Intaglios

Have you ever kept reminding yourself to do something, and then realised, after the day is over, that you forgot it entirely? This happens to one of the knights at the Grail Castle. People keep saying to him “Don’t forget to ask the question!” and three times he says to them “Sure, I’ll ask him…

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A quick note

So, the blog has been a little quiet (I’ve been off doing Coursera) but there’s some material upcoming: My Sicily notes.  These really are notes: they are some of the raw material out of which I’ll later build story hooks and paragraphs of text. I need more, particularly geography, but we’ll see how far this book takes us…

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Beating up clowns – an Ars Magica note.

In 1221, Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor, passed a law that said in his kingdom of Sicily, no-one was ever to be charged for robbing, or beating up, buffoons and jesters. The laws passed at the time also included the punishment of gamblers who took the name of God in vain, the demand that…

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Transylvanian Tribunal Timeline

I wrote a timeline for the Tribunal book, but asked for it to be cut, because it was taking up space that could be used for ideas set in 1220. Here it is, for your covenant’s deep history, or play in non-standard time periods.  You’ll notice it contains primarily Hungarian material. If it also contained…

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Sprinting toward Sicily

I work for the only public library service in this country that doesn’t charge you for interlibrary loans*.  This means I can have rather more interlibrary loans than most other people, but it does mean that I get myself into situations like the one I’m currently in. I’m going to be doing a Mythic Sicily…

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One of the other authors, who goes by Jarkman on the web, has started his own blog. It’s still being set up, but if you find what’s going on here interesting, you’ll probably like My Life As a Grog.