQuest
Most Want To Play: Thirteenth Age Glorantha, Mindjammer, Teocali

I won't tag anyone - I don't propagate chain letters. Feel free to respond to this anyway.
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Für alle Potenzierungsgläubigen:

(A nice Blog rant about the absence of usefulness of homeopathic preparates - they don't even work as excuse for alcoholic breath)
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Daß es sich bei Homöopathie um bestenfalls nutzlose, schlimmstenfalls gefährliche Esoterik handelt, wurde u.v.a. auch hier immer wieder diskutiert und vorgeführt und darf getrost als Fakt betrachtet werden. In der Forensik hingegen hat man es recht selten mit Homöopathie zu tun: gegen den Tod hat die Homöopathie noch kein Mittel gefunden, Vergiftungen mit reinem Wasser…
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Looking at the Dara Happan alphabet in the guide: is there a reason why Uleria ends on an ordinary a instead of a female suffix -a?
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The three orlanthi fonts are in the pipeline. They are progressing slowly so don't expect to see them this year. 
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BILD heute:
"Dumpf. Brutal. Geil auf Gewalt."
Selbsterkenntnis?
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Sorry, total misfire. Web interface and tablet don't seem to communicate, and now I can't even delete this postor edit it to some relevant topic.
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Polar Bear skulls and making them into headgear,

or taxydermy after deicide - designing Harrek's headgear.

After his return from his stint as Lunar dart warrior, having achieved the ultimate success in that game, Harrek slew the ancestral Polar Bear God Rathor, skinned him, and bound him to his skin.

The upper head still works like that of a life bear and sits atop Harrek's face.


This excellent picture of a polar bear skull:

http://www.marinebio.net/marinescience/04benthon/arcimg/pb4219.jpg

can be found on this webpage on polar bears
http://www.marinebio.net/marinescience/04benthon/arcplrbr.htm
 
This shows that keeping the lower jaw intact would make it rather impossible to fit a human skull under the upper part of the bear skull.

If you remove the lower part, you get something like a bone-made baseball cap with badass fangs on the front. Add a lot of fur on the outside and some as padding on the inside, and you have the makings of a believable helmet.

Harrek would want to retain the lower fangs, too, but not the entire lower jawbone - not enough space for his thick Rathori head to keep his moustache visible otherwise.

He'd probably keep the bit with the incisors and the canines, which would dangle below his chin like a necklace. The bits with the lateral teeth might remain, too, but not necessarily connected to the bit with the incisors and definitela not with the hinges.

I sort of dout that Harrek kept all the fur of his ancestral god. A polar bear standing upright is at least half again as high as a tall human, and the ancestral bear god would probably tower over an ordinary polar bear.

He performed the skinning invading an annual rite of his people, probably dismembering the bear god with a few mighty strokes while binding its spirit into the fur of the head. What Harrk wears is the upper part of the fur covering Rathor's back and forelegs, but none of the belly or hindquarter.

The front of the forepaws with the claws remained. The upper head remained. The lower head including the jaw hinges was most likely shattered in the process. Harrek might have put some extra fur into the skull cavity as padding before putting it onto his own head, or he might have relied on his own mane to provide for that.

Harrek being Harrek, he probably didn't make a hasty escape but shambled away like a bear leaving the remnants of a carcass to the scavengers. The Rathori audience will have been stunned at the sacrilege, but now some braves would rush forward to attack Harrek, only to be swiped aside with the paws and power of their ancestral god. Roaring his annoyance and ignoring the feeble Rathori attempts to pierce the skin with their longbows, his menacing presence would have quelled the fighting spirit of everyone facing Harrek's blood-covered snarl. Giving him way to disappear into the night.

Harrek still wears the fur as it was when he took it. The muscles of the upper head still appear to work, as do those of the claws.

Other parts of the fur hang loosely, like any product of taxydermy. I think that this applies to the lower jaw most of the time.

The bear god might still be able to manifest an intact body replacing all the missing parts by magic, but normally it makes do with the physical remains – the muscles mentioned above. It still retains its breath (probably along with the predatory tang), without any need for lungs. Its power flows through Harrek's body. His description as the slayer of Ignifer would be even more true after taking in the bear god.


I suppose that binding the spirit or magic of a slain prey into a trophy is a fairly standard magic for heroic hunters – not necessarily a Rathori custom, though, unless this is how hunting charms are made. Applying it to the ancestral forefather of all is on a level to make Eurmal wish he had tried it.
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I would also consider that he used the lower torso/rear legs to make trousers. Yes, he normally is portrayed wearing a skirt, but I always thought if your god is a Polar Bear you likely don't get to wear a skirt very often.
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If you are playing historical games set in Europe, you could do worse than using the Blaeu atlas as a resource. Here it is in good resolution online:
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J. Blaeus grooten atlas, oft, Werelt-beschryving, in welcke 't aertryck, de zee, en hemel, wordt vertoont en beschreven, Volume: dl 1 =Grooten atlas - 1664. J. Blaeus grooten atlas, oft, Werelt-beschryving, in welcke 't aertryck, de zee, en hemel, wordt vertoont en beschreven, ...
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This is best used as "found documents" (print off select map) unless you're a big fan of reading 343 stonkin' pages of medieval Dutch and Latin.

Some pointers for the time-harrassed to find the actual maps: 
p26 British Isles
p29 England & Scotland
p36 Scotland
p61...I give up. Somewhere in mainland Europe, I guess! 
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Im Rahmen der Diskussion um das Fracking zur Gewinnung von Erdöl und Erdgas hier mal eine Stellungnahme eines der wohl bekanntesten Kieler zum Thema.

(A short web comic featuring Werner about possible consequences of fracking)
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I just noticed that the Pure Horse Folk defeat at Alavan Argay coincided with the settlement of the Zola Fel delta by Teshnans under Selenteen (questing to retrieve the sword of Tolat).

I wonder whether these new sun worshippers somehow played a role in reducing the magic of the Pure Horse magicians.

I also wonder about the fate of the settlements of Selenteen's colony. Are there ruins to be found in the Lunar Grantlands, remains of irrigation channels or similar?

The people most likely were absorbed by the Praxians who were used to raiding Teshnans for slaves, and/or the Sun Domers. Not having to avoid the Fever Trees probably helped eliminating the settlements, but I wonder how they could survive for several generations.

The Zolan dynasty of Counts of Sun County came to power already a generation earlier (Zolan the Great ruled from 1140-1224) and lasted to 1328, throughout the time I would give the Selenteen colony to have lasted. After the Zolan counts, nomads appear to have taken over the rulership in Sun County.

The nomads keep no historical records, but I would expect them to remember rich raiding among these new Oasis folk. Nothing has been written about this, yet. No idea if this is relevant for current projects on Prax or Sun County.
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Shush. Lord Zenoran has no wish that such things be revealed in the open. Politics and all that, you know. Long live the new artmali empire and don't forget my 20% cut!
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A different crew, but boy, The Verse still is out there.
 
BROWNCOATS! Must-see fan-made Firefly video!

Seriously, if you are a Firefly fan, you have to watch this extremely well-made short video, called "The 'verse",  that takes place in the same Universe but with a different ship and crew. It's great.

http://www.slate.com/blogs/bad_astronomy/2014/10/17/figuratively_shiny_a_firefly_video.html
Firefly went off the air over a decade ago now*, but even with the movie Serenity there’s been a Mal-shaped hole in the hearts of fans, including me. Perhaps now that cavity can be filled in a little bit. The company Lootcrate, with producer and director Julian Higgins, has created...
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