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The Civil War Today iPad App

The Civil War Today iPad App

The History Channel released an iPad app called “The Civil War Today” and it is amazing! Admittedly I am a raging Civil War geek, but this app truly leverages the iPad’s potential to create an informative and interesting reading experience. Here is a screenshot. The app is a newspaper that covers every day of the […]

Book Report: The Fortifications of Ancient Egypt 3000-1780 BC from Osprey Publishing

Book Report: The Fortifications of Ancient Egypt 3000-1780 BC from Osprey Publishing

As regular readers know, I am a huge fan of using history as a foundation for game campaigns. Nothing beats a little reality to spice up your next RPG campaign. To further my goal of injecting history into game campaigns, I occasionally do a “book report” on a history book that I find interesting and […]

History: The Ogham Script

History: The Ogham Script

I ran across a reference the other day to a very old type of Celtic writing called “Ogham.” It is a very unusual script and I thought it is a great way to make some game supplements with a very obscure character set. Best part is there is already a font set for it, so […]

Jousting as an Extreme Sport

The New York Times has an interesting article about a full-contact jousting league.  It might get some traction as it is hard to out-macho someone at a bar that "jousts on the weekends."  http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/11/magazine/11Jousting-t.html

History: Curse Like a Roman

Cursing someone in modern time is a fairly harmless exercise. Telling someone to “go to hell” is merely wishful thinking on your part and not a guaranteed itinerary. Ancient Romans though, they took their cursing very seriously. Rather than slinging angry rhetoric at their target, an angry Roman reached out to the gods themselves for […]

Bite-Sized History Lesson: The Indenture

Bite-Sized History Lesson: The Indenture

Whether you mine the ancient world for new RPG adventures or re-fight famous clashes of arms with miniatures, history is a great resource. Sadly, I have this horrible feeling that many younger gamers overlook history as a source of inspiration. Rather than force all gamers under the age of twenty to pass a basic “how […]

Ia Drang Valley After Action Report

The  Ia Drang valley hosted one of the most famous and bloodiest battles of the Vietnam war.  It is most popularly known from the book We Were Soldiers Once…and Young: Ia Drang – the Battle That Changed the War in Vietnam and the film We Were Soldiers . Wargames Illustrated is posting some interesting material […]

Review : "Israel's Lightning Strike: The Raid on Entebbe" from Osprey Publishing

Review : “Israel’s Lightning Strike: The Raid on Entebbe” from Osprey Publishing

Osprey Publishing, noted publisher of historical reference books, occasionally forwards new titles to Livingdice.com that are of interest to gamers. The latest shipment included “Israel’s Lightning Strike: The Raid on Entebbe,” from Osprey’s new “Raid” series, “Saracen Strongholds from 1100-1500” and “Empires of the Dragon: The Far East at War.” The first two titles are […]

Book Report: Soul of the Samurai by Thomas Cleary

Book Report: Soul of the Samurai by Thomas Cleary

Samurai. The word itself conjures images of fearless warriors doing battle and a code of honor that required suicide in the face of dishonor. Samurai are one of the most famous Japanese exports, both directly and in their influence in anime, films and print. Even the American western genre adopted the stoic loner with an […]

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