Medieval London Murder Map
Just found this on The Guardian online ...
... an interactive map showing murders as recorded in the (several) surviving Coroner's Rolls for the early 13th century.
Don't go... Read more
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The Wyrd of Stromgard
This is a Scandinavian inspired FRPG based on the Dungeon World ruleset which is currently running on Kickstarter at ...
... since OM2 is rather... Read more
Back Online ...
My landline and ADSL wired internet came back online late yesterday afternoon ... only 14 days after it went down.
At a guess I am now roughly a month behind... Read more
Turns out my custom is SO valuable to Telsrea that they've decided they want to reward me with another EIGHT DAYS of no landline and internet service.
You've got to... Read more
Our beloved national telecom, Telstra, keeps on telling me that 'your custom is important to us' ... but, of course, nothing could be further from the truth.
My landline has... Read more
Hardcovers & Stretch Goals
The Hardcovers have been approved by Lightning Source as of Saturday and I have ordered a proof copy ... it takes around 5 days (sometimes more in my experience)... Read more
As it says. I scored an exceptionally competent Fedex contractor who, despite the parcel still being scanned as in their Botany hub (i.e. Sydney Airport) and never having left it... Read more
It has now departed Frankfurt (Wednesday afternoon, German time), which, I think, is the main UPS exit hub for Europe ... so, theoretically, that means it is winging its way... Read more
Tracking the Proof
Well, the UPS Tracking finally went live sometime overnight ... the Proof copy's last scan was in Koln, Germany and the site claims it will be delivered Friday, 'by end... Read more
Proof copy on the way!
Just got an email from LSI UK informing me the print proof of The Marketplace is on the way ... but the Tracking Number provided may not be active for... Read more
Progress Report - March
As those of you who have backed The Marketplace will already know, it is complete in PDF form and is only waiting for feedback before being sent off for proofing... Read more
Posting is done! Anyone want colour PoD?
Just a moment ago I sent the last of the emails through RPGNow to all those Backers whose tier covered the PDF and/or PoD versions of the Core Rules.
Possible... Read more
The Kickstarter money has come through ... but it's late(ish) locally, so the survey to get info and the mechanical stuff about working out who gets what in the way... Read more
Let there be light!
In most FRPGs light sources are easily available, cheap to run, and have long ranges – mostly lamps burning something called 'lamp oil' (which is mostly... Read more
Bows vs Swords
If you believe the typical FRPG (AD&D for example), a Longbow costs 75 gp and a Sword 25 gp … 1.5 and 0.5 pounds of gold respectively at their nominated... Read more
Blog backs Orbis Mundi!
The Tessera Creative Guild blogger, Egg Embry, has kindly endorsed OM2 in the blog ... check it out (there are also some other great KS projects they feel would be... Read more
What use is Orbis Mundi? Part 5 ...
... so, while Aelfric is loafing around Town waiting for his new suit of clothes to be finished he decides to keep his hand in by doing some light pickpocketing... Read more
Proof has arrived - Good News/Bad News
Well, this is a sort of good news/bad news thing ... the Proof from RPGNow's Print on Demand Printers, Lightning Source, actually arrived today ... four weeks to do so,... Read more
What use is Orbis Mundi? Part 4 ...
So, when we saw Aelfric last, he was having a ludicrously expensive meal at The Silver Star tavern ...
With the ill-gotten gains from robbing the Castle, he decides it's... Read more
What use is Orbis Mundi? Part 3 ...
While Aelfric is enjoying a well deserved, if overpriced, meal and mug of Ale at the Silver Star Tavern, let's move on to one of his acquaintances, Edgar the Black... Read more
What use is Orbis Mundi? Part 2 ...
So, Aelfric somehow managed to find some goodies in one of the chests in the Knight's chambers and renegotiated the potential minefield of the servants sleeping on the floor to... Read more
What use is Orbis Mundi? Part 1
While I believe that the material out there does a fair to good job of explaining what use OM2 will be, one recent backer asked this question, so it probably... Read more
Putting Meat on the Table
Without going into exactly how much Meat each class of people in medieval times ate, consider how much of a meat animal they ate (or otherwise used) ...
Pretty much ... Read more
A Project We Love!
We've hit $7112 funding and have been rated as a Project We Love by Kickstarter!
I am still trying to find freelancers who can do additional work on those... Read more
As Medieval as Apple Pie
Apples have been regarded as a good way to end a meal since at least Greek times and mention of Apple Pies dates back to... Read more
Arbalests, Bows & Crossbows
There's a lot of misinformation (Heck. There's a lot of downright wrong information) out there on these three basic forms of missile weapon … the following is gleaned from a... Read more
You just can't trust 'em!
Those of you have have studied History at any level will probably be aware of Primary and Secondary Sources ... though, based on almost 4 decades of teaching the concept(s)... Read more
An Explosive Matter
Orbis Mundi 2 covers the period from the 11th century through to the 14th century (1001 to 1400) for several reasons, one of which is that it terminates before gunpowder... Read more
Furniture and Fakes
Medieval displays in many museums include what is purported to be medieval furniture.
Unfortunately, that is not always the case.
What's on display in almost all second and third... Read more
The Grim Reaper ...
Most of you are probably aware that medieval life expectancy was less than that of a modern First World country today - a range (depending on time and place) of... Read more
Australian & New Zealand Backers
If you've ordered Print on Demand products from RPGNow/DriveThruRPG before you'll already know that the printing costs are OK, but that there are two shipping speeds ...
Snail-like... Read more
Give Us Our Daily Bread ... or not ...
Everyone knows that the main component of a medieval Peasant's (or the poor in general) diet was bread ...
As you have probably guessed by now ... this simply isn't... Read more
Readin' and Writin' ... but no 'Rithmetic ...
I think most of us have a pretty good grasp on the idea that literacy was not universal in the Middle Ages ... and that it was limited to a... Read more
How dirty were Medieval Towns?
Well, they were certainly smelly - an inevitability when you realise all major transport into and, often, within, the Town is by animal ... horse, mule or donkey ... coupled... Read more
How smelly were the Medievals?
This issue is often raised in books - and the information they present is often misleading for this simple reason that it is based on practises and technology that postdate... Read more
More Horse Puckey!
Some sources claim that it was only with the invention/introduction of the high pommel/cantle Knight's Saddle in the 11th century that made massed Shock charges with lances possible.
The problem... Read more
So, new Stretch Goals!
Well, colour me astounded! Over $4000 and over 100 Backers!!! I never expected such an overwhelming response!
Which means we have blown through the $4000 level Stretch Goal ... the... Read more
More Stretch Goals Fall!
Well, we've blown through the $3000 and $3500 levels - Magical Medieval Europe and a Medieval Monastery- and it looks like we'll get through the $4000 level and the... Read more
'Naked' does not mean 'nude!'
Ah, 'everyone knows' ... aka urban myths or factoids ... OM2 deals with a number of these. This is merely one of many -
Many... Read more
Non Anglo-French medievalism
One pertinent complaint made about Orbis Mundi in its original format was that it simply didn't cover anything much outside of Anglo-French medievalism ... as it was practised in England... Read more
They burn Heretics, don't they?
Not really ... really!
Heresy. According to the Codex Justinianus, a Heretic was anyone 'who is not devoted to the Catholic Church and our orthodox Holy Faith.'
By the... Read more
Powering on through the last (initial) Stretch Goal!!!
Well, overnight we powered through $3000 ... and the last of the initial Stretch Goals!
Amazing!I would never have thought that the campaign would be so successful - so... Read more
Third Stretch Goal blown through!
Only two daysand OM2 has blown through the third Stretch Goal - so now we have a Village, a Manor and a Castle ... and we're working on a... Read more
Second Stretch Goal Passed!
Overnight the second Stretch Goal, a Medieval Manor, was passed ... so now those Backers who have chosen a Reward Level that includes these will get not only a... Read more
First Stretch Goal achieved!
I'm ... chuffed ... the first Stretch Goal, $1500, has been achieved less than 24 hours into the Campaign, so there will be a 12+ page 'typical' Medieval Village created... Read more
Wow! Fully Funded in ~12 hours!
Thanks to all those who have backed so far, I would never have expected such a response ... fully funded in around 12 hours!
Now let's see if we... Read more
Preview Sampler available at RPGNow
To give backers and potential backers a taste of what is included in the Core Book I have selected 32 pages semi-randomly as a Sampler and uploaded it... Read more